Know Before You Go
Before you head to your local Farmers Market or Grocer, know what you want, why you want it, where you can get it, and how you're going to use it. Specifically:
- Do not shop when you are hungry. Take my word for this or it will be quantity not only in your shopping cart but also on your chin, hips, stomach, and thighs. Quality whole fresh food is so good for you that you don’t need to eat a ton of it to reap its full benefits. Plus healthy foods like these are best eaten fresh and will start to break down if they are left uneaten. So rather than throwing wasted food away or composting it, buy what you need for only a couple of days at a time.
- Build healthy meals in your head before you shop, and especially before you put them on your plate.
- Make a shopping list before you shop and stick to it. This not only insures you get only what you need, it also insures you use/consume the food you purchase before it spoils, and it helps you keep costs down; spontaneous purchases = cha-ching!
- Know your grocery store so that you can avoid aisles of temptation. While it is a general “rule” to shop the outside walls of a grocery store rather than the inside aisles, this is not always so. Whole grains, for example, are usually in a bulk or grain aisle, as are healthy condiments such as organic soy sauce, maple syrup, mustard, etc. Also, unless you are specifically in a health food store, these types of prepared items are often segregated in an inner section of the store. Get to know your local store – you might even want to venture to other neighboring towns or cities for other resources such as ethnic markets that offer whole foods from other countries with unique tastes and health benefits of their own. Or, farmers markets that offer local whole foods – be careful however, more and more, we see stickers on farmers market fruits and vegetables that indicate they come from commercial farms and not organic ones, or have travelled much further than 100 miles to get there, meaning their freshness is in question. Stickers usually indicate big refrigerated (or not) trucks traveling across the country; that’s not fresh and how many toxins were used to make that “perfect” food?