Take a moment to stop, breathe and focus before you start your grocery shop
The gut-busting cardio session, the sweaty weights session - yes they help, but The Weekly Grocery Shop is one of THE most important processes that you will do during your weight loss journey.
What you choose to put in your trolley is what eventually ends up in your belly so it is important that you make an effort to stop, think about your long-term health and fitness goals and bring some discipline to what you are about to purchase.
The power of the state of mind when you start pushing that trolley can have a massive influence on the types of food you select. What fits your macronutrients? What looks tasty? What jumps out at you? Do you want to set yourself up for success or failure with your eating plan this week?
The simple fact of the matter is that our supermarkets are too confusing for the average consumer trying to lose weight. We get blindsided by bright food labels that promise to be natural, low fat, organic, lite or high-protein, when in most cases they are anything but. What does all this mean?
If you're not in the right headspace it will be easy to fall into the "but it was on special" trap. How many times have you bought a tub of ice cream because its reduced price was just too good to resist? Did you know that if a block of chocolate costs less at the checkout its calories are also reduced? You wish!
Yes, that fresh punnet of blueberries is $7 while the bag of strawberry lollies is just $3 and you might think you're pretty clever by saving yourself 4 bucks. You've ended up with 2 extra gold coins in your purse but you now owe yourself an extra couple of hours of cardio. If you're investing in personal training sessions or a gym membership at least do yourself a massive favour and back up that investment with proper nutrition.
If you're confused and need help understanding what you should be filling your shopping trolley with, you're invited to join one of our expert trainers on our monthly shopping tour.
Amanda Doyle is co owner of Vision Personal Training Randwick and as a mother herself, Amanda understands the importance of healthy eating while regaining your prenatal weight and fitness levels. Vision have now been running these tours in the Randwick community since 2004. You can easily register here*Disclaimer: Individual results vary based on agreed goals. Click here for details.