As big a part of my life as the IT world is, it’s not the only thing I think about. I also happen to be an avid fitness enthusiast! I believe exercise and wellness are big parts of leading a happy, healthy and successful life, and I’d like to pass that on to you.

In this series, I’ll share simple and effective tips and insight for leading a healthier life. Keep these in mind, and you’ll be surprised by how soon you feel a difference!

This week I’ll be sharing a piece of advice that’s a little more about practicality than fitness.

How many times have you gone to the grocery store with a list of a few items and somehow managed to come home with an extra bag or two of things you know you really didn’t need to buy? There’s nothing wrong with an impulse buy or two stemming from a great sale, but that’s not the type of extra items I’m talking about.

I’m talking about the things you throw in your cart because you’ve run straight to the store after work to pick up a few things for dinner, and you’re starving. When your last meal was hours ago, just about any food item you lay eyes on looks amazing, and that box of cookies or bag of chips you would normally be able to stroll right by somehow finds its way into your cart.

Shopping on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster. We’re not at our best when we’re hungry, and that doesn’t exactly lend itself to great decision making. It’s a lot easier to ignore cravings for the kinds of things you know you shouldn’t be eating when your body isn’t impatiently waiting for you to give it a little nourishment, so surrounding yourself with temptation means you’re much more likely to give into it.

But the problem with going shopping hungry isn’t limited to unwise snack choices. Grocery shopping when you’re hungry can get expensive. Even if you cruise right past the frozen pizzas and sugar-filled snack foods, you’re much more likely to grab extras of other items that you don’t really need to pick up on that particular trip.

When all you can think about is dinner, you can find yourself planning out a meal on the fly, grabbing ingredients for one dish, and then another, and another, until your cart is full. By the time you make it to the checkout, you’ve gone way over your budget and have more food than you can reasonably use in a typical week. Those extra veggies might have been a healthy choice, but when your fridge is overflowing with produce, not all of it is going to get eaten while it’s still fresh.

Squeezing in errands whenever you can find the time is a fact of life. We’re all busy, and don’t always get to use our time the way we would like to. Heading to the grocery store after a good meal is the best scenario for a successful trip, but when you can’t manage to sit down and eat, there are other alternatives. Grab a protein bar, or some other type of healthy and filling snack before you head to the store. When your stomach isn’t growling at you, you can leave it out of the decisions you make as you browse the aisles.
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