Adequate nutrition and overall body health starts where you buy your food. What goes into your body molds its future, provides its fuel and nurtures its many systems. So yeah, what you eat is very important.
While grocery stores serve an essential public service, they’re retail establishments that want you to buy a lot of food from them. They certainly don’t want you buying less. I’m sure you’ve noticed the eye-catching advertisements in your local supermarket prompting you to add more to your cart. You’ve probably also experienced a bit of pressure to buy organic, grass-fed, gluten-free and other “specialty” food options on the virtue of them being healthier options.
While that is sometimes true, it’s often not the most wallet-friendly pursuit to buy all organic. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend more to get more benefits from your food. All you have to do is learn how to plan and shop with active healthfulness in mind. And it’s easier than you’d think.
Planning is a big part of it.
When you begin on this journey of self-improvement, it is best to start creating a diet plan that you can shop from. Plan meals a week or two ahead before you start perusing the aisles of the supermarket. This might seem tough, because most people tend to stick to the same foods quite frequently, but it’s a very good reason to explore new flavors with unexpected additions to your dishes.
Look up recipes online that are praised for their healthiness. You can find a recipe for healthy alternatives to pretty much anything-even your favorite comfort foods like pizza or macaroni and cheese! Get creative with sautéed vegetables, try new fish and bask in the benefits of their Omega-3 fatty acids, and make a point to consistently try new things. You’ll discover a fondness for quite a few of these things, which will make meal planning in the future easier and more fun. And you can buy them online too, supposing you are staying in Brooklyn, search for Brooklyn grocery delivery and you will have the ingredients for your recipe at your doorstep.
Look at the numbers.
Just because something seems healthy or isn’t as bad for you as other selections, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is. It’s important to look at the nutritional information included on a product’s packaging, so that you can understand its ingredients as well as portion size and actual nutritional content.
To give you an idea as to what I’m talking about, let’s look at a few examples of what these numbers can be.
When buying a breakfast cereal, look for at least 5 grams of fiber per serving, and less than 12 grams of sugar.
Choose whole wheat bread because white bread contains fewer than 3 grams of fiber.
Opt for whole-grain pasta and rice because of their fiber content. An ideal serving contains 7 grams.
These are just examples, but these principles can be applied to anything that you plan to buy. Your health is a serious investment, so it’s not much to spend some time thoughtfully planning what to eat and thinking about how what you eat effects the only body that you have.