Developing Good Grocery Shopping Habits During Drug and Alcohol Detox

A vital part of an effective drug and alcohol detox treatment program is developing new and healthy eating habits. Shopping trips to the grocery store can be challenging, to avoid all the temptations of processed and refined foods. To help you maintain a healthy diet and make wise food choices, we offer the following suggestions:

  1. Never go to the grocery store hungry. Schedule shopping trips after eating a meal so you can avoid giving in to cravings.
  2. Make a grocery list ahead of time. When you have a grocery list, you avoid wandering aimlessly around the store and avoid impulsive purchasing.
  3. Stick to the perimeter of the grocery store. Most grocery stores are arranged so all the healthy foods you need are located on the exterior parts of the store, like fresh produce, dairy products, fish, and poultry.
  4. Stay away from the center aisles. The vast majority of the center aisles contain processed and refined foods you want to avoid. If you need to go down an aisle to get from one part of the store to another, choose one with cleaning products or toiletries.
  5. If you cannot find fresh foods you want, choose frozen over canned. Frozen foods are a good alternative to fresh; just remember to read the nutritional labels on the packages.

By using these grocery shopping tips, you will find it easier to stick to your healthy and nutritious diet. For assistance and support for treating addictions, contact the Wellness Center of NJ at 201-932-1695 today!

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