The vast majority of adults know which foods are healthy and which are not. Choosing the right foods is more about free will than it is about lack of information. For instance, when I choose a cheeseburger instead of a salad, it isn’t because I don’t know which is healthier, it’s because I have made a conscious choice to ignore this knowledge and go with what I am craving at the time. A healthy food list doesn’t necessarily tell you anything you don’t already know, it basically helps guide your choices and reduces impulse buying.
Imagine going to the grocery store with a rule, one single rule. This rule is that you can only purchase the things listed on your healthy food list. Some people prefer to bring a grocery list but if you forget to add something you need to your list you immediately give yourself permission to veer off the list.
I suggest making a healthy food list including all of those foods you consider to be a positive influence on your fitness endeavors. You know what makes up a healthy food list. Start with the produce section adding any fruits and vegetables you would consider eating. Add lean proteins, dairy products, whole grains, cereals, and any other potential food that you eat and is considered generally healthy.
Remember, the things you don’t put on the list cannot be purchased, so take your time when crafting this list. Use a small font if need be because this will become your shopping list. When you venture into the grocery store for your weekly shopping, stick to the list. No exceptions!
If you realize you forgot an important food on your list, you may want to wait until next time to purchase it. This isn’t about punishing yourself, it’s about creating boundaries you may have struggled with in the past.