Updated: Jul 26, 2019
Tip #1 - Stay Close to the Walls
You have heard it before, but I am going to say it again. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. It’s not a myth, they aren’t kidding, the further you go into the middle of the store, the more processed you will get. All of the fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat, nuts, seeds, milk (milk alternative), and greek yogurt is on the outskirts of the store. This is where you should be spending most of your time and what 80-90% of a healthy diet looks like! So do yourself a favor, and treat the middle aisles like lava.
Tip #2 - Choose the Rainbow
Buy colorful foods. If you look in your cart and all you see is brown, yellow and white, you can probably do better. Opt for the green, red, orange, yellow, blue, and purple these SCREAM vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Have a little contest with yourself and see how many different colors you can get in your cart.
Tip #3 - Expiration Dates
If the food doesn’t expire for a year, then it’s highly processed. Our goal when creating an active lifestyle, is to choose foods that are GREAT for us. Processed food is not on that list. Now, there are exceptions (like raw bagged jasmine rice before it’s cook it lasts forever) but the majority of your foods should spoil after a week which is why we go grocery shopping weekly!
Tip #4 - Think Balance
Calories are made up of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. A balanced meal includes ALL three of these! When you buy food for the week, think about buying 2-3 protein sources, carbohydrate sources, and fat sources so you can make balanced meals that leave you satiated, energized and feeling good! (Ex: shrimp (protein), sweet potato (carbohydrate), and avocado (fat))
Tip #5 - Patience
Don’t give up after eating healthy for a few days or even a few weeks. Have patience, because the longer you stick to it the more you will crave these foods just like you crave the chips on day three. I promise, don’t be stubborn, BE PATIENT!
- Coach Carly