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My #1 Tool for Healthy Food Shopping

Growing up I was always taught that calories are king…but trust me when I say that’s total bull. In my last post, I talked about why I don’t zone in on calorie counts when I’m grocery shopping because calories are just a small piece of the puzzle.

So if we don’t choose our foods based on calorie count, then how do we know what to get?

There are a lot of things to consider when looking for healthy foods, but it can be really hard to keep track of everything. When we’re busy and don’t want to spend an hour sorting through foods at the store, we tend to just go with the foods that we already know and like. Unfortunately for a lot of us, those foods aren’t the healthiest of choices.

To make things easier, I created one go-to tool that I want to share with you.

My #1 tool for fast and easy decision-making at the grocery store revolves around one big question:  Does the good outweigh the bad?

In other words, take a quick look at the nutrition label (if you need some help reading labels, you can get my free guide here) and determine if that food has enough of the “good stuff” (protein, fiber, vitamins, etc), and not too much of the “bad stuff” (sugar, sodium, artificial flavors, chemicals, etc).

And if you’re not too savvy with label-reading yet (this takes some time), then stick to mostly whole foods like fruit, vegetables, and meats. These items don’t even need labels because you know exactly what you’re getting:  one ingredient with no additives or preservatives. But if you do choose to get some packaged foods as well, try using my good-over-bad tool and you might be surprised…I bet it will convince you to return some of your usual purchases to their shelves.

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