Here’s another list for today, since you, our fan base, seem to like them. Grocery shopping is something we all have to do, but we all know that choosing “the right foods”, so to speak, can be very hard. To assist you with your healthy grocery shopping, try these tips:
One: Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach.
Obvious to some, but not to others. I know for a fact that if I’m hungry, a lot of junk food goes into the trolley. It’s just human nature to do so. Minimise the risk by not going food shopping while hungry.
Two: Check The Fluids
No no, this is not a car advice blog! What I mean is that if you are buying canned fruits or tuna, pick those which are canned in water rather than in oil or sugar. These are the things we often overlook, but we shouldn’t.
Don’t worry, this is not an advanced science lesson. Look at the labels for the words “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated”. The earlier you see them appear on the list, the higher the amount of unhealthy trans fatty acids the food will contain. Buyer beware!
Four: Note The Skin
If you are buying poultry, try not to get those with skin on it. While the skin itself as we know it is not high in fat, the layer below is.
Five: Not Just The Fat
Fancy a microwaveable frozen meal? Read the nutritional label. Select those that are not only low in fat, but low in sodium and cholesterol as well.
Do you avoid dairy products because you don’t like them? Or maybe you’re a vegan. Either way, if you might be low in calcium, grab some calcium fortified orange juice instead.
I thought that since I was making words up, I might as well get on a roll (no pun intended when you read the next sentence). Go for whole grain breads, cereals, and rolls if you can.
Eight: The Yoghurt Trap
I love yoghurt and chances are that you probably do too! However, there may be a trap. Be wary, and don’t be tricked into buying yoghurt covered by nuts or raisins. Why? As strange as it may sound, chances are that the coating might be made of sugar and partially hydrogenated oils.
How did you find this list? Interesting eh? Some of these points were new to me too, frankly speaking. By following the above tips when grocery shopping, you stand a higher chance of avoid the “bad foods”. If you really want to up your game, you should learn about this, and other food-related topics in greater detail. Grab a copy of the Strategic Nutrition Guide today, and check out the links below too!
Mark is an all-rounded guy with dreams, aspirations, and a desire to be a better version of himself. Having conquered obesity, he set-up Granite Fitness to help regular people get in shape and stay healthy. As of 2023, Mark spends his days as a People and Culture Manager. He holds three science degrees, a Diploma of Christian counselling, a Diploma of Human Resources, and a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety. Connect with Mark @ http://au.linkedin.com/in/marksptan