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15 Tips To Shop Healthy In Less Than 20 Minutes

15 Tips To Shop Healthy In Less Than 20 Minutes

Do you ever just walk into the store determined to get some healthy foods and walk out with all kinds of unhealthy food? Candies, chips, soda, and so much more. Grocery shopping is one of the most common chores. We don’t always think about it but lots of things around us influence what we buy. How can you go shopping without taking all the unhealthy snacks home? How to focus? Well, I’m going to give you 15 tips to make it easier to shop healthy!

Tips 1: Shop the right aisles

To eat healthy, it is a pretty logical step to start by buying food from the fruit and vegetable aisle. Try to avoid the aisles with unhealthy and processed foods. What you don’t see, you most likely won’t crave. Focus on the fresh food aisles.

Tip 2: Eat before you shop

One of the most common pieces of advice when it comes to shopping: don’t shop on an empty stomach. And this is one of the most important things to remember. Shopping while hungry causes you to take longer and buy more products and less healthy food. Make sure you’re filled up a little so you can focus on the food you really need.

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Tip 3: Eat apples before

‘Apple?’, you may think. Yes, apples. Like I said in tip 2, shopping shouldn’t be done on an empty stomach. But what you eat before shopping also influences what you buy. There have been studies conducted in which people ate different things before shopping. The people eating apples bought about 25% more fruits and vegetables. It is explained that by eating something healthy before shopping, you will buy healthier foods in the store. So yes, apples!

Tip 4: Make a list

Another oldie but goldie. When you’re at home, make a list of what you want to buy. This will keep you focused on what you really need. Try to shop only according to your list. This way you won’t end up buying unnecessary food. This helps you buy healthy foods and saves you time!

Tip 5: Make a meal plan

Try to make a daily or weekly meal plan. If you plan your food ahead of time, you won’t overeat, or even buy unnecessary food. Also, you will be able to walk in the store, confidently knowing what you want to buy.

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Tip 6: Spend on convenience

If you want a quick snack, be willing to spend a little more. Buy precut veggies instead of chips, a bottle of water instead of soda. It may cost a little more, buy it is worth it. If you have busy mornings and know you don’t have much time for preparing food, precut veggies or other healthy options to still eat healthy.

Tip 7: Choose the healthier option

Need bread? Go for whole wheat. Need meat? Go for a lean cut and skinless. Walk through the frozen section? Stock up on frozen fruits and vegetables. There are plenty of healthy options. If you have the option, go for it! Get that healthier food. It may not seem like much of a difference but you’ll feel a lot better making the healthy decision.

Tip 8: Read the labels

If you really need something that’s got a wrapper or a package, check the labels to choose the best option. Try to go for options that have words that you understand. Try to avoid artificial ingredients or high levels of unhealthy substances.

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Tip 9: Stay with the season

Fruits and vegetables on season are not only cheaper, but usually also better to eat, since they haven’t had to be imported. Pick the fruits and vegetables that are naturally grown in your area. It’s really that easy.

Tip 10: Your cart is your plate

When you go shopping, try to picture your cart as your plate. An average plate needs to be half filled with fruits and vegetables. Try to make sure that you also have enough fruits and vegetables in your cart. What you buy in the store is what you eat at home. If you want to eat healthy, buy healthy food.

Tip 11: Don’t let ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ deceive you

Just because the package says ‘organic’, ‘natural’ or ‘healthy’ doesn’t mean it really is. Always check the contents. The people who sell food simply want to make money and don’t always have your best interest at heart. Know what you buy and read through the ingredients.

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Tip 12: Check sales

Before you leave the house, when you know what you need, check what sales the store has. That way you know where you need to go and what to put in your shopping cart. Saves time and money!

Tip 13: Odd timing

Usually people go groceries shopping after work or in the weekend. Try to avoid the rush by going at an odd time. It will save time, because no one will be walking in your way.

Tip 14: Stock up

If you make sure you stock up on the basics, you won’t have to buy those every time you go shopping. Make sure you fill your pantry and freezer with the basics to cut off some shopping time for next time you shop. Canned, dried, and frozen fruits and vegetables are great to have stocked up.

Tip 15: Wear a watch

If you only have a short period of time to do your shopping, wear a watch. If you can have a look at the time, it really does help cut down the time.

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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