This is the reason we often find ourselves going out for a meal, whether in a restaurant or fast food, because we want someone else to do the work for us.
So, if you could get a real live person to take over this part of your life, what instructions would you give them?
“Just make me healthy food.”
This instruction might not be enough. We all have different definitions of health. Many distinctively unhealthy fast food outlets promote the health of their products!
Most of us at some point have assumed that the food products available in the grocery store are safe – we do have an organization called the Food and Drug Association, which is there (paid by our tax dollars) to make sure the options are safe and healthy – right?
Every family has their own interpretation of ‘healthy food.’ Every mother teaches her children food preferences.
So, how do we navigate the maze and figure out what healthy food means in 2013? If someone was shopping and preparing food for me, this is what I would instruct them to buy and prepare:
My short list of ‘NO’:
- GMO products (corn, sugar beets, soy components, unless specified non-GMO);
- HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) containing products (HFCS is GMO, so it would be excluded anyway);
- Partially hydrogenated fats;
- Most processed foods (or >5 ingredients).
- Lots of healthy fats: coconut oil, olive oil (EVOO), avocado, wild fish, clean meat, raw clean nuts and seeds;
- Organic vegetables (celery, sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, leafy greens, cucumbers, broccoli, green beans, peas, summer squash, zucchini, etc.);
- Organic fruit (apples, bananas, limes, anything seasonal);
- Ginger, garlic, turmeric, cilantro, Himalayan salt, other herbs;
- Superfoods: cacao powder, maca powder, spirulina, cacao nibs, goji berries, aloe, bee products, hemp seeds, chia seeds, etc.;
- Limited grains: oats, rice, quinoa, wheat or wheat flour (all organic if possible);
- For a treat: organic corn chips, organic salsa, fresh vegetable juices
Once you get all the good ingredients home, then the fun part of figuring out how you are going to prepare it begins!
Some people say, eating healthy is so expensive, but I remind them that cancer is being expensive; being sick and disabled is VERY expensive.
What principles help you with your grocery shopping? I’d love to hear from anyone who has transitioned even further on the road to health and is growing some of their own organic foods!