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Healthy Shopping List, How To Shop In Dublin During The Recession And Stay Healthy

Healthy Shopping In Dublin

I work in Northwood Health and Fitness in Santry, Co.Dublin. In my years there i have notice many things but among the primary things I’ve noticed is how much people know about nutrition and weight loss. They have read South Beach and Atkins and know about carbs, fats and proteins. Yet still they fail. Their weight yoyo’s and they never make any real progress. I used to get a little confused by this but then I realised its not their knowledge or their diet in general. It is their inability to do the shopping!

‘Huh? Shopping’s easy’. . that’s what I thought! But it turns out that people in their wisdom know what they should be buying and still they buy the opposite. They know they SHOULD buy veggies and lean meat and minimise grains and sugary processed foods. But still they persist in buying them! I think it is ingrained into people these days that when they go to the shop they must buy bread and milk. It must stem from childhood or something but it needs to stop if you really want improve your body, lose fat gain muscle whatever the case may be. In order to get real results your nutrition must be in order . . for your nutrition to be in order your SHOPPING list must be planned and arranged in advance. DON’T stray from it! If you buy junk you will eat junk. Simple as that!

Here’s an example of what an average Dublin shopping list looks like;

I’m going to have to write one as I don’t shop like this! And if your wondering how your know? My mother worked on the tills in Dunnes for YEARS!





Cereal Bars





Hamburger patties

Hamburger Buns


Tomato Ketchup


Oven Fries


Ben and Jerrys ice cream

Total : €60 approx

Now Lets look at the ‘so called’ healthy option!

Brown Bread

Low Fat Milk

Free range Eggs


‘Low fat’ Cereal Bars

Low Fat Yogurt

Weight Watchers Biscuits

Brown Rice

Whole Wheat Pasta

100% beef Hamburger patties

Sesame Seed Hamburger Buns

Low Fat Coleslaw

Low Carb Tomato Ketchup

Reduced Fat Mayonnaise

‘Low Fat’ Oven Fries

‘only 100 calorie’ packets of Oreo Cookies

Small Tub of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream

Total: €85

It’s exactly the same just more expensive!! In order to get the point across I made this generic shopping list but I’d say it looks awfully familiar to 90% of people! You have fallen into a trap set by the confectionary companies that’s literally costing you 100’s of euros a month and costing you your health. Too many people think that the ‘low calorie option is the way forward! Think of it like this; if a product (I have chosen Oreos because the 100 calorie packet thing cracks me up) has ‘only 100 calories in each packet. You are definitely not going to feel as guilty. . and what is the result? you EAT 3 PACKETS!!! Its inevitable! And plus the fact is the product hasn’t changed. . IT’S STILL JUNK just in a smaller MORE EXPENSIVE packet! Ah I think it’s hilarious! Anyway back to the shopping lists!

Number 2 looks a lot better than list one yea? At a glance anyway! But when you really look into it you realise that everything is EXACTLY the same. The only difference in the products is

1) The packaging is more lightly coloured and labelled with ‘100 calorie’ claims

2) The packaging is smaller

3) You receive less of the product

4) It is more expensive

5) It may be ‘a little’ lower in fat but this is replaced with sugar! (which is worse)

Neither lists have anything lean and healthy in there (with the exception of the eggs).

1) No Lean Meat

2) No green Vegetables

3) Too many sources of processed carbohydrate

4) Too much carbohydrate period! (Unless this person is a marathon runner or a triathlete they definitely do need all of this FUEL)

5) Too much SUGAR

6) Sesame seed Buns? (Oh like thats your problem. . not enough sesame seeds in our diet)

7) Cereal bars (aka bars of sugar)

Garbage ‘low fat’ gimmicky products that will actually make you fatter than their ‘unhealthy’ counterparts.

Stop by next week for the REAL healthy eating Shopping List!

Bryan Kavanagh BSc. CSCS

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March 8, 2009 - Posted by | dublin, Health and Fitness, heathy food, nutrition, Shopping | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Funny AND great post. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by parkerhealthsolutions | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks 🙂

    Ill try keep em coming ha


    Comment by bryankav | March 9, 2009 | Reply

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