How To Conquer The Supermarket
As you gear up to get ready to start your new muscle building diet, one thing that you must be learning how to do is conquer the supermarket. Far too many people aren’t succeeding on their muscle building diet plans simply because they don’t have the right types of foods at home with them.
This leaves them eating foods that are highly processed, picked up at the local drive-thru, or worse yet, bought from the vending machine or corner convenience store.
If you know how to conquer the supermarket however, this won’t be a problem for you.
Let’s look at a few of the important quick tips that you need to know on how to shop smart at the supermarket as well as how to do so in a cost-effective manner. By learning this skill, you’ll be learning the basics to maintaining a fitness lifestyle for the long haul.
Must Do’s At The Supermarket
The very first thing that you must do when you go to the supermarket is to make sure that you shop in the perimeter of the store. By shopping the outer aisles most frequently, you’ll find the foods that aren’t processed at all and are going to provide the utmost benefit to your health.
These are the foods that tend to come straight from the ground and will pack in the most significant nutritional punch.
In addition to that, you also want to make sure that you never grocery shop hungry. You’ve likely heard this before, but it really is true. Grocery shopping while starving will not only cause you to add foods to your cart that you definitely shouldn’t, but drive up the cost of your grocery bill.
Go in with a list and stick to it.
Top 5 Don’ts
Now let’s look at a few of the top five don’ts for grocery shopping.
First, don’t purchase anything that has sugar as the first, second, or third ingredient. If it does, you know that food is far too processed for you to be consuming regularly. This also applies to white flour as well.
Second, don’t fall for the ‘fat free’ hooks that some marketers put on their packages. Fat free often means ‘sugar-loaded’, so stay far away.
Third, don’t overlook frozen vegetables. These work great to have on hand for busy days when you don’t have time to prepare fresh.
Fourth, make sure that you stock up on frozen meats when they go on sale. Since you can keep these in your freezer for an extended period of time, there’s no worry about them spoiling.
Finally, also make sure that you try at least one new healthy food each week. This will keep your diet from feeling bland and boring and give you something to look forward to. Just be sure it’s a healthy selection such as a new lean protein source or new fruit or vegetable.
The Muscle Cook’s Personal Supermarket Strategy
The first thing about my supermarket strategy is planning. I always prepare a list of what to buy before I enter the supermarket. This prevents me from wandering around and getting stuff that I shouldn’t be getting.
The next thing is organization. I make sure to organize my list based on the different categories of foods. Fresh produce, Proteins, Whole grains and then Fats.
Finally I enter the condiments section. This is where I am extra attentive and am sure to read the labels very carefully. Sodium and sugar content is something to watch out for.
After that….Checkout time! All set to go back home and create new Anabolicious recipes out of these ingredients