I have worked in the grocery business for 21 years and have found that the healthiest looking people shop mostly the perishable departments. Steer clear of the aisles where the overprocessed foods lurk unhealthily. Stick with fresh produce, meat and seafood, ice-cold dairy products and even the freshly baked artisan breads in the bakery. Of course the old-fashioned oatmeal and a few yummy nut butters reside in the aisles but don't let their redneck cousins, the poptarts and sugary cereals tempt.
This "whole foods" concept of eating leaves you fuller and NOT craving all the additives. White bread is equivalent to eating PASTE!! The condiment aisle is a slippery area too....so be cautious!
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Stop the madness! Eating all the processed junk isn't good for you. If you're relying on a box to tell you there are no trans fats, then you're shopping in the store's wrong section. Shop the perimeter of your grocery store. (Produce/Meats/Cold) If you can't buy fresh, then buy fresh frozen. :)
Buy organic when you can! Support your local farmers and farm stands. Even if they aren't organic, your local farmer will tend to use less chemicals and pesticides.
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