Have you out on a few pounds since the holidays? Many of us who are battling obesity have gone a few steps backward, simply because we indulged in all the holiday fare.
The next time you go shopping for food, pay attention to where your eyes and your brain take you.
My mother used to say she could look at food and gain weight. We laughed, knowing if we had to actually eat the food before we gained weight. Now, mom’s old saying may have some merit after all. No, we don’t magically gain weight by looking at food, but our brain tells us what we like and what we want. Thus, if your brain is saying it wants a chocolate bar, and your eyes take you to the candy isle, chances are quite high that you will pick up a chocolate bar and put it in your shopping cart. Your brain is responsible for your impulse buying.
If you are a person who has a hankering for candy, ice cream and other rich desserts, or you crave salty or fatty foods, you can program your brain to ignore those impulse purchases that will add inches to your waistline.
How to shop smarter for healthy foods:
The first thing you should do is to write down your weight loss goals and carry them with you to the grocery store. Write your goals on your shopping list.
When you make your shopping list, be sure to list healthy foods with fresh fruits and vegetables. I like to buy raw veggies in an assorted bag that is ready to eat. I don’t have to prepare it prior to eating it. All I do us rinse the veggies off and drain them on a paper towel before plating them.
I buy strawberries, grapes and apples and sometimes other fruits when they are in season.
When you shop, be sure to shop in the outer perimeter of the store. Your healthiest foods are in that area. If you need an item that is in one of the isles, get what item or items you need and get out of that isle. Remember that your eyes and your brain are taking in everything around you, and you could easily forget your goals you set for yourself.
In an essence, you have to parent yourself when you have strong tendencies to sabotage your weight loss efforts. Your brain may be saying it wants deep dish, double stuffed pizza and a 2 liter of soda pop, but your weight loss goals remind you that you need to stay on track and make healthy shopping choices.
I had good intensions to stay on track over the Christmas holiday, but when I went shopping, I bought cookie dough, pies and all the rest. The day before Christmas, I lost my resolve. I baked the cookies and a cherry pie. The cookies were sampled and the pie was eaten mostly by me.
Needless to say, I gained a few pounds over Christmas. My resolve is back, and I’m going to follow my own advice.
Some of the ideas for this article came from Weight Watchers Magazine