101 Ways to Lose Weight – #5

Shop Smart

Buy seasonal, locally grown fruit and vegetables as they are nutritionally better and for your health and often less expensive. Shop at farmers’ markets, join a fresh food co-op or grow your own. When in supermarkets, shop around the outside perimeter for the fresh produce. Also when shopping in the middle aisles remember to look both high and low as this is where you’ll normally find the quality and less expensive products. Most of the food in the middle aisles are more expensive as food manufacturers have paid big bucks for premium space.

Read food labels! Just because the box says it is healthy, gluten free, or low fat, that doesn’t mean it is good for you. ‘Green-wash’ is a term used to describe when manufacturers cash in on the health angle, marketing themselves as healthy when they actually are not. Check out the ingredients list. Many so-called diet or health foods are high in sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oil (trans fat), corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose, salt, preservatives, gums, and fillers that do very little to nourish the body.

(Theresa Cutter – The Healthy Chef)