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Think you can let your guard down because you shop at a health food store?

When I first started shopping at Whole Foods, I caught myself mistakenly following this thought process, “Hmm, I usually wouldn’t buy this, but I’m at WF and this has “all natural ingredients” so it’s okay to buy.” They have cookies, pop tart type things, cakes, sugary granola bars, pre packaged/frozen meals, pizzas etc. I took a step back and realized that just because I was at a “health food” store, did not mean I could eat anything just because of where I was.

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It sounds obvious, but when you catch yourself walking the isles at Whole Foods or Trader Joes and looking to buy food or products you normally wouldn’t buy, stop for a second. Remember, cookies are still cookies. Cake is still cake. Pizza is still pizza. Chips are still chips.

Now, some of these products may have better or more fresh ingredients than at other stores. Granted, the higher quality and less artificial ingredients in a meal, the better. This is true. But it does not give us a free pass to eat whatever we want, just because we bought it at Whole Foods. Sugar is sugar, to our bodies. Eating too many calories, regardless, will leave us fluffier than we would like.

Instead of falling into old habbits, educate yourself about cool food options you maybe haven’t tried before. Spend some time walking around the store and seeing what kind of fruits or veggies you haven’t tried before. Look at different products that you can incorporate into your diet.  Or, you can continue with similar foods or meals you already like, but with organic ingredients or less processed ingredients.I do not own this image. If you do and would like me to take it down, please let me know.

I do talk about Whole Foods and Trader Joes a lot, but that is because I like the choices they have. As I’ve written before, I go to different stores for different reasons. I don’t mean to imply that any one store is better than any other store. These are just the place I have been shopping at lately.

Before you go calling me a junk food hater (which I guess is true if you are talking about eating junk food constantly, haha) I am not against indulgences from time to time. I do think that if you are going to treat yourself, it is worth it to get a higher quality product.

Regardless where you are shopping, continue to think critically about the food you buy and how it affects the health of you and your family.

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I want to eat better, but how do I start?!

I talk a lot of hoopla about eating better food and the positive effect it has on your life. Now, there are lots of questions that come up about food. How much? Organic vs non organic? Grass Fed? Raw vs Cooked? Where was it grown? These are great questions that do deserve attention. As previously mentioned, these are issues to spend some time thinking about mostly if you have a good grasp on how to consistently eat balanced and nutritious meals. However, if you’re looking at starting that process, let’s take a look.

Today I was at Trader Joe’s and decided to share a few ideas of things you could buy that you can prepare a meal with. For the money you might spend eating a couple meals at a restaurant, that same money can produce many meals that would benefit your health a lot more!

It’s usually better to cook your own meat/chicken/beef etc. at home because you have more control over exactly what you use to cook it with. However, this chicken from Trader Joe’s is not a bad choice at all. It’s much better than something fried or breaded or swimming in a creamy sauce. You can use this chicken in a sandwich, on its own as the entré, on some whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce…etc.

Adding vegetables to the day/meal is very easy. If you are having trouble with finding time to buy/prepare fresh veggies then don’t you worry. Frozen vegetables and fruit are a great option. Not only because they make it easy to eat, but because they are usually frozen right when they are ripe and picked. This is much better than produce that is picked and then shipped hundreds or thousands of miles (which is not good for its nutritional content). Notice the difference in price between the organic raspberries and non organic raspberries. Not too bad. If you feel it is worth it to pay a little bit more for organic, it can be a great choice.

When I’m in a rush to pack food or eat before I need to head out, I’ll pop some mixed veggies along with broccoli in the microwave and it’s a great addition to any meal. Notice how both organic options aren’t as expensive as you might think. Frozen veggies and fruits are just a great option in general, when keeping in mind nutrition, amount of effort, as well as price.











But Isaac, I would like something crunchy on the side. Maybe something to satisfy my craving for chips.

Ok, mythical person who I quoted on a previous post. I have just the thing. Trader Joe’s has bags of popcorn that have three ingredients: organic popcorn,  organic olive oil, sea salt. That’s it. Generally, the less ingredients something has, the better. This is a great option to substitute for chips. It has less calories than chips do, tastes great, and adds some fiber to the day.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking exactly this “This is great, but what do I drink? I see lots of good food ideas here, but I need to drink something!!!!” Yes, you do need to drink something. First, calm down. That is one too many exclamation marks in your thought. Second, way ahead of you. My answer, to you, reader, is drink water. Drink it all the time. It’s great for a bunch of reasons that I will dedicate a whole post to in the future. For now, I’ll give you a slightly more exciting option that I found at Trader Joe’s. Green tea with a tad of blueberry and pomegranate. It has no added sugar or coloring. BAM! I’ll give you a moment to collect yourself. What a good suggestion that was. That one I just made.

These are a few of my favorite things. Hmm, that sounded good. I should make them lyrics in a song. I bet it will be a hit… But seriously folks, these are just a few ideas of how to incorporate a cleaner diet into your life, or, at the very least, give you a few options to take more control of your nutrition.

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