When it comes to grocery shopping, most of us trail down the isles in search for the items we need, or at least we think we need. It is monotonous and we can only think of getting in and getting out.
Grocery stores are limitless when it comes to purchasing something that is unhealthy, most of which has no actual health benefit. But there is one rule of thumb that can help when it comes to choosing something that is healthy.
In the grocery store, there are many sections that can entice, especially those towards the middle. Stay out of the middle. All the foods that are the healthiest for you are around the perimeter.
The first sections you see when you walk into the store is the fruits and vegetables, necessary foods for proper health. Although there are some processed foods that can be located here, it is not in abundance.
Usually next you will find meats. Meats contain vital nutrients as well, such as protein. Meats come in the most raw of forms, and it is best this way.
Dairy usually follows meats. Of course you have everything from eggs to milk, but there is plenty here that is healthy, and necessary for health.
If you must go into the middle of the store, try to only enter isles the contain items that you need to purchase, such as breads and cereals. But beware with cereal, these items are most often over processed and contain too much sugar and unnecessary ingredients and packaging. Even cereals that tend to say that they are whole grain may be made with whole grains, but it doesn’t always make them the best for you, there are still other additives and ingredients that are not.
One other thing to consider is the amount of packaging an item has. This is where “the more the better” does not come into play. Usually, the more packaging and item has the less that is inside. Heavily packaged items tend to have too much of the bad stuff and not enough of the good.
Keep things simple. Don’t try to get all elaborate to make something appear as though it is good. The best things come in the simplest form, such as an apple; no packaging needed.
Brand names don’t mean anything. People play into brand too much because it draws on our ability to think clearly, that the more recognized a brand or item is the better it is. This is not always the case. If there is something that is overplayed in the sense that we hear it we associated it with one thing, means that this company is making more money. Usually in order to make more money, things need to be skimped on, things such as the important ingredients that make the item healthy, and bringing in cheaper unhealthy items.
Steer clear of the center of the grocery store and avoid overly packaged foods and you will be on your way to eating healthier, with little to no thought involved. It might be hard at first, but the more you do it the easier it will get, and the healthier you will be eating.