Everywhere I turn I am being offered kilo tins of chocolate for less than 200 grams of my breakfast berries and fruit, the smell of freshly baked bread is being pumped out all over the store and there are mince pies on special offer to greet me the minute I walk in the door. It all looks delicious especially as breakfast is a distant memory and lunch is due at any minute.
So what’s a girl to do?
We are what we eat, and we will eat what we buy so if you are hanging on to a little more body fat than you would like it is then you need to address your decision making.
Destructive eating, eating the wrong foods, overeating, or mindless eating is the product of several decisions, the first of which begins when walking into the store and your senses are bombarded with buy me now sensations, the smell the fresh baked bread or the colourful tins of calories (whoops I meant chocolates), the amazing to good to miss 3 for 2 offers on the foods and drinks that are going to bring your good intentions and fat loss on the Feel Fab formula to a screeching halt.
So here are a few tips for a successful shopping trip
Do it online!! I have to say for me this is the best way of avoiding temptation! I have a list of my favourites that I have every week and I seldom venture far from that list. It means I don’t get tempted by the special offers and the cunningly positioned 2 for 1’s.
It also works out far cheaper and for a Babe who is always on the Run and never has time it is definitely the most time effective way of getting the job done.
Write a list, this is so obvious but something I think few of us do these days, yet it’s a great way of saving time, money and calories! Also try to keep shopping to a weekly minimum, daily shopping means daily temptation!
Bootycampers should have a suggested healthy shopping list to use as your base, just build your extras on that!
Make a plan of your meals for the week, spending half an hour at the weekend planning your meals for the week means that you won’t be finding yourself caught short with nothing healthy in the cupboards for that evening’s dinner or tomorrows packed lunch.
Knowing what you need for the week will again stop you indulging on extras.
BABEs you should already be doing this!!!
Don’t go hungry! Make sure you’re not in need of food when you walk in the supermarket. If your stomach is empty or you are hungry studies have shown that your brain is programmed to guide you towards the higher calorie foods to fill you up. Why make things even harder for yourself!
Don’t start eating in the supermarket! I speak from experience on this one, back in my days as a carb junkie it was not uncommon for me to find myself standing at the checkout with a half eaten loaf of fresh bread – maybe its just me – but no picking in the aisles!
Stick to the outside aisles, this is where you find all of the fresher produce, things with a shorter shelf life, the shelve packers need to be able to access the regularly so hence they are positioned on the outside. The longer life products are in the middle – longer life means sugar, salt preservative and e numbers (although this can also be found in many of the short life products as well)
Make sure you read the labels, the real labels, not just the claims on the front! If it has more than 5 ingredients, anything you cannot pronounce or is going to last until next Christmas then the chances are it is not a health product and its not going to help you slim down – No matter what it says on the label!
Give your trolley a final once over at the check out. Go through and ask yourself about the choices you have made, have you stuck to your list, is the contents in keeping with the FeelFab Formula, what would I say if should suddenly appear over your shoulder?
Go away young man were talking shopping ……
Now where were we?
Oh yes ……
Think of your trolley like your dinner plate!
Loads of fresh fruit and veggies, some good lean protein, lots of good fats, some complex carbohydrates and lots of water.
Don’t buy the naughty stuff in bulk! Buying tins of chocolates now for Christmas is a sure fire way of piling on the pounds before you even get to the big day! I assure you, in fact I guarantee that the supermarkets will not run out of tins of celebrations, or will not have an equally as good offer on them 2 days before Christmas.
Wait and savour those choccies whilst you eat them wearing your jeans a size smaller at Christmas instead of size bigger or uncomfortably tight because you have worked your way though the tin you bought at the beginning of December just to be sure you didn’t miss out, and the tin you bought to replace it the next week, and the tin after that!
And finally to the old favourite excuse – the kids! My answer here is … Do they need it either??
How about stopping off on the way home every now and then at the shop for a treat rather than having the cupboards stuffed full of sugar on tap?
This way they get to learn the value of high sugar foods as treats and you get to give them a special treat that doesn’t spoil your waist line or theirs for that matter!
So ladies next time you enter the supermarket remember THIS IS WAR! Stay alert and don’t let your senses over ride your “Feel Fab” fat loss plan!
If you don’t buy it – you won’t eat it!