Healthy foods give you with the nutrients your body needs to be strong, healthy and fight diseases. Healthy eating has been shown to improve overall health and even lower the risk of various diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, and other health problems. But eating healthy has become a challenge with all the yummy and tasty junk foods which are easily available and do not cost much. Healthy eating needs changes in—your eating habits, your environment (like your home or the place you work) and your grocery shopping attitude.
Plan your meals
A very important factor for healthy eating is your grocery shopping. Rather than doing last minute shopping --- shop in advance after deciding on the things you want for meals and snacks. This will give you time to get the healthy things that you need for your cooking.
- When you are shopping look for healthy foods and do not give in to your taste buds. Pay attention to the foods you are buying and specially the food groups from which you are not eating enough.
- Don't shop when you are famished. This way you tend to buy junk or easy to cook foods.
- Besides shopping for meals decide on the snacks you would like. Make an effort to choose healthy snacks like fruits, soups, low-fat or nonfat yogurt or cheese, nuts, dried fruits.
Make a menu
Shopping for grocery is made easier if you make your menu for the week. Take care to include healthy foods in your menu that you and your family enjoy. Try new recipes from your cook books, or look for recipes online. Making a menu will help you to include foods from all the major groups. After a while when you have several plans, you can re-use and rotate the menus. Making a menu is fantastic habit that can save you the stress of deciding what to buy and will help you with your cooking as well.
Why plan your shopping?
The aim of doing planned grocery shopping is to make sure that you eat foods from all the major groups and you daily calorie intake is as required. If you shop for our grocery as per your planned menu it becomes easy to stick to the plan and avoids the question of what to buy and what to cook. Buy plenty of plant based foods, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains and avoid processed foods, sweetened beverages and colas.
Healthy eating is important but allow yourself a treat such as a favorite dessert, chocolate or beverage occasionally.
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