Tips & Tricks

Diet?  Me?  No!  You shouldn’t either.  Want to know a secret?  Eating foods that are naturally good for you, and good to eat should be what your “diet” consists of.  Diet by definition is  “food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health“.  If we exist, so does our diet, but we don’t have to look at it in terms of restrictions or define ourselves by what we do or do not eat.  It’s quite simple: if it grew from the ground, came from a tree, an animal (if you’re not a vegetarian or vegan) and was not processed with a bunch of chemicals, it’s a good food to eat.

So why did this get complicated or somehow lost in translation?  Because we were given so many options.  It’s not so simple anymore!  Endless options make it tough to choose.  Have you ever gone to a buffet or salad bar and seen all the different foods you could choose from and feel overwhelmed?  Did you end up filling up on more than you normally would?  Yeah, me too.  That’s the problem.  Our grocery stores are HUGE.  Each section of each aisle is packed with variations of each product only differing slightly from the next, but promising so much more.  I don’t care if it’s beans, hot sauce, eggs, or milk!  There are SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM!  This seems to go for the shampoo aisle too.  And toothpaste.  Bottom line–keep it basic.  Know what you like, know what’s good for you.  You know if it’s not good for you.  Some things are trickier, sure.  Labels lie and packages are deceiving–but if you’re buying the bulk of your items NOT in packaging a.k.a. around the parameter of the grocery store–you’re doing well.  That’s where the basics are stocked–all around the outer portion of the store: produce, meats, fish, breads, dairy.  Our grandparents didn’t really have this problem.  That’s because they didn’t have so much to choose from.  Then, when you go to a party or get together with friends–share that piece of pie for dessert!  Go ahead, have some chips!  When you’re good on your own, you don’t have to be so careful because you know you’re healthy 90% of the time anyway.  Just don’t keep it in the house.  If it’s not there, you won’t eat it.  Check out the A.L.R. Approved tab on this blog and you will also see sections to click for product recommendations for packaged items should you need or want to pick some up (Bars, Crackers, etc).  🙂

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