Learning How to Grocery Shop

by Teri E.
(Washington)

Visitor Question:

I'm overwhelmed with trying to figure out what to buy at the grocery store in a timely manner. Do you have any tips for speeding up my shopping trip?

Lifetime Fat Loss Answers:

Planning ahead makes all the difference for saving time with your grocery shopping. This is especially true if you work outside the home. Can you set aside a time in the evening or on the weekend and write out your menus for the week? Try to pick out main meals that you can make in quantity and then eat for two nights and freeze the leftovers.

Spaghetti sauce is an example of a low glycemic time saver that can be made on the weekend and saved. Look at LG Recipes (scroll down for the list and links) on the Navigation Bar for more low glycemic recipes.

So, once you have a dinner and snack plan for each day of the week, make your grocery list with all the food you need. Print the low glycemic food list to help you plan your meals. Get the list of the high glycemic foods on the same page. You may need to take these lists with you to the store until you are very familiar with low glycemic foods.

When you get to the store, spend most of your time around the perimeter of the store where you'll find fresh produce, the meat/fish sections, other refigerated foods like cheese, milk, yogurt, kefir, fresh salas and the frozen fruits and vegetables.

In the pasta section pick up the low glycemic Barilla high protein pasta in the yellow box. With some low glycemic exceptions, you'll be buying very little of the boxed, processed foods. That is because they are shelf safe and most have high glycemic preservatives (unless you are in a natural foods market.) If you do buy any, like crackers, nut butters or cereals, be sure to read the labels carefully.

It's so important to be familiar with reading food labels for high glycemic preservatives before you shop. When you know what these sugars are called you can scan labels quickly. It's a real eye opener to find out you are eating high glycemic foods because of the preservatives which act like sugars but are high glycemic carbohydrates. It's very frustrating to think you are eating wisely and still not lose an ounce because there is corn syrup or maltodextrins in the peanut butter you are buying!

If you can afford to shop in the natural foods markets, like Whole Foods and the like, it will be far easier to find boxed foods made from whole foods without the high glycemic additives and preservatives. Of course, you'll pay a higher price for these foods. Although, sometimes you can find these foods in discount grocery stores.

The more planning ahead you do at your kitchen table, making a grocery list with weekly dinners and snacks and listing the foods you need, the easier and faster your grocery shopping will be.

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