Fill Your Tank

Last week I focused on giving you some tips for identifying a path to success by finding your motivation, creating goals to keep you accountable and rewarding yourself when you achieve milestones.

Now it’s time to focus in on what you are putting in your body as you work towards those goals.

There is not a complicated science behind which food are good for you and which ones you should avoid – despite what the ever changing headlines tell you about foods.

It’s as simple as this:

–      If it came from the ground or has a mother you should eat healthy quantities of it.

–      If it is made in a building and has ingredients you can’t pronounce, you should avoid it as much as possible.

All groceries are set up the same; produce, proteins and dairy around the perimeter with all of the manufactured goods in the center. Keep your grocery carts out of the center of the store as much as possible.

 

Every healthy type of essential nutrient can be found in fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products. Your body needs these nutrients to function properly and to fight off disease.

When we fail to give our bodies healthy nutrients and rather fuel ourselves with manufactured products, we are missing out on the essential nutrients that keep us healthy and active.

Undoubtedly there are some items that you cannot avoid purchasing in the center aisles of your grocery. Tomorrow I will write more specifically on what things to watch for on those labels and how to make healthy choices.

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Grocery Store Accountability

Do you shop with a grocery list? If not, you really should.

Shopping with a list:
1. Helps with meal planning.
2. Saves you money.
3. Keeps you from impulsively buying based on craving.

Taking just a few minutes to plan your meals prior to going to the store will help make sure that you get all the ingredients you need and will help you avoid those things you don’t need. Just think about all the food we throw away each week because it has spoiled.

You will also find that by purchasing only what you need for the week will reduce the unnecessary snack foods we tend to purchase walking the aisles of the grocery.

You also should try to structure your list based on the items available at the perimeter of the store. The items that are most healthy for us involve fresh produce, meats and dairy. Frozen items such as fruits and vegetables are also good choices if fresh produce is not available.

Limit the number of your purchases in the center of the store – this is generally where the processed foods are shelved and where the greatest temptations for unhealthy choices appear. If it doesn’t come from the ground or have a mother you shouldn’t be eating it.

So the next time you need to hit the grocery store, take a few moments to make a quick list. Your waistline and pocketbook will reap the benefits!