How To Grocery Shop
How To Grocery Shop
I think the biggest obstacle to eating a nutritious, whole food diet…is the grocery store. Grocery stores are full of what I like to call, “food like products” masquerading as real food. Aisle after aisle of these concoctions of refined grains and sugars, mixed with artificial flavors and red number 5 and yellow number 4 or whatever. Not to mention the excitotoxins like monosodium glutamate, or MSG. And MSG hides under MANY names. It is so difficult to navigate ingredient labels…and I’ll be honest…I hardly even look at nutrition facts labels at all anymore. The ingredient label is what is really important! If you are eating real food…the calories really become a mute point. Sally Fallon Morell, founder of the Weston A. Price Institute wrote a rather in-depth article on the trouble with the food processing industry today if you want to do some further reading.
So what do you look for, and what do I buy? The first place to start is to buy food that doesn’t contain “ingredients” in the first place! That’s the obvious answer! I would say that over half of what I buy at the store now doesn’t even contain ingredients…because they are ingredients! This includes things like:
There are a few things that we use in moderation that are slightly more processed. This would include things such as:
Honestly that is about it. I make a few exceptions of course…there is an awesome new brand of boxed foods that are Paleo friendly that we buy, Simple Mills crackers and baking mixes are delicious and just a handy shortcut! I also found Siete Foods tortillas and they are amazing! My son loves them and they are way better than any I have been able to make from scratch! When we started eating this way over a year ago…I had to make everything from scratch. Every cracker, cookie…just everything. So hey, it’s really nice to have a few things pre-made that I can just buy!
When I do make exceptions and buy something with ingredients, my rules go something like this:
So that’s what I go by basically! You may be wondering what in the world we actually eat…but it’s really not been too hard to keep us all fed! We still eat spaghetti, we eat a lot of roasted chicken and other various chicken recipes. I make a lot of soup. We have cheeseburgers, albeit they are typically bun-less! We eat tacos and macaroni and cheese and pancakes and lots of good stuff that everyone likes and kids will eat. I actually think I eat more food and definitely more calories than most people. Most people don’t eat butter quite at the rate that we do! The hardest part was just ripping off the bandaid and going for it. Then I had to throw out or donate most of the stuff in my pantry! Things have changed…but it’s all been worth it. It’s not as difficult as it seems and your kids are far more adaptable than you might think! My kids snack on nuts and think they are crackers…so trust me…if you start early enough…anything is possible!
Best of luck if you are trying to figure out where to start. I just thought this little guide might be useful!
Happy grocery shopping!