Shopping for Success
How to beat the supermarket splurges!
We’ve done it a thousand times, gone to the supermarket for 2 items, come home with 16 shopping bags, half the deli and pretty much the whole contents of aisle 7. Ok, slight exaggeration but there is no denying the supermarket is often our biggest weakness when it comes to sticking to eating for our goals.
As with anything, the saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail. So with that in mind, before you hit the supermarket, be sure to plan exactly what you are going there for, write a list, and tell yourself to stick to the plan!
Know yourself too well, and know that sticking to the plan is easier said than done when you can see those Tim Tams are on sale for half price?
Heres a little shopping list tip that will help you think twice before giving in to the supermarket sales and last minute splurges.
When writing your shopping list, divide the list into categories, one for each macro (carbs, protein, fat). This will allow you to visually see what each item is mostly made up of and it makes it easier to keep track of whether you are over indulging in a certain macro. Suddenly when that list of carbs or ‘sugary treats’ starts to increase you being to stop and think, is that 5 minutes of flavour really worth the negative effect it will have on my goals.
Here are a few of my supermarket must buys that you might want to add to your shopping list.
Low Fat Plain Greek Yoghurt
Fat Free Cottage Cheese
HERBS AND SPICES
Steal Cut / Quick Oats
Wholegrain Rice Cakes
Whole Wheat Pasta
Nuts (almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans)
Flax Seed Oil
Dark Leaf Greens (Spinach, Kale)
Honey / Agave Nector
Vinegar (Balsamic, Red Wine & Rice)
Lemon / Lime Juice
Low Sugar / Organic Tomato & BBQ sauce