The key to making sure you buy the healthy foods you need — while avoiding the impulse purchases you don't — is to plan ahead. Before you set out to the grocery store, follow these tips:
  • Clean out your cupboards of al high –fat, sugar, and sodium foods. If they are not in your house you won’t eat them.
  • Make a list of all the items you need for the week. Check your pantry to see if you already have any items on the list. If you do, remove or cross off those items.
  • Organize your coupons. Bring only the coupons you'll need. Put them in the same order as your list to follow the flow of your shopping pattern.
  • Don't shop when you're hungry.
  • Plan to shop by yourself. Don't bring your spouse or children, who may talk you into buying items that aren't on the list.
  • Avoid temptation - Use the candy-free checkout lines
  • Shop when you are calm. Being angry, upset, or sad can lead to ill-advised food choices.
  • Running out of healthy food ideas? Grocery stores are great places to find healthy recipe tips and ideas.
  • Keep a running list of low-fat or low-sodium brands that you like. When you print your shopping list, note brand names next to the items.
  • Try varying the places that you get your groceries. Familiarize yourself with farmers markets, and “produce only” stores as well as ethnic markets. Discover healthy ways to season your foods.

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