How to Shop Healthy at B.I.G. by Daily Muscle

The key to a healthier lifestyle lies in the food you eat. Considered to be the ‘Father of Medicine”, the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” So it only makes sense to shop for your own ingredients to prepare meals at home. It’s a simple step you can take to start eating better. However, if you’ve been to the supermarket recently, you’d agree that shopping for fruits and veggiesisn’t very appealing.

This is why shopping from a grocer that emphasises the presentation of fresh vegetables, fruit, seafood, and meats can not only encourage you to make healthier choices, but make your shopping experience a pleasant one that you’ll look forward to. Here’s a pro tip: eat a healthy snack before going food shopping. Research has proven that you make healthier food choices while grocery shopping after a light, healthy snack.

A Colourful Diet is Key

When choosing fresh veggies and fruit, aim to ‘taste the rainbow’ and get a variety of colours in your trolley. This will help you to consume a wide array of veggies, fruits, and even different grains and reap a variety of health benefits. In addition to essential vitamins and nutrients, many fruits and vegetables provide phytochemicals — chemical compounds found in plants — that may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

What to look out for at the B.Organic Section

If you’re looking to ease into trying out organic food, this is the place to do it. At our B.Organic section, you can stock up on organic items and superfoods to add to your diet. Superfoods are foods that are good for your overall health when incorporated into a healthy diet.

You’ll also find a variety of nuts, legumes, and seeds which are great sources of protein and healthy fats (when eaten in moderation). Unsalted almonds, peanuts, pistachios and walnuts are a great snacking option when you’re feeling peckish. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends getting four servings of nuts and seeds a week.

Be Prepared

Isn’t it interesting how we plan our finances, our holidays, and our tasks at work, but fail to plan for what we put into our body? Time to change that! Get into the habit of prepping a list before you go shopping so you don’t miss out on any essentials and save time. While preparing your shopping list, consider how many meals you’ll be having at home and how many people you are shopping for. Planning ahead for your week and meals helps you avoid overeating or resorting to last-minute unhealthy takeaways.

Little Habits That Make A Big Difference

It’s not just about what we eat, how we eat is equally as important. Always remember to eat slowly and sip water between bites. We tend to overeat when we are distracted or we may even eat in a rush. If you’re serving yourself a meal, take no more than you know you can finish because you can always go back for seconds. Being mindful while eating can make the experience a lot more enjoyable.

Healthy Self, Heal Thy Self

Being healthy isn’t about ‘clean eating’, or being on a ‘diet’. It’s about making better food choices daily for yourself, your household, and your loved ones. Having a grocer you’re familiar with, feel comfortable visiting, and find most convenient, plays a role in your healthy eating journey. Here’s to the beginning of a healthy new you!

Join us at B.I.G. for our Health & Wellness Fair from 1st to 11th March to kick start your healthy shopping habits! Check out our event page here:

Noel Chelliah is Malaysia’s 1st Precision Nutrition Certified Coach (Pn1) and helps people make better food and lifestyle choices to improve their health, fitness, eating habits and relationship with food.

Check out his Instagram page DailyMuscle over here

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