How To Grocery Shop While In Rehab

Have you forgotten how to grocery shop? Did you even get the opportunity to do so while you were out there using? Have no fear, The Core Centers is now here! Grocery shopping while in rehab may seem like something insignificant but it is not.

Grocery shopping is a basic life skill and many of us who come into treatment have never grocery shopped a day in our lives and if we have we weren’t really paying attention to costs, nutritional value and time.

Today, you can start fresh and learn how to grocery shop in a healthy manner while preparing yourself to transition to the outside world.

Here are a few tips that will help guide you in the right direction when shopping:

  1. Don’t go shopping while hungry. You’ll end up overspending and suddenly everything you see becomes something you need or want. Let me reassure you that  – this is NOT the case. Go when properly fed.
  2. Appropriate Brand Selection. Remember, you’re on a BUDGET. It’s important to not get ahead of yourself and be selective as to picking the store brand over the well-known brand due to excessive propaganda. They all taste pretty much the same.
  3. Make A List. It works – that’s why people do it. While at your treatment residence, decide what you really need to get you through the week and jot it down. If you go into a grocery store unprepared, you’ll end up purchasing items that do not last nor have the nutritional value to last you a week. Extra leg work pays off. Plan those meals, people – plan them!
  4. Do Not Buy Prepared Foods. While these items might save you time, they’re certainly not saving you any money. Don’t buy the fun size bags; buy the family size bag and make your own snack packs. The KEY here is – do not fall into the “lazy trap” that they’ve set you up for; you’re better than that. A good tip for saving time when meats are on sale is to freeze the meats in a marinade. As they thaw in the fridge, they’ll be perfectly prepped for cooking.
  5. Have fun. Yes, it’s tedious and you must be attentive – but you are finally outside the “treatment bubble” for an hour – take advantage. Enjoy yourself and the minimal freedom you’ve been given.

Top 10 healthy foods that will get you through the day:

  • Apples – excellent source of antioxidants
  • Almonds – are rich in nutrients, including magnesium, vitamin E, iron, calcium, fiber, and riboflavin.
  • Broccoli – rich in fiber, calcium, potassium, folate and phytonutrients.
  • Blueberries – are rich in fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
  • Fish – healthy meat
  • Leafy Green Vegetables
  • Sweet Potatoes – good carb
  • Avocados – are also very rich in B vitamins, as well as vitamin K and vitamin E.
  • Oatmeal – a low releasing carb that is the ultimate breakfast go-to.

Happy Shopping!

If your loved one is in need of addiction treatment please give us a call at 844-535-2700.

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