How To Be A Healthy Shopper
“You don’t have to be a wreck. You don’t have to be sick. One’s aim in life should be to die in good health. Just like a candle that burns out.” (Jeanne Moreau)
Health is the foundation on which the rest of your life will be built. Period.
Our Unhealthy Society
Our society not only doesn’t teach us how to be healthy in terms of nutrition, but it teaches us the exact opposite of being healthy which is really dysfunctional when you think about it.
Food advertisers and manufacturers are highly misleading and these companies know that they are selling you poison. They are in the business of selling you poison for profit incentives. They target you, the consumer, to get them to buy more of their poison.
These advertisers and manufacturers have actually infiltrated the school and political systems with their food pyramid and guidelines to in fact, get you to buy more of their poison.
I am not using the word ‘poison’ lightly because that’s exactly what this stuff is. Twinkies, Oreo's, breakfast cereal, and a conventional burger and fries is not synonymous with health and vitality. In fact, it’s synonymous with the accelerated degeneration of the human body. Therefore, the word ‘poison’ is appropriate.
If you every need to understand one thing, it’s that society is not geared towards the advancement of your personal health. This should scare you.
Below, we’ll discuss the key food groups that one should avoid in order to get to a place of great health.
The Key Food Groups To Avoid
Let’s talk about the key food groups that you need to avoid the most are:
- Artificial Sweeteners, Colors & Agents
Why should we avoid these food groups?
We should avoid these food groups because these cause a whole bunch of allergic reactions within the body and also cause diseases such as autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, so on and so forth.
These diseases are mainly caused by an unhealthy diet; they are the root cause.
Also, standard Western medicine is actually causing more of a problem because they have been infiltrated by these food advertisers and companies. They also only treat the symptoms rather than the root cause of disease.
There is a genetic component to mostly autoimmune diseases and some other diseases but what people don’t understand is that these genetic components only get triggered through an unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
Your body didn’t evolve to deal with the food groups above and this leads to problems with all different organ systems within the body.
Some people can tolerate this stuff more than others but most people suffer from these food groups. It isn’t the case that you either have one of these autoimmune diseases or not, but rather, there are levels to them such as subtle to severe and everything in between.
There is no greater reason to avoid these food groups then the fact that they are preventing you from your own personal growth in a countless number of ways.
Finally, let’s get to the juicy part of this post, the ‘how to’ of shopping for healthy food.
The Fundamental Principles Of How To Shop For Healthy Food
- Ignore Calorie & Fat Labels — Calorie counting is completely useless and unnecessary with this system. Healthy fat has been demonized for decades and actually provides essential functions to the body.
- Only Look At The Ingredients List — This is one of the few things that these companies can’t mess with a lot. They have to legally list all of the ingredients and they have to list them in the order of greatest quantity to lowest quantity.
- The 5 Ingredient Rule — You’re looking for food with five ingredients or less. Ideally, of course your food is not in a box. All of these ingredients need to make sense to you.
- Never Assume An Item Is Healthy By Just Looking At The Front Of The Box — Always read the ingredients list.
- Avoid All Hydrogenated Fats & Oils — These are terrible for your health and have been shown to advance dysfunctional things like atherosclerosis.
- Avoid Sugar & Corn Syrup
- Avoid, Generally Speaking, All Boxed & Processed Foods — If it comes in a box or package then it’s probably not high-quality. A can is so-so, depending on what it is. Generally, you’re looking for fresh stuff that degrades over time.
- Avoid Complex Preservatives & Coloring Agents
- Avoid Cheap Meat & Eggs — As a rule of thumb, you’re shooting for stuff that’s as close to alive as possible, plant based as much as possible, lots of color, organic, least cooked and single ingredients as much as possible.
Here’s a list of meaningless labels:
Food companies use these labels to try to trick you into thinking that their products are healthy.
All Natural (Completely unregulated)
Vegetarian Fed (Means corn fed)
Antibiotic & Hormone Free (It’s illegal to use these anyways)
No Trans Fats (Companies legally use a loophole where trans fats need to be under a certain amount and can label it trans fat free when it actually contains trans fats)
Fat Free & Low Fat — Meaningless because fat isn’t a problem and necessary.
Low Calorie & Sugar Free
Here are the meaningful labels that you can rely on:
Grass Fed & Pasture Raised
USDA Organic & Organic
Vegan (If avoiding meat)
Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Soy Free — Can be trusted but doesn’t mean it’s healthy
The list of foods that you should never buy again:
Soda, Vitamin Water, Pasteurized Fruit Juice
Bread & All Wheat Products
Everything In The Bakery Isle
Pasta & Cereal
Everything In The Dairy Isle (Cheese, milk, sour cream, butter, yogurt & All Dairy Containing Products
Pre-Made Meals & TV Dinners & Frozen Pre-Made Stuff
Deli Meat & Processed Meat
Store Made Sandwiches, Wraps & Pasta Salads
Dried Soups & Noodles
Sauces (BBQ, Most Hot Sauce, Ketchup, salad dressings, etc.)
Protein Bars & Shakes
Atlantic Salmon, Swordfish, Tuna & Mackerel, Canned Tuna (Heavy metals such as mercury)
Farmed Fish (Fed corn)
Coffee & Alcohol
Any Industrial Seed Oils (Canola, cottonseed, safflower, sunflower, etc.
Sugar & Artificial Sweeteners
Corn Fed Meat & Vegetarian Fed Eggs
Here are all the store isles that you should never visit again:
Soda & Juice Section
Deli & Meat Isle
Protein Bar/Shake Isle
Here’s what you can buy:
Fresh Fruits & Veggies (Organic)
Frozen Fruits & Veggies (Organic)
Pre Washed Salad Mix
100% Pure Fruit & Veggie Cans (Not ideal but alright)
Fresh & Cold Juices
Fresh & Frozen Meat (Grass Fed, Wild Caught & Organic)
Nut Butters (Alright)
Organic, Pasture Raised Eggs
Organic Spices, Vinegar, Real Hot Sauce & Ketchup
Extra Virgin Olive, Coconut, Flax, Hemp, Avocado, Sesame Oils
Olives, Fermented Foods, Hummus
Almond, Coconut, Hemp, Nut Milk
Gluten Free Oatmeal, Rice, Beans, Quinoa
Meat & Vegetable Stocks
Dark Chocolate (80% or higher only in moderation)
Spring, Sparkling Water, Teas
Sushi & Whole Roasted Chicken
There you have it. Below, I’ll be discussing some important caveats and concepts to tie this whole thing together.
This means that most of your meals should be cooked at home so get good at that and perfect that process. Become a student of cooking and keep things simple, yet fun.
Health As An Investment
This is a long term investment. You’ll be shocked at the amount of money that you will be able to save from doctor’s medical bills, so on and so forth.
Just for some perspective, the cost for a less severe heart attack is around $760,000!
This requires vision, purpose, a commitment to help you living and a gradual process. This is not something you do short-term, but long-term. Tackle one food group at a time to cut out and move on to the next one.
We are all individuals a the biochemical level which means that one man’s food is another man’s poison.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” diet. We must experiment with what types of natural and whole foods work well with our unique physiology.
This, in and of itself, is a journey to master.
Your health is your greatest asset and there is no way around that fact. Treat it with respect and love and you will reap the rewards of your efforts.