It’s National Nutrition Month, which gives us another reminder to make sure we’re getting the nutrition our bodies need and deserve.

Before your next trip to the grocery store, I recommend a quick read of this great article from Kaiser Permanente that gives practical advice for shopping smarter so that you end up with a cart full of healthy food you can enjoy, guilt-free. I love any approach that replaces the need for willpower with a sound strategy.

Here is a sneak-peek at the strategies you’ll find in this week’s feature article:

  • Plan your meals first.
  • Don’t forget breakfast.
  • Stock up on healthy sides and snacks.
  • Organize your list by food type.
  • Avoid the bakery section. 
  • Don’t shop hungry.
  • Look high and low – most tempting items are placed at eye level.
  • Stick to the edges – that’s where you’ll find the produce, dairy, and meat.

Remember, if we don't buy it at the supermarket, then it doesn't make it into the house. And if it's not in the house, we can't eat it. So follow these simple tips to keep the bad stuff out and the good stuff in. You’ll find it’s a lot easier to stay on track with your healthy intentions.

And remember, every trip to the grocery story is a chance to make healthy choices!

*As a well-respected personal trainer and former professional athlete, Rally Man is here to be your personal champion and encourage you in making healthy choices. A modified version of this piece was originally published in the Rally Man’s latest weekly email – Wisdom + Strategies for Healthy Living – that provides inspiration and tips to subscribers. Subscribe to receive the Rally Man’s weekly tools and tips for success, check out his webpage and “like” him on Facebook.