One of my hard and fast weight loss rules is to never grocery shop when you’re hungry. Wandering the aisles on an empty stomach will lead to impulse purchases and poor choices.
I’ve heard this rule since I was a kid, and I’ve stuck to it as much as possible over the past eight years. I share it often, because I know it’s a smart rule, and I have many anecdotal stories from my own life to back that up.
I remembered the rule recently, when I pulled into the parking lot of my local Sprouts supermarket, and realized I was starving. Ravenous. Oh, crap.
It was Sunday evening, and I had shifted a few things around in my day. I was going to grocery shop earlier, but that didn’t happen, so now I was grocery shopping at dinner time, and I hadn’t eaten dinner.
I sighed in my car when it dawned on me that I was positively famished. I needed to do something about it before I rolled into Sprouts.
So I got some dinner. Luckily for me, there’s a great salad place in the same shopping center, called Chop Stop, where they build you a custom chopped salad within minutes, off a huge menu board with dozens of potential ingredients.
I went in there, and ordered a spinach salad with beets, hard-boiled egg, red onion, mushrooms, broccoli, cucumber, and mushrooms. With lemon vinaigrette on the side.
I wolfed that salad down immediately, and it hit the spot. From there, it was on to Sprouts, and with a meal in my belly, I was able to stick to my list, resist temptation, and leave excited about all the healthy eating I would be able to do in the days to come.
What to see what I bought? I’ve done many Produce Haul posts in the past where I artfully arranged all my fruit and veggie purchases (check out this post as an example), but as I said, I was shopping on a Sunday evening, and all I wanted to do was get home and hang out with JJ, so shopping cart pics will have to do.
In the upper basket of the cart: celery, a cucumber, green grapes, 1 red and 1 green bell pepper, pears, cherry tomatoes, and 2 zucchini (which are underneath).
In the main basket of the cart: ground turkey (with a package of ground beef underneath), shredded red cabbage, a stir-fry vegetable kit, baby spinach, broccoli slaw, eggs, butternut squash (which I used in this recipe), Greek yogurt, a few bags of frozen veggies, and two bottles of salad dressing (one caesar and one honey mustard).
Shopping crisis avoided. In summary, don’t grocery shop when you’re hungry!
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