With a mega-grocery store on every corner, we get bombarded with every item of food that we could possibly put in our mouths. With cookies staring at you from the shelves, ice cream calling out your name and potato chips taking leaps into your shopping cart, it is difficult to stick to purchasing only the healthy foods at the grocery store. There are however some extremely simple steps that you can follow to stick to your healthy eating plan when you are shopping for groceries.
By satisfying your hunger, you will much more likely to stay on task of thinking only about the healthy foods that you would like to purchase.
A list will keep you focused when you are in the grocery store, and will cut down on impulsive buying. Take stock of what is in your refrigerator and pantry as you make your list, so that you do not forget anything important. Make sure to include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat proteins, whole grains and low fat dairy.
You might as well park at the very end of the parking lot to get a bit of extra physical activity while you are at it.
This is where most of the foods will be found that are on your list, such as produce, fresh poultry and fish, low fat dairy and whole grain bread.
Do not go down an aisle if you do not need to do so, especially if the aisle contains sweets, snacks or highly processed foods. This might offer a temptation to impulsively purchase some junk food that is not on your list.
Fresh items that need to be refrigerated can spoil very quickly, especially meats, poultry and seafood. Put everything away immediately, focusing on the items that need refrigeration first.
Phytonutrients are nutrients found in plants that develop to protect the plant from damaging environments. Plants are exposed to excess ultraviolet radiation, predator pests, toxins and pollution, resulting in the generation of dangerous free radicals within their cells. These free radicals can then bind and damage proteins...
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