A Grocery Shopping Adventure
Thursday, July 24, 2014
This morning I had to do the grocery shopping for myself and my two kids (age 14 and 24). It is not a task I really enjoy because of all the temptations that seemingly try to attack me from their perches on the various shelves throughout the store. So, I decided that this shopping trip was going to be different.
Last night I went through my cookbooks and recipes to find healthy dinners that would fall within my guidelines for weight loss and diabetes, as well as being something my kids would enjoy. I wrote down the ingredients and crossed off what I already had in the house. Then I figured in our breakfasts, lunches, and snacks and added those. Finally, I went through all my coupon and rebate sites and marked those items that I could save additional money on.
As I entered the store, I paused and took 10 deep, cleansing breaths and gave myself some positive talk, pulled out my list and proceeded to the produce section. I managed to stick to my list, bought lots of fruits and vegetables and lean protein. I walked confidently past the candy, cookies, chips, sugary cereals, doughnuts, and baked goods without a second look!!!
I also walked briskly up and down the aisles to get some cardio in. If I missed an item on my list and had to go back down an aisle again, it was just more cardio instead of me being forgetful.
Yes, my final bill was still more than I would like, but it seems that eating healthy does cost more than just eating whatever. I still managed to save $34.78 in coupons and made $4.50 in rebates!! I walked out of the store with my head held high, confident in my choices, a smile on my face, and no guilt or shame!! First time in a long time!!