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Healthy Shopping Tips

 

The following healthy shopping tips are ones our family has practiced for many years, ever since the Tada's son, Brian, was in grade school (which was quite a number of years ago!).  Our family continues to practice these guidelines to this day as part of a healthy lifestyle that has paid tremendous dividends in our health, vitality and longevity.   It is our sincere hope and prayer that you and your family will consider trying some or all of these healthy shopping tips, specially ones you may not have tried before.  To your precious health! 

 

 

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Eat before you shop, to prevent splurge spending.

 

Strategize:  Make a shopping list ahead of time to focus on foods that will get you toward your health goals, and to reduce the temptation to spend money on extras.

 

* Shop the perimeter of the store (outer aisles), where the healthier items are generally located.

 

* Make it a point to visit the bulk foods section of stores.  Often, you will save money over pre-packaged foods, and you can choose the quantity you like. 

 

* Buy as many food items labeled "organic" as possible, to protect yourself and your family from exposure to pesticides and other chemicals.  Furthermore, organic foods are less prone to being genetically tampered with.  More research needs to be done on the long-term effects genetically-modified food items (GMO) have on our health; however, early indications show GMO items may cause “hidden” side effects such as possible food allergies, other adverse health reactions, and, as some scientists are conceding, the mutation of pests into pesticide-resistant ones as they are exposed to GMO crops.   God created food in accordance with His laws of genetics, each plant “according to its kind” (Genesis 1:11,12) . GMO tinkering compromises these laws.  

Organic food helps alleviate the risks and concerns posed by GMO varieties.  In addition to being healthier and having more nutritional value, organic foods often taste better, too!  (Furthermore, choosing organic follows the guiding principle of eating foods “as close to the way God created them, with the least amount of tampering by man.”  This concept is featured on the “Teaching” page.)

 

* Try buying a rainbow of colors in fruits and vegetables.  The more varied the colors, the greater variety of protective antioxidants and flavonoids for promoting eye health, immune health and many other health benefits.

 

* Purchase produce in season as much as possible for maximum nutrition and flavor.  You will also save money insted of buying off-season produce that has to be shipped from long distances.

  

* Avoid buying too much food that cannot be used promptly.  Long-term storage causes spoilage and reduces nutritional content. 

 

* Read labels carefully and thoroughly.  Avoid unhealthy ingredients such as artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, sulfur dioxide (in some dried fruits), nitrates and nitrites in meats, and the three foodless-foods: white bread, white sugar, and white rice.    Artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame (NutraSweet) and a more recently introduced artificial sweetener, Splenda (sucralose) are logging adverse reactions from a growing number of people.  Anything labeled “sugar-free” or “diet” is generally a red warning flag indicating the presence of these artificial sweeteners; avoid these poisons as much as possible.  Shop for healthier alternatives such as foods made with brown rice syrup, fruit juice concentrates, honey, fructose, stevia (a natural sweetener made from the leaves of the stevia plant), molasses, and other healthy alternatives.

 

* If your favorite store doesn't carry a particular organic item, submit a request to the store manager for consideration. 

 

* When shopping, sometimes it helps to carry with you a portion of the package label of a healthy item you tried previously and want to purchase again, to help locate it in the store.

 

* Beware of convenience foods:  They're more expensive than making the same food at home from scratch, and may contain unwanted additives such as artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, and/or preservatives.

 

* Consider eating more often at home, with the family.  Preparing your own meals gives you the satisfaction of having more family time, while assuring the ingredients in the recipes are wholesome and healthy rather than being at the mercy of the food manufacturers.  Studies also show teens who eat at home more often perform better academically in school.  Eating at home saves money, too!  A family of four can easily save up to $1,000 or more each year in restaurant food costs and tips, just by converting one eat-out meal per week to a home-cooked meal.

 

* Set a good example by actively practicing the above principles yourself, and teaching them to your children and grandchildren.  Consider taking them on shopping trips and showing them how to shop for healthier food items that can be incorporated into their diets.   Ask God for creative ways to teach healthy food choices to your family.  Make it fun!  The good health habits you are helping to establish in your precious young people will become a very important component in their health, and will help them set the stage for a lifestyle of wellness for years to come that can add years to their life, and life to their years.   Proverbs 22:6 says: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  This includes spiritual AND health matters!

 

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"So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God."

— 1 Corinthians 10:31 (Amplified Bible)

 

 

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