Never Grocery Shop Hungry!


Lots of Food at Checkout

After a long, tiring day at work, you enter the grocery store to buy the ingredients needed to prepare a delicious, healthy meal. Immediately after crossing the threshold of the store, your stomach starts growling uncontrollably. As you pay for your groceries at the checkout counter, you realize you’ve eaten half of a bag of potato chips while shopping. If you can relate to this common scenario, you may need to quit the waistline expanding habit of grocery shopping when you’re hungry.

When you’re hungry, steering clear of a grocery store is a smart idea. Actually, according to a University of Minnesota research study, you probably shouldn’t shop for anything when your stomach wants food. This fascinating study suggests that the likelihood of purchasing any type of products, food or otherwise, at a store increases when you’re famished. To prevent overbuying on your next shopping trip, eat a meal or snack before heading to your favorite stores. If you typically visit the grocery store on your way home from work, take some portable, healthy snacks with you to the office. Some great options include:

  • Nuts and raisons
  • Cheese and whole grain crackers
  • Slices of turkey
  • A grilled chicken breast
  • Canned tuna
  • An apple and peanut butter

In addition to eating food, drink plenty of water before shopping. Oftentimes, people confuse thirst with hunger. Staying hydrated might help prevent you from having a momentary lapse in judgment on the cookie aisle.

Besides avoiding shopping while hungry and thirsty, you should always enter the grocery store with a list. By preparing a list, you will likely be less tempted by all of the tantalizing displays of sodas, cakes, potato chips, and other unhealthy foods at the supermarket. Armed with a descriptive list of items, you will be on a mission. In addition to selecting healthier foods, you’ll also probably complete your shopping in record time.

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