First, pictures of ice cream.
Got that out of your system? Good. If you’re headed to the supermarket to start off the week, here are some cupboard cleanups to consider for the restock.
1) Make a list. Figure out the week’s meals and needs and try not to deviate, regardless of how good the deals seem. Chances are, the buy one get one free sleeve of Oreos will catch your eye before the dollar off on clementines. Either way, don’t buy more than you need.
2) Shop the periphery. Do a lap first for fruits, veggies, meats, and dairy. If you fill up the cart with perishable goods, you’ll be more judicious about the processed bads.
3) Read the labels. Keep careful note of important nutritional data for things like: protein, fiber, sodium, total fat, carbs, calories, and sugar. Once you start comparing, you might be shocked by the enormous ranges that exist in the market. Remember, just 150 extra calories per meal = an extra pound by the end of the week. (and that’s how many Burpies?)
4) Beware of artificial sweeteners. You might be saving a ton of sugars and calories by switching from ‘classic’ to ‘diet’, but research stills shows a strong correlation between drinking diet pop and struggling with a variety of weight related health-issues. A number of theories exist as to why, but more on that another time. For now, try to sweeten/flavorize your tea, oatmeal, and yogurt with fruits instead of Splenda.
5) Invest in nutrients, not calories. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the perverse food value system that highlights ‘calories per dollar.’ After all, that has been the direction of food marketing for years. ‘For just 25 more cents, you can supersize your meal!’ From a calorie to dollar ratio that’s an indisputable bargain — but we live in an environment where even the cheapest foods are laden with caloric content. Time to rearrange our thinking — food that’s good for you may cost more, but that’s an investment worth making. Once you start shopping for nutrients instead of calories, your body will determine where the value is.