I am a huge fan of online shopping. I try to get as much of my shopping done online as possible, and then I may venture out to get a few small things. I just don’t like dredging out in the nasty weather with the bumper to bumper traffic and waiting in the ridiculously long lines at the department stores. However, today I had to run around and get some things to complete my holiday shopping. I had eaten a meal about 20-30 minutes before I left, and right before I head out the door I thought to myself “I should probably bring a snack in case I get stuck shopping longer than I expect.” I packed myself some almonds, thinking that would hold me over.
So do you know what happened? Nothing. Traffic was fine, the lines weren’t too bad, the stores weren’t too crazy… but I was hungry within 45 minutes of leaving my house. THANK GOODNESS I packed a snack. My point is, having a healthy snack, ready to go, helps to avoid stopping at a fast food place or getting food from the food court in the mall. Even if you don’t think you are going to be gone that long and you won’t be hungry, bring something anyway! There’s nothing worse than shopping when you’re hungry during the holiday season. I don’t know about you, but if I’m hungry and I don’t get some food, I start to get headaches, and then I get cranky. Shopping with a headache and cranky amongst the crowds does not make for a successful shopping trip. Plus you have all of those wonderful candies and treats out on display…
Let’s face it. This is the time of year where we tend to overindulge. There’s holiday parties, family get-togethers and a lot of us are so busy prepping for the holidays that we forget to take care of ourselves. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but the good news it’s easy to stay on track if you know what you should be doing. Keep on reading if you want some simple tips to stay on track through the craziness of holiday shopping.
- Bring water! You should bring a water bottle with you everywhere you go anyways, but especially if you’re not sure how long you are going to be gone. Thirst is often mistaken as feeling hungry, so sipping on some water can prevent a false sense of hunger.
- Grab your lunch box. Pack some healthy snacks to hold you over for several hours. Fruit, nuts, jerky, string cheese… try to avoid anything heavy in saturated fat because that can just bog you down and make you feel heavy during your shopping adventure. Simple carbs provide quick energy and nuts will help slow digestion and are packed with fiber to help keep you feeling fuller longer. Just make sure you pre-portion them out so you’re not eating a whole bag of nuts as your driving around or stuck in traffic…
- Eat before you go shopping. This is a good rule of thumb anytime you go shopping in general. Poor food choices are too easily accessible and when we are hangry (hungry & angry) we often grab the quickest, easiest thing. Being hungry while shopping also frequently leads to impulse buys, and I’m not just talking about food. Sure they put all of the candies right at eye level for you at the grocery store while you’re checking out, but if you are hungry, waiting in long lines, sometimes you just want to get out of there as soon as possible so you can go and get something to eat. Then instead of taking your time looking for a gift, you grab something that you’re not sure about but you get it because you just want to get something and get going. Hello buyer’s remorse….
- Lighten up your load. This one is more for the ladies… I know your purse is full of things that you don’t NEED to take shopping with you. When you carry around a really heavy purse, it becomes a burden. Your shoulder starts to hurt, you can’t find your coupons because your purse is full of things you don’t need… you know what I’m talking about. If you were walking around with a 5 pound dumbbell you would be conscious of the fact that you were expending energy right? Same thing. You’re using energy to carry around that extra weight of your purse. When you burn through energy you body is going to tell you when it needs more!
So there you go. Now you have no excuses to stop and grab fast food while you’re shopping. Not to mention, you save money!
What helps you guys stay on track through your holiday shopping?