(CBS Charlotte) — Have you ever noticed that you spend more money and buy “all the wrong” foods when you go grocery shopping on an empty stomach?
It’s true…we don’t make health conscious choices when we go food shopping when we’re hungry.
On average, hungry grocery shoppers lean more towards foods that are high in fat and calories, instead of healthier food options.
Shopping this way, may affect your menu for the entire week, so if you’re guilty of shopping on an empty stomach — you may want to reconsider.
When you are hungry, a physiological response is triggered in your brain that ultimately leads to an over-consumption of foods, or the purchase and consumption of unhealthy foods. Your brain doesn’t understand the difference between one skipped meal or several skipped meals. When you are hungry, your body switches to survival mode when shopping.
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To help you make healthier choices on your next trip to the grocery store, try eating a snack before you head to the store. Additionally, plan a menu for the week and make a list of items that you need at the store, and do your best to stick to only purchasing what is on your list.
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte