I just read an article that daily sandwiches are not good for you. A single sandwich accounts for 1/5 of your daily sodium intake and can lead to the worsening of chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. Over half of Americans over age 20 eat a sandwich daily. That’s a lot of people stuck in an unhealthy routine.
This article challenged me to think of anything, even the things that are deemed good for us, that are good in excess. I can’t think of a single thing. Please respond to this blog if you can.
The most important concepts to think about are moderation and variety. It's easy to fall into routines that don't allow for variety. I have a friend that grocery shops for the exact same thing every week. I was often jealous that she had such a great routine that kept her shopping trips quick and efficient. Now I know that she is neglecting variety in her diet and probably not making the healthiest nutrition choices.
I, on the other hand, like to roam around the grocery store seeing what appeals to me and choose meals based on that. I very rarely have the same thing for a meal, even on a monthly basis.
Everything is good for you in moderation. Excess, in the amount of food you eat at one sitting, or excess in the form of eating the same thing daily is an unhealthy practice. Next time you go to the grocery store keep the following list in mind:
Colorful: The more colorful your food choices, the more vitamins and nutrients you get.
Fresh: For your healthiest options, shop the outside aisles of the grocery store and try to avoid processed foods.
Variety: Fill your cart with a large variety of foods, include plenty of fruits, vegetables, some lean meats, low fat milk products, and healthy, low-calorie snacks.
Portion: Gather only small portions so that you have one serving of each item for each member of your household. This allows you to avoid unhealthy portions and have more variety.
When you use these tips, you will make healthier choices a new routine in your life without giving it much thought. Make your next trip to the grocery store a fun adventure filled with new, healthy food choices.
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