Queso is a dangerous food. For me, at least. And I live in
so I feel surrounded by my enemy. One jar of Tostino’s queso in the house causes complete abandonment of any food intake norms. Avoiding the purchase of queso is another battle of its own. The chips and dip aisle is my first pass after produce. It’s not fair. They trap me. Most days, I am thinking clearly and can move on passed it without thought indulgin. Sometimes though….sometimes when I feel like emotionally eating or have low blood sugar, it gets me. Tostino’s chips and queso end up in my cart. Texas
The grocery store can be a battle zone. Are you prepared? These grocers are smart. They will appeal to all 5 senses and derail your food plan. Once the bad food ends up in your house, it will end up in your belly. Every time, without fail. I suggest being prepared for your grocery store trips to avoid these situations and keep you on your plan for clean eating.
Tricks of the Enemy
1. Shelf placement-Food manufacturers fight for shelf space in the store. They know that eye sight is the best place to stock their products (arms-length for children for kids’ food). This means that usually the larger, name-brand products are placed in the best locations. Smaller brands will be at the top and bottom of the shelves. When looking for a healthy alternative, like a low-sodium, low-fat, or low-sugar item, you may need to look higher or lower for what you want.
2. Aisle arrangement-See the diagrams below for examples. The fresh produce, meats, and dairy products are all on the outside perimeters of the store. The processed, box foods are located in the aisles. The more you can create meals and shopping lists with foods from the outer perimeter, the better your food intake will become. Avoid the middle aisles except for specific items you need.
Tips to Conquer the War
Today's Verse: "Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction." 2 Tim 4:2.
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