How to Shop Efficiently and Avoid Plundering the Store Like a Viking

How many times have you found yourself hangry (hungry and angry) in the grocery store, adding all sorts of stuff in your cart? And when you got home, you realized you bought more food than you needed and even made some questionable choices.

If you can relate to this, it’s important to understand that through your shopping patterns, you risk losing more than just time and money.

How to plan so you can enjoy a relaxing, efficient shopping experience and buy the goods you actually need

Organizing your activities has countless benefits in general, but when it comes to your nutrition, planning ahead becomes crucial.

When I decided to do something about my chaotic eating habits, I realized a simple fact: that all the wrong shopping choices begin with the shopping cart. It is much easier to say no to a bag of chips or ice-cream if it’s not winking at you every time open the fridge’s door.

In this article you are going to learn the steps you can take prior to visiting the store, which will help you make healthier choices, avoid excess and overspending, food spoiling or even worse: giving in to your cravings and fail nurturing your body correctly.

At the end of the article a bonus will be waiting for you: two essential posters to help you plan and improve your shopping.

Plan you meals ahead

By planning your meals before you go shopping, you will know exactly what ingredients you need to buy. And even more important, it gives you the opportunity to reassess your nutrition, the number one factor for your health. Coming up next are a few tips to help you commit to better choices.

Check for the items you already have

Check your fridge and your closet for the remaining items and only add to your shopping list the one that you need. This works for me because it also helps me rescue certain foods from going bad in case I forgot about them.

It is ok however to have a stock of long-lasting foods reserves such as chia seeds, various nuts, frozen berries, etc. I use them for quick and tasty deserts, if you want to learn how please see this article: (referire la articol: non-perishable food stocks from which you can make a healthy and tasty snack in 2 minutes).

Know the best and worst food choices

Part of the charm in making a grocery list is that it enables you to make the healthiest choices. People who shop without lists are more prone to succumbing to impulse purchases and make the bad choice.

When you’re planning out your list, try to think how each item will affect or benefit your life in the long run. Because you won’t have the temptation directly in front of you, you’ll be able to better judge which options are the best for your life.

So use this opportunity and reinvent your diet with a variety of healthy sources of proteins, fats and carbs. If you’d like to refresh your knowledge about nutrition and learn some interesting tips, you can book a free nutrition webinar with me here.

And last but not least…

Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach

You should never go shopping on an empty stomach! When we are hungry we become more attracted to the shelves that satisfy our craving instead of choosing mindfully the foods that fit our goals.

So, if you turn into a diva when hungry, make sure you take your list with you and don’t go shopping on an empty stomach.


Taking a few minutes to make a proper shopping list is definitely worth it. It saves you from overspending, walking back and forth through the store and you don’t have to rely on your memory to get what you need.

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