Temptation is a terrible thing. It is hard to escape and even harder to ignore.
Like Eve in the Garden of Eden learned; sometimes you want what you want.
Now if apples were our only temptations, we would be fine.
Unfortunately, today’s “Garden of Eating” is a jungle fraught with danger at every turn of the aisle.
And have you noticed when you are trying to lose weight or just want to eat better, that your radar goes up for every treat, snack and sale item you just can’t have? How unfair!
So the first thing you must do is “lead yourself not into temptation”.
A simple change in routine can make a big difference in your ability to bypass the cookies.
Think about when you actually shop for food. Is it a time when you are hungry, tired or stressed? If so, temptations will always get the best of you. It is no mystery how that carton of ice cream ended up in your cart.
So always make sure you have eaten a good meal or snack before you hit the market. A full stomach will allow you to choose a healthier option without distraction.
If you find yourself shopping at the end of the day, when you are stressed to the max and exhausted, stress-reducing chips and crackers will weasel their way into your basket. (The thought of a quick munch in the car on the way home is just too hard to resist.)
So change your grocery purchasing to a time when you are relaxed and focused.
Another common tip is to shop the perimeter of the market. This should be a hard and fast rule. Whole, unprocessed foods are the backbone of any healthy eating plan.
The beloved cookie and cereal aisles are best treated as dark, forbidden alleys. The biggest temptation you will face is right here. There is nothing among these shelves that will fuel your body or further your goals in any way.
Here is how I make it work in my own life; I have my groceries delivered once a week to my door. The only time I step foot in the supermarket is to pick up a few stray items. With list in hand, I know exactly what I am looking for. This saves me time, money, and temptations.
So rethink the way you shop. A little adjustment to your weekly routine could save you from bringing unwanted scale-benders into your own house.
And remember, when in doubt, reach for the apple.
What are some of your best shopping tips to keep you from buying unwanted trigger foods? Leave a message below. I would love to hear them.