Top tips for grocery shopping

Starting out on a low carb/keto way of eating can get a little overwhelming at times with all those weird and unusual sounding ingredients, what even is xanthan gum I hear you ask!

My family and I have been following a keto way of eaing for over 2 years now and have found that it is definitely possible to follow this way of eating while shopping locally, you really don’t have to invest in loads of weird ingredients that cost a fortune that you may only use once or twice.

I don’t know about you but I am all about making my life as simple as possible and I honestly believe you can get everything you need by shopping locally.

I’ve found over the years supermarkets have starting incorporating a lot more low carb, keto and sugar free options.

The local green grocers is packed full of fresh produce and the local butcher has the best meat going around.

My top tips when heading out for your groceries

Walking into the supermarket can be challenging when first starting out. Here are some of my top tips when doing your grocery shop:

Shop on the outer edge of the grocery store

You may be wondering what I mean by that. Well what I mean is when you walk into the grocery store look at what is on the outer edges, the fresh fruit and vegetables, the deli, the meat section, the dairy and eggs etc.

Generally the inner aisles are packed with processed packaged foods, you REALLY want to stay away from them!

Go into the store with a plan

If you fail to plan then you plan to fail, this rings true when it comes to meal planning. Sitting down, planning your weekly meals and writing a list of ingredients needed for the week eliminates the chances of going off course. Plan your week and buy only what you need.

Reading labels

Reading product labels sounds boring however you’ll be surprised what is actually in the food that you’re eating. Sugars can be labelled as other things, below is a list of some examples:

• Barley malt
• Beet sugarmalt
• Blackstrap molasses
• Brown sugar
• Cane sugar
• Carob syrup
• Caster sugar
• Agave nectar/syrup
• Lactose
• Malt
• Maltose
• CMaple syrup
• Molasses
• Muscovado
• Palm sugar

Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry

Shopping when you’re hungry can lead you to making purchases that you really don’t want to. Make sure you have a tummy full of food, you’re in a good mindset and you aren’t rushed for time. Allowing yourself the time to do your grocery shopping, especially when you aren’t hungry, will give you a chance to really understand product labels and gives you a chance to find healthier alternatives.

Buy whole foods

When following a low carb or keto way of eating the most important thing is eating whole foods. In my opinion, it is NOT necessary to buy additional ketones, shakes, tablets or any other “specialty” product.