A healthy diet begins in the grocery store, just as an unhealthy diet begins in the grocery store. How can you ensure that you are making food choices that will help you in your quest to be a healthier person?
Buy from the perimeter of the store. If you will check out your grocery store, you will find that most of the healthy food choices are in this area. Most of the processed and unhealthy foods are in the center aisles. As a general rule, the less processed a food is, the healthier it will be.
Fresh produce is where you will find your fruits and vegetables that are filled with vitamin rich antioxidents and fiber. Don’t be afraid to try something new that you have never tried before. There is such a wide variety to choose from you are sure to never get bored with anything that you choose. Try and choose a variety of colors in choosing your fruits and vegetables, for this will ensure you are getting an assortment of the vitamins that you need.
The dairy aisle is where you will find your products that are calcium rich. Milk, yogurt and cheese in various assortments will ensure that you get your calcium and Vitamin D.
Fiber rich breads and pasta. Make the switch from white bread and pasta to whole wheat pastas and bread. There is a huge difference in the amount of vitamins as well as fiber, and you will hardly notice the difference at all. If you are reluctant to switch, do it gradually. Add a bit of whole wheat pasta in with your regular pasta until you become more accustomed to it. You will probably discover that you like the whole wheat pasta even better!
Learn to read labels. Learning to read labels is very important when grocery shopping. Pay special attention to salt content, sugar content and fat content. Also, do not let labels that describe a product as “healthy” deceive you. Some of these products may be lower in fat, but double in salt or sugar content. Some products that are low in fat may be high in calories. Ingredients are usually listed in order. If sugar is one of the first three ingredients listed, then this is a good indication the product has a lot of sugar.
Another good tip is to never grocery shop while you are hungry. If you grocery shop when you are hungry you are much more prone to gravitate toward the junk food aisle.
Following these tips is a good way to ensure a shopping trip that will assist you in moving toward a healthier diet.