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How To Improve Your Diet: Grocery Shopping Tips Anyone Can Use

Updated on December 22, 2015
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Tinaya Sallie first fell in love words while still in grade school and has been writing and editing for more than fifteen years.

Ladies, if there’s one thing we probably all have in common, it’s the fact that we have probably tried at one point or another to eat a healthier diet. And, if you’re like most of us, temptation seems to be the one thing that continues to creep up on us and whisper in our ears every time we see those delicious-looking, oh-so-unhealthy foods we just cannot seem to stop craving.

How many times have you been at the grocery store attempting to buy healthy foods, and just happened to pass your favorite cookies or chips along the way? What is it about that junk food that seems to get you every time? Have you wondered what it would take for you to be able to pass up those sugar-filled, calorie-packed snack foods that just seem to call out to you every time?

I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, the calorie counting tips and the food label-reading guides. But when reality sets back in (and let’s face it, it always does), counting calories and reading labels on every single food item you consider purchasing can not only be time-consuming, it can also get old and tedious very quickly. Next time you find yourself cruising through the aisles of your favorite grocery store, try using some of these easy and realistic tips, and you’ll find yourself eating healthier in no time.

Tip #1- Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach

I know this has been said before, but it’s a tried and true, important tip for you keep on the old noggin. I would even recommend you take it a step further, and only grocery shop on a full stomach. Even your favorite unhealthy snacks look somewhat repulsive when you’re lugging a grocery cart around on a full belly. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how your superwoman will-power kicks into overdrive when your stomach is full.

Tip #2- Make and take a shopping list of healthy foods with you and stick to it—completely

What’s the point of taking a list with you if you’re not going to follow it? If you put in the effort of listing the healthy foods you want to buy before you leave the house, you wasted your time if it all goes out the window the minute you see your favorite junk foods.

Tip #3- Avoid aisles with foods that are not on your healthy food list

Many grocery stores keep a lot of the unhealthy junk and snack foods all lumped together in “snack food aisles.” It’s best for you to avoid these aisles altogether, and only travel down the aisles containing the healthy foods on your grocery list. Doing this will also cut down on your shopping time as well, by helping you “get in and get out” faster.

I know these tips may not sound like much, but hey, every great task ever accomplished started with a baby step in the right direction, right? These are easy and realistic tips that anyone can use.

Use them all the time, every time, and eventually they’ll become your force of habit. Then, watch how much healthier your diet ultimately becomes, without you even realizing it. You’ll be patting yourself on the back in no time!

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    • Tinaya Sallie profile imageAUTHOR

      Tinaya Sallie 

      5 years ago from Aliquippa, PA

      Thanks :) I'm glad you like it!

    • Paramita Mallik profile image


      5 years ago from KOLKATA,WEST BENGAL

      Oh wow very informative hub.Thanks for sharing :)


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