When I buy canned fruit or vegetables, I take a permanent marker and put the date bought on the lid. Even with an expiration date, I still use this system to let me know just how long that particular item has been in my pantry.
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Try to eat only fresh food in it's most natural state. Do most of your grocery shopping around the perimeter of the store, staying out of all of the boxed and canned goods. Most importantly, read the ingredients list. Put it back on the shelf if it has sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or any other ingredient that you cannot pronounce.
If you hit a plateau or feel otherwise frustrated, load up canned goods or sacks of flour/sugar into plastic bags totalling the amount of weight you have lost to date and literally carry them up and down the steps - even 5 lbs feels heavy after a while - the physical reminder helps you see how far you have come.
You can find great bargains on brand name packaged cheeses, canned goods, condiments & spices, Also soap / toothpaste / brushes / etc. and sometimes makeup and cleaning supplies that often cost 3 or 4 x more in regular venues. Awesome way to save.
Some stores are better than others so check around for ones that carry things you use regularly.
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