Coach G’s Nutrition Corner: Grocery Shopping? Think Grocery Buying!
By: Garrett Rolsma
Grocery Shopping? Think Grocery Buying!!!
In the wake of the Black Friday craziness, let me start by getting something off my chest, I HATE SHOPPING! My wife can attest to this, I am a miserable shopping companion. I want to get what I need in the shortest amount of time and get on with my day (even if I don’t really have much else going on). Shopping requires you spend time, look at the available options, think about it, and then make a conscious decision to buy or not. The term buying means an exchange of money for a good or service you need, key word need. Let’s change our terminology from grocery shopping to grocery buying. If you are at the grocery store shopping for what you need in your healthy nutrition plan, it is too late, you are most likely going to buy something that is not on your plan. So how can you ensure that you are grocery buying instead of grocery shopping? It is relatively easy, create a plan. At a given date and/or time look in your kitchen and take stock of what you have and what you need. After you know what is missing, make a list of the things you need to buy. When it is time to go to the grocery store, take your list and buy from the list. You will save time aimlessly walking the aisle thinking about what empty spaces were in your pantry. Now I know that sometimes you see specials or new products that you may want to try, great! You saved yourself lots of time by having a plan, you can now spend a few extra minutes reading a new label. The vocabulary you use is very powerful. A simple change of wording can drastically alter your perceptions. Use this to your advantage, next time you are heading to the supermarket you aren’t shopping, you are buying!!!