Low Carb Shopping List-Simple Tips

By on March 20, 2013

low carb shopping listOne of the hardest things about sticking to a low carb shopping list that incorporates a clean, all-natural diet is making it through the week.

The biggest battle actually starts when you walk through the doors of the grocery store.

You see, it’s when you’re in the grocery store that you’re making the purchases that will define the meals and food choices for the rest of the week. This means that when you decide that you want to go ahead and splurge on a bag of potato chips and a prepackaged lasagna, then you are making it almost a certainty that you won’t be able to stay true to your healthful lifestyle.

Pondering Your Low-Carb Shopping List

 

Using the List and Making the Best Shopping Decisions

Fortunately, that’s what we’re going to talk about this week. The key to making good decisions in the grocery store is having a master low-carb grocery list. You can then take the master list and prepare an individual grocery list based on the meals you plan to prepare over the week.

To compose your own master list, choose from these options and add others that fit in these categories to meet your needs. You can also make up a list as you go if that suits you better. Just make sure that you have a low carb grocery list before you walk into the store.

Try to only buy enough food for two to three days at a hand. This way you make sure that you get the freshest food possible. Otherwise, you will have to freeze it. Freezing and otherwise preserving fresh food is not the best choice.

While it’s better than letting the food rot, it will alter the texture and the flavor as well as the concentration of vital nutrients as the Ketogenic Diet points out.

Also try to purchase from local vendors and stores that purchase locally. These food items are more likely to be of higher quality, although you are likely to pay a little more. Just remember to research the stores. If they are buying the produce and meat from the same locations as chain grocery stores, you might as well save your money.

The Basic Master List

Meats and proteins form the basis of your primary entrees. Virtually all meats and proteins are acceptable within the low-carb diet. Beef, chicken, fish, and pork are some of the most common.You can even add more exotic fare like buffalo, pheasant, duck, insects, and arachnids if you like. Just make sure that they are fresh.

Produce should always be purchased fresh. For this, you should look for cruciferous or green, leafy vegetables. Some of the best options include romaine, spinach, turnip greens, broccoli, swiss chard, kale, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and cabbage. Zucchini and cucumbers are other great options for filling out your side dishes and entrees.

Herbs and spices are best when purchased fresh, but you can buy them dried when you have no affordable alternative. However, they are also essential to your cooking plan as they can help dress up even the blandest dishes. Turkey and chicken, for instance, can often become somewhat flavorless or seem that way when you have them day after day.

Adding in fresh new spices and herbs like cilantro and basil can help keep them fresh. Just make sure that the spices and herbs don’t include sugar.

As for dairy and eggs, you have many different options. You just have to watch dairy products for sugar additives and high fructose corn syrup. As for eggs, you can enjoy duck eggs and chicken eggs as well as ostrich eggs and other exotic eggs if you can find them.

Butter is best when purchased fresh if you are fortunate enough to live near a farm that churns its own butter. The same is true for heavy and sour cream.

Incorporating This Into Day to Day Life

Chances are good that you’ve read over this list and you are already thinking of all the different foods that you like and don’t like. Using the category guidelines in this list, you can now compose your own master low-carb shopping list to ensure that you get the foods you love. Of course, if you need more specificity, there are plenty of resources that will provide you with a full master list.

Regardless of whether you choose to use a master list or do decide to make a new one for each new week, just remember that the battle really begins when you put those items in the shopping cart. If you can make smart and healthy decisions while you’re in the grocery store, you’ll be more likely to make them throughout the week.

 

 

References

“Low Carb Grocery List,” Ketogenic Diet, http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/low-carb-grocery-list.html.

About Michael Tremba

Dr. Michael Tremba, once severely overweight himself, has studied to distinguish the truth about weight loss, and the shocking mis-information that's taught to us by many "trusted" groups. Through the techniques that have helped him regain his health, he shares uncommon tools to help anyone else desiring to lose weight to live the life they're meant to. He enjoys reading, exercising, travelling, and spending time with his wife, Shari in Mobile, Alabama Find me on Twitter, Google+ and let's connect on LinkedIn.

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