Beginner’s Guide to Grocery Shopping

Trying to eat healthy can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start! Have you ever found yourself wandering the grocery store, spending a lot of money, and then getting home and feeling like you don’t have anything to eat? It can be very frustrating and lead to bad habits or eating fast food. So... here are some keys to help you when it comes to grocery shopping for healthy eating!

1. Plan, plan, plan! Grocery shopping really starts at home. Find recipes online that you can make during the week. Crockpot meals are great because those are easy to make in the morning before work and they are ready when you get home! Plan out your weekly menu and make a list!

2. Stay on the outer edges of the grocery store. Most grocery stores have produce, meat, and dairy on the edges of the store while the middle aisles are packed with processed and packaged foods. Start in the produce section and load up on fruits and vegetables. Try to get more vegetables than fruits because veggies tend to be higher in nutrients and lower in sugar. From there, head over to meat. Protein is so, so important when it comes to eating healthy. Protein helps you stay fuller for longer and takes longer for your body to digest, making it burn more calories. If you don’t eat meat, protein is still really important. Find protein in beans, nuts, quinoa and other foods.

3. The middle aisles. Here’s a couple of tips! Look at the list of ingredients, and if there are more than five, it’s probably a no. Another way to decide, is to read through the ingredient list. If there are a bunch of things that you can’t even pronounce, it’s probably a no. Finally, look for added sugar and high fructose corn syrup - those are going to be no’s.  

Start small! Make one tiny change at a time. Make a plan and stick to it!

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10 Thoughts you have during Bootcamp

So it’s your first time at Bootcamp? Let us just start by saying "Welcome!" Good job showing up - often times that’s the hardest part! It’s intimidating. I mean, it is called "Bootcamp" after all! 

Before class starts you’re probably standing around with a bunch strangers waiting for class to start, and wondering if you should be stretching, or chugging water, or quietly leaving before it’s too late. You might ask the person next to you if class is going to be really hard. They might want to tell you "no" to ease your mind, but be unable to lie because it is, indeed, hard. Whenever someone asks me if it’s really hard, I always say yes! It sucks, but you will survive and you’re going to be proud of yourself when you do! So, to prepare you for your first Bootcamp, here are ten thoughts that you will probably have during class. The good news? Everyone else is having the exact same thoughts. Good luck!

  1. Wait, that was just the warm up?!

  2. Why am I sweating so much? Is this normal?

  3. Oh, that exercise doesn’t look so hard. *attempts exercise* WHAT THE HELL?!

  4. *Completes 1 round* Whew only 12 more minutes until water break! (How many more minutes until water break?!?)

  5. How am I already sore?

  6. Only halfway? This is the longest minute of my life.

  7. Maybe I can sneak out during water break. I worked out for long enough, right?

  8. Okay back into it. I can do this.

  9. Last minute. Okay. I might die.

  10. Hell yeah. I crushed that workout!

If you made it through the list, then you made it through Bootcamp and you’re officially a Badass! Well done. Go ahead and treat yourself to a smoothie at the FIT BAR. You earned it!

- Sam Yoho


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Coaches Corner - May
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You've got the goal… you've got the gear… and with GRIT BOX Fitness, you've got the best group workouts in Charleston!! 

So, what's missing…..??? 

Well, if you're like most, despite best intentions, we all have moments where stress, temptation, and day to day life interfere with our plan to achieve better health and wellness. That's why any successful venture (especially in fitness) requires ACCOUNTABILITY!

Self accountability is fine if you have the willpower to pull it off, but few can. Family and friends are great, but they love us too much and let us off the hook too often. What you need is the guidance and oversight of a professional who cares as much about your goals as you do, and will stop at nothing to help you achieve them. Adding that accountability to your current fitness routine can yield amazing results.

If you've never considered using a personal trainer before, now is the perfect time! We are excited to give you the chance to meet with a GRIT BOX certified Personal Trainer every week for 4 weeks during the month of May. During your appointments, you'll do much more than just work out. You'll discuss goals, challenges, nutrition, exercise design; anything that is a barrier to your success. Together, you will create a plan to overcomes those difficulties that fits into your lifestyle. Better yet, you'll have a PERSON in place! You can do this!! Having some added ACCOUNTABILITY is going to help get it done!

If you are interested in taking advantage of 4 private personal training sessions for only $99, call the studio or send an email to to schedule your first appointment.

- Josh Durbin
  Lead Personal Trainer at GRIT BOX Fitness

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