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We've all heard the old trick of eating before grocery shopping, to minimize the tendency to buy foods on impulse. I couple that trick with chewing sugarless gum when I shop. It further reduces my urge to grab snack foods or things not on my shopping list, because my taste buds feel satisfied.
If you want to stick to your diet, it is very important to plan a healthy menu, make a list, and stick to it when shopping. Stores are sure to put fattening and expensive treats on the end of an aisle and at eye level to get you to buy. Be sure to eat before you shop, to keep from impulse buying!
Everyone knows it's better to eat before you shop -- that isn't always possible, is it? My secret is to buy 1 small junk item to eat. Eat half of it; wait 5 minutes for guilt and realization to set it. Toss the other half if possible. Works for me about 70% of the time.
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