What’s in your shopping cart?

Have you ever been waiting in line at the grocery store and compared your cart to the persons next to you? Maybe you thought “Oh my god that person is so unhealthy!” or the opposite, you had “shopping cart envy” and wondered how they were able to pick items that are so nutritious and stay away from the temptations of junk food.

Here are a few tips on how to do just that…

1) Eat before you go food shopping. This will prevent you from buying things you don’t need out of pure hunger and things that are unhealthy simply because you’re craving them.

2) Shop the periphery of the store, this is where most of the natural, healthy food is found. Produce, meat, dairy etc…

3) Become a label reader. There are a few easy ways to be see what you are getting is all natural, first of, the fewer the ingredients the better, second look out for preservatives, and third make sure you can pronounce what’s on the box.

Things to look out for specifically:

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, HYDROGENATED AND PARTIALLY, HYDROGENATED OILS MSG (MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE), PRESERVATIVES (TBHQ, BHT, OR BHA), ARTIFICIAL COLORS, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SYNTHETIC SWEETENERS, MANUFACTURED OILS (Such as: Canola oil, vegetable oil, or cottonseed oil), NITRATES AND NITRITES.

To read more on this subject go to Wholesome Healing.

4) Don’t give in to your child! I know it’s easier said then done, but almost anything that is geared toward enticing children is bad for them. Really bad. For example, sugary cereals are one of the worst food you can eat. Find alternatives that are healthy but will satisfy their need for sweets.

A good idea is to plan on making something with your child, cookies,, brownies. Find healthy recipes that you can make with them. children generally love to cook with you and finding the ingredients to make a tasty treat at home might be a good distraction from all of the junk food out there.

Do you have suggestions for healthy snacks? Do you have suggestions for how you can avoid giving in to your child?

5) Find alternatives. Things like whole wheat pasta, bread and flour are great and there are a lot of alternatives to refined sugar these days. What is your preferred sweetener? Do you have any suggestions for healthy substitutes? 

6)  Give yourself enough time to make healthy decisions. If you don’t have the time, as many of us often don’t, go in the store with a clear idea of what you are going to get and don’t stray. Fruits, veggies, milk, eggs…  Don’t get much else if you don’t have time to read labels.

 

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