Many folks struggle at the supermarket. So much choice, so much confusion, and so many foods to avoid.
But there is a simple trick to get you in and out quickly (my trips to the grocery store don’t last more than 20 minutes.
That’s because I (almost) never visit the INSIDE of the supermarket.
By that I mean that I shop around the perimeter of the store and don’t get into the middle aisles. It’s a life saver!
You see, the middle aisles of my supermarket (and yours too!) are full of processed foods while the perimeter contains almost all of the whole, natural foods you need to eat.
So the trick is for you to go straight to the produce section. (Don’t even stop by the bakery!) There, you can grab almost any kind of fruit or vegetable, but try to focus on leafy greens, and other fiber-rich ingredients
- Any citruses
- Any berries
- Any lettuce or salad greens
- Chard or kale or collard greens
- Other green vegetables like broccoli or green beans
- Also some salad awesomeness like beefsteak tomatoes and perfectly ripe avocado.
Between the produce section and the fish section, my supermarket has all kinds of organic seeds, nuts, and dried fruits. Stock up on those.
At the fish market, I often check omega-3 rich items like salmon or cod.
Next, take what you need from the meat section. Organic or “all natural” is definitely a great choice.
If you made it this far, you still are working around the perimeter and have not gone in the inside aisles, which is great.
In the dairy section, which is next, you may want to go organic (organic dairy should be your first choice over meat or vegetables), and don’t forget to stock up on organic PLAIN Greek yogurt.
Guess what’s the next stop after that? The check-out line. So I basically never visit the inside aisles unless I need something specific like whole-grain cereals or extra-virgin olive oil. That way I am not tempted by gross frozen TV dinners, ice cream, or tortilla chips.
This is simple advice to save time and your waist line.
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