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Easy Steps to Healthy Grocery Shopping

By Lauren S. Johnson

Aside from the crowds and long lines at the register, going to the grocery store can be quite a challenge.

We often buy stuff we will never eat or stuff that we shouldn’t be eating. The grocery stores often have this way of enticing us to buy stuff that is against our diet. That is why the best way to go food shopping is with a plan in mind. What this means is that before you head to the store you sit down and plan your meals for the week. Write down all of the things that you will need to create your meals and healthy snacks. Once you have your list you are ready to go shopping.

The first and most important thing about grocery shopping is to never approach the task while hungry. This will lead you to buy a lot of junk food and other unnecessary items. Once at the store be sure to purchase a lot of fruit and vegetables. Buy what you like and a few fruits and veggies that you have never eaten. This will reduce your risk of becoming tired of your food routine. As far as breads, pastas, and cereals are concerned be sure to choose the least processed whole grain selections. Be sure that your poultry and fish are also lean and skinless. The skin on poultry can be loaded with saturated fats. Fish on the other hand is loaded with essential omega 3 fatty acids and it is recommended to eat at least two servings each week.

As far as dairy foods are concerned, be sure to choose low fat or fat free selections. Try to consume at least three servings per day in order to maintain healthy calcium levels along with weight loss benefits. And if at all possible, try to find as many “real foods” as possible. What this means is finding foods that are 100% real, it may be 100% whole grain or 100% fruit juice. These are just a few tips for the healthy grocery shopper.

About the Author

Lauren S. Johnson writes health articles about fitness and nutrition.

Some of her favorite passions include studying the medicinal benefits of herbal remedies, diet pillsand hoodia gordonii 

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