There is a lot of information out there about nutrition. Sadly, very much like the “food” we are offered, a lot of it is a bastardized version of the true. It is a fact that the food industry is shaped by politics/money, not by health standards. An article titled 10 Things the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know, touches lightly on the matter. I highly recommend you take 5 minutes to read this. It is an ugly fact when money is worth more than a human life, but one we have to be aware of. I won’t go on an on about the subject, for now, but I urge you to take some responsibility when it comes to feeding yourself and your family. Ok, done with the tragic update :).
When it comes to food, you don’t have to be a victim, be a victor! In that spirit, and because I enjoy Mondrian’s work, I have created a chart to help you visualize a healthier shopping cart. This is not a FDA approved project, just a simple way to get an idea of what you should be putting on your grocery cart.
Check it out:
Despite what the food industry tell you, it is very simple to eat healthy. Eat real foods, the kind that don’t have infinite shelf life.
Here are some of the guidelines I go by when doing my groceries:
1. 90% of my food should perish within a week (probably sooner), if left outside the fridge.
2. Most my cart must be filled with things that contain one ingredient, if there are more ingredients it should be under five and I should be able to recognize them.
3. Buy organic or local, when ever possible. It matters people, here is why.
4. I have to stay within my budget. Yes you can eat healthy in your budget you just have to make better choices. Here are some pointers.
5. When I’m done my cart should look somewhat similar to my chart :).
I know making changes can be difficult, but your health is at stake. Your children’s health is at stake, seriously , think about it. Maybe your grocery cart won’t look like my chart all the time, but if you can add a little green every time you are on the right track. Do it for yourself. Do it for your family. Do it in protest to big companies trying to control you. Do it for what ever reason, but do it, I know you can! Be good to yourself, after all you are worth it!