Confession; I’m an impulse buyer. In my job I teach tactics to navigate the grocery store to save time and money. In real life I’ve been wasting time taking 2-3 trips to the grocery store per week sometimes buying foods I don’t need on impulse. This week my goal is to set this unhealthy habit straight, create a grocery list and ban myself from the store the rest of the week. Think I can do it?
Yea, I’m not so sure about the banning part but I’m going to try. To help me out I’ve already started my list…
I recently got motivation to tackle this issue in my life after reading a report from The Center for Science in the Public Interest entitled “Sugar Overload: The Retail Checkout Promotes Obesity”. The report suggests checkout lines encourage unhealthy decisions that contribute to our nation’s obesity problem. It is based on a study done in one city that examined the checkout aisles across a range of store types. While purchases are a personal choice this report shows the industry and our enviroment at large are not helping us out. Two thirds of our population is overweight or obese, food availability plays a large role in our food choices, and the presence of unhealthy foods near the register increases our likelihood we will buy and consume unnecessary calories.
How many times you grabbed something in the checkout aisle? What if you learned 90% of those items are unhealthy? …Just something to think about! You can overcome an unhealthy manipulative enviroment by making lists, heading to the self checkout, and some serious mental pep talking!
In efforts to abstain from an unnecessary trip to the grocery store I created a new recipe that is genius. I call it: French Onion Kale.
French Onion Kale
- 3 cups kale, chopped and washed
- 1 15 oz can of Campbell’s French Onion Soup
1. Heat stove stop to medium
2. Pour soup into a medium fry pan and stir
3.. Add Kale and saute for 5 minutes!
(you could add mozzarella or fresh onions too :))