A person can only start eating healthy if they know how to properly shop for the right kind of foods. What you put in your shopping cart is directly associated with what you put in your body. We all have to grocery shop and many of us don’t like to do it but knowing the proper foods and what brands to buy can make your shopping experience much more manageable.
To help you out in your shopping endeavors, here is a simple list of guidelines to consider when pushing that buggy around the grocery store:
Never, ever shop on an empty stomach. Its Psychology 101! Shopping in a store surrounded by tempting foods and drinks on an empty stomach can only pose detrimental to your healthy shopping experience. Travel to the store either in the morning after breakfast or in the evening after you just ate dinner and your stomach is full.
Never purchase canned vegetables, fruits and even meats (tuna, salmon, and chicken) packaged in oil or syrup. Always look for products that are packaged in water. This will eliminate the excess calories and oil the food has absorbed after being packaged and processed in the can.
Never purchase any products containing ingredients labeled: “partially hydrogenated” or “hydrogenated.” These ingredients usually in the form of vegetable oil or soybean oil are chemically modified ingredients that basically alter the molecular structure of the oil causing a better preservative capacity but creating harmful foods for your body. These ingredients are sneaky and because they don’t say “fat” they are looked over but an educated eye needs to know how to identify them and remove them from your shopping cart.
Never purchase products containing high fructose corn syrup. This is 100% pure sugar derived from corn and its what is loaded in soft drinks, juices, syrups and anything sweet. Its an inexpensive way to sweeten food and it is a contributing factor in weight gain, childhood obesity and diabetes. The best example of this corn syrup is in pancake syrup. If you look at the conventional syrups on the grocery shelves and read their labels, you’ll find that they do not have the slightest amount of maple syrup in them at all. Corn syrup with maple flavoring is used in order to keep costs down and keep the pancake lover consumer satisfied; but one needs to buy 100% real, authentic maple syrup. This product is been manufactured straight from the maple trees and there has been zero chemical altering to this product.
When buying beef, pork and poultry, try to buy clomidorganic. This product will contain no steroids, phosphates or growth hormones. Free range chickens are also healthier because they are able to roam a stress-free, cage-free life and the results are seen and tasted in their eggs.
When buying poultry (chicken and turkey), buy skinless and try to eat only white meat.
Always check for low sodium. In prepackaged foods (frozen dinners, box dinners and canned foods) high amounts of sodium are used in order to preserve the foods for longer periods of time. There are plenty of low-sodium options available so just scan the grocery shelves a little more. This will help prevent high blood pressure and increased levels of cholesterol.
If you are vegan or just choose not to consume many dairy products, you have to ensure you are getting the correct amount of calcium in your diet daily. Try to eat more broccoli and/or try calcium fortified orange juice.
Always purchase whole grain breads, cereals and other bakery goods. The more the merrier when it comes to whole grains.
Yogurt covered raisins and nuts are not going to provide the same nutrition that yogurt in the dairy case will provide. Most yogurt covered products in the dry goods section of the grocery store are nothing more than sugar and partially hydrogenated oils. Dairy yogurt or soy yogurt found in the dairy foods case is what you need to buy in order to reap the benefits of calcium and the live active cultures beneficial to your digestive system.
Watch buying low-fat foods or zero-fat foods. These products such as pretzels, cookies, cakes and other bakery goods are marketed as containing zero-fat but generally contain more sugar and thus more calories than other conventional products. If you think a fat free cake is too good to be true, it most likely is.
Eating healthy is more than just eating fruits and vegetables daily. Eating healthy starts at the grocery store and healthy shopping is necessary to make your diet well balanced and nutritious. So heed this advice and start changing the way you shop so you can start changing the way you eat.