How to Navigate the Grocery Store with the Approved Foods List

  • Possible Pat
  • February 6, 2017

If you have heard my story or read my first blog, then you know I began my journey by throwing out all of my food and walking to the grocery store to get each of my meals. These were the first steps I took to changing my lifestyle and losing over 300 lbs.

The second thing I had to figure out was what to get once I got to the grocery store. I knew that I needed to eat healthier, but knowing that and buying the healthy food are two different things.

When you enter the grocery store, or in my case Walmart, you can’t help by notice that it is full of temptation and the first things that you will see are often junk food and other items that will sabotage your weight loss. Often times when you first walk in there is a McDonalds or some type of fast food restaurant, and the entry of the stores are lined with cookies and cupcakes. You most likely will not see any food that is healthy for you.

In this blog, this is what you’ll learn about food shopping…

  • >   How to avoid food temptations at the store
  • >   Ways to know what food is healthy
  • >   Why I shopped every day
  • >   Basics you need to know about what is in your shopping cart and pantry

How I Avoided Temptations

Walking to the grocery store helped me to avoid the foods that I shouldn’t have been purchasing. Not only did it limit the amount of food I could take home with me, but when I got to the store I felt like I had accomplished something and the last thing I would want to do is undo that by buying something I shouldn’t have.

I also realized that I needed a plan of action. I needed to plan out exactly what it was that I wanted to buy for my meal and not deviate from my list. Having a plan when you go into the store keeps you from looking around and being tempted by foods you shouldn’t have.

In the morning, I knew I was coming in for egg whites and spinach. In the afternoon I knew I was coming back for chicken. For dinner, I would come back and get steak and vegetables. Whatever it was that I was having for that particular meal, I planned it out and went straight for those things when I got to the store, spending as little time in the store as possible.

Knowing What Was Healthy

When I first began my diet, I didn’t really know what was healthy for me and what I should be eating. So I did what many people do. I Googled it.

I then began to look at many different diets and I took what seemed like the healthiest out of each one. This really ended up just being a bunch of lean meats and vegetables.

As I went to the store and bought every one of my healthy meals, every day, I began to notice something… all of the food I was buying was on the perimeter of the store.

All of my meat and all of my vegetables were all found on the outside of the aisles. I no longer have any need to enter the middle aisles as I realized this is where most of the unhealthy food was. Once I figured this out and I no longer wondered down any aisles looking for the food I needed, things got a lot easier.

I stopped wanting the food I was no longer seeing. As they say, out of sight, out of mind.

Knowing what is healthy and what works also depends on the amount of weight you have to lose. Someone who has 200 lbs to lose will have a different shopping list that someone who may only have to lose 30 lbs. This is where an Approved Foods List or Meal Plan can really help you out.

For example, someone who has 200 lbs to lose, I wouldn’t recommend eating carbs. Someone who has 30 lbs to lose can incorporate carbs and use them to their advantage.

Shopping Every Day

For me, shopping every day helped me to stay active. It made me go out and get exercise every day. If I wanted to eat, that meant I had to walk.

But I also understand that this is not realistic for everyone and some people live too far from their local grocer to do this. And this is ok.

In this case, your plan and how you navigate your grocery store are very important. I found that if I was to go and buy a week’s worth of food at a time, there was a higher chance of me buying something off of my planned list.

But, if you stay true to your plan and stick to the outside perimeters of your store, you should be able to still successfully eat healthy throughout the entire week.

Shopping Cart and Pantry Basics

There are a few things that you should include in your shopping cart and pantry, no matter how much weight you have to lose. The two things you should focus on is having an ample amount of veggies and lots of lean protein.

After that, things can become a little bit more complicated and you can begin to decide whether or not you want to incorporate carbs, and how much, depending on how much weight you are trying to lose.

Once you learn what you are supposed to be eating, creating a plan and how to navigate the grocery store can make losing weight and achieving your goals all that much easier. Sometimes you need to remove the temptations from your life so you don’t have the option of failing.

About Possible Pat

Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.



Hello.i Leave at my uncle place with junk food and i can’t clean the coutboard because am leaving under his root so don’t rely no wat to do.. But i have started taking weight loss pill that wat i can afford at the moment..

Possible Pat

There is no magic pill that will make you lose weight so don’t waste your money. Even if your under someone else’s roof doesn’t mean you have to eat the foods their eating. If you want it bad enough you’ll figure something out. Buy your on mini refrigerator, ask for your own cupboard space, just do what ever it takes… I have kids and family i show them the power of eating clean even tho they stir eat junk they love whole foods. Sometimes you have to start and get result for others to get on board… You got this just don’t use your current situation as an excuse nothing but you van stop you from succeeding

Alexandra Prentis

I love the step by step process. This definitely makes the journey easy to start. Other alternative sites like beachbody make it so intimidating to start. Thank you for sharing your story along the way.

Possible Pat

Thank you so much!!! I’ve been there trust me I know how hard it can be.This is one of the reasons I want to have different levels for everyone

Cloudy Kovanda

This was Very helpful-!!! I dislike cooking meat.. But, there is a grocery store 3 blocks away and in 11 years I have only walked Once.. when I locked my keys in the trunk. . Knowing what you did.. for Every meal makes me feel kinda like there is No reason I can’t do this Just to buy the meat every other dayvuf not daily so maybe I’ll enjoy more the process. I have a new Goal for me 🙂 Thanks-!!

Sandra Villarreal

Awesome!!True Inspiration!!

Becky Peck

Thank you so much for sharing your journey. And thank you for giving us your tips on success! You’re a true inspiration!!!

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