What should your grocery list look like? Shopping for food doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re on a budget then there is a simple plan you can follow to get the healthiest food for your money. First, prioritize animal protein, and then move on to vegetables followed by fruits and lastly fats.
Keep in mind that you want to build your grocery list around the foods that we were naturally meant to eat. Our ancestors did not have sugar, processed foods, and sodas. Instead, they ate the way that nature intended, they ate from what the earth provided. They would hunt their own meat, gather their own berries, and pick their own vegetables. They didn’t have ranch sauce on their salads and they didn’t have cheese on their burgers. And yet, they were extremely healthy and extremely strong. After all, they had to wake up every morning, hunt food, prepare food, find a shelter, and take care of their families. All of these things require a massive amount of strength and energy.
When you are making your grocery list, you want to be sure that you include a variety of foods that are going to help you to have a sustained amount of energy to last you throughout the day. And one of the easiest ways to do that is to focus on lean meats, fresh vegetables, fruits and healthy fats.
Lean animal protein is where you want to spend the bulk of your budget. Protein is an important component of every cell in your body. Your body requires protein to build and repair tissues, make enzymes and hormones, and to also provide a building block of bones, muscle, cartilage, skin and blood. As well, protein is responsible for maintaining satiety throughout the day and maximizing weight loss.
Always go for organic grass-fed or pasteurized meat. Buy it fresh and buy what is available. If you can’t find organic grass fed lamb but you see organic beef, then buy the beef and change your dinner recipe for that night. If you see organic chicken on special, then buy in bulk and eat chicken all week, or freeze for future use. If the meat that you are consuming has been eating processed foods, hormones and chemicals, then that meat will not provide you with the nutrient value that you are looking for.
Nuts and seeds are also important to add to your grocery list. Not only do nuts and seeds make you feel full, but also they are easy to prepare and take with you. Many times we find ourselves hungry and stuck in traffic or at the office without access to healthy food. But if you keep a bag of mixed nuts and seeds with you, you will be able to easily stick to your healthy eating plan all day long.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Finally, you want to add lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to your grocery list. When dealing with fruits and vegetables, it is always best to try to buy organic, that way you know that you are eating food that is free from pesticides and chemicals.
Lastly, you want to add some beverages to your grocery list. Drinking water is highly emphasized, preferably reverse osmosis. Plain or herbal tea without milk or cream is also allowed. Sodas (including diet) and fruit juice must be avoided.
Creating a grocery list might seem intimidating at first, but it doesn’t have to be. You want to keep it simple and remember to choose foods that have 1 ingredient or less and to avoid foods that man has created. Below is a sample list of foods to add to your weekly grocery list.
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