First Things First…

As with most things that are good for you, eating healthy is all about forming the right habits. For some, this may be a daunting task. But, as with any challenge, simplification is key.

So, let’s start at the beginning.

Here are some basics — a recipe for success, if you will — for laying the foundation for a nutrition-conscious lifestyle, as well as eliminating the excuses for avoiding it.

A – Appetite

Let’s face it: Eating healthy isn’t rocket science. Today’s organic craze, however, may give some the false impression that the healthiest foods are also the most expensive.

Au contraire.

Here’s some of the best of the best foods that are cheap, too.

B – Buy

Grocery shopping is a strategic affair. The better the game plan you have going in, the less impulse purchases you’ll make and the less you’ll forget. This will cut down on extra costs and extra frustration.

Once again, everyone knows the basics:

• Be careful selecting your produce. It goes bad faster, and so it’s easier to waste.

• Consider brand name vs. generic

• The bulk aisle is your friend.

C – Caution

Finally, let’s learn from the mistakes of others and take note of my father’s old roommate, who thought it was acceptable to open a can of soup, decide instead to save it for later and proceed to put it back on the shelf.

Almost as important as knowing what foods to eat is knowing when not to eat them.

A few reminders: Defrost your food carefully. Don’t cross-contaminate. Some expiration dates are negotiable; some are not.

Until next time!

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