Oct 102013
 October 10, 2013

surviving the grocery store

Ever decided to start a diet, gone to the grocery store and been lured by the call of all that great tasting junk food?  For many, the question is probably more like, when are you not tempted by junk food!Here are some tips on how to keep the grocery store from sabotaging your decision to eat healthy.

As we discussed before, there is an addiction process that can happen with sugar, and this is true of ingredients in junk food as well. Food companies that sell it are well aware of this. They USE this knowledge to sell their food and keep you addicted so you will keep coming back for more. In other words, you are being taken for a ride, a down the health chute. If you do not get some education in the area of nutrition you will continue getting played.

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Shopping for nutritious food in the grocery store used to be easier than it is today. Most of the healthy items were in one section. Now many grocery stores have the healthy products mixed in with the other food, all through the store. So you have to venture into the center aisles with your radar detectors on high, dodging all the packaged, refined food with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, soy, chemicals, artificial flavorings and colorings, trans fats, not to mention the dazzling array of sugar and chemical filled soft drinks available. I guess they think that you will buy more processed ‘food’ if you’re there among it.  But just stick to eating healthy and you’ll be happy with the rewards.

Surviving the Grocery Store

Here are some guidelines from the book “Eat This, Not That” for healthy food shopping and a  few of our own.

1. Take a list of foods you want to buy.  If you’re low on ideas, look at a healthy recipe book to get ideas of what you want to cook for the week and then make of list of ingredients you need.  That will help you keep your attention on why you are there and what you want to come home with.

2. Work the Edges – The healthiest food in the supermarket is found along the walls…while the inner aisles tend to be dominated by things that come in boxes, bags or cans. The less time you spend in there, the better.

3. Look High and Low – Basically big name companies pay to have their products placed at eye level. The healthier foods tend to be on the top and bottom shelves.

4. More Packaging = Less Nutrition – Shipping, cooking, refining and packaging foods tends to strip out essential nutrients. Better to eat a carrot than carrot-flavored potato flour and soy oil.

5. Learn the Lingo – Whole grain and multi-grain are not the same thing. Multi-grain has more than one grain but they are not necessarily whole grains.

6. Fewer Ingredients Means Healthier Food – Food labels are confusing. So a good rule of thumbs is to pick the one that has a shorter list of ingredients. It’s almost always the right choice.

7. Watch the Totum Pole – On a food label the ingredients listed at the top are the most predominant in the product. So you just have to decide what your tolerance level is for certain ingredients. I usually try to find the product with lowest amount of chemicals and additives and the highest amount of the ingredients I’m looking for.

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