I saw this on Precision Nutrition and thought it was a really great article so I have reposted it. Being prepared and buying healthy and nutritious food really is the first step to having a good diet. If you don’t do this, you’re already setting yourself up to fail. Make sure you are prepared! OK so here is the Supermarket Survival Guide from Precision Nutrition (click on the images/tables to make them bigger)
1. SUPERMARKET MAP
Most of the supermarkets are laid out the same way: most of the healthy stuff is around the edges. Most of the stuff to avoid is in the inner aisles. Here’s a sample supermarket layout to help you plan your attack.
Stick mostly to the perimeter, where you’ll find lean protein plus fruits and vegetables. Areas to avoid or visit sparingly are orange. Be especially cautious around the cash register and ends of the aisles where there are often eye-catching displays of junk food. And yes, the bakery is the first thing you smell when you walk in…
2. FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Look for colourful fruits and veggies as much as possible. Eat the rainbow! Look for what’s in season and/or local. It’ll be fresher, cheaper and tastier.
3. LEAN PROTEIN
Of course, you’re taking your fish oil… right?
4. WHOLE GRAINS
Remember you want whole grains.
5. LABEL READING CHECKLIST