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Basics of grocery shopping

There are many different types of torture and torture that overweight people apply to themselves. This is all sorts of diets (kefir, Kremlin …), and fasting, and torture in the gym, and sticking needles into the body, and carrying currents, and wrapping anything, and not eating after six. The list goes on and on – it’s endless. Whatever diet you choose, closer to the middle of the program you may be tired of the monotony of food consumed and want to make your menu more interesting. To solve this problem, it is very important to choose products in the store correctly. The well-known nutritionist Lydia Ionova in her new book, Healthy Habits, offers several simple rules for grocery shopping. Rule number 1: always go to the store well-fed In no case should you engage in gastronomic shopping on an empty stomach. In this state, you risk buying products, to put it mildly, very different from healthy ones. And since you bought them, it is highly likely that you will eat them. Well, do not throw away the same, in the end! Rule number 2: read the labels carefully. Remember: the most important information about the products is written in the smallest font. When studying the label, pay attention to two basic types of information: the composition of the product and its nutritional value. The composition should include as little as possible colorants, thickeners, preservatives, flavors and other chemicals. It is desirable that there are no sugar additives (these are simple carbohydrates, which should be minimized), as well as wheat flour and fats. Especially you should be alerted by the presence of vegetable fats, as this phrase often hides extremely unhealthy palm oil, similar in composition to animal fats. After reviewing the composition of the product, refer to its nutritional value. Here we are most interested in two indicators – calorie and fat content. Both should be moderate. Take two similar products (say, two options for muesli), compare them in composition, calories and fat and choose the product that is the most healthy. Rule number 3: go to the store with a list or give yourself the option to buy only healthy products. It has been observed that men and women make purchases in different ways. Psychologists explain this primitive instincts. As is known, in prehistoric times, while the representatives of the stronger sex chased mammoths, their faithful crawled on their knees through the forest, collecting all sorts of roots and weeds, carefully separating edible plants from inedible ones. From the point of view of food extraction, nothing has changed since then. Men, being hunters by nature, behave in the same way in the store: they clearly know what they need, find it, buy it and delete it. Well, ladies act like primitive gatherers: they walk slowly around the trading rooms, looking for what they like the most from a wide range of products. The thing is that when a woman enters the store, including grocery, she often falls into a trance state, when any information easily penetrates the brain. That is why customers are so easily conducted on all sorts of marketing tricks. In addition, in the trance state, the awareness of actions is reduced, and as a result, when choosing products, we are guided not so much by their use as by their attractive appearance. What to do in this situation? There are two main strategies here. The first is to go to the store with a pre-made list of necessary products and strictly adhere to it. The main thing that this grocery set was as diverse as possible. The problem is that we usually make purchases, as they say, on the machine, and if we are used to not paying attention to a department, then we continue to ignore it. Therefore, carefully examine the store or supermarket where you usually buy food, look into all the hidden corners, examine the contents of the upper and lowermost shelves, which are often difficult to reach. Pay special attention to the department of dietary products. It may very well be that among the products represented there there will be those who are able to take their rightful place on your table. The second strategy does not imply a list. It is suitable for those for whom it is important to enjoy the process of obtaining food. You can continue to explore the contents of the store shelves, but give yourself a clear installation – carefully read the labels and put only healthy products in your basket. At the end of the talk about grocery shopping, another important tip is to carefully study the fruit and vegetable department of your store and find 3-5 new fruits and vegetables that you could theoretically like. Buy them, cook and try. If the tasting is successful, include these foods in your normal diet.

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