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Grocery Shopping Tips

Health begins and ends with our food choices so I always chose wisely when investing in the products I buy.

Yes, the food we eat is an investment. It may not be profitable and we don’t have anything material wise to show for it, but it’s an investment in our health and happiness.

I for one will take the latter every day of the week and every day for the rest of my life.

We all fall victim to the marketing schemes of the food industry from time to time because food products are specifically designed to entice and addict us.

  • Brightly colored boxes with flashy designs
  • Toys inside bags of cereal that are perfectly placed at the eye level of our children
  • Exuberant amounts of sugar content in everything that’s packaged
  • Store layout
  • Convenience of microwavable or oven ready frozen meals

This is the outline used to make the most profit off of us, the consumers. We have to be smarter than this, we have to make choices for ourselves instead of taking the bait.

This is so important to me that I’ve put together a list of 5 ways to avoid making the wrong food choices when shopping for you and your family.

Tip #1: Don’t go shopping hungry

I know it’s a no brainer, but it really is important. We all make bad decisions when we’re hungry because everything looks so good. The other day I went shopping while I was hungry, bought a can of Wasabi + Soy Sauce almonds (a trigger for me) thinking I could control myself. Welp, 3 hours later and the entire can is gone. Some of you are probably saying “what’s the big deal? Almonds are good for us”. Yeah, one serving a day is. Not 6 servings in one sitting and 1000 calories worth.

If that much damage can be done with almonds, imagine what can happen with worse foods.

Tip #2: Shop the perimeter only – no inner isle buys!

I say this all the time. All. The. Time. Shop the perimeter of the store. I’m talking produce, meat market, dairy. That’s it. Frozen fruits and vegetables are okay, but avoid the packaged dinners that are beside them. They’re loaded with all the sugar, chemicals and heavy calories we’re not down with anymore.

Tip #3: Have a list

Go in with a plan and do not deviate from it. It’ll save you calories and money!

Tip #4: Plan meals in advance

Going shopping without knowing what you’re making the upcoming week is only asking for trouble. New to meal prepping? Have no fear! I’m here to help 🙂

Tip #5: If our grandparents didn’t eat it, leave it

I’m not playing. I’ve never seen my nana eat a fruit roll up and she’s in her mid 70’s on next to no medication. If your grand parents don’t know what it is or haven’t ate it, LEAVE IT. I mean I’m a reasonable gal – I’ll pick up some halo top or a quest cookie a couple of times a week. We all need something. All I’m saying is to limit that something. Capeesh?

Show off your grocery haul! Tag me @gemofthegym on Instagram and show me what you got!


  • stephanieliden

    Great tips! I try really hard to stick to a list and never go to the store hungry. I really live ordering groceries online since it keeps me away from impulse buys entirely!


    • Amy Tyre

      That is an AWESOME idea! We don’t really have that option where I live so I didn’t even think about that. Thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙂


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