Do you feel overwhelmed at the grocery store? Sometimes we go in completely armed and ready with our list to shop, and then suddenly, we feel completely confused because of the marketing and food labels. Staring at the shelves and reading the claims that the boxes make can make anybody feel crazy! Do you wonder what products you can really trust and what it means when they say: “all natural”, “whole grains”, or “organic”?
I think so many of us struggle with this especially today with the overwhelming amount of products to choose from. One of my favorite things to do is to take friends, family and clients to the grocery store and help them realize all of the ways healthy shopping can be fun and rewarding. Once you tackle the store a few times and you know what you need to look for, it becomes super easy to stay away from the products that are unhealthy.
As part of my Healthy Lifestyle Series that I teach at corporations, I reward an employee with a Gift Card to my favorite local health food store where they can invite 5 co-workers. We basically go on a shopping experience and revamp their grocery list. Below is a video from last week when I took one of my winners from Belk to Healthy Home Market. We had such a blast!!
One of my favorite things to share with friends is “Live foods bring Life to the body.” If there is a label on a food item, it has been processed to some extent. I’m not saying you should never buy a packaged item, that would be nearly impossible in our world. But be cautious and informed as you shop the aisles of the grocery store. Knowledge brings power. Arm yourself with the truth!
Here is a start to understanding what manufactures say and what it ACTUALLY means. [Read more…]