Even though the way in which you buy food might appear to hold very little relation to your eating habits, it is actually surprisingly important. Your home is the center of your healthy nutritional environment and the way in which you buy food has a very large influence on the type of foods that find their way into your kitchen and eventually into your body.
As stated before, a grocery delivery service is ideal because it will ensure that you buy only the healthy foods on your list and do not succumb to any unhealthy temptations in the grocery store. In my case, however, I do not use such a service because I live only 500 m from a medium sized supermarket and a specialized health-food store.
I keep a list of all my favorite nutrient-dense, whole foods on my computer and simply discipline myself to only make my shopping list from that master list every week. Then I walk to the grocery store early on a Saturday morning when there are few people and fresh produce, pick up everything on the list and carry the bags back home. The entire process from making the list to having my healthy food safely packed into my fridge and cupboards takes only 45 minutes.
This regiment has now become so second nature that it happens almost by itself and I never even look at the rows and rows of refined sugars, refined grains and processed meats in the store. My healthy nutritional environment is therefore effortlessly maintained through my grocery shopping.
Again, even though it might seem like a waste to even talk about this step, it is absolutely crucial that you optimize your grocery shopping. Such trivial tasks easily become very frustrating when they are not functioning optimally. And yes, it is when we are frustrated that we are most likely to mess up our healthy environment by buying all sorts of unhealthy stuff. Don’t let this happen to you.