Shopping Smart after Weight Loss Surgery
You might think that your supermarket woes will come to an end after weight loss surgery. After all, you won’t feel nearly as hungry, and your strict dietary restrictions will nip impulse buys in the bud, right? Many people who undergo weight loss surgery are still the primary food provider for their family, so you could find yourself perusing the aisles of your local grocery store in the same way you did prior to bariatric surgery, just now with the intention of your children and spouse indulging in some of those unhealthy treats as you look on.
First of all, it is never a good idea to bring tempting foods into your home—even after weight loss surgery. Sure, you might physically feel able to resist a snack, but bringing old favorites into your pantry is only going to make your mental battle with food cravings sharper.
Secondly, weight loss surgery is a great opportunity for the whole family to begin eating healthier. You don’t need to force your children and spouse to diet for weight loss, but you can begin cooking healthier meals and encourage them to partake in exercise with you—healthy habits that can lead to a generally healthier lifestyle.
Your Food Shopping Strategy
After weight loss surgery, do yourself a favor by implementing a healthy strategy for food shopping. Purchasing healthier foods is the first step to making it easier to stick with your dietary guidelines, as well as helping your entire family to become healthier.
Here are a few tricks to help you shop healthy:
- Stick to the perimeter: Natural and unprocessed foods like produce, meat and dairy are located on the perimeter of the food store, while processed and sugar-heavy foods are generally in the center aisles. Do the majority of your shopping around the perimeter and avoid the urge to walk up and down every aisle.
- Write a list: You are much more likely to stick to your shopping plan if you make a list before going and only purchase what you planned for ahead of time.
- Bring your own bags: Planning on doing just a small trip? Bring one or two reusable shopping bags with you and plan to only purchase enough groceries to fit in those bags. This will stop you from picking up superfluous items that you might find on sale.
Sticking to a shopping plan will help you save money as well as reduce the stress associated with at-home snacking. Keep temptations out of your house and encourage healthier eating in your entire family by implementing a strong food shopping strategy.