6 Grocery Shopping Tips for a Healthier Life
Grocery shopping doesn’t have to feel like a chore. It can actually be a meditative experience and a conscious practice to help us make healthier choices and feel our best. But, understandably, with so many options and choices to choose from, a little bit of guidance can go a long way!
Here are 6 tips to help make you make the healthiest decisions while grocery shopping.
1. Make a list to avoid unnecessary purchases.
Chances are, we are all guilty of impulse buying. Making a list will help you stay focused on what you need vs. what you crave, save you time, and save you some money too! Not sure where to begin? Check our downloadable Grocery List & Meal Planner PDF to help you get started.
There are many benefits to eating locally and seasonally! Local produce is often free from pesticides and creates a positive economic impact. Eating seasonally guarantees that your produce will have its optimum level of nutrients and health benefits, stays fresh longer and is typically more affordable.
4. Read the labels.
We live in a world where it’s not easy to trust that all companies are looking out for our health. That’s why it’s so important to read the labels. Look for products with fewer ingredients made from whole foods. Our rule of thumb is – if you don’t recognize the ingredient, or it’s hard to pronounce, chances are it’s unnatural and best to avoid.
5. Know the "dirty dozen" and opt for organic labels.
Not all produce is created equally. The “dirty dozen” refers to the top 12 types of produce that are found to have the highest amounts of pesticides. It is especially important to only choose organic labels! Look out for strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, cherries, peaches, pears, peppers, celery, tomatoes, and leafy greens.
6. Eat before you go.
Have you ever gone to the supermarket when you were hungry and suddenly wanted to buy everything in the store? Well, you’re not alone! To avoid acting on impulsive cravings, make sure you eat before you go. This way you can stay focused on the list and goals you laid out for yourself with our Grocery List and Meal Planner.