So you want to keep your family healthy. And yourself too. Sometimes it’s important to pull back, zoom out, and look at the big picture. An easy way to do that is to inspect the contents of your grocery cart. Use it to gauge what kinds of healthy choices you are making for yourself and your family.
If you see lots of colorful vegetables, fresh foods, lean proteins, whole grains, and few processed and packaged items, you are already winning. Because let’s face it, that grocery cart is where the battle lies. Your cart loves to carry healthy, life-giving foods. Ask yourself when you are holding a package of processed cookies or crackers, “Am I going to let this enter my cart, or will it stay on the shelf.”
On average, Americans spend nearly 23% of their grocery bill on processed foods and sweets, which is more than any other category of food, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A great ‘rule’ to follow to avoid the processed foods is to shop mostly in the perimeter of the grocery store, and avoid going up and down aisles, so you won’t even see the foods that are not good for you.
You are not doing your family any favors either by purchasing foods that are not healthy for them. If the foods are not in your house, you won’t be tempted by them either. So wage war in the grocery store, and ensure that you guard your cart.