Is That What You Call A Healthy Food Shopping List?

Make sure your food shopping list is healthy in more than just name.

Because there's a good chance that it isn't. Compromises, excuses, and exemptions: unfortunately, these are the bedrock for the majority of so called 'healthy food shopping lists' that you'll find in modern day (if you find them at all, as I've said before in another article, eating out has eclipsed eating at home). I'll say it once and you can repeat it for emphasis:


My healthy is better than your healthy.


Don't think so? Prove it. Healthy eating doesn't need to be difficult although it becomes so when one gets too infatuated with trending diets and other nutritional nonsense. Are you still operating under the impression that:

  1. Carbs are evil?
  2. Local is always better?
  3. Steaming, boiling, or frying is better than microwaving?
  4. Milk is essential for strong bones?

If so, you've fallen for one or more of many grocery myths. Yes, you're in the majority on this one - most people believe at least one of these myths - but this should come as no comfort. You claimed your food shopping list as healthy after all, didn't you?

Healthy is more than just a shopping list.

It's your habits, it's your discipline, it's your decision making. It'd be very optimistic indeed to think that all it takes to be eat clean is to buy the right food. Sure, this is a task all in itself, but it's only half the battle. I stand by what I said before: healthy eating doesn't need to be difficult. In fact there are tons of small fixes you can implement to change your lifestyle. Do you:

  1. Skip breakfast?
  2. Pay attention to which oils you cook with? Do you know which oils are actually healthy?
  3. Maximize your micronutrients?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your healthy could be more healthy. These three are just a few of many healthy habits that you need to adopt today. It would be unfair to tell you that your healthy food shopping list could be more healthy and leave it at that. Of course, there are reasons why most people don't reach the levels of clean eating that they'd like to and addressing them can be extremely useful for combating them when you notice them in your own routine.  You're busy. Trust me, everyone is. Yes, some people have more responsibilities in comparison to others, but I'll say this: any given person, regardless of time commitments, is capable of eating clean. If you find yourself always shorthanded in the moment, you need to preempt the moment entirely.

Be aware of your habits. Be honest with yourself:

Always get cravings an hour after lunch break? Prone to playing the vending machine roulette before the commute back home? These are details that we conveniently fail to notice or address ALL THE TIME. There's always an excuse to fall prey to a craving, there's always a reason why you'll eat unhealthy now but start eating healthy 'for real' tomorrow. Simply knowing what you tend to do in a situation gives you the ability to...

...Have a plan (and have a contigency plan):

Going back to one of the aforementioned examples, let's say that you always find yourself scrambling for change about an hour after lunch time so that you can buy that seductive looking Snickers bars sitting behind the vending machine glass. If you know this habit, you can make a plan: prepare a healthy snack, rid yourself of all loose change, go for a walk, or simplly have a full bottle of water bought before in of the popular grocery stores

Be productive with your downtime.

The main issue with the claim that you don't have enough time to eat healthy is that you're not looking at the entire day as part of your time. Sure, if you only look at your 9-5 and a few hours after as your day, you'd probably be hard pressed to find a free thirty minutes in which you could cook a healthy meal or premake one for the next day. HOWEVER, there's more to your day than just these hours. The time you spend watching Netflix, browsing the internet, or fooling around on social media are examples of time that could be spent being healthy. What's that? You say you want your Netflix time? That's fine. Just don't complain that it's impossible for you to eat healthy. You're just not prioritizing it sufficiently.

Call it tough love.

Call it a wake up call. Call it whatever you'd like. If your food shopping list isn't healthy, if your habits aren't healthy, the most damaging thing you can do is to consider them so. You can't fix a problem that you don't think you have. Thoughts, comments, ideas? I'd love to hear them.