Linda: How can we navigate the grocery store on a budget? We shop at Walmart or online, and we want to start eating healthier during the summer.
Wendy: Love this question! Hi Linda, Well I always have a list when going to the grocery store, that helps me stay focused and also within my budget. Eat prior, bring a calculator, and if possible shop alone. Try to avoid purchasing items on an empty stomach.
In my experience children look with their eyes (and its our wallet) at popular cartoon characters on food packaging ~remember great marketing doesn’t necessarily equal proper nutrition. Kids are typically shopping with their eyes , especially if they are hungry. The most expensive things are meats and animal products, which you can reduce in your diet. Vegetables are usually quite cheap, too, so there’s no excuse!
Read labels. Avoid ingredients that you can not pronounce. If it contains more than 15-20 ingredients it can not be as healthy as they claim it to be. Even if the front cover shows “natural” or “sugar free” anything with Cellulose (found in cheese, vitamins, etc., acts as a binder and filler), Carrageenan, BHT, BHA, Titanium Dioxide, Palm Oil, Canola Oil, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Artificial colors (FD&C colors) try to avoid.
When shopping keep in mind a can of Cola contains 66 grams of SUGAR = 16 1/2 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR. The average healthy adult should consume 25 grams sugar max. I continue to meet with families and they are at 70 grams sugar all day long. Stop counting calories, and start counting sugar grams is my best advice for the summer. Message Positive Nutrition for our complimentary 257 alias names of sugar list.