Navigating Your Local Market

Today is full of advice on how to eat whole, fresh food as opposed to packaged & processed foods. In light of today’s release of the movie Fed Up

I wanted to touch on how to navigate through your local market. I am often asked how to shop for food in a market that is overflowing with processed, packaged foods.

First, I recommend choosing a natural, whole food type of market that will provide you with many whole food options. These natural markets stock their shelves with many fresh, natural, non GMO and organic food choices. If this type of market is too pricey for your budget, main stream markets will have a natural food section & often times organic produce, fruit, dairy and meat.

Shop the Perimeter – what does this mean? Markets line the outside walls (perimeter) with fresh, whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. I recommend shopping here first and filling your list. Peruse the interior aisles last once you have chosen your fresh foods. You are more likely to purchase fewer packaged foods this way.

Lastly, limit trips to large wholesale member based food stores. Purchasing food from these retailers tends to increase what is thrown away. Therefore creating unnecessary waste. Shop for what you need today and tomorrow rather than what you anticipate needing for the next week. You will find your shopping basket will be filled with fresh options rather than packaged.

I leave you with this…eat what’s in season when you can

Portion Control

We often see the words “portion control” pop up in the news, in magazines, and from our doctors.  Portion control has become quite popular as restaurants continue to deliver over sized meals and fast food establishments continue to “super-size” servings.  I mean for a long time our society has thought more is better, right?  Well not the case at all.  Your goal should always be to super-size the amount of nutrient dense foods you are consuming, not the portion size.  Our bodies need more nutrients and less fluffed food.  When choosing your next meal, think quality of food, not quantity.  Bon Appetite!

 

Nutrient Dense Foods & their Benefits

Great article on food choices full of nutrients to keep the body healthy and disease free.   http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2012/12/07/the-6-nutrient-dense-foods-that-should-rule-your-diet/.  My diet tends to be full of greens, onions, mushrooms, and berries too!

If you enjoy learning about nutrient rich food choices for you & your family, check out my next online workshop on LEAN Start this January!  We will discuss all things Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition.  Go to www.taospasolutions.com for more info and to sign up.

Hydrogenated Oils in Skincare

We have all heard about hydrogenated oils in our food. We know to stay away from eating anything with this man made fat. Did you know that hydrogenated oils can and do exist in many skin care products? YIKES! Make sure you are reviewing the ingredients in your hair care and skin care products thoroughly before applying.