Let’s face it, eating healthy and trying to maintain or lose weight in our society can be tough! Some companies will get down and dirty doing just about anything to trick you into thinking their product is superior, cleaner, healthier and better alternative for you.
Team Celsius Athlete, Alex Bocian, has run over 2,000 miles in 2012 and 2013 combined. While he does have the discipline to train consistently, he also knows the importance of proper nutrition. Below you will find some tips that Alex has learned from a few health professionals when it comes to healthy eating. Try incorporating some of these tips into your shopping and eating routine to get some added benefits if you are trying to manage your weight and eat well balanced meals.
Healthy Shopping Tips
By: Alex Bocian
1. Shop the Perimeter.
Most grocery stores have all the fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, fish and other "perishable" products on the outer perimeter. Usually when you are cruising the interior aisles you are looking through processed foods with lots of added ingredients and preservatives to increase shelf life.
2. Try to Purchase Items with Less than 5 Ingredients.
Read the ingredients. If the ingredient list looks like a tongue twister-PASS on it! One example of this is peanut butter. Below is the ingredient list for two common brands. Which would you choose?
Brand A Ingredient-"Peanuts, contains 1% or less of salt"
Brand B Ingredients– "Roasted peanuts, sugar, less than 2% of: Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (Cottonseed and Rapeseed), Salt, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil”
I hope Brand A would be an easy choice.
3. The Five and Up Rule.
This means to aim for five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Remember that fruits and veggies aren't sold in "servings" at the store, meaning 1 apple could be more than 1 serving especially if it is bigger than a tennis ball. Using a fitness app and finding out the UDSA recommended serving size or measuring out your portions can help you reach this goal.
4. Plan your Meals for the Week.
I know this is easier said than done, but it is essential to helping you stay on track. By planning your meals in advance, you can balance what you are eating, save money when shopping, and cut snacking calories by making sure you have healthy meals lined up.
5. You Cannot Always be Choosy.
Eating healthy on a budget can be tough. Here's a tip, “splurge” on items you eat frequently (one of mine is bread) and find the healthiest one you can in your budget. When it comes to organic produce, only splurge if you will be eating the outer skin. For example, buy the organic strawberries and save on the oranges.
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