The most common mistakes to avoid

  • Do not get lured into the next latest and greatest marketing campaign.  If it says “healthy” or “natural” that means nothing.  Read the ingredients. They are listed in order of highest quantity to least amount in the product.  Labels are for marketing, meant to grab your attention.
  • Tring to save money is being “penny wise, dollar foolish” or should I say, “health foolish”.  Do not make the mistake of buying products on sale or with coupons that you would not normally purchase.  I am not saying to avoid a sale, just do not be enticed by a sale product that you do not actually need.
  • Do not buy something out of the healthy or organic section of a store without reading the ingredients.  Do not go on trust of the section or the store, you must still read the label.  The rule of thumb is to not buy food that has ingredients you cannot pronounce or the ingredients are unfamiliar, research the ingredients first.
  • You must buy good quality meat, fish, and dairy.  The chemicals are more condensed in these products.  Do not try to save here. Look for meats that are free from antibiotics, hormones and factory farming.  Humanely raised is important.  How the animal is raised and slaughtered transfers to your body.  What you eat becomes your cells.  I would also suggest that you treat meat as a condiment, eat very little.
  • Shop the perimeter of the store.  This is where the fresh food is.  The processed food that has a longer shelf life is in the aisles.
  • Do not impulse buy unless you are in the produce aisle.  Never impulse buy at the register, those items are there for a reason. That candy bar may lure you or those sugar-coated peanuts.  If you must pass the time, pick up a magazine, or ask someone near you how their day is going.
  • Do not shop hungry.  You may end up breaking all of these rules simply because hungry clouds your better judgement.
  • Plan your meals on a weekly meal calendar.  This will save you money and keep you organized.
  • Shop with a list.  Shopping with a list puts the intention of what you are going to buy in writing, making it more difficult to impulse buy or buy things that are not healthy.

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