What’s Going into Your Grocery Cart?

Grocery Store AislesWhat is your first step – when you actually make the commitment to begin eating properly? It may be to cut out cheese that day at lunch-time. It may be to order a grilled chicken sandwich with no mayo rather than the usual double cheese hamburger with bacon. But the real significant decision point is when you go to the grocery. That is when you begin utilizing the knowledge you have learned concerning the damage saturated fats, trans-fats and dietary cholesterol can cause to your arteries. How you shop at the grocery is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your vessels. It won’t be long before you begin noticing the foods in your cart are different from the ones you used to have in it. The day will come when you look at another person’s cart and see all the cookies and hot dogs, and ice cream, and the absence of vegetables and fruits and catch yourself wondering why they don’t understand what they are doing to their bodies. Begin looking at the NUTRITION FACTS box written on every packaged food in America. It will take only about ten seconds to see the three factors to avoid. Trans fats is the most common one you want to learn to not eat. Add trans-fats and dietary cholesterol to the list and you have your 10 seconds covered.   Zero, zero, zero is the goal to aim for. (0.5g is allowable on saturated fat because it is so difficult finding zero on everything you want.) What about snacks after getting to your ideal weight? Forget the Oreos, candy, and cakes because the ABC’s for snacks will consist primarily of nuts and fruits.   It is good to know the basics at the grocery: zero, zero, zero as well as nuts and bananas, grapes, oranges, blue berries, cherries, strawberries, or any other fruit you like. As you study Prescription For Life, you will learn there are some foods you won’t touch with a ten-foot pole any more, much less take them home with you.


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