Learning to eat healthy and exercise in Chicago
I love grocery shopping! It’s relaxing. It’s my “me” time. I would go every day if I could! Generally I do go grocery shopping twice a week to re-stock when I run out of something… It just works for me. I end up eating really fresh fruit all the time because I only buy what I need for a day or two and just run back when I need more. That works for me because I live close enough to grocery stores that I don’t need to take the car every time obviously that won’t work for everyone. My mom and brother hate the grocery store and try to go as little as possible. When I grocery shop I use the calculator on my phone to keep track of my spending… I start with my budget (usually $40-50) and I figure out what tax will be on a purchase that size. I subtract the tax from the total amount (to give myself wiggle room) and then subtract the unit price of each item from that amount until I hit $0.
Never go to the grocery store without a plan. Never go if you are thirsty. Definitely never go if you are hungry. I don’t buy anything if I would feel a lot of regret for eating the entire package or unit in one sitting. I know that even with the best intentions if I buy something bad I will at some point binge on it. So, if I ate an entire sleeve of rice crackers would it ruin my day/week or hurt my self esteem? No. If I ate an entire sleeve of cookies would it ruin my day/week or hurt my self esteem? Most likely.
I start in the produce section and load my cart with fruits and vegetables, then I head to the outer rim of the store for things like dairy and protien. I never go to the center shelves unless I really need something.
So here is generally what I try to keep my apartment stocked with: