Practicing What I Preach at the Supermarket

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!

Keep it up, David!

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2 Responses to Practicing What I Preach at the Supermarket

  1. lunchmuffin says:

    Good advice.

    We grew close to a hundred butternut squash this fall. I have made three batches of soup so far and I ate the biggest one baked with nothing on it last week and it was really good that way. Those things are like $4 apiece at the store so no way I would eat so many if I had to pay for them.

    Making good choices at the store is always a challenge but over the past couple of years I have consistently upped my fruit intake by a lot. That helps keep the appetite for other stuff at bay most of the time.

    My worst adversary right now is beer. I started drinking a six pack or so per week awhile back and it totally derails me. It changes my gut bacteria for the worse, it dehydrates me then bloats me for days in spite of eating lots of pineapple and other fruit. I have always had trouble losing weight even with just a couple of beers per week but started drinking some really good tasting beers last spring and that was a big mistake weight-wise. I still run even though the weather is bad but it isn’t getting any easier with the weight and age creeping up on me. I guess I will have to quit again even though I don’t want to really.

    Best of luck.

    • David says:

      I’m jealous of your 100 butternut – enjoy! Sounds like you have a lot of good habits, and some bad ones, too, but you’ve identified those, and that’s always a great first step. Keep at it, and keep it up!

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