I happen to love grocery shopping. I adore everything about it: analyzing nutritional stats of various foods, comparing prices, taking a look at new products, watching the other shoppers and wondering what they’re planning on doing with the food that they buy, realizing that there’s only a handful of companies that actually own most of the smaller name brands… it’s really interesting.
Any time I go to the grocery store, I know to set aside at least half an hour to peruse the aisles. Even if I only need to buy a few things, and even though I know I’m only really getting them from the produce section, I still find it fascinating to examine all sorts of different food. And if I’m in a health food store, be still my beating heart!
But just because going to the grocery store is “my idea of the perfect date”, doesn’t mean everyone else is going to agree with me. Most people seem to dislike grocery shopping, or don’t have the time or want to expend the effort to do a proper shopping trip. This is why I am putting together a Living Healthy in the Real World Guide to Grocery Shopping!
I’ve spoken to different people about eating healthy and their reasons for not eating healthy tend to be because either 1) It’s too expensive; 2) They don’t have enough time to shop and cook; 3) They don’t know how to read nutrition labels/ingredient lists; 4) They really hate shopping and/or cooking.
Because I strongly believe that you can still eat healthy even if one or all of the above apply to you, I am currently planning to write a mini-series in which I will address the following topics (with a different blog post for each topic):
- Preparation for grocery shopping
- Building the basics and stocking the pantry
- Grocery shopping for the time-restricted
- Where to shop
- Grocery shopping on a budget
- What to do if you really dislike shopping and/or cooking
- Tips for healthy grocery shopping
If you have any other issues that you would like me to address, or if you have any questions or thoughts on the mini-series, just leave them in the comments! As always, I would very much like to hear what you have to say! I am also in the works of putting together a few more mini-series, including The Living Healthy in the Real World Guide to Cooking, The Living Healthy in the Real World Guide to Budgeting, and The Living Healthy in the Real World Guide to Exercising, so if you have any thoughts on those, that would also be much appreciated.