1) Shopping Without a List: Preparing a list keeps you focused on buying healthier, makes you less likely to impulse buy, and saves time.
2) Forgetting to Shop the Perimeters: The outside of the supermarket contains the main food groups needed to eat healthier. Shopping along the outside helps guarantee that you stock up on grains, fruits, veggies, dairy products, and proteins.
3) Skimping on Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, water and fiber. Water helps make you feel fuller longer which helps with weight control.
Tip: The deeper and more vibrantly colored produce is packed with the most nutrients.
4) Missing Out on Whole Grains: February’s issue of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter notes that “consuming a diet rich in whole grains has been linked to reduced risks of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and some cancers.”
5) Ignoring Nutrition Label: Using labels helps us choose more nutritious foods by tracking calories, identifying ingredients and maximizing nutrients.
Tip: Pay attention to the serving size and calories per serving listed. A packed muffin may contain 300 calories on its label, but list its serving as half a muffin. That means that it actually has 600 calories a muffin (and who eats a half of a muffin?)
Extra Tip: Staying away from processed, packaged food is better all together!
Written by: Healing Anthropology