Weight Loss Tips For Women Going Shopping

Food availability will end up being your diet and your diet (what you eat) will end up shaping your body. Make a list, examining the refrigerator contents and cupboards for foods you need to replace and want to add to improve your diet. Keep your daytime schedule in mind and troubleshoot areas when you could do better. You may not notice trouble spots unless you really think about your day, when you get hungry and where you are at that time. At the grocery store, take time to look at the fresh produce especially. Try some new foods. Buy fruits you like to add to cereal or yogurt. Get a fresh avocado to eat for a snack—something different. Get creative. Almonds, pecans and walnuts are terrific on cereal or in yogurt or in salads or just for snacking. Splurge on these super foods. You’re saving money leaving all the lousy food in the store.

Tape this to your refrigerator in big letters:

I will eat the foods I have around.

I will not eat foods that are not there.

This may sound ludicrous on the surface, but it’s not. Actually, it’s profound. Remember the adage: Never grocery shop when you’re hungry. We tend to buy all sorts of poor-quality food when we are hungry and they are all around us in a grocery store. So, make the decision to eat before you go. If you’re not hungry before you go, take some excellent food along with you to eat in the grocery store as you shop, just in case.

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Before you shop, think about foods to use specifically for meals and/or snacks. Always keep variety and balance in mind. For example, stir-fried chicken breast (or a substitute) and vegetables goes well with whole grain rice. Chili (may be meatless) and corn bread make a classic combination. Salmon, chicken, shrimp or just a crust of bread can complement a Caesar salad. Use your own recipes (quality improved if necessary) and meal plans, or adopt some simple, easy-to-make meals from recipe books emphasizing quality and ease in preparation. There are a myriad of cookbooks filled with quick fix high quality recipes. Snacks can be really simple: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, leftovers, salads, hard-boiled eggs, and anything you can easily eat on the go.

Keep Meals as Simple as Possible

It’s a big plus if you are a cook or have one living with you. Here are a few simple ways to get quality, balanced meals every day: If your cook is not at home during the day or able to cook after work, try to make multiple quality meals in advance and freeze them. It’s almost as time-consuming to cook a whole chicken or six chicken breasts and a bag of whole-grain rice, as it is to cook two chicken breasts and a cup of rice. A pot of soup or stew can be divided and frozen in multiple servings. Try to turn every food you prepare into multiple convenience foods and you’ll always have something on hand. Keep washed fruits and vegetables in sight in your refrigerator, ready to add to a meal or eat alone. Washing and cutting fresh fruits and vegetables in bulk generally consumes just a little more time than doing smaller batches. Always buy prewashed greens for building quick meal salads. You probably have some great ideas of your own by now. The point is, make quality meals immediately available so you never have to wait too long or eat lousy food—this single habit will impact your success more than anything else.

Keep in mind that it’s easy to build a satisfying meal from vegetables alone or in combination with grains and legumes, like rice and beans. If this all sounds like too much, simplify it to work in your world. It is estimated that 25 percent of people in the US live as one-person households. For those of you who live alone, try to resist the temptation to frequent fast food restaurants or quick meals with low-nutrient value. It’s challenging to eat well when you are the only one eating. Pre-washed greens can be the foundation for a wonderful meal with other vegetables, meat or seafood, or eggs and your favorite dressing. Keep quality canned soups, stews and chili on hand. Ready fruits and vegetables, (fresh, frozen or canned), nuts and juice are perfect while you put a meal together. If at all possible, learn to prepare simple meals using a variety of foods from the Real Food List. Fresh sandwich shops provide good quality ingredients and are very convenient. Frozen meals aren’t necessarily the best quality, but they are usually better than most fast food. Check out the best-quality ones you like and use these if you have to fill in when you are not quite prepared and need a quick meal.

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