Grocery shopping is most definitely not one my favorite activities, as I’m sure it isn’t for most. But smart grocery shopping not only saves you time and money, it also is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
Nutrition IS the foundation of good health and fitness. Any good nutritionist will tell you “You can pay for it now, or pay for it later. (Pay for it later in poor health and medical bills)
Smart Grocery Shopping for Health
Plan your meals for the week. Make sure you get all the foods and ingredients you need for weekly meals.
Make a list and limit shopping time.
- You are less liable to buy last minute junk food, fast food or take out.
Read labels. Ingredients ARE IMPORTANT. Here’s some very good general rules:
- If there are ingredients you can’t pronounce or don’t know – find something else. See tip #2 Processed foods.
- If there are more than 5 ingredients – find something else.
- Optimally, focus on food with 1 ingredient. (i.e. apple – 1 ingredient…apple)
Stick with organic and grass feed, pastured foods as much as possible (natural foods NOT included as most “natural foods” include natural flavoring made from chemicals (including the neurotoxin MSG).
Last but not least, do most of your smart grocery shopping around the perimeter of the store. In most grocery stores, the outside perimeter of the store is where you will find: fresh vegetables, meats (skip the deli meats), cheese, dairy, eggs and frozen vegetables.
Smart Grocery Shopping to Save Money and Time
Make sure you eat before going shopping. Tests have shown that you spend more and buy more junk when grocery shopping hungry.
Back to making a list and limit shopping time. That way you are less likely to buy junk food or high end items on special (many times items on special are really not on special).
Stock up on sell items that you always use that have longer shelf life.
Buy what you can eat, eat what you buy.
If budget is a challenge for buying organic and fruits and vegetables and grass feed, pastured meats and dairy:
- Most important, first focus on grass feed, pastured meats and dairy.
- Second focus on the dirty dozen vegetables and fruits
- Then all organic vegetables and fruits.
Related: Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Shopping List