The Evolution of Grocery Shopping

Shopping for healthy foods in today's fast paced world can be a very daunting task.  If you are anything like the average American (or family), you have a job, you have kids, and you lead a very busy fast-pace life.  And if I were to guess, shopping (especially for healthy foods) is not on the top of your priority list.

Well all I have to say about that is, "Shopping and Eating Healthy MUST be a high priority in your life."  Why? Because the choices that you make today will 100% affect the rest of your life and the quality of the rest of your life.   Do you want end like every other American on multiple medications, living in a nursing home, suffering from multiple diseases with no hope in sight??  My guess is , "NO, you don't want to end up there."

So, with that being said, lets take the first step toward your health.

Step #1: Choosing and Shopping for the Healthiest Foods!!

A.  Where to Shop

When you are buying organic, remember to start "at the top of the food chain.  This means purchasing healthier meats, dairy and eggs. Look for meat that is ONLY grass-fed, not grain fed.  This can be challenging in today's supermarket, but all you have to do is simply ask the butcher.  You can also look into health food stores, food co-ops, local farmers, and online resources.

Check out to save money on organic fruits and vegetables. This list will give you the fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide load, which can be helpful when deciding to conventional or organic.

B.  Stocking UP

Keep a good stock of some food basics so you can whip a meal together quickly without going to the grocery store.

Schedule at least 1 15 time per week to plan your meals for the following week. This will help you save money at the store by not buying all the junk food you normally buy.   Also, as you start purchasing healthier foods (yes, healthy foods go bad quicker), you will need to schedule at least 2 (maybe 3) times week that you actually go to the grocery.  These can be quick 20 minute trips where you are only buying the necessary foods for the week.

Finally, keep your shopping list handy throughout the week so it can be updated as you go thru the week.

C.  In the Store

You have heard this before, but always shop around the outside of the store. When you get in to the inside aisles, you will find highly processed, chemical latent, toxic foods. These should be highly avoided.

D.  Reading Labels

The most important part of the label is the ingredients, not the calories, carbs, fats, or  proteins.   When read a label, a good rule to follow is 10 ingredients or less. If there are ingredients on the label that you cannot read, that you cannot understand or comprehend, GUESS WHAT, neither can you body.  Our FDA has approved over 3000 chemical that are now considered OK for us to consume.  Let me ask you a question, "Would you ever consider drinking pure RED Dye #40 to satisfy your thirst?"  I would say definitely not, so why are you or your kids eating foods with red#40?  Think about it!!

Watch out for the following hidden ingredients:

1.  Various forms of sugar (foods ending in -ose)-sucrose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, maltose, etc.

2.  MSG-Monosodium Glutamate---avoid at all costs

3.  Artificial sweetners-sucralose, aspartame, splenda, nutrasweet, equal

4.  Hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils.

5.  Don't buy FAT FREE-they only replace it with SUGAR.

6.  Avoid additives, colorings, and perservatives.

Final Notes:

It is our hope that this information will help you and your family lead a healthier life style. If you have any questions of would like further help with your nutrition or your health, please contact Dr. Dustin Ferrell at