Friends and clients often ask me to show them how to grocery shop. I’ve even “trained” a few clients IN the grocery store – instead of working out, we meet at the grocery store and we walk up and down the aisles. Most people just don’t KNOW what to buy when it comes to healthy eating. In fact, I recently ran into a newer client at the store and she was quite proud of her shopping cart – it was full of “healthy, low fat” items <-her words, not mine. When I looked inside, I saw nutrition bars, “low-fat” white bread, “low-fat” snack mix, yogurt covered raisins, etc. No veggies. No fruits. No lean meat. I told her I’d bring her shopping with me next time. :)
Anyway, here’s what I bought:
Shopping List (if marked through, that means it either wasn’t on sale or I had to go to a different store.)
- Berries (if on sale)
- Spaghetti Squash
- Avocado (x3)
- Naked Juice for Kombucha
- Lean Ground Turkey
- Lean Ground Beef
- Chicken Breast
- Eggs (x2)
- Egg Whites
- Roasted Almonds
- Natural Peanut Butter
- Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- Soy Crisps
- Bragg’s ACV
- Nature’s Path Cereal
- Brown Sugar
For H & C
- Mac N Cheese
- Baby Carrots
- String Cheese
Clockwise from the top: Blue Diamond Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, Organic Whole Milk, Free Range Eggs, Cage Free Liquid Egg Whites, 99% Lean Ground Turkey, Golden Delicious Apples, Beets, Lemon, Carrots, Bananas, Strawberries, String Cheese, Baby Carrots.
Clockwise from the top: Figs, Dates, Shampoo, Natural Peanut Butter, Soy Crisps, Green Pepper, Avocado, Grapefruit, Wasabi Edamame Hummus (yum!), Luna Bars, Albacore Tuna, Low Sodium Almonds.
Clockwise from the top: Nature’s Path Millet Rice cereal (my favorite!), Mom’s Best Toasty O’s, Triscuits, Quinoa, Broccoli, Ginger Aid tea.
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Let me be frank here – I’m not always a saint in the grocery store, but it isn’t because I’m “nutrition-ignorant.” Sometimes I simply choose to look the other way and grab the yogurt covered raisins. There’s an important difference there. I think that we can EDUCATE people about how to eat healthier, but then it’s up to THEM whether or not they choose to put that education into PRACTICE. Same goes for fitness – I can meet with a client 2 times a week, but what really makes the difference in their body composition is how they PRACTICE the education that they receive from me.
I suppose practice really does make perfect.
QUESTION: How often do you grocery shop? Do you coupon?