Navigating the Food Store

Written By Coach Jamie RD LDN

Going to the food store can be a daunting and overwhelming task for some. Especially now, where we are supposed to only go down aisles one way and if we forget something then we have to go all the way back to get it!

Aside from that, there are SO many food items available to the consumer now which meals there are so many food labels to read. How do you know what is actually a good product and which are marketed to be “healthy” so that you buy it.

I’ll take most of the guesswork out for you. Have you every heard the phrase “shop the perimeter?”

Think about the perimeter of the food store. Typically you have your produce (fruits and veggies), the meat and seafood section, the dairy section and then some stores have the bread aisle very close to the end.

MOST of your food should come from the perimeter. These are typically whole foods that are unprocessed. MOST of the food items in the middle are packaged and processed foods that don’t offer us as much nutrition.

Of course you may need to purchase salad dressing, rice, baking supplies or applesauce in the middle aisles but the majority of your food shopping should come from the perimeter.

The next time you go to the food store I want you to be mindful and really take note of where the bulk of your food is being purchased! It’s also a great exercise to see how much of your diet contains WHOLE and UNPROCESSED foods. What do I mean by that? Aim for more fresh fruits and vegetables and less packaged items.

How much should be from the perimeter?

I would suggest you aim for 75-80% of your groceries to be from the perimeter!

Looking for that added support and accountability? Reach out to us at Nutrition@CrossFitTorque.com or schedule a FREE no-snack intro with Coach Jamie.

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