"You can't eat healthy food at home if you don't buy any" ~Carly
If I want to keep making healthy eating choices, then I need to have healthy options around me from which to choose! One of the quickest ways to sabotage my motivation and momentum is to blow off going to the grocery store, then foraging around for something "quick" and "easy" when I'm hungry. I'll gravitate to cereal, ramen noodles, junk - or Dominos pizza or Chinese food delivery.
Conversely, when I have a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy snacks like string cheese, lowfat cottage cheese, organic yogurt or Kashi chewy granola bars (honey almond flax, trail mix, peanut butter), it is EASY to eat right. It's all right there and ready for me.
Additionally, I have to think through meals well in advance. I'm a single, working mom with a very active son. That translates to days where I leave the house at 7:30 a.m. and don't return until 8:30 p.m. Or I leave and come back for a 45 minute window before rushing back out for a basketball game or school activity. If I don't plan, I need to think quickly in the moment and usually while hungry. Not a great combination.
Instead, I am trying to think the day before:
- "Where I am going to be tomorrow?"
- "What activities does my son have on the agenda?"
- "What's in the fridge or freezer and does it need to be taken out?"
- "What time will I be eating?"
- "What will I plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner?"
- "Do I have healthy snacks handy at all locations?"
- "Do I have enough veggies and fruits?"
- "Am I planning for a healthy/essential oil?" (important to have every day!)
The more I do it, the more natural and less awkward it feels (the planning part.) But the healthy grocery shopping part hasn't become second nature yet. I need a routine. I need to go maybe every Saturday morning to keep some structure to it. And I need to grasp better what IS and what IS NOT healthy. Read the labels, make notes, etc.
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I made this blog post Grocery Shopping Part 1. I suspect this topic will get revisited a few times along the way - a lot of your success or failure can be predetermined at the grocery store!!!