Saturday, March 25, 2017
Shelve Your Impulses
Major brands pay grocers to shelve their top-selling items at eye level. They even go so far as to place products geared toward children right within their little paws’ reach—cartoon characters, bright colors and all are low to the ground or cart-level for wee ones who sit in the seat of your shopping cart.
Battle plan: Make an educated decision. Glance up and down before choosing an item (less inexpensive generic items, often the same nutritionally, might be lower or higher on the shelf than more expensive brand named products). And always check out the nutrition facts label. Also, if you are shopping with the kiddies, ask them to help you find healthful foods in the store. Turn your grocery list into a scavenger hunt checklist to play as you shop.
(I've found this to be the case when my kids were young and it apparently put me into the habit of looking at the middle shelves which I'm now trying to break. There are so many really delicious products up high and down low.)
Friday, March 24, 2017
I try to eat healthy and lose a little weight along the way but have found that going to the grocery store doesn't necessarily make this task easy. While reading some info sent out by SparkPeople I ran across something that I felt must be shared with those of you that, like me, have a hard time going to the grocery store and not picking up those items that are not only on our list but also not on our diet.
End the End Cap Enticement
Conveniently placed on the end of every aisle, "end caps" are home to sale items and seasonal kits that may not have been on your list but look oh-so-inviting when you see them. Items for s’mores, pumpkin pie, or green bean casserole are often creativity combined on these aisle ends. Foods on end caps are generally low in nutrients and high in added fat and sugar.
Battle plan: If it’s on your list for greater health, you just saved a trip down the aisle. If it’s not, smile, but keep walking past the pretty display and find your next listed item.
(This also takes place in the produce department! Ever noticed that stationed by the bananas you'll sometimes find vanilla wafers for making banana pudding? Or pound cake beside the strawberries?)
Thursday, March 2, 2017
(Again - Not Guilty!!!! I don't drink soda either. Used to drink sweet tea but gave that up for water.)
Quite possibly one of the worst items on our list is Soda. These empty calories are adding to the weight problem all over America. Soda can keep you up late at night with high levels of sugar and caffeine. Even if you are opting for sugar-free and caffeine-free soda, you could still get heartburn from the carbonation. As tempting as it could be to watch your favorite show and sip on your favorite soda before bed, you need to stay away from these drinks. If you were able to give up soda all together, you would notice a very positive shift in your health overall.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
(Not Guilty!!!! I don't like chocolate, unless its white chocolate)
If you love to pamper yourself and live the good life, you may wind down your night by sitting in a bubble bath while eating some chocolates. While this may be very relaxing at the time, it might actually be keeping you from getting a good night's sleep. Chocolate has caffeine content that may keep you up when you should be sleeping. This snack can also leave you feeling hungry after your short snack. Instead of having chocolates during your bubble bath, try replacing this snack with a cup of milk or calming tea.