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Grocery Shopping the Smart Way
About the Author
Abby Campbell, BSc, SFN, SSN, CPT, is a leading professional fitness and nutrition expert, researcher, and published author of One Size Does NOT Fit All Diet Plan, one of Amazon's Top Gluten-Free and Weight Loss Diets. (You may read more about Abby at the bottom of this article.)
Do you ever wander around your supermarket aimlessly? Forgetting what you need? Being distracted by the sights and smells?
Well, you can now get your grocery shopping done quickly and efficiently. Follow along as we discuss shopping tips that will help you become a pro shopper at your favorite local market. Then you'll be free to enjoy the things you love to do like cooking and eating.
Grocery Shopping Tip #1 - Don't Get Emotional
The layout of your supermarket is designed to put you in a better mood. Why would they care? As long as you are in a good mood, you will want to stay in their store shopping longer.
Usually you'll hit the fresh produce and bakery when you first walk into the store. The sights and smells will surely get you moving more slowly. Those beautifully waxed apples are pretty, but those mouth-watering chocolate cakes are not only eye pleasing. They absolutely smell like heaven! By rousing your senses and emotions, you may even forget what you really are shopping for.
After all, who gets excited about broccoli, tomatoes, or raw chicken? Immediate gratification is a subliminal message sent by your local supermarket. After all, it is a business and there to please you to mostly profit themselves. Don't get sucked in! Shopping aimlessly only wastes your time. Besides, those chocolate cakes will not help you reach your health or fitness goals.
Instead, stay unemotional while you're shopping. After entering the store, walk quickly pass the fresh produce and especially the bakery. After getting what you need from the back and middle of the store first, end with produce.
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Grocery Shopping Tip #2 - Keep a Shopping List
There's nothing worse than running out the door and writing your grocery list on the way to the supermarket. You're sure to forget some things and have to make another run later in the day or week.
Instead of racing through your refrigerator and cupboards, keep a grocery list on your refrigerator so you can add as you notice what you need. Then you can just rip the shopping list off the pad and take it with you when you do head out to the supermarket. If you don't like to clutter your refrigerator lists, you can also use phone apps like Cozi or Out of Milk to keep your shopping list.
Grocery Shopping Tip #3 - Buy in Bundle
Having a well-stocked kitchen ensures that you always have on hand the right fixings for any meal. Also, be sure to purchase plenty of grocery items that your family uses on a daily basis such as milk, orange juice, eggs, oatmeal, cereal, or bread.
You may also be tempted to purchase the smallest food packages so that you can just unwrap, cook, and eat quickly. That will only set you off running to the supermarket more often. Instead, buy large packages and repackage them into smaller sizes. Freezer bags can be handy, especially for bulk meats. When it's time, you just have to pull out one of those freezer bags already portioned out.
Grocery Shopping Tip #4 - Prep for the Week
You can speed up meal preparation by having food items ready to cook. When you get home from the grocery store, wash and chop your vegetables. Place chopped carrots, celery sticks, and onions in separate zip-lock bags. Portion out walnuts and almonds in snack bags. To save you even more time, you can buy prepped food at your supermarket's salad bar. Having some of your foods all ready to cook can save you time.
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Grocery Shopping Tip #5 - Buddy Up
To keep you accountable, as well as make it fun, buddy up with a friend when you go grocery shopping. You may even decide to do the food prep together or even exchange meals.
Also, have your spouse and kids help you do the shopping, put everything away, and prep foods. It will also help them to build healthy shopping habits.
Heeding to a few grocery shopping tips will save you so much time. However, it will also help you succeed with any health or fitness goals you may have. Being efficient is the key to staying on track. Just to summarize, the following shopping tips will keep you on that smooth trail:
- Don't get emotional.
- Keep an ongoing shopping list.
- Buy in bundle.
- Prep for the week.
- Buddy up.
Most of all, have fun shopping!
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About the author
Abby Campbell, BSc, SFN, SSN, CPT, is a leading professional fitness and nutrition expert, researcher, and published author. For the past 10 years, she has coached thousands of women locally and online to lose body fat and lead healthy lifestyles. Her clients have lost thousands of pounds, reclaimed health, and call her “Coach No Gimmick.” She is from Northern Virginia but now resides near Charlotte, North Carolina. Abby has been married for 20 years and has three grown daughters, one of which is autistic. She is a 19 year cancer survivor.