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Grocery Shopping

Posted: Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

I am the first to admit that I have ventured into a grocery stomach on an empty stomach and loaded things into my cart items that I never would have put in there had I not been starving.

When I get home, my husband laughs, (but deep down, he's happy because they tend to be junk food) which we really try to limit in the house. We have done such a great job at limiting junk food in our house, that sometimes you’ll find my husband and I heading to the corner store so we can quench a sweet tooth craving that hits at around 9 pm. Needless to say, the healthier trips to the store help for an easier week on the tummies.

Shawna Hunt joined us this morning. She is a registered dietician who works at the Bariatric Medical Institute. She had a few suggestions to help make your trip to the grocery store a productive and healthy one:

  1. Never go grocery shopping hungry. Always have a snack before you head out.
  2. Make a list. If you stick to the list you are less likely to load up on the junk food and buy things you don't need.
  3. Stick to the perimeter of the store and avoid the isles as much as possible. You will need to go down the isles for certain items, but limit the amount of processed and pre-packaged foods. All the fruits, veggies, dairy and poultry are around the perimeter
  4. Your shopping cart should look like how you want your plate to look. Half of it should be filled with fruits and veggies, one quarter grains and rice, the other quarter meats and protein.

These are just a few tips, but the internet had some great websites to offer you more:

http://zenhabits.net/2007/04/50-tips-for-grocery-shopping/

Also over the last few months we have been bringing you stories on the importance of reading labels. Here is another useful site:

http://www.medicinenet.com/food_and_grocery_shopping/article.htm

http://www.dlife.com/dLife/do/ShowContent/food_and_nutrition/food_shopping_tips.html

For more information on Shawna and BMI you can check out their website at www.bmimedical.ca.

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