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October 11, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian

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Lured by promises of amazing food from his grill, I used to count down the hours to Sunday dinners at my friend’s place. Not only was he a grill master, but he prided himself on the fact that he could shop for his ingredients in record time.

He arranged his shopping list in the order that he would come upon the items in the store. Then, when he was shopping, he would yell out “Bam! There it is!” when he came across spinach and “Hey look, what’s next on the list? Gruyere! There it is, right there” with a big smirk on his face. His wife rolled his eyes at every mention, but he loved his system. Shopping with a list is pretty common practice but this guy took it to the next level.

Personally, I’m not going to set any records for speed shopping. I have a pretty good handle on the layout of the grocery store but I still spend a lot of time looking at new products, reading labels and comparing my options. I don’t think I’m alone. I often hear people debating over sugar-free, fat-free or probiotic yogurt, or trying to decide which olive oil is best. These decisions can seem overwhelming, especially when you have a hungry toddler adding their favourite products to the cart when you aren’t paying attention.

Many grocery stores offer in-person tours led by registered dietitians to answer nutrition questions and provide tips for healthy options throughout the store. However, since it can sometimes be a challenge to attend a class when balancing life’s priorities, Healthy Families B.C. has launched ‘Shopping Sense’. This virtual grocery store was designed to help you navigate the store and provide the information you need to make informed choices along the way. You can learn about different products in store through video clips, interactive features and articles detailing each section of the store.

Check it out and let us know what you think. Then, take the challenge: write your shopping list in the order that you will come across items in the store. You may make it out of there in record time!


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