With the big snowpocalypse that hit the east coast/midwest of the United States a few weeks ago, I’m sure most of us went to the grocery store to stock up on necessities. But what really is a necessity? That snow storm lasted all of 2 days and people stocked up for weeks’ worth of snacks and food, and I guarantee not everyone made the best choices.
For those of us on this healthy lifestyle journey, we have to always stay prepared, even doing a storm. During last year’s historic winter, especially in Boston, I was able to really get a move on my weight loss, and a lot of people were stunned by that. During most storms people tend to binge eat or overeat and they usually are making poor choices because poor choices are an option for them.
A storm isn’t an excuse to pig out, yet an opportunity to try new healthy recipes/snacks and the best way to do that is by being prepared. If you know that you’re going to be stuck in the house, don’t even invite in the temptation! It starts at the grocery store.
Take a list of foods to the grocery and stick to that! You don’t have to buy potato chips, candy, cookies, donuts or whatever other junk food that expires months and months after what you should really be comfortable with! Instead buy nuts/seeds, rice cakes, peanut butter, fruit and veggies (don’t overdo it where you won’t eat it all in that time period), water instead of soda, soups low in sodium, popcorn or oatmeal for an example! And along with having the right foods in your house remember to exercise restraint!
Don’t eat just because you’re bored, remember we eat to fuel our body not to kill time, besides…you wouldn’t want to run out of food lol!
I’ve attached a “Clean Eating” Grocery list that you can take to the store with you, during a storm or not, just as a guideline of what smarter choices we can be making while shopping!
Just by doing little things, such as keeping bad foods out of reach, and by practicing portion control, even doing storms, can we make a huge impact on our healthy lifestyle journeys!