CHANGING THE FOOD CUES IN YOUR HOME
Food cues surround us. Most we do not have control over. Our homes we do, and we can develop new ways to avoid and ignore the many food cues in American culture. Remembering to only eat when you are physically hungry helps.
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Credit for this first step is to the California WIC Staff Training Activity. Let’s start with food cues by looking at your weekly grocery receipts.
1. Circle all of the food items that are an anytime food: unprocessed, fresh, real food!
2. Place an “X” next to foods that are sometime foods: processed foods, packaged foods, convenience foods, bakery items, deli foods . . .
3. Next write a list with two columns of your sometime and anytime foods in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer.
4. Write a new shopping list.
What surprised you the most about your lists and receipts?
What will you do differently next time you shop for groceries?
Have you ever heard the chocolate cake or the chips calling your name?
You will eat the foods you bring into your home. Planning your shopping list is a great first step to changing what foods your purchase.
Yes – don’t go grocery shopping hungry, you’ll purchase more “junk” or foods not on your list.
Plan the treats and YOU choose if you eat them all at once or make the treats last for the week.
Better yet; don’t buy the treats for home; you will then have to go out for a treat. You may find that physical hunger is not the issue!
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