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Top 12 Items for Your Healthy Shopping List

07th June 2013
Top 12 Items for Your Healthy Shopping List

As a personal trainer and nutritionist, I feel it’s my job to take care of my body and I really enjoy doing it! It’s vital that my clients feel I can empathize with their struggles to become healthier and fitter, so I eat healthy just like I expect them to. They often ask me what I eat and where I food shop.

First of all, I will say this…I am not perfect! I allow myself to indulge on special occasions, but I don’t consider EVERY weekend a special occasion! Well, I used to, but I have learned recently that as I get into my late 30′s, my body just doesn’t recover from poor eating habits and alcohol consumption like it used to. I always feel better and look better when I care enough to nourish my body from the inside out!

There are sacrifices that I make in order to stay healthy and fit that most people don’t want to make. Right now, my diet is VERY simple and sometimes a little boring. And Friday nights while my friends are out drinking, I’m usually home making sure I am prepping food for my long work day on Saturday. It’s hard to go out to dinner with your friends and find something healthy to eat, and drink water, and go home early before the party really gets started. But that is what is takes to have a healthy body, both on the inside and the outside. I can’t possibly expect my body to feel good and look good if I don’t provide it with a nutrient dense diet most of the time.

I try to eat real food, no processed junk! I make sure I am getting healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates everyday. Hydrating is also key to proper health! You should drink about half your weight in ounces. I weigh 130 pounds so I drink about 65 ounces of water everyday.

So here is what is on my healthy shopping list at Whole Foods this week:

  1. Vital Farms organic, pasture-raised eggs

  2. 100% Grass-fed ground beef

  3. Wild Alaskan Salmon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  4. Avocados                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  5. Organic Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers

  6. Raw Organic Almond Butter

  7. Organic Leafy Greens

  8. Organic Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  9. Mountain Valley Water                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  10. Organic berries                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  11. Lemons

  12. Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I like to boil a dozen eggs at beginning of the week and keep them in the fridge for snacks on the go! I also buy 1 lb of ground beef and divide it into 4 burgers to be kept in the fridge for dinners and lunches. I try to eat salmon once a week to get my omega 3′s. I love to roast salmon with organic dijon mustard and serve with veggies. Avocado is so versatile and an amazing healthy fat with a high fiber content. I eat one everyday! I add my bell peppers to my leafy greens along with avocado, left over protein, and home made salad dressing. I mix 2/3 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice with 1/3 cup EVOO and add salt and pepper. It makes enough dressing to last the week. Another snack I love is organic berries and raw almond butter. High in healthy fats, fiber, and the berries are high in anti-microbials. I have recently been doing research into the benefits of adding Resistant Starch to my diet and found that potatoes are my favorite. Cooking and then cooling potatoes in the refrigerator helps form Resistant Starch, a type of starch that doesn’t spike your blood sugar, but instead is resistant to digestion in your stomach and so it makes it to your intestines and feeds the good bacteria. Last but not least, I drink Mountain Valley Water because the source is pristine, it comes in glass bottles so I don’t have to worry about plastic contamination, and it has a high dissolved mineral content.

That’s it! Although there are so many other things that factor into feeling and looking your best, like getting enough sleep, exercise, and taking some quiet time each day. Stay tuned for future blogs where I will be discussing the healthy habits necessary to support your nutrient dense diet, and keep you looking and feeling great!

 

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