In the near six months that I've been on the road to eating better, my grocery shopping habits have definitely changed.
This is what I used to shop like:
It's a funny picture, but it's so accurate for my old shopping style. I'd show up at the grocery store (sometimes with a plan, sometimes not, and sometimes I'd go hungry), and I'd wander the aisles and just pick up random things.
My favorite things to buy back then were (in no particular order):
- Velveeta Shells n Cheese
- Skillet meals (particularly the three cheese one with broccoli and noodles)
- Frozen pizza
- Lucky Charms
- Any other assortment of processed food
Literally, 90% of my cart would be frozen, pre-made meals. Our freezer would be stocked for weeks, with all the microwave meals we purchased.
As time has gone on, I feel like I've gotten better at grocery shopping. I stick to the perimeter of the store as much as possible (it's where all the good, fresh stuff is), and I rarely venture into the aisles unless I need something that isn't a packaged meal.
Now I've noticed that my cart is almost 50% fresh vegetables and fruits, which is a huge change from where I used to be.
My favorite things to buy in the grocery store now:
- chicken breast tenders
- rolled oats
Don't get me wrong, I do crave those processed foods (like right now, I really would like some shells n' cheese), but I figure if I don't buy them and put them into my house, I can't eat them.
And avoiding those aisles altogether has really saved me.