Food For Thought (1 of 8) – Let’s go shopping

So much emphasis is placed upon keeping active by attending the gym or going for a run, but in my opinion, equally if not more prominent is how we perceive food and what we choose to buy and eat. So, with that in mind, starting with this first blog of my eight part series, here it is, a simple easy to follow guide to a healthier you, achieved through the food you choose to buy and eat: nothing complicated, no fads, no exclusion of basic food groups, just straight forward & considered healthy food choices for you to eat.

Moving on, this first blog takes a look at the basics, or, putting it simply, going back to basics. And so, keeping it simple, here we go...

Next time you do a grocery shop, try the following:

  1. Before you put an item in your grocery basket, take a quick look at the ingredients and then consider; do all the included ingredients sound like a food...?
  2. Then, based upon your conclusion, put the item back on the shelf, or, add it to your basket - it's entirely your choice, but ask yourself; are you happy to ingest unknown and/or laboratory synthesised substances? (some of those ingredients will be just that).

No need to go overboard with this exercise - just choose one or two items from your shopping list, and see how you fair. As I stated right at the outset, this exercise is designed to be simple to implement, and as you will come to appreciate in the following blogs to come, it will add little if any additional cost to your regular food expenditure; in fact, you may just end up saving money!

For those of you who may have reservations about any of the content I will be publishing over the coming weeks, here is a gentle nudge, why you should not only take note, but do something about your existing eating habits to improve your health:

Heart disease causes more deaths in the UK than almost any other disease – its primary cause; poor and/or excessive eating habits. It used to be attributed to what was in the past recognised as exotic items such as sugars and fats, and was predominantly a disease of the affluent. But as our nation has grown wealthier, so too has the affordability and availability of such items, and is now a staple for many of us. Combine that with the ever increasing consumption of processed foods, alcohol, cheap takeaways, and sugar and salt loaded food and drink, never has the UK population been at a higher risk from heart disease than over the past few decades.

I do hope the above commentary provides some context to help you on your journey, and with that said, that's all for now: check back in a fortnight's time for part 2, and in the meantime, remember, every time you are out shopping, look at those ingredients and make a choice: it's entirely yours to make.

Yours, Al

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