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Finding it hard to eat the same way you did in your 20’s or even 30’s?
Unfortunately, food suppliers and in turn grocery stores are taking advantage of this.
It is no secret that as we get older, our metabolism changes and we need to make different choices on what we put into our bodies. However, just because our bodies are changing doesn’t mean that our daily lives have changed.
Meal prepping (which can be a life saver for quick, healthy meals) is a half or whole day undertaking, and when time is the issue, do you really want to dedicate a half or whole day to shopping, cooking and portioning for the rest of the week?
If that is for you, the link above has great recipes or you can type meal prep into the Pinterest search bar to find a multitude of options. I like the idea of having meals ready but I don’t like the time involved.
So what next?
Making smarter, more informed choices when choosing what you put into your cart.
Most people read food labels and nutritional claims on the front of the package, but what part are you actually paying attention to? Are you looking strictly at the calories stated, the percentage of carbs or the vitamins and minerals?
More importantly, do you understand what those numbers and claims actually mean?
Whole grain vs. multigrain – multigrain means that one or more parts of the grain is used in the final product whereas whole grain uses the WHOLE grain.
Calories per serving – try to find two similar products with the same serving size on the nutrition label. I dare you. It is much easier to make the numbers look good when you skew the amount being measured. And if all you are looking at is the numbers, you could be getting a lot more than you bargained for.
Calories per serving Part 2 – What is stated on the package as calories per serving (think single serve granola bars as an example) can have a +/- 5 net weight difference legally. If you decide that this is the product you want or need, get out the food scale and see how much it actually weighs.
Marketing – The shelves are stocked by design. There is nothing random about each and every aisle in the grocery store. Food companies pay for their space on the shelves the same as their advertising spots on TV. Human nature dictates that people only see what is in front of their faces, so those spots are prime real estate in a grocery store. The bigger the company, the more dollars to spend on space.
HINT – Look up and down every shelf top to bottom to possibly find better, healthier options.
Brand Loyalty – Just because you find a good option does not mean that every thing from that brand is equal in quality. Read every label.
Fat Free – If they take out all of the fat, they take out the familiar flavour that you were looking for. They are not lying that they have taken out the fat, but to compensate for the loss of flavour, they must add something back to make it appealing. Depending on the product, it could be sugars, salt or chemicals.
Best bet – Go with the full fat and limit your consumption accordingly.
There is so much more for me to go into to fit in one post.
Takeaway for now:
Actually read and compare labels, don’t just glance at the numbers.
Watch your serving size.
Skip the “half”, “reduced” and “no” labels and adjust your consumption.
All for now. Until next time.