With hundreds of cereal choices, deceiving marketing on labels and growing processed food aisles, grocery shopping can be daunting, if not utterly irritating. That is why it is imperative to go in with a plan. Know what you need (and what you don’t), know what things to avoid and how to best navigate amongst the sea of distractions.
1. Stick to Your Guns!: The best way to avoid supermarket anxiety, is to write a list of needed ingredients and stick to it!
2. Thiamine mononitrate, disodium inosinate, pyridoxine hydro-what? Avoid anything with a large ingredient list or that contains ingredients that you can’t even pronounce.
3. Thou Doth Protest too Much: Avoid anything that has to overly claim its health benefits. It usually means the opposite is true. Instead stick to your instincts and to ingredients you know. Know what is natural food and what is just a jumbling, bumbling list of foreign additives.
4. Border Control: When shopping, try to stay on the borders of the junk food jungle. The most fresh food, with the least amount of ingredients or preservatives, will be located on the edges of the market or right up front (e.g. the produce section).
5. That which perishes first, pick last: By abiding by this 5th and final rule, you will reduce the time that items like meats and poultry are out of their proper storing temperature and therefore decrease the chances for food-borne illness.
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