Are you going shopping on Black Friday? Do you want to know how to make Black Friday Shopping Healthier?
After eating all of that food on Thanksgiving, you don’t want to keep eating the wrong things for another day! (Although if you read my post, How to Make Your Thanksgiving Healthier, you should be feeling pretty good about yourself!) I know you need to go Black Friday shopping and get the best deals, but there is a way to shop and still eat healthy.
I realize that some of you are going to brave the stores for your Black Friday shopping, and others are going to stay home and shop online. So, the ideas on how to make Black Friday shopping healthier are going to pertain to you no matter where you shop!
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By the way, I found these ideas from an article in the Weight Watchers magazine Nov./Dec. 2017 edition. The article is, “How to beat Black Friday,” written by Melanie Mannarino.
Plan Your Meals in Advance for Black Friday Shopping
If you’re going shopping at the mall, decide on where you’re going to eat ahead of time. More than likely, you’ve already been scouring the newspapers and internet for all the great deals at the stores. So, you probably already have a plan in place of what stores you’re going to and what order you’re going in.
Why not do the same thing for your meals? Look at the restaurants that are at the mall or near the stores you’re going shopping at. Pick all of the ones that have healthy food options and make note of them. That way when you get hungry and want to stop and eat you’ll already know where to go. Then, you won’t be tempted to make unhealthy food choices at the first restaurant you see.
If you’re shopping online from at home, decide to eat your regular meals. “You’re less likely to munch mindlessly when your stomach’s full,” says clinical dietitian Jessica DeCostole. So, if you eat when you normally would, it will be easier to stay on your healthy living journey.
Since you probably have leftovers from your Thanksgiving meal, it won’t be hard to make your meals either! Everything is already prepared for you. You just have to take a couple of minutes to heat it up.
Before You Start Your Black Friday Shopping, Stop for a Moment
Since time spent with family and the hustle of preparing the family meal, can sometimes be stressful, it’s good to take a break for a moment.
If you’re going shopping at the mall, “Grab a moment of normalcy before you leave the house,” says Teri Doughty, a health and wellness coach. It doesn’t matter if you’re leaving to go shopping in the middle of the night. You can still take a moment and read your Bible, pray, grab a cup of coffee, anything you normally do to start your morning off right.
This will help you remember what’s important to you and keep you on track for healthy living. It will give you the strength to fight off all of those bad food choices!
If you’re shopping online from at home, you can do the same exact thing as above. Instead of grabbing that moment before you leave the house, you can grab it before you head out of your bedroom or turn your computer on.
Eat a Little Bit Before Starting Black Friday Shopping
If you’re going shopping at the mall, grab something to eat first. It doesn’t matter what time you’re leaving to go shopping, just because you’re up, you’re probably going to get hungry. Since you have all of these great plans to get the great deals, you might not be stopping for awhile. So, it’s a good idea to eat a little something first.
The dietitian Jessica DeCostole I mentioned earlier “suggests a protein-carb combo: Try two slices of leftover turkey, some green beans, and half a baked potato.”
This article from Cooking Light magazine, gives you great ideas for breakfast, beverages, and snacks: “Black Friday Survival Guide: Tips on Staying Full While Shopping.”
If you’re shopping online from at home, eat before you turn on your computer. You might get so carried away with excitement by all the great deals you find with Amazon Prime, that you forget to eat for awhile. If you eat first, your brain will be ready to find those deals!
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Remember Black Friday is About Shopping, Not Eating
No matter if you’re going shopping at the mall or online from at home, it doesn’t mean you can change your healthy eating habits!
“Because it’s an irregular routine, the temptation is to think this is a special day, and to make exceptions when it comes to food,” says Doughty.
I know this is something that tempts me the most! I don’t get a Starbucks very often, and my daughter and I like to get them on special days. Maybe if you and I just have to get our Starbucks on a special day, especially because the Peppermint flavor might be out now, we can order a “skinny” one!
We often think we deserve something special. Once in awhile it’s okay if we’ve worked that treat into our healthy meal plan for the day. However, the article gives us some tough love and says, “Instead, you deserve to honor your commitment to eating healthy, satisfying foods today and every day. Now, go get that PlayStation!”
Be Prepared with Snacks for Black Friday Shopping
If you’re going shopping at the mall, you’re bound to get hungry, like we talked about earlier. Maybe you’re in line and it’s not time to stop for a meal yet. If you come prepared with snacks, you won’t be tempted to grab that cinnamon roll you’ve been smelling everywhere you go in the mall!
Carbs and proteins are great snacks to bring along. “The carbs give you immediate energy and the protein sustains you till mealtime,” DeCostole says.
The article suggests bringing 100-calorie packs of nuts. However, you know I’m all about saving money, so I say, just pack the proper portion of nuts yourself. You’ll save more money that way, and Black Friday shopping is all about saving money!
This great article from Chowhound.com gives you great ideas of what kinds of snacks to pack: “9 Energy-Fueled Snacks to Eat While Black Friday Shopping.”
If you’re shopping online from at home, it would be super easy for you to just sit and munch all day long. Don’t do that!
Instead, you need to do what I’m always reminding my youngest son to do; put it out on a plate! Look at the serving size on the container of nuts, box of Triscuits, whatever it is you’re going to eat. Then, get a plate or an unpaper towel or cloth napkin, and put that amount of food on it. Now, put the container or box away, and you won’t be tempted to eat more.
DeCostole also suggests, “Snacks like a quarter cup of hummus and veggies or one-third cup pistachios and fresh fruit take longer to eat than a cookie, because you have to dip, peel, or open them.”
You Can Make Black Friday Shopping Healthier
So, see, with all of these tips, you can make Black Friday shopping healthier! No matter if you’re shopping at the store or online, there are plenty of ways to stay healthy.
Just remember to plan ahead for your meals and bring your snacks. Start your day by taking a moment to just do some of your normal routine. Eat a bit before leaving, and don’t get tempted to spoil yourself with food while you’re busy finding great deals!
Do you have any other tips you can add?
Do you have any particular things that are tempting to you while you’re shopping? Let me know, and maybe I can help.
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