How to Find Nutrition That Works for You

Shopping at the grocery store shouldn't be hard.Midnight at the grocery store is a good place to be.

I wandered around the building, pushing my cart at an easy pace. No one rushed past me, hurrying to be on his or her way. No one got annoyed when I stopped in the middle of the aisle, looking at a product. Well, except maybe for the employee moving boxes around and restocking the shelves. But even he was moving at an easy, lethargic pace.

Glancing at my list of ingredients, I tried to decide what aisle I should attempt next. There were a few sneaky items that I just could not find. I had even pulled out my phone, trying to Google what aisle I could locate x and y in.

Recently, I got a Paleo slow-cooker cookbook from my roommate. I spent time flipping through it, noting recipes I wanted to try. However, some of the ingredients were strange to me; I even thought about skipping over the recipes completely just because of one or two items it called for.

I knew though compared to a lot of recipes I’ve seen, these were pretty tame and familiar. But when the opportunity came to visit the grocery store so late at night, I took it. There’s nothing worse than being lost in a place while it’s packed with people.

Now, I know I’m not the only one when it comes to lacking grocery store knowledge. I know I’m not the only one who doesn’t know how to correctly use spices or other ingredients to make healthy food taste better.

So, when I’m continuously told nutrition is such a vital part to my health, but I’m not told how to go about pursuing it, it’s frustrating. And I’m not just talking about getting a plan on what to eat. Rather, I’m talking about the CrossFit way of nutrition, meaning it’s a lifestyle change to improve quality of life overall.

I want to know how to not just cook well, but how to shop well. How to find the things I need and do it efficiently. I’m a busy person and I don’t have time to spend hours at a grocery story or cooking over the stove. I want to eat well, but it’s hard when it takes me so long.

What can you do to help your members like me who desire to pursue a life of good nutrition? One Box gives lessons to its members on kitchen skills, even taking groups to the grocery store to see how to shop efficiently while saving money. Are there seminars you can offer to teach your members the necessary abilities? What about one-on-one coaching lessons at the grocery store or in the kitchen?

You don’t have to be a culinary genius, but surely you and/or your Coaches have nutrition tips and kitchen skills that can be given to members who are in need of those things.

Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at