One of the biggest struggles that people have is knowing how to shop and choose the right foods when visiting the grocery store. And while there are so many choices and a ton of confusion at your local grocer, they’ve actually made it really easy for you to shop, if you know what sections to visit, and which to avoid.
In fact, I can get in and out of the grocery store with a full cart of fat-burning groceries in just 15 mins nowadays, simply because I know I’ll never even visit 90% of the store aisles on most visits.
So, before we get into my exact grocery list, here’s my EASIEST grocery store tip EVER:
Shop the perimeter of the grocery store and avoid the middle aisles. That’s it!
Here’s why it works:
With few exceptions, the middle aisles of the grocery store are full of processed, packaged foods while the perimeter contains almost all of the whole, natural foods you’ll need to stock up your fat-burning kitchen.
Here’s my usual routine when visiting my local grocery store, and I’m sure your store is set up in a similar way.
When I walk in the door I make sure to walk right on past the bakery! Did you know that nearly every grocery store puts the bakery right at the entrance intentionally? If they can get your saliva glands working right away, it’s very likely you’ll spend more as you travel through the store…nothing in a grocery store’s layout is by accident, which is why I know your store is probably laid out the same way.
So, quickly pass by the bakery and head straight to the produce section…this is where wholesome goodness starts…fresh fruits & veggies. In my most recent trip, here are the items I grabbed from the produce section:
- Green Beans
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Red potatoes (if you eat potatoes)
- Romaine Lettuce
Of course, there are a ton of other great choices lying around the produce section…pretty much any vegetable and/or fruit would be a great fat-burning, nutrient-rich choice.
I then walk 5 steps from the produce section to the fresh meats and poultry. At our grocery stores here in Florida (Publix) they have an “all natural” section of the meat department called Greenwise where you can get all-natural and organic meats that are sourced from animals not treated with hormones and antibiotics…your store probably has something like this as well. Just ask if you aren’t sure.
From this section I grabbed:
- All Natural Chicken Sausage
- Grass Fed Ground Beef
- Grass Fed Chuck Roast (for pot roast)
- Organic Chicken Breast
- Grass Fed NY Strip Steaks
Next up is the milk and eggs section, again right on that back wall (still haven’t ventured into the aisles at all). From here I picked up:
- Organic Large Eggs
- Organic grass-fed Butter
- Organic Whole Milk
Along the very last aisle in the store are some more dairy items where I grabbed:
- Organic Greek Yogurt
- All-Natural Cheddar Cheese
Also in that last aisle is water, so I grabbed a case or two and that essentially took me back to the front of the store to check out. A full cart of fat-burning groceries all while NEVER visiting the center aisles where I’m sure I would have been tempted to toss in a bunch of processed garbage like cookies, crackers, chips, ice cream, cereal, stove top pasta “mixes”…and the list goes on.
If I do ever make a strategic trip into the middle of the store, it’s almost always to get these items:
- Beans (if you allow yourself to eat beans with your Paleo diet)
- Tomato Puree
And that’s about it.
Follow that simple advice next time you’re at the grocery store and you’ll be in and out in no time while avoiding all those processed items that wind up ruining your diet once you get them home.
This is how to shop smart if you want to lost weight.
You just saw me pass by the bakery without stopping although sometimes I get a few cookies and baguette. Anyway, you see as a chef over the years I’ve spent a lot of time in grocery stores and here is what I found out. It’s a jungle out there.
You see the inside aisles of your supermarket out where the nightmare ingredients resides. 80% of what’s inside the aisles are things that I wouldn’t feed my dog with, that is if I had a dog. I’m only kidding but my point is instead I’m shopping around the supermarket, that’s where the fresh food is.
You can’t go wrong if you shop around the aisles. You see, it’s easy to get sidetracked and buy things we don’t need. I’m talking sugary cereals, junk food, sodium filled frozen dinners and other well marketed food shopping. So, I go straight to the vegetables area. Also take a few nuts, I love nuts and fish. Fish is good for you.
Now, you see how I leave the inside aisles to my left. All the bad stuffs is in there. So, I avoid temptation and I go straight to the mid-area after that. There I cannot follow my inspiration. I take a look at what’s food and what’s isn’t. Of course, I pick up my dairy stuff and a few great yogurts. Did you notice how plain Greek yogurt is hard to find now? That’s too bad because these are much better for you. Just add a few berries to plain yogurt and you’re set.
At this point, I’m pretty much done shopping. I just need to get the exact precise items I have on my list. So, only then do I venture in the inside aisles and that’s only to get exactly what I need. I don’t want to get sidetracked and get myself be tempted by food that will be detrimental to my health or my family.
Inside the aisles, I usually take things like whole grain pasta, tomato sauce, paper towels and just things I really need. I never buy sugary cereals, chips, junk food and what not. It’s a habit you know. If you shop smart like this you will find that my tricks will help you tremendously.
Once I’m done shopping, there is one last secret. No matter what, I always parked my car in the farthest parking spot available. It doesn’t seem much of a big airport but it helps tremendously.
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