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Diet Tip: Don't Grocery Shop Hungry

Diet Tip: Don't Grocery Shop Hungry

Recently, I read the saga of some chocolate covered raisins over at The Weighting Game blog. It's entertaining and informative with the moral of the story being - you just shouldn't enter a grocery store on an empty stomach, no matter what.

Whether you are dieting or not, chances are you will listen to the grumbles in your tummy rather than your common sense as you walk up and down the aisles. A hungry shopper buys snack foods for quick fixes, completely forgetting about the grocery list designed to make well balanced meals.

If you plan to shop post workout, post work, or pre-meal and are starving, do yourself a favor and buy a little snack first. Get yourself a yogurt, nuts and/or a piece of fruit. Sit in your car and calmly eat your snack. Then reenter the store with normal blood sugar levels and shop with the discipline you have been working on. When you get home, your bags will not be filled with unhealthy snacks, but wholesome good food.

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SU3 SU3 10 years
I agree, this is so true! That's why I steer clear of the middle section of the grocery store... just stay on the sides and you'll more than likely be fine. ;)
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
oh this is SO true for me!
cageyme cageyme 10 years
I actually wind up with a basket full of healthy foods if I do the marketing when I am hungry. Somehow the carrots and the brussel sprouts and the whole grain pasta looks more appealing to me when I am hungry. Where I get into trouble is if I shop while I am thirsty. I wind up with sodas and smoothies and multiple kinds of sugary juices as well as water and milk and soy milk.
vidagrrl vidagrrl 10 years
Only one thing to say. DUH.
inertia inertia 10 years
I have the opposite problem too. I don't own a car -- all my groceries have to be carried by hand from the supermarket. Even when I'm hungry I think carefully about whether each item is worth being carried, and if I'm not hungry I won't buy enough. The worst is after workouts because I'm already tired and am carrying my purse and a big bag of gym clothes, so I reeeeeally don't want to carry a big bag of groceries on top of that.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
:D I know what you mean.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
this is seriously the truth...sometimes i have no control over when i go to the grocery store, but i spend WAY more when I go hungry, and usually the extra stuff isn't that healthy.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I have shopped hungry with little kids in the basket and talk about a headache. I have no will power and then I also have no will power to say NO to their crazy kid requests. How many fruit rollups does one house need, really?
doubleuendy doubleuendy 10 years
i am guilty of that too! then i go home and am like...why? what? i dont need this...i wont eat this...what was i thinking? oh, i wasnt, i just hungry!
purrtykitty purrtykitty 10 years
I am soooo guilty of shopping when I'm hungry. It usually happens when there's nothing I want to eat at home or I get a major craving for something specific, so I go to the store for something tasty. I always come home with about a week's worth of groceries - and it's almost always all junkfood!!! My husband always gets mad then because he has absolutely no self-control and will eat through just about everything I bought within a day or two. Oh, well...better him than me!! ;)
Arthur Arthur 10 years
I'm not exactly on a diet or anything, BUT, I'm the exact opposite. When I shop, I have a list for the basic stuff that we need like salt, milk, eggs, etc. But I almost never make a list for the meals. I go and buy what looks good. If I shop when I'm hungry, I get ALOT more creative cause everything looks good and I'll get things I've never had (like the spelt I bought and made a good soup with) and figure out how to cook it later. But I NEVER buy packaged snack food anyway. I don't even walk down the snack or frozen food aisles. (Heidi does do most of the grocery shopping, but I do a fair amount too).
erlking erlking 10 years
This is the most crucial tip my wife and I use. If we go grocery shopping right after work, our basket will be filled with frozen pizzas, pepperidge farm texas toast, doritos, beer, and all other kind of high calorie garbage. If we eat before we go shopping we may actually see the produce section.
SassyRedhead SassyRedhead 10 years
I personally am a little opposite. When I shop hungry, I'm up to try more new things, especially healthy ones. When I shop full, I tend to underbuy, because in my silly little head I think "Im not hungry I dont need food" and of course, have to go again the next day.
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