So you want to eat healthy! Congrats. Now where to go? Navigating the world of healthy can be such a challenge. You are just getting started and you get bombarded with information. It can be so overwhelming. The messages go something like this. "Eat more fruits and veg, but not just any fruits and veg; make sure they are whole, organic, certified, blessed by the chief of______" "No GMO foods" and you don't even know what a GMO is. Then there are Soy foods. Some say they are the devil, and some swear they are made in heaven. There is a an entire list of ingredients to avoid (which varies from person to person). And this is just the beginning!
You meet up with people doing all these special diets that they swear by, but they don't seem to include foods you recognize. It seems like everyone has a different opinion about the subject. Eat this, avoid that. Everyone is willing to give you advice. Everyone is saying something different. It is so overwhelming, but you know you have to do something because what you have been doing is not working. You take it all in. You pump yourself up. You can do this. You think you have formulated a plan. You have a list of the Do's and Don'ts. You are ready.
You have done it; you have thrown out all you junk food and you are ready to make a big change. You venture out to the grocery store and try to navigate a healthier you, starting with the big banners across some of the packages claiming health benefits. You turn over the package and find it full of those things you are supposed to avoid. But you are so confused, it says healthy things across the front. You try your best, but your eyes are beginning to blur, and your brain is boggled by the long list of ingredients you can't pronounce in some of the "healthy" products. You end up throwing a few packages of overpriced stuff into your cart (because it might be healthier). Then you stop by the produce section. Upon looking at the price of organic produce you leave without anything because it seems that $5 for an organic apple is too much.
You get home and try to eat that healthy stuff you just bought (which is somewhat tolerable), but not like what you are used to. You tell yourself "but I am getting healthier so it is worth it right?" A few hours later you are craving your favorite food, but it is not in the house because you threw it out. You end up on a midnight run to the store because you can't stand it anymore. Maybe tomorrow you can try again. You realize that it is tomorrow already and there is nothing in the house that you want eat. Maybe this healthy thing is not for me.
Your first attempts at getting healthy have been a failure. It is so confusing to know which way to go. There is so much information out there and everyone seems to disagree as to what is healthy and what is not. Your trip to the grocery store have not been helpful. It seems that everything there entices you to put the wrong things in your cart. You are grumpy and unfulfilled because you have tossed out all your comfort/go to foods. What are you going to do?
Maybe, the answer is in the health food store. It is full of good things. It will be easy to make good choices there. As soon as you walk in the door you know you have made a mistake. Everyone is still enticing you to buy their product. Some of these packages have even more health claims on the labels than the grocery store. The trouble is; you don't even know what half the products are. You look around trying to find something familiar to grasp too. All your favorite brands are not here, they are replaced with products heralding healthy sounding names. You find a few things that sound good, toss them in your basket and move on to the produce isle. You find a bit of organic fruit that looks pretty good plus it is on sale, so it is a bit more of a tolerable price.
Now, if only you can remember the name of that "stuff " the Doctor on TV or your friend told you about. You find it, but now you are thinking, "What am I supposed to do with this?" You toss it into your basket and head to the checkout. At the checkout you chat briefly with the cashier asking them what to do with that "stuff" you just bought. They give you some suggestions (most of which you understand), you nod your head and out the door you go.
Tune in next week as we explore the world of Junk out, good food in part 2