Friday, September 11, 2009

Living on the Edge

Not everyone lives on the edge, but everyone should when it comes to grocery shopping!! Everyone should be shopping the edge of the store. All the fresh foods are at the perimeter of the store!
Think about it...
The produce, bakery, meat, seafood, and dairy sections line the walls of the store and most everything else in the center is processed and junk foods. So many of the foods in cans and boxes are filled with additives and preservatives and very highly processed. Steer clear!!

If you stick to the perimeter of the store you will save time as your trip through the store will not be marching up and down every isle browsing food you don't need and your body won't like.

You will save money! Fresh food is over all cheaper than the processed goods! Berries or peaches are a more inexpensive option than Oreo's or even popcorn! It is cheaper to buy fresh and it will take up less space in your bags, car and fridge too! In the long run, you will save on health care costs ounce of prevention!

There are more servings available from fresh food than from processed food. A night of build your own pita pizzas with fresh basil, spinach and tomatoes, can offer days of leftovers, but a frozen tombstone lasts one night and will sit like a rock in your stomach!

Most of all you will save calories! Processed foods have been altered from their natural state and many have attatives, sugars, fats and preservatives that can work against weight loss and pile on unwanted pounds. Some processed foods like milk and frozen veggies are not "bad" for you, but canned foods with added sodium, frozen dinners and packaged deserts are examples of unhealthy processed foods. Kami Gray, author of The Denim Diet says that if you eat from boxes, you will be shaped like one!

Shopping on the edge is a great way to keep your healthy eating in check!
What is YOUR shopping technique to keep healthy??
What is your shopping challenge?

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