We all aspire to eating better, but with so much fast, processed, and junk-food at our disposal, it’s easy to head off course. By arming yourself with a simple meal plan and a grocery list, you can crack the code at your local grocery store and ease your way into healthier meals and snacks – without a lot of bother.
Map Out Your Grocery-Shopping Strategy
A simple meal plan can mean the difference between enjoying a delicious and satisfying home cooked meal and grabbing a burger at the drive-through on your way home. And a simple plan is often the most effective. Try the four easy steps in this no-fail strategy:
Step One – Redefine healthy eating. Diet fads come and go. Superfoods are in one day and out the next. But we all know that fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole, nutritious foods in sensible portions are the building blocks of a healthy diet. Beyond that, it’s important to eat those foods that you enjoy and to include plenty of variety in your diet.
Step Two – Without getting too detailed, sketch out a meal plan that covers a few days or a week. There’s no need to be overly specific (unless that’s just your thing); you can simply write down some meals or dishes that appeal to you right now. Keep in mind what you already have on hand, and let that guide you. By incorporating these items, you can save on time and cut back on waste. If you aren’t much of a cook or you’re at a loss for healthy and delicious recipes, there are many online resources that provide excellent guidance.
Step Three – Once you’ve made a meal plan, it’s time to make a list – some people like to write this down and others like to keep it in their heads. Whatever your style, give the list a bit of thought, and if you’re familiar with the layout of your local grocery store, organize your list in a logical fashion that coincides with this layout. This will save you time and hassle as you shop.
Step Four – Head to the grocery store with your list and an open mind. The grocery store can offer inspiration in a variety of forms, including great sales and specials, especially inviting fresh produce, and new items – be open to this inspiration. There are several great tips for how best to approach your grocery-shopping trip:
- Shop the perimeter of the store – this is where you’ll find fresh dairy, meats, and fruits and vegetables;
- When you need to purchase prepared items, seek out those products with five or fewer ingredients; and
- When possible, purchase foods that are label- and container-free – this will steer you in the direction of fresh produce and bulk products, which are almost always healthier options.
By following these four simple guidelines, you’ll set yourself up to enjoy more healthy and delicious meals at home – along with the occasional drive-through indulgence that so many of us love.
Other healthy choices like incorporating exercise that you enjoy, relaxation and meditation, and chiropractic care can also contribute to your ongoing efforts to maintain a healthier diet and lifestyle.
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Chiropractic care can help you feel your best and truly commit to your healthier lifestyle goals. If you are interested in what chiropractic care has to offer, do not hesitate to contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. Our mission is to provide you with the tools you need to be your happiest and healthiest. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please give us a call – or email us through our online contact form – to begin the journey to your healthiest you.