For years I’ve been telling you that I go grocery shopping once a week, cook all of my food for that upcoming week at the same time and store it in the fridge or freezer and I do not have anything extra in the house that I may be tempted to eat when I get “hungry”. Why did I put hungry in quotes? Simple. Because, more times than not, especially after one eats their “allotment” of food every day, “hunger” is a state of mind, not body. But yes, even I sometimes get “hungry” at night – even if I didn’t miss any meals or overexercise during the day. However, since I weigh and measure every bit of food I put into my mouth, and I know how many calories I am supposed to eat, I know that me desireto eat is mental, not physical, so I don’t. More accurately, because there is nothing “extra” in my cupboards, I can’t. That’s what helps, no, that’s what guarantees me not to overeat.
So what are your options?
First, whether you go to the store weekly, daily or sporadically, make a list and only buy what’s on it. This will allow you to avoid strolling the aisles aimlessly, looking for something to jump out at you. And, believe me, for sure, something or things will! Also, and more importantly of course, if I happen to be in the store at the same time I won’t run you down as I travel through the aisles like a laser-beam grabbing seven of everything and rushing to the checkout line attempting to break my PR. Just kidding. I don’t keep track of my PR. And for those of you who don’t know, it’s short for Personal Record. Anyway, are there going to be times, while in the store, that you realize you’ve forgotten something specific to add to your list? Of course. I am not suggesting you don’t buy it. I am just suggesting you don’t go off track.
But if you are truly worried about not having “enough”, load up on the “free” foods. Buy more fiber-packed vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, squash, etc. Choose more than one! If you are serving asparagus with your steak for example, no need to stop there. How about some mushrooms and corn on the cob (corn is not really free) to go with it? Those are some of my favorites! And no, I don’t use salt, butter or oil on any of my food, including vegetables. You can saute mushrooms in a pan with a little water and sriracha (hot sauce). Don’t like hot sauce? Try 100 pure orange juice! Glide a lime wedge on the corn to give it a “bite”. Grill and dash the asparagus with any number of the sodium-free seasonings easily found in the grocery store. Want a carbohydrate to go with your meal instead of corn? How about a sweet potato (not a yam), some quinoa or brown rice? Again, just make what you need! Remember, if you don’t buy too much as the store, your body won’t have to store much either!