My last few columns have only focused on exercising, but that’s only half the story. Eating right is an essential part to living a healthy lifestyle and achieving your fitness goals. So here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you head to the grocery store for your weekly meal shopping.
Make a healthy list and stick to it.
This pre-planning helps set you up for success. Plus, you’ll be less likely to add to that package of Oreos into your cart if it’s not on the list.
Never shop when you are hungry.
Being hungry and food shopping is a dangerous combination. It can cause you to grab a few not-so-healthy impulse purchases.
Shop the outside aisles of the store.
That’s where some of the most healthy food choices like, like fruits, vegetables, lean meats and dairy, while carbs and processed foods can often be found in the interior aisles.
Speaking of fruit and vegetables, taste the rainbow.
You want to make sure you have plenty of different colors of these foods in your cart. The colors reflect the different vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient content of each fruit or vegetable.
Shake up your old routine.
Add in some new choices to keep your healthy eating fun, like sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes or spinach instead of regular iceberg lettuce.
Read the labels.
You should know what you are putting into your body. The labels can be tricky if you’re not well-versed in them. Rule of thumb: Avoid foods that have more than five ingredients, artificial ingredients or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
Steve Orlando is the owner of SO FIT Personal Training, with personal training, group fitness and nutrition services. Steve has more than 15 years of industry experience with a wide range of clients.