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6 Easy Ways of Doing Grocery Shopping Without Buying Unhealthy Food

November 5th, 2010 · 5 Comments ·
 
 

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I do grocery shopping weekly. One day, my friend tagged along and we both went to a hypermarket. Upon reaching home, I realize I ended up with quite some junk foods in my grocery bags, most were recommended by my friend. I believe that some of you have a similar experience, buying unhealthy food which was never in you shopping list. So, today, let’s look at how to do grocery shopping consciously.

  1. Do your grocery shopping after your meal. If you are hungry and go to supermarket, you may get cravings. You find it hard to resist the temptation of ice cream, chocolate or candies. Everything looks good and it seems to be potential meal for you. You will most likely end up buying many unhealthy food.
  2. All store has an aisle dedicated for snack. You should do your best to stay out of it. Do not find an excuse to pass through that.
  3. Do your grocery shopping with a list. If you do not have it, your cart may get many items which you do not intend to buy. Make a list and get what you want. Do not hang around there for too long. The longer you stay in the supermarket, the more you will buy.
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  5. Supermarket marketing people are good in pushing sales. In fact, their gimmick can be quite manipulative. While you are waiting to pay, you will see sweets, chewing gum or soda arranged at the counter. Some are at adult height, some are located at the height for a kid. The more expensive items are normally placed at eye level whereas the cheaper one often sit nearer to the ground. If you are a mum, you know that how challenging to say No to your kids once they grab one of these junk food. So, be prepared while you are lining up at the counter. You either have to spend some time to educate your kids about those junk foods or you have to get them wait for you on the other side of the counter.
  6. This one is getting more popular in the US – online shopping. University of Connecticut has conducted a study and it shows that individuals who purchased their groceries online bought 28% lesser high fat foods compared to those who do grocery shopping at their local supermarket. Many online shoppers actually spend more time to study the nutrition label and surf around for more options before they made the purchase. In other words, online shoppers seldom do impulse purchase because of the absence of temptation. While online shopping may sound good, some people still prefer to check out the size, freshness or expiration date of the item. If you are opened to online shopping, I encourage you to try out Amazon Grocery.

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Happy grocery shopping!

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5 responses so far ↓
  • blackhuff // Nov 5, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    I have now learned not to even look at the sweets at the paypoint. I just ignore it and say to myself that they aren’t there. This keep me from not grabbing some of them.
    I also avoid the snack isle completely.
    I also learned to shop with a list. Therefor I know what I need and stick to it instead of guessing and then grabbing unhealthy things.
    Great piece and such great advice.

  • Say Mmm // Nov 6, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    Nice post and several good points. A good organized shopping list definitely helps as you point out. There was also a study where the put some duct tape separating the grocery cart in half and a note to use one side for fruits and vegetables, and this significantly raised the number of healthy fruits and vegetables people got.

  • advancedynamicsasia // Nov 7, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Very true to go shopping after food and have a list and stick with it. I still have a bit of problem sticking to the list, but its a good start. Thanks for the tips.

  • MuscleMike // Nov 11, 2010 at 3:39 AM

    Nice advice, i find that whenever I grocery shopping on a full stomach, i never come back with enough food.

    I also try reading the nutrition labels to avoid as many products that include “high fructose corn syrup” in the top 3 ingredients but unfortunately most of the products in a supermarket have fall in that category

  • Diet Minded // Nov 17, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    They always say to avoid the middle isles! All the good stuff seems to be on the outer rows of the grocery store.

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