A recent study by Drs. Adam Drewnowski and Colin Rehm at University of Washington found that 63-70% of our calories are coming from the grocery store not fast food and sit down restaurants. This may seem surprising, it was to me, since the focus has been on the restaurants. The restaurants have been forced to change their menu's to add healthier options and list calories, which is great. Looking at this study where 63-70% is coming from our grocery stores perhaps it is time to change our focus. It may be time for grocery stores to join in the changes. Most of us have realized the cheaper items are usually higher or lower on the shelf. The healthier items are often placed in similar positions, just off to the side or above the ready to eat breakfast snack. It may be time to start to demand a change in packaging, asking for clarification on "healthy" items. When it's labeled "healthy" or "nutritious" making sure it is actually good for us. Since it is unlikely that the grocery stores will change their layout of the store after all it is how they make money, it is also unlikely that the companies will change their packaging for the same reason, what can we do about? Even going in knowing what we should get does not always guarantee that is what we leave the store with. Everyone has heard not to shop hungry, but it is true. Not only shop hungry, but perhaps bring a bag of nuts to help curve the desires. What I would suggest, one of the things that helps myself is to shop and just before I am ready to check out stop and go through your cart. Do you really want or need this item, is it good for my family? Walmart is an easy place to do this with their scan and go app. The app not only helps you check out faster not waiting in those lines but allows you to go through your cart. You may find as you go through it that you really do not need those energy drinks that just give you extra calories. Try this and let me know if it helps keep your shopping cart a little healthier.
September 21, 2013