DAY 13-

PLAN YOUR NEXT SHOPPING TRIP

Today’s challenge is to plan your next shopping trip. Not just the actual groceries that you will buy, but also the day you will go. The time you will go. The time it will take to go and come back, and unpack. And even if you shop online, the time you will need to dedicate to still create a list, and then order, and then be sure to be home.

Why is planning our shopping so important to healthy eating?

Well beyond shopping being able to save us so much money rather than eating out, it helps us to eat far more nourishing options than if we leave it to chance and just pick up something casually from the shops when we are hungry. By planning at least some of our meals, we are able to reduce our possibility of eating less nourishing food, and we prepare ourselves for success.

Remember though that when you go shopping, you need a plan of action. To just walk into a supermarket without a plan of how you will use the food you buy can cause chaos. Even if you are not buying food for specific recipes, it is still advisable to buy food that you can plan to eat across the week and so having some sort of structure.

If you have an abundance of time then you might not need to worry, but for most people working, scheduling time for your healthy eating will go a long way. Not having a plan, or at least a rough one, is common for people who tend to have erratic eating, not to mention that our appetites can often dictate what we want to buy in the shops at the time and so more likely to make impulse buys that are processed, high sugar and fat.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail, is the mantra to remind yourself how important planning is.

So today, I want you to plan a shopping trip that will prepare you for success.

That will include you planning the time that you will actually go. The day, or multiple days that you will go. If you are doing it online, then the same. What day and time will you do it, and when will you be in to receive it?

Next you will need a shopping list with enough ingredients to help you flourish. I recommend picking as many fruits and vegetables as possible. If you have ideas for recipes then great, and if not, then a great base for most meals is to pick a wholesome source of carbohydrates including foods like potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, oats, beans, lentils, etc… and then for protein, looking to foods like meat, fish, eggs, and tofu. You can then simply add extra bits and bobs like nuts for fats. 

Write up a list before you go and save it. Review how much it served you at the end of the week, and adjust it accordingly to your needs.