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Tips on Grocery Shopping

Tips for Healthy Grocery Shopping:

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  1. Stick to the outside isle of the store because that where all the natural and freshest foods are.  Fill most of your cart with  fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and dairy items then venture down the center aisles to stock up on staple goods like whole grains, beans, vegetable, soups, canned tuna ect.
  2. Read the ingredient list. If you are not sure how to pronounce it then its probably not good for you, those ingredients help the foods shelf life, now the additives aren’t harmful to you but digesting those additives isn’t the best for a healthy organic lifestyle. When shopping check the list of ingredients every time. Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University, says that almost always, the shorter the better.
  3. Be sure to check the “serving size” and “servings per container” lines. The yummy cereal you may eat for breakfast may say it contains two servings and you’ve been eating that in one sitting, thinking it was only one serving always always ready labels closely.
  4. Don’t be deceived by labels that say “wheat bread”, make sure you once again check the ingredients for “whole wheat, or “whole grain”.
  5. If you see any of these words in the labels of your foods, put them down and try and find a replacement with more “natural” products: 
  • Hydrogenated
  • High-fructose
  • Enriched
  • Sugar Alcohols
  • Any words that sound like chemicals than food
    1. One of the best keys is to “NEVER GO SHOPPING HUNGRY” Yes its a key factor that can help you stick to your list and to stop yourself from grabbing everything you see. Have a little snack before or go after you ate dinner so you know you stomach hunger won’t distract you.
    2. Don’t go for “Fat Free” that just means it will be loaded with artificial sugars, additives to replace the fat and it is harder for your body to process “fake sugar” than it is real raw sugars.
    3. Skip the processed meats and packaged meats such as they are full of preservatives, go straight to the meat counter and get natural grass fed meat and free range chicken. If you can’t buy those, buy meat with very little fat, because the toxins are stored in the fat.
    4. Stay away from fruit juices, its just one huge sugar rush, but a great alternative I love is coconut water, or natural teas such as green tea or black tea you can buy it in family bags and brew it yourself, add fresh fruit to help sweeten the flavors.
    5. If your wanting something sweet switch to dark chocolate, I buy dark chocolate kisses and grab one when I need my sweet tooth fix it is so delicious and a healthy source of anti-oxidants too. Mix that up with a piece of fruit and it taste even better, my favorite are sliced strawberries and a piece of dark chocolate can you say heaven. 
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