Next time you make a grocery run, start adding healthier options to your cart. This doesn't mean a severe change to vegetables and lean meats, it simply means smarter shopping.
Rules of Thumb
Avoid the Aisles
In general, if you can stick to the outside edges of the store -- the produce and the refrigerated sections -- you'll find yourself met with healthier items. Refrigerated things and produce have to be rotated constantly because of expiration dates. This means their preservative count is relatively low.
Low-fat simply means they took out the fat that gave the food flavor and added a shit ton of sugar to make up for the deficit. You'd be better off going with the regular versions. However, on that note, if you are looking for the "healthier" version of what you're eating, you probably know darn well it's unhealthy to begin with.
Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup
Once you start paying attention to this ingredient, you'll find it everywhere. From condiments to candy, it's probably the most common sweetener out there. It significantly increases body weight over time among a myriad of other issues. If you want to cut anything from your diet, cut this out entirely.
Avoid the Substitutes
High fructose corn syrup is a substitute for sugar. Margarine is a substitute for butter. Kraft cheese slices are a substitute for cheese. Ditch the fakers and always opt for the real stuff. You'll find real things taste much better and are a bit healthier for you.
Avoid White Carbs
If it isn't made from the whole grain, don't get it. White breads, pastas and rice are heavily refined and should be avoided. At the same time, "multigrain" does NOT mean whole grain. Multigrain means they used different types of refined grains to make the product as opposed to using the entire grain.
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