When you’re following a weight loss plan, meal planning becomes a central part of your life. Don’t worry; it will get easier as time goes on and you learn how to eat healthfully! But in the meantime, you need a structured plan for meals and shopping. Use these six tips at the grocery store to help support your goals.
Plan shopping trips ahead of time. Make a list of the meals you want to prepare each week, take inventory of your pantry and fridge, and then make a list of necessary grocery items. Planning your grocery store trips makes shopping more convenient, and having everything you need will prevent impulse eating such as trips to fast food restaurants.
Focus on seasonal produce. In-season produce is almost always more local and healthy. Plus, it’s usually more affordable. Plan your meals around seasonal produce, and you can save money while eating more nutrient-dense foods.
Remember proteins for snacking. Healthy snacks should include protein to keep you feeling full. So make sure your grocery list includes items like pre-portioned yogurts and cheeses, or vegan options if you prefer.
Plan for flavor. It’s easier to stick with a weight loss plan when you’re eating delicious foods. So make sure to pick up olive oil, herbs, and spices to make your meals taste great.
Don’t shop hungry, and take your water bottle. Make sure you’re not shopping while hungry, because you’re more likely to give into temptation for less healthy foods. And take your water bottle so that you stay hydrated, and you won’t confuse thirst for hunger.
Shop around the outside of the store. Most grocery stores are arranged with produce, meat, and dairy sections around the edges of the store. The middle aisles are often the ones full of tempting junk foods.
Of course, following a weight loss plan successfully means that you need expert advice on the foods you should be eating. Call us to schedule an appointment, and we’ll help you decide upon a meal plan that will help you reach your goals.