Whenever people say they need a reset physically, I feel like it’s often followed by:
A.) A juice cleanse (or something to the effect) and / or
B.) This strange idea that they feel they need to, in some way, torture themselves with what the perceive as horrible foods (or liquified variants)
Why is that?!
I had quite a laugh at this meme because it’s definitely a pervasive attitude. The truth is, though, it’s a little bit like drinking poison, getting sick, and then going right back to the same baseline. If it’s painful…it isn’t going to work long-term!
If kale…or other less-mainstream food items…aren’t your thing, it’s OKAY not to go that route. We want to set you up for success, after all!
We have a fun Farmer’s Market in our City that runs on Sundays during the warmer months – while we aren’t there every weekend like some of my buddies, it’s a fun Sunday morning activity, and a nice way to stock up on healthy options for the week!
Generally I’m scoping out the veggie situation, as vegetables are the bulk of my diet. Fruits are great too, like melons and Fuji apples (when they are in season – hurry up, October!)
You can also pick up flowers, healthy greens, fun seasonal goodies like pumpkins and gourds (hello, Halloween!), grass-fed meat, fresh eggs, and even hummus and mead…
Since I’m not a sit-on-the-beach type, I love this summer activity option – it’s nice to get up and out and DO something…and it also makes food shopping and meal prep easier for the rest of the week.
For more Nutrition jazz…
I go to the store almost daily – I think for some people, that sounds like an alarming rate. . .but going once a week simply doesn’t work for me.
I go through my food at a rapid pace, but given the quality of it, I’m okay with that (I’m not going to beat myself up for devouring all of my vegetables, whereas if I was mauling bags of potato chips, I might have to second guess my restocking habits!)
The usual suspects:
- Fresh vegetables
- Fresh, packaged greens (spinach, mache etc…)
- Frozen vegetables
- Still water
- Carbonated water without chemicals (flavoring from natural fruit)
- Ground chicken (I prefer organic, but sometimes can’t get it)
- Popcorn (the lightest kind I can find, non-greasy, just a touch of oil and salt. PERIOD.)
- Almond milk (unsweetened)
- Coconut creamer (which I mix with the above)
- Chia bars (Heath Warrior, chocolate peanut butter)
- Organic eggs
- Egg whites
- Nitrate-free sliced turkey
There are a few other things I pick up, but those are the typical cast of characters. I think it’s important for us to shop often. . .and NOT to shop hungry.
Food preparation is always a wonderful thing if you can do it (that can be done once a week, maybe twice – there are fabulous blogs out there specifically dedicated to this, not only for fitness competitors, by the way!)
What kinds of foods duo you buy? Are you shopping several times a week? I see the store when the snow comes and I’m always shocked. *LOL*