[/caption] I was chatting with Lee yesterday after her workout, and we were talking about different ways to make improving your diet easier. Lee came up with a couple of great ideas that are well worth sharing with the group. First, she told me about her Grocery List, which is set up by sections in the grocery store. Instead of writing all your stuff in one long list that might have kale followed by almond butter followed by steak – all in different sections of the grocery store – you can use Lee’s list to group your needs by sections. That will save you time and keep you from running back and forth while pushing a cart. And if you do have to run back and forth pushing a cart, at least you’re fit enough after dealing with our prowler in the back field. A list will also keep you focused and prevent you from just randomly shovelling crap in your cart because you’re hungry and can’t remember what you need. And it’s often been noted in the Functional Fitness community that the stuff you really need to eat is usually grouped around the sides of the grocery store. The crap is usually in the middle aisles. That’s a generalization, of course, but meat, fruits and vegetables are seldom found in the middle of the store. That’s where chips are. Lee’s second tip is sitting down and making a giant list of every healthy meal you can think of. Just write them all down on a sheet of paper. When you’re done, you’ll have a huge list of options, and you can select from those when you’re stuck on what to eat. Even better, plan an entire week’s worth of meals. The basic idea is that bad choices usually happen when you’re tired and can’t think of anything to eat. “Might as well order pizza or just hammer down 20 handfuls of crackers.” Oh no you don’t. Select from the list, and make it happen. We all have great meals that have somehow been forgotten about, and making that list will come in very handy when you’re not feeling particularly imaginative. Eating better is all about being prepared, so plan your shopping, plan your meals and start eating better!
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