To me, healthy eating simply means removing, or limiting the foods in your diet that could be harming you and eating enough of the foods that contain the nutrients essential to your health. It is always preferable to get your nutrients from food itself rather than supplements, although replenishing nutrients using supplements is necessary, too. Most importantly, eating should be a pleasurable experience. If you are not enjoying your meals because you feel deprived or bored, your diet is not right for you. There is no one right diet, or way to eat, different people thrive on different foods.
1. Try doing some of your shopping at local farmers markets if possible. Here is a great link to find one near you.
2. Never go shopping when you are feeling hungry. This will help prevent impulse buying usually something junky to satisfy your hunger.
3. Most of your shopping should be in the outer aisles the produce, the meats, fish, eggs. The inner aisles are usually full of processed foods (which you want to avoid) the ones full of sugar, trans fats and other preservatives that extends their shelf life. Processed foods also tend to have a lot of the healthy protective micronutrients missing and are high in sodium and low in fiber.
4. Buy fresh food whenever possible the fresher the food, the more nutritious.
5. Buy organic fruits and vegetables whenever you can and if possible, locally grown. Locally grown fruits and vegetables are less likely to have been sprayed with pesticides and chemicals. Its also a great way to support local farmers.