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WARRIOR LIFE: Smarter Ways to Grocery Shop

Let’s talk grocery shopping.

I’ve only got 20 minutes to spare, is it possible for me to grocery shop effectively?
Yes! Getting in and out of the grocery store in under twenty minutes is definitely possible, especially if you come prepared with a plan and a list. In fact, I personally recommend making shorter but more frequent trips to the supermarket. Shopping this way is smart for two reasons:

  1. The healthy foods that we should be eating regularly, fruits and veggies, spoil quickly. Shopping more often in smaller amounts ensures we are getting plenty of fresh produce while not being wasteful.
  2. Grabbing groceries on a time crunch prevents us from wandering the store and making impulse purchases, often on unhealthy choices. 

Where’s the best place to start?
Start with high-quality animal protein. Meat, fish and eggs compromise the bulk of your budget and are an extremely important part of a healthy diet. After selecting your protein, peruse the rest of the store’s perimeter for your fresh produce and dairy sources.

What are the “No-Zones” when grocery shopping?
Avoid the aisles. The aisles, with the exception of whole grains, healthy fats and spices, are laden with processed, packaged and frozen foods. Everyone has heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” Well, it’s true. Try to eat real and whole foods as close to their original form as possible and avoid the additives and chemicals of manufactured food. A good rule of thumb is the 80/20 rule – 80% of your food should come from the perimeter and 20% from the aisles.

Do you have other questions or supermarket tips? I’d love to hear from you. In the mean time, stay healthy, Warriors!

Hugs and love,
Gail


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