My #1 tip to eating well {without much effort}

A family in India displays their weekly groceries

A family in India displays their weekly groceries

Have you ever tracked your weekly food shopping?

How much fresh food do you buy?
How much do you spend?
Do you buy processed foods?
What are the predominant ingredients in your shopping cart?

Take a look at these photos that show the food shopping habits of 30 families around the world.

The global food gap is nteresting, isn’t it? It made me take a closer look at what’s in my shopping cart.

Every Sunday when I send out weekly menus to my customers, I enjoy taking a look at the shopping list I provide. While the list pertains only to dinner recipes, it’s nice to see the lack of canned and processed foods plus the list of greens and fresh vegetables. I don’t plan “healthy” recipes, per se, but I focus on seasonal and fresh ingredients, which is integral to how I eat and cook. I don’t buy boxed food, junk food or processed food. Inevitably the dishes are “healthy” even though my focus is on flavor and enjoyment.

Yes, I sometimes eat pizza…but I make it myself. I eat cheese…on occasion. I enjoy dessert…but I make it myself. I’m all about making meals from scratch. I like real food, whole food.

Knowing exactly what I’m eating, that’s healthy to me. So anything containing xantham gum, poly something or other and hard-to-pronounce ingredients are NEVER on my list.

Next time you go shopping for food, take a photo of what you purchased.

Are you eating the way you want to?
Are you buying too much and therefore might waste some of it?
Are you buying too many already-prepared foods?

My #1 way to eat well without trying to is to make a shopping list. (Because of how revealing it is.)

  • Plan out your meals for the week (this is a huge time saver)
  • List the ingredients you need—either handwritten, something you can print out, or even a list on your smart phone
  • Divide the list up into categories, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, protein, dairy and staples.

Once you see the breakdown of what you’re consuming you just might change it up a bit. You might notice that you’d like to add more fruit or vegetables to what you eat each week, or that you’d like to cut down on cheese, or eat more seafood—the weekly shopping list really shows you what you’re putting into your body on a weekly basis and it can be enlightening.

And if you didn’t look at the great global food gap yet, you can take a look here.

What’s in your shopping basket? After seeing the global food gap photos, are you going to change what you buy each week?

Let me know in the comments below.

And if you ever need help planning dinner, I offer a Weekly Dinner Plan that, yes, comes with a shopping list.

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