Take the Guesswork Out Of What to Keep Out of Your Shopping Cart

Oct 29

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One of the most common questions that I get from my readers is how to EASILY know what to avoid when it comes to what to put in their shopping cart for their families.  The reality is that the food industry purposely makes it very difficult for us to be educated consumers.  After all, how are they supposed to constantly increase profit margins by continually adding less expensive, sub standard ingredients into our food supply if we are educated on what to look for?

If you stop to analyze ingredients lists on the processed foods that we are sold in the average grocery store, it can sometimes seem that we’re reading something out of a science experiment.  If it sounds like a science experiment, then it’s most likely going to be just that inside of our bodies, an EXPERIMENT. 

These experiments that the food industry conducts on an unsuspecting public are having harsh consequences when it comes to illness and disease in our country.  Things like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, food allergies, digestive issues, and many others are all on the rise, and our health care industry stands by completely oblivious to the role that food plays in this trend, and welcomes us with open arms.

This website is about sharing TOOLS to make it easier for people with busy lives to make educated decisions on how to stay healthy.  Nobody will do it for us, so we must take matters into our own hands and send the food industry a message that we won’t stand for their harmful ingredients in our food any longer.  The only way that we can do that is by getting informed and voting with our dollars every time we shop.  This is the only language that these companies understand.

So how can we do that?  I’m going to recommend an easy tool that takes the guesswork out of whether the products that you find in your kitchen are either building up your immune system, or tearing it down.  That simple tool is Environmental Working Group’s “Food Scores” site:

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This site allows you to simply enter the product in question into the search bar to see exactly what score it gets from 1 (best) to 10 (worst).  My recommendation would be to spend some time going through your refrigerator and pantry BEFORE going shopping next time to enter some of the staples on your shopping list to see how they score.  You can then decide whether or not to continue to put those products on the list.

This site offers information such as nutrition concern, ingredient concern, and processing concern, along with their top findings, nutrition facts, and other information.  Armed with the information that you find on their site, you can become a truly educated consumer, and cast your vote at the grocery store for what can lead to a healthy lifestyle vs. one that may lead to eventual illness.  I only wish that I knew about this when I was throwing out garbage bags of products in my house after my wife’s cancer diagnosis two years ago.  It would have saved me so much time!

You can also download the EWG Food Scores app to your IPhone or smartphone to be able to scan products on the fly while you are in the grocery store.  If figuring out what to replace some of your long time food choices with becomes overwhelming for you, then I also have a helpful tip.   This is where I offer a shameless plug for my wife Deb who is a certified health and wellness coach who can help you with navigating through all of the choices that are out there, and what might be the best for you and your family :-).  Her new website will be up in a week at www.debswellnessknowledge.com, and you can also reach her directly at 815-200-4804.

I hope that you find this information helpful and would love any feedback that you would like to offer in our comments section.  If you think that this information can be helpful to friends and family, please share this post with them!  Together, we can clean up our food supply in this country by demanding better products from the companies who sell them.

To Your Health!

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2 comments

  1. Shelley /

    I was looking through Debs website and found this article. Thank you for sharing tools to help with healthier choices. As I am trying to make changes after the holidays I am trying to educate myself and feel so lost on where to begin.

    • Marty Loughlin /

      Hi Shelley. I hope your holidays were peaceful and enjoyable! We’re all about helping people with how to take those crucial first steps towards reaching their life long health goals. If there’s ever any questions that Deb can answer for you, or you would like a complimentary one hour consultation with her, don’t hesitate to reach out. Her number is 815-200-4804. All the best!

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