The Mindful Diet Days 32-33
Week 5: Have More Fun with Your Food
Days 32–33: Find joy in food shopping.
Going grocery shopping can feel like a big, annoying chore—or it can be a highlight of your week, says Debra L. Benfield, RDN, a nutrition counselor and registered yoga teacher in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “Finding the grocery stores, farm stands, and little ethnic-food shops that help you connect to your food will not only make the shopping experience more fun, but will also inspire you to make smarter choices,” she says. “These spots often have far more whole foods and homemade offerings, and fewer processed foods.”
I often hear people say that they hate grocery shopping. While I'm not one for crowded aisles or long lines, but there is something exciting about the grocery store. It is easy to become overwhelmed when you're trying to change your diet: trying to read labels or find foreign ingredients, but it doesn't have to be exhausting.
The meal prep industry has taken off in more recent years for many of these same reasons. I am a big proponent of proactively prepping snacks, portions of meals, and freezer worthy foods for the week, but there are a lot of downsides to many of the pre-packaged meal prep service options. A big priority to me is knowing where my food is coming from, but if someone else is buying the ingredients you have to take their word for it. Another big priority for me is knowing what was added to my food during the cooking process and what affect the cooking has had on my food's nutrition and flavor. At the end of the day, prepping your own food is best, but first you have to get to the store and buy your ingredients.
Although we have our favorite health food store, but you can never underestimate the value of having access to locally grown organic produce from the farmer's market. I found a local organization that sources locally grown organic produce and works to better the community with their educational programs. If you're in the Claremont area, check out Uncommon Good! Uncommon Good can also take some of the stress out of grocery shopping with their produce boxes, which can be delivered locally.
It always helps to make a list before you wander around the grocery store trying to piece meals together. Determine what you need for each meal throughout the week, try to use ingredients in more than one dish to avoid letting groceries go unused, and check to see what you have before you leave the house. Try to pick dishes that can use up groceries you already have around the house before going out and buying more.