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Healthy Grocery Shopping

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  • July 11, 2012
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Do you go to the grocery store post workout – raging with hungry?  Healthy grocery shopping can be a challenge if you’re not prepared!

Action is where results come from, and healthy grocery shopping for only what you need can be one of the biggest challenges when it comes to achieving your best physique possible. Consider the grocery store enemy territory that you need to navigate precisely to avoid setting off any diet melt-downs!

Whether you are new to dieting, or have been following a healthy, fit lifestyle for a long time, one of the most challenging tasks you may have on your journey to fitness model success is going grocery shopping. Sticking to a healthy diet is challenging enough, and piloting the grocery store can be overwhelming when you are super hungry, super tired, and super bitchy! Especially if you are in those last few weeks of diet mode dial down.

Walking into the grocery store without a plan of action can result in wrong food choices and an all out diet disaster! You need to become familiar with your grocery store, and know which aisles to avoid and which should be your go to! I will say my all time favorite grocery store shopping experience is Whole Foods, but not the average Whole Foods.

My preferred one of choice is located all the way in Venice Beach, smack beside the laundry mat and a few blocks from the best place on earth to train Venice Beach Gold’s Gym! Yes it’s a far cry from the snow-covered igloos of my hometown in Canada…but when I am in Venice, let’s just say it is my grocery store oasis…

After every workout I hope into my rented convertible and head on over, because I know I can get exactly what I want – salad, chicken, and a variety of healthy food options… all right at my fingertips! And let’s be real there is a lot of muscled up beach babe eye-candy to stare at ; )

Now, one thing that has always helped me get through dieting hell is to follow these four simple tips that I’m sure will help you out as well! If you too are challenged by grocery shopping try these five tips on your next trip.

Tip #1 – Do Not Shop Hungry

Avoid going anywhere near a grocery store when you are hungry, which means do not grocery shop after your workout!

Why?

Well for starters, your hunger will no doubt be insatiable, and as you continue to fade without food so will your patience!

Case in point one of my clients thought she would do some last minute shopping at Costco. I’m not exactly sure why she thought going to Costco was of utmost importance to buy a few cartons of egg whites and save a few pennies, but let me tell you, the poor lady who accidently clipped her flip flop heard all about it!

Just remember if you are feeling ultra depleted, low carb, and cranky, you may want to save the discount bulk shopping for when you are feeling a bit more up to it – you know what I’m saying…client who will remain nameless you know what I’m talking about.

If you do decide to venture into the grocery store jungle post workout, bring a post-workout meal with you. If you are serious about your results— weight loss and gaining a lean and firm body— then there really is no excuse for not being prepared.

It doesn’t have to be a full meal, but proper nutrition within the first hour post-workout will make sure you kick start the recovery process in that critical time period when your muscles need it most!

For ease and convenience, bring a protein shake. It will blunt hunger until you get home and are ready to eat your next meal, not to mention the people around you will thank you for it!

Tip #2  –  Always Bring a List

Make sure you are prepared when you go to the grocery store by bringing a list of food items on your diet, and don’t for a second think you should deviate….just because you had that amazing workout and did those 15 extra minutes of cardio!

Use your smartphone; there are many apps available that can help you develop your list, or just email it to yourself…now there’s an idea!

Consider a wide range of choices, just in case you cannot find a particular item and will require a substitute. For example, simply make a list of carbohydrate, protein and fat choices that will fit into your diet plan that have similar macronutrient breakdowns.

Carbohydrates choices could include: brown rice, oatmeal, sweet potato, or even brown rice pasta. Protein choices could include chicken, egg whites, lean red meat, fish, or cottage cheese, while fat choices could include flax seed oil, almonds, or olive oil.

Bring a list with you, simply choose the foods you want to use as part of your meal plan and you are good to go!

Tip #3 – Shop Around the Perimeter   

Remember, most items for a healthy diet can be found around the perimeter of the store, with the exception of a few items.Do not venture into the center aisles unless absolutely necessary. For the most part, the center aisles are home to processed, sugary and fattening foods! Unless you think you can handle the pressure of walking down those aisles…just avoid the temptation all together!

And don’t go by the bakery section on your way to the meat department either! I know the smell of cinnamon on baked goods makes me a little whacko too!

Tip #4 – Load Up on Vegetables

Most of your cart should be filled with whole and natural foods, including an assortment of vegetables. Keep it interesting by trying new vegetables once in a while. Vegetables are generally low in calories and full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, which are essential when following a healthy diet plan.

While living in Asia, I challenged myself to eat one unique green vegetable every week! It kept it interesting and fun! Although you might not be in an exotic location, you can do the same, venture out of your local grocery store to a local market that offers a variety of cultural foods!

Tip #5 – Choose Your Grocery Store Wisely

Nowadays, there are lots of grocery stores out there that offer a better selection of whole and organic foods that perfectly fit into any healthy diet plan. Choose a grocery store that offers a wide range of fresh foods, few processed foods and a selection of all-natural food options. You can also find grocery stores with fantastic salad bars, and even foods that are already prepared, such as plain grilled chicken!

Use these tips on your next trip to the grocery store.

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Be Fierce and Rule the World,

LJ

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