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Plan Your Shopping


Food shopping is where it all starts.


First, you need to have an idea of what you are going to eat over the next week. Know what you’re going to eat for breakfast, for lunch, and for dinner. Know what snacks you are going to have and make sure to shop for them.


When you shop it, this is your food budget for the week (minus any meals out socializing of course).


But it’s not just about what you are going to buy.


It’s also about what you are NOT going to buy.


If you don’t have cookies in your house then you’re not going to eat them. Your planning and preparation begin by only buying real food. It takes discipline to walk around the grocery store and leave food products on their shelves (especially when the donuts are on special offers).


If buying junk food and treats is a weakness then these three strategies will help.


First, never shop when you are hungry!


Second, always make a shopping list and then stick to it. Forget about the special offers designed to suck you in and trick you into spending more money (and eating more) than you intended.


Create a list and stick to it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much money this can save you too.


Thirdly, shop fast and shop with a purpose.


Know exactly what you want and where you can get it. For the most part, you’ll work through the fruit and vegetables aisles, move onto the meat and fish sections and be close to finished.


You might make a quick stop for green tea or coffee but other than that, there should be very little else you need.


If you have a weakness for cereal, then avoid that aisle. Don’t even look down at it.


If you love a fresh donut then walk as fast as you can pass by the bakery section (don’t look, don’t think, and don’t contemplate eating one).


And when you have everything on your list - get out of there fast!


Remember these superstores are designed by clever marketers who know how to tempt you and know how to position the most appealing and profitable products at eye level.


Shop consciously and get in and out fast.


That is the best advice I can give you.


While shopping for real food can be more expensive than processed and packaged foods, your body is the most important vehicle you will ever own. You only have one and justify the cost to yourself (even if it means missing out on some luxury items) by remembering these healthy choices will change the way you look and feel, and have positive impacts on your mood and the environment.


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