grocery shopping

By realsis77 Latest Reply 2010-08-02 22:33:16 -0500
Started 2010-08-02 13:05:22 -0500

I will be making a trip to the market soon and I wanted to ask this group any suggestions on some things I SHOULD buy? As you all know I'm very new at this and my numbers haven't been good. This means my eating hasn't been good. I'm still pretty much in the dark about foods and would really appreciate some suggestions on some good food to buy! Thanks everyone!

8 replies

monkeymama 2010-08-02 22:33:16 -0500 Report

Before you go shopping, here is a little sideline tip. NEVER go grocery shopping hungry. If you do, make sure you take a low carb safe snack with you. Otherwise you are going to be more inclined to purchase the no so good foods. Now here are my favorite healthy picks for grocery shopping for me:
* Special K Protein Added, Yoplait Light Yogurt, Egg Beaters, Healthy Smart: Sour Cream, butter, and Milk, Breakstones cottage Cheese, and A+ cinnamon Sweet potato waffles…
* Ground Chicken, Ground Turkey, Boca Products, All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, Mayonaise made with olive oil, Smuckers Low sugar jelly, Healthy Life whole grain wheat bread:sugar free, Dreamfields Pasta (low glycemic pasta)…
* Low glycemic fruits and veggies: apples, lettuce, strawberries, cauliflower, cucumbers, spinach…I use both fresh and frozen veggies. i try to stay away from the canned stuff for me as much as possible.
* Special K Whole Grain crackers, Luna Bars, Special K Protein Bars, Emerald Almond in the 100 calorie packs, sugar free jello & pudding, sugar free Eggs Butter flavor syrup, Musselmans All Natural No Sugar Added Apple Sauce…
* water, diet soda (limit to one can per day), propel packets, crystal light fitness packets, Diet Ocean Spray, Walmart Brand Diet Sweet Tea…

This is just SOME of what I buy each month in our house. I made the changes to my whole entire household. I only allowed each one to pick 2 things I would not change on them. I will be nice and stretch it a little BUT I have my limits with them as well. I decided we ALL needed a change in our diets and my husband went with the idea. Just as long as I did allow them each a few things I would not take from them (within reason). i hope my list helps you out here. Good Luck!!!

RAYT721 2010-08-02 17:35:31 -0500 Report

Naturally what you buy is going to depend on what you like. Why not start with a menu plan for the week? Look through your local store's sale fliers. If you have a stack of coupons, consider what coupons match with what's on sale. If your store doubles coupons, that's even better!!! Now with that said, look for lower sodium and/or lower fat options. Get ready to read the nutritional labels to pit option 1 against option 2. Pay attention to the number of preservatives as well.

There are some items that I buy weekly such as yogurt (lowfat/low carb), low fat string cheese, 2% milk (sorry, I don't like skim), fresh veggies (or frozen depending on cost/coupons/season), bagged salad mixes (expensive but there's only 2 of us), and a few other things. I opt for English Muffins instead of bread but I eat very little bread. I wish they sold it by the slice but I will freeze bread with I buy it. Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats are a good bread alternative. Again read your labels. If you like oatmeal, put it on the list. Again, look at the labels for calories, fat, carbs, etc. Option a may beat out option b.

When surfing for recipes, remember that the fewer the ingredients the less you'll spend at the checkout. You can always have foods that you enjoy but you're better off cooking from scratch than from boxes, cans or packages. Do you like beans? (i dont) … put them on your list and find easy recipes to use them. Remember that fresh fruit (in season) is cheaper and more nutritious than juice. If you buy juice, it's okay… why not dilute it with seltzer water or water?

Do you have tea on your shopping list? I'm just sayin'.

I wish I could go shopping with you because we can talk about each item as you attempt to plop it in your cart. Pre-planning will help you save time and money. You'll get away paying less by keeping kids and/or spouses away from you. Many stores have areas for kids to play. I wish they had such a thing for spouses. I can go to a store with a list and unless there's a sale too good to pass up, what goes in the cart is only what's on that list.

Consider things you can make in your slow cooker. It will let you have a break at least once a week. Consider saving leftovers to freeze.

A lot of the recipes I see unfortunately either make too many servings for my family of 1-1/2 people, don't freeze well, or are way too high in carbs for my tastes. Don't be afraid of carbs… just watch them and they'll watch you.

Think about snacks… nuts, nutrition bars or shakes, cheese sticks, lean luncheon meats (watch sodium), and whatever you like. Reading labels is even important for popcorn and there are healthier options for chips (Baked Lays or Sun Chips, for example).

When reading labels, steer clear of trans fats. You can find more information in the "Mission: Nutrition" articles that I have been writing and posting here.

Check out the web for coupons on favorite products. Many can be downloaded to your printer but some stores don't accept them. Remember that sometimes store brands are better values than name brands… sometimes they're not.

Chicken breast is a good value. Don't forget about fish (I love tilapia and basa) for the Omega 3s. Peanut butter is a good choice (read those labels for sodium, fat, etc.) and you'll maybe have some better options than what what choosy mothers choose.

Shopping, like cooking and everything else, is not always an overnight success. Be prepared to make mistakes and learn from them.

Don't forget eggs and look for creative ways to make them.

Make friends with your store and your kitchen and your freezer. They will all help you make friends with your wallet, glucose meter and taste buds.

Diane987 2010-08-02 16:43:44 -0500 Report

When I go shopping I tend to stick to the perimeter of the store. I get fresh veggies and fruits, meats, and refrigerated case items like milk, cheese, eggs, tofu, and yogurt. I rarely venture into the other isles unless I need some brown rice or whole grain breads.

GabbyPA 2010-08-02 18:41:10 -0500 Report

ditto! the best labels to read are the ones that don't have any. The more natural you can keep your foods, the better it will be for you.

Harlen 2010-08-02 14:29:38 -0500 Report

Dont go down the chip or snake isle
the less prosesed the food the better it is for you
read the lable on every thing you with to get and see what the carb count is
Best wishes

bettymachete 2010-08-02 14:02:49 -0500 Report

Going to the supermarket as a diabetic can be daunting, especially if you need to plan weeks worth of meals like me. Budget shopping as a diabetic can also be quite a task. I am not even including doing the rest of the shopping for a large family (who's kids are in school). Always read the labels, once you get the hang of knowing what to look for you will familiarize yourself with things you can buy and things you should skip over totally. Never trust the front of the package with catch phrases stamped across it. They can be very misleading.

What I did was I look for meals I can serve to my family as well as eat myself. When my family is eating pasta, I pick up a spaghetti squash and eat that with the sauce instead of eating the pasta. Or you may want to look for Dreamfield type pastas.

Since it's summer, veggies are a great buy! I could fill a fridge with veggies! Green and leafy is good for me, Kales, mustard greens, brussle sprouts. I am also grilling more often. That makes meals simple and easy. We will grill our meat of choice (chicken, salmon, pork loin, shrimp, sirloin, tilapia) and generally grill a bunch of garden veggies to go along with the meal. Note: my husband was never a big veggie eater, and always wanted a starch with his meals but with the large amount of grilled veggies he never misses the starches.

I don't buy "diabetic" pre-packaged meals or diabetic targeted products (except for Clemmy's ice cream :))

I buy my snacks, I generally buy my raw almonds in bulk, I bought myself a vacuum sealer and break those down in handful snack packs. I also buy cheese in bulk size and seal and freeze in the same manner. I do this because my kids will be needing snacks for school as well.

Other things often on my list: Sunflower seeds, edamame and boiled peanuts !! LOVE boiled peanuts!! Avocados, fresh herbs, Tomato, Pickles, pickled onions..etc. Plain Greek style yogurt and blueberries, blackberries. eggs, Irish Oatmeal - steal cut oats, sweet potatoes, Splenda, agave nectar, cinnamon, almond milk, sugar free jello.

I try to buy things for myself and my family that make sense and save cents.

Kirla 2010-08-02 13:39:19 -0500 Report

I found that broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, pickles, cabbage, salads, sauerkraut, spinach and other low carb vegetables helped me to control my blood sugar. Fish, chicken and beef doesn’t spike my blood sugar also.

I sometimes buy the morning star veggie burgers or Boca burgers. I eat them with no bread just on a plate with pickles, mustard & mayonnaise. Cut them with a fork and knife. This is what I ate after being diagnosed and it took about 4-6 weeks for my blood sugar to get close to normal.

I since have added sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, walnuts and for breakfast I have a low carb protein drink. I just eat one serving of nuts at a time and most days eat 2-4 serving throughout the day.

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