Getting healthy is actually quite easy but where people tend to make mistakes is in the planning of getting healthy. The majority of people tend to go to the grocery store without a planned-out menu for the week as well as walk into the grocery store hungry. Walking into a grocery store hungry is not safe at all. Why? Because EVERYTHING starts to look good and before you know it, you have walked out of the store buying so many items that you don’t need or that are healthy for you.
We are going to give you a few tips that will help you to start getting healthy the minute you walk into the store:
1. Never go the grocery store hungry!
2. Shop on the outside perimeter of the grocery store. The next time you enter the store stop and look for a minute. All of your healthy living foods are on the outside perimeter of the grocery store. Fruits, veggies, meats etc. Think of the center aisles as the “danger zone.” This is where all the processed/shelf life food lives. Now, there are exceptions to the rule when purchasing raw nuts, nut butters, brown rice etc.
3. Read labels—if you can’t pronounce the ingredients … don’t buy it!
4. When purchasing deli meats or cured meats look for the label of “no-nitrates.”
5. When purchasing any form of dairy, look for labels that state rBht free—this is a growth hormone that typically is added to our dairy products.
6. Make sure you purchase healthy fats: avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, etc
7. Decrease or eliminate food items that are packed with gluten (contains wheat, rye, barley etc). Again read labels because even condiments like ketchup they add gluten.
8. If purchasing bottled water it is best to drink out of glass vs. plastic.
9. Once you’re ready for check out look in your cart and make sure that the majority of your food is from the outside perimeter
10. Eat for your metabolic type and plan your menu before going grocery shopping. You have saved yourself not only time once you’re in the store but you have also saved yourself unhealthy calories.
You and your body are very important and if you fail to plan, then you have planned to fail. We hope these ten quick and easy tips will be a starting point for you to begin getting healthy. Remember—Rome was not built in a day so any little change you make today is a change for tomorrow.