Making a healthy grocery list begins by keeping your choices as fresh and unprocessed as possible. There's no reason to starve yourself to lose weight when you can eat until your stomach's content with the right food. Food that is healthy and good for you have natural antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients, protein, and fiber. They do not come in a box, nor are they fortified. They come straight from nature.
An ideal healthy grocery list is comprised mostly of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. Grains should be the next item on the list such as wild and brown rice, rolled oats, barley or whole grain bread. Protein follows with lean meats such as chicken, turkey and fish, as well as beans and nuts.
When buying oils and butter keep it free of trans fats and always pick olive oil over vegetable or canola. The only time vegetable or canola is really needed is for food prepared with a high smoke point, such as deep frying. Food loses much of it's nutrients when cooked at a high heat, and fried foods are extremely unhealthy. Try to let go of these cooking habits and embrace cooking at a lower temperature with olive oil. Olive oil is much more flavorful and safely digestible.
Don't forget to compensate for your cravings. Staying away from what you love most may win a battle or two, but it will never win the war. What you need to do is to find new foods that satisfy the cravings that urge you to indulge the most. Stock up on more fruits and vegetables for a chronic sweet tooth. Stay away from treats that are high in sugar and loaded with artificial sugar. Many products with artificial sweeteners actually contribute to your sweet tooth. Honey makes a wonderful sugar substitute that is all natural and rich in antioxidants.
If you think that a healthy grocery list is just too expensive to maintain, then you haven't been to the local farmers markets lately. Often fresh produce there is so affordable you can easily purchase more organic vegetabls than you can eat in a week for less than twenty bucks. In fact, once you learn of where the best places are to shop in your area, a healthy grocery list is a great way to save money.
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My name is Josef Bichler.
I have a passion for wellness and showing others how to live healthy lives. I have corrected my own health problems with the use of alternatives only and helping others to achieve their health objectives through lifestyle changes, detoxifying their body and through understanding the benefits of eating healthy.