10 Ways to Diet Proof Your Grocery List

By on March 1, 2011

By Jennifer Blaine of Jennifer Pilates Wellness Studios –

One thing that can help you stick to a nutritional plan is eating only what’s in your cupboards and fridge.  When we don’t have junk-food, we don’t eat it.  So, if your kitchen is stuffed with nothing but great and healthy choices, then that’s what you’ll eat.  I know, now you’re asking, “Then how do I make sure I don’t have junk-food in my kitchen?”  Well, we will now learn to master your grocery shopping list & shopping experience for your healthy lifestyle!

1.  Make a List and Stick to It: Before you head out to the supermarket, make a grocery shopping list. If you’re on a nutritional plan or have implemented a healthier lifestyle, put down only items that will help you reach your goals. If an item is not in your nutritional plan, don’t put it on the list. When you get to the market, buy only what’s on the list.

2. Never Go Grocery Shopping on an Empty Stomach: This will help you stick to your shopping list. If you go to the store on a full stomach your chances of purchasing something unhealthy and on impulse decrease significantly.  So, grab that healthy meal or snack before you head to the store.

3. Don’t be Tempted by Special Deals: Refer back to your shopping list…. If the item is on your list, you can buy it. Otherwise if it’s not on your list don’t buy it just because it’s on sale this week.

4. Choose a better Alternative: Do your homework in advance or compare items at the store. See if there’s a better and healthier alternative available. For example, instead of buying white rice, see if the store carries brown rice.  Instead of buying Cereal A, see if a Cereal B or C or D has less sugar, more fiber and so on.

5. Stay Around the Perimeter: For the most part, raw and unprocessed foods like veggies, fruits, nuts and meats are situated around outer perimeter of the store. Most of the packaged goods are usually found in the aisles. Circle around & around till you get all-healthy foods for you!

6.  Avoid Processed Foods: These are the items that have been modified significantly from their natural states and are loaded with preservatives and other ingredients to make them look delicious and pretty. There is an old saying “if you cannot pronounce it, you should not eat it!”’

7.  Avoid Canned Items: These items are also loaded with all kinds of preservatives to ensure an extra long shelf life. Go for frozen peas instead of canned. Get fresh corn instead of canned. There are always better alternatives.  Remember fresh is better, stay around the perimeter to find those items.

8.  Learn to Read the Labels: It’s important to know what carbs, proteins, fats and other nutrients are. Also, most importantly, you need to know how much of those nutrients are in a serving size. Sometimes labels can be deceiving.  Pay close attention; read the labels, another old saying, “if you question it, don’t buy it.”

9.  Look at the Ingredient List: If a product has too many things that you can’t spell, just drop it.  Again, “If you can’t pronounce it, you should not eat it.”

10.  Ask yourself would you let a child eat this? Lastly, the item you’re about to buy, would you let a baby or an infant have it?

Best Foods for Woman: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/best-packaged-foods-for-women

About Jennifer Blaine

Certified Master Pilates Instructor Jennifer Blaine has over 12 years of experience in the Pilates industry. She trained at the internationally renowned Pilates Center of Boulder, Colorado, "Known as the Harvard of Pilates Teacher Programs". Jennifer blends her personal passion for Pilates and movement therapy with finely honed technique. Her clientele ranges from 8-88, her specialty programs: "50+ fit & fabulous", rehabilitative fitness, professional athlete conditioning, and "fitness for life". Website: http://www.jenniferpilates.com/

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10 Ways to Diet Proof Your Grocery List