Smart Tips For Your Grocery Shopping
In order to nurture and respect your body as a temple, you will need to take inventory and evaluate the food in your refrigerator and pantry, purging the unhealthy items and stocking up with nutritious and wholesome foods. You may follow these smart tips for your grocery shopping, to buy right kind of foods for you and your family.
Become a smart shopper by doing the following:
- Buy as many organic fruits and vegetables as possible. These are the healthiest because they are grown without pesticides, herbicides or chemical additives, and are not treated with colors and waxes to make them look more appealing.
- Understand what you are buying and what the food labels mean, and how the ingredients ultimately affect your weight and total well-being.
- Be conscious of serving sizes and number of servings. Nutrition labels are based on one serving.
- Pay attention to calorie counts. Fat-free does not mean calorie-free.
- Know your fat and sodium consumption. Select foods lowest in saturated, trans fat, and cholesterol.
- Choose “good” carbohydrates and look for the “whole” in wheat, oats, bread, etc.
- Choose proteins with as low a fat content as you can get, such as lean, low-fat, or fat-free meats, poultry and dairy products.
- Choose foods that are rich in vitamins, calcium and iron.
- Check food labels for partially hydrogenated oils. Hydrogenation converts oils into firmer fats, which clog your arteries. Many cookies, crackers, chips, and other food products are made with partially hydrogenated oils.
- Buy high fiber foods – they are lower in calories. Studies have shown that people who eat a high-fiber diet lose more weight than people on a low- fiber diet. High-fiber foods are more filling; they last longer in your stomach, so are considered appetite suppressants. High-fiber foods also moderate sugar levels in your body, which means lower insulin levels and ultimately a lower risk of diabetes.
- Buy whole fruit instead of juice as much as you can. Whole fruit has fewer calories and provides more fiber.
- Eliminate alcohol from your shopping list. If you must have alcohol, limit it to one drink a day. Alcohol is loaded with calories.
- Check food labels for additives such as MSG and sulfites, and stay away from food with these ingredients. It’s safer to just buy natural, unprocessed food as much as possible.
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