There is no doubt that all people follow a fundamental truth when it comes to food: if it’s lying around and available, we are more likely to eat it. If it’s not, we won’t. I really can’t rely on my somewhat shaky willpower to make sure I always make the best choices in what to eat. So what’s the best way to make sure junk food isn’t readily available? Don’t buy it in the first place! Sound tough? Then come with me on a tour of the grocery store.
1) Shop the periphery of the store, not the center aisles. No matter what market you use, they’re all basically set up the same. The fruit and veggies line one wall of the store, the fresh meat and fish are at the back and healthy dairy stuff (like low-fat cottage cheese, low-fat yogurt, low-fat string cheese) line another wall. What’s in the middle? Junk! Pastas, rice, cookies, chips, lots of pre-packaged low-nutrient food like substances. So shop along the outside walls of the store where the fresh stuff your great-great-grandmother would recognize as food is kept (clearly Cheetos don’t meet this criteria). That’s the stuff that kept America slim and trim for two centuries before the current obesity epidemic.
2) Don’t shop hungry- you’ll buy lots of junk food because it captures your attention and imagination and it’ll seem like a good idea at the time.
3) Go with a pre-written list and stick with it – no improvising. Buy what you’ve determined you actually need, not what catches your eye as you walk down the aisle.
4) Make a schedule of healthy meals you want to cook this week as Thanh ly quan an tai Da Nang well as healthy lunches you want to bring to work. Use this schedule to write a shopping list of things you’ll need for those recipes and buy them. Do not buy them AND the chocolate bars at the check-out counter AND the 12 pack of Coke on sale 2 for $4.00. Just buy your ingredient list and get out of Dodge.
5) If you have to buy junk food (say for another member of the household like children), try to buy the healthiest version of that snack. Get the low-fat or low sugar version of the junky item, or see if it comes in a 100 calorie pack, or make your own low-calorie snack pack with small “snack size” Ziploc bags (they’re half the size of sandwich bags).