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15 Healthy Shopping Tips

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15 Healthy Shopping Tips

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. It’s also a great way to support local farmers.

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11:39PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thank you for the tips Dr. Frank Lipman.

10:22AM PDT on Mar 30, 2010

I mean used to eat healthier when I lived in Belgium (Western Europe). Now I live in NY temporarily till I go back when my mission is finished here.

10:20AM PDT on Mar 30, 2010

Definitely need to go back to buying when I'm not hungry and eating healthy as I used to go in Europe!

5:46AM PDT on Mar 23, 2010

To save money, use coupons, check the weekly grocery ads, and incorporate sale foods into your meal planning. And don't shop hungry: An empty belly often results in impulse purchases that may not be the healthiest.

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6:03AM PDT on Mar 14, 2010

There is little point in telling me not to shop while hungry when stopping on the way home from work is frequently the only time I can do my groceries. And rule 8 sounds like it came from Michael Pollan, why not give him some credit for it?

5:04PM PST on Mar 13, 2010

Thanks for the great info.
Glad to know I am doing ALOT of
good things already.....

Thanks again

9:29AM PST on Mar 13, 2010

Great article, what I´ve found to be especially true is to avoid going shopping for groceries when you´re hungry, you end up with all the worst possible options...

2:46AM PST on Mar 13, 2010

By the way, how does tilapia rate on the mercury toxicity scale? I was also wondering if you remove the skin from the chicken before you cook it, or afterwards. Thanks.

2:42AM PST on Mar 13, 2010

Thank you. I am going to copy and paste this into a word document now. I do some of these, but would like to have reminders of the ones I sometimes forget.

2:13AM PST on Mar 13, 2010


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