Master Your Healthy Living Transition: Shopping Smarter

You are reading Post 2 of 11: Master Your Healthy Living Transition: Shopping Smarter, of the series: 10 Ultimate Ways To Master Your Healthy Living Transition!

The 10 Ultimate Ways to Master Your Healthy Living Transition series will help you get started on a successful healthy lifestyle transition! You will learn which foods to eliminate from your diet, why these foods should be eliminated, what foods you can substitute or replace them with and other helpful tools and resources.

The Series

This is post 2 of 11 in the mastery series, 10 Ultimate Ways to Master Your Healthy Living Transition. This in-depth series will help you get started on a successful healthy lifestyle transition! A new post in the series will be available each week!

Post 1: Master Your Healthy Living Transition: Sugar Elimination

Post 2: Master Your Healthy Living Transition: Shopping Smarter

Do you find yourself asking questions like, “How do you live a healthier lifestyle? What exactly does it mean to transition? What steps do I take to do it properly? Then this series is for you!

You will be learning which foods to eliminate from your diet. The reasons why you need to eliminate these foods from your diet will be explained to you as well. You will learn how to replace or substitute unhealthy food choices. There will also be other helpful links, tools and resources in this series.

10

This is a large amount of information for those of you transitioning to a healthier lifestyle. In order to make it easier to follow I broke it down into 10 detailed sections or posts. The 11th post will be the follow-up Mastery Guide, complete with all the links to each post, printable tools and resources.

I suggest choosing a Journey Buddy, a spouse or friend that is interested in transitioning to a healthy lifestyle, to share your transition with. Pick a beginning date and join the Nourish. Heal. Live! community on social media. And don’t forget to Ask Tina C. any health and wellness related questions if you get stuck along the way.

Begin Your Transition

For most of us, the phrase “eating healthy” means following a rigid set of rules, or diet, for a brief amount of time. Typically, most people diet when they want to lose weight for an event or when the doctor requests it for their health. You should be learning by now, that eating healthy is not just a fad diet that lasts a few weeks.

Truly, you should be eating #healthy everyday. Eating healthy is a way of life! You have the choice to live a healthy #lifestyle.

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For most people, transitioning to a healthier lifestyle can be stressful and overwhelming. Change isn’t always easy, nor is it always difficult. Learning to live differently takes will power, motivation and support.

Some people have a tendency to fear change which keeps them locked into unhealthy lifestyles. Then there are the others who make some changes, but end up going back to old habits. There are also those that can pick up new ideas, run with them and score instantly. Ultimately, I think many people want to live healthier, but lack proper motivation and support to keep them on a successful track.

Since transitioning is such a huge subject there’s so many things that need to be addressed. There are things that you will be experiencing, like healing crisis and emotional and physical breakdowns and changes. You will be doing different things than you did living on the Standard American Diet (SAD). You are going to be learning new things in your transition. We need to make sure you learn, understand and change gradually so that you can continue to live healthier for your lifetime.

Why Be Healthy

The number of deaths in the U.S. associated with the leading causes, heart disease, cancers and diabetes, is outrageous.

“Nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining good health. Healthy eating patterns and regular physical activity support normal growth and development and energy balance. Healthy eating is also associated with a lower risk of obesity and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and many forms of cancer.”
National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services1

And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2 “Up to 40 percent of annual deaths from each of five leading US causes are preventable.”

The remainder of the developed world is not too far behind us. These diseases are seen worldwide. Those facts should offend everyone! The importance of eating healthier comes down to an individual’s value of their own health.

You may be struggling with health issues that have catapulted you into a transition, you clearly value your health because you are losing it. Did you watch food documentaries and become disgusted by the treatment of animals, polluting of our planet and being fed lies in exchange for profit? If so, then you have values and that has led you to your transition.

Whatever your reasons are for wanting to live a healthier lifestyle, you personally made that choice to locate information on how to transition. No one can make that choice but you. I am glad that you are here, value your health and are well on your way to a successful transition into a healthy lifestyle!

Shopping Smarter

Who enjoys grocery shopping? Not one person? You don’t think crowded stores, picking food items the whole family will eat, price comparing, loading the cart, unloading the cart, paying, unloading the cart, loading the car, unloading the car and putting groceries away is fun? Right on, me either!

As stressful as grocery shopping can be people typically do it once a week. Some people stop in at the store several times during a week. Could you imagine that? No thank you!

For those of you brave souls out there that wing it on the regular, let me tell you, healthy living requires a bit of planning. Having the proper foods on hand consistently is essential to living healthier. For you to have a successful transition into a healthy lifestyle you are going to learn how to shop smarter!

You have the choice to live healthy and eat the healthiest foods you can find. Do you know how to find those foods? I thought I knew how to eat healthy, boy was I wrong.

We are going to discuss basic shopping skills, the layout of a grocery store, how to make healthier food choices and a few helpful tips.

I recommend that you bookmark this page, so that you can reference it over and again along your journey. When you are ready, continue reading to find out how to: Master Your Healthy Living Transition: Shopping Smarter!

Nutrition 101

Nutrition is based on our bodies requirements and how our body utilizes those nutrients to function properly. For example: an older person that does not get regular physical activity may not need the same amount of calories or nutrients that a younger person who plays sports may need, in order to function properly. If they ate the same amount of high calorie foods on a Standard American Diet (SAD), the older person would typically gain weight while the younger person may not get enough food, causing them to lose weight.

Let me explain. The older person’s body would not be utilizing all of the food that their body would be taking in due to lack of physical activity, which burns calories. Their body would be changing the food into usable forms and storing what the body couldn’t use. This storing is what we call weight gain.

The younger active person’s body would be utilizing the foods as the nutrients became available, resulting in little to no weight gain. If their body required more nutrients to sustain its functions, it would pull them from fat stores and muscle to get enough. This would cause weight loss for this person.

In order to get your bodies proper amount of nutrition you should be taking in a certain amount of calories per day. We will get more in-depth with this subject later in the series. For now, know that you don’t need to calorie count, just focus on eating well.

Eating Well

During your healthy living transition you will be learning how to make healthier food choices. That means that you will be learning what to eliminate from your diet, what foods you should be eating and how to prepare some easy and simple healthy recipes.

You will be learning this gradually so that you grasp the concepts and retain the information for you to live successfully on a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life. Also, you will have to learn by trial-and-error with kids on what they will or will not eat. The family will have to adjust, but it is so worth it!

Let’s change the title of how you eat. Healthy eating, eating healthy, being Vegan, being Raw, it is all confusing. So, we will simply say that you will be eating well. When anyone asks how you are eating you will say, “I am eating well.”

Eating well means choosing a variety of nutrient dense foods and beverages and eating within your calorie needs. You will be learning more in detail about calories and intake requirements for nutrients such as: fats, cholesterol and sodium in post 8 of this series. I want you to get familiar with the concept of eating well, Don’t worry about counting calories at this time.

The best way to begin eating well, is by learning how to shop for a healthy lifestyle. Do you know how to healthfully transverse the grocery store? I had no idea how to shop healthy. Are you ready to learn how to shop smarter for your healthy living transition? Read on!

Healthy Shopping Skills

When you step into a grocery store you will want to know which areas to focus on, what to look for on packaging and how to do it with style and grace. Basically, you want to know what to zero in on and how to get out fast without looking like a fool! Right? Let’s do this!

Here are a few things that you will learn:

  • Meal Planning
  • List Making
  • Grocery Store Set-Up
  • Where to Shop
  • Marketing Tricks
  • Reading Labels
  • Choosing Healthy Foods

There is a large amount of information to learn. But don’t panic. I will guide you through it all. It really is simple to understand.

Are you still with me? Now, we can get into the details of each skill. You got this, keep going!

Healthy Recipes

When transitioning to a healthy lifestyle you should be collecting healthy recipes that resemble or replace unhealthy meals. Especially with kids, you will want a list of easy and simple recipes that are quick to make and good for you. Learning to create new recipes can be stressful and exciting for everyone in the family.

Save and organize recipes that you find in cookbooks, magazines and on food blog throughout the internet. Rotate through these recipes each week when you plan your meals. Keep the ones that you and your family enjoy the most!

I recommend that you choose recipes with less than ten ingredients. Also, choose simple and uncomplicated recipes. Go slowly and choose recipes that your whole family will enjoy. I do not suggest going all Raw or Vegan just yet.

Try to replace unhealthy food items in your favorite recipes also. What does that mean? Well, it is hard to know what unhealthy and healthy foods are with there being so much conflicting information out there. To make things easy, I will give you a list of rules to utilize in the Healthy Choices section of this post. Follow the rules to help you create an amazing transitioning recipe box!

Meal Planning

Planning meals in advance will help keep you on track. Having the food at home and a few easy recipes set aside each week will help you remain faithful to healthy living. When you already know what healthy meal you will be preparing for dinner you will be less likely to bring home take-out meals.

I recommend purchasing a hanging framed mirror that matches your kitchen decor. Also, purchase a dry erase marker and eraser. Use this as your weekly menu!

Simply write “MENU” at the top and the days of the week along the left side. Write in the recipes or meals that you will be preparing each night of the week.

An at-a-glance menu works great for keeping you on a successful transition. Kids like to see what they are having for dinner too! You can even take a picture of your menu each week and save them for menu planning in the future.

Are you in panic mode? If you are like me, I freaked out when I learned that I needed to plan meals. I also felt an emotional push-back, because I thought salads were the only food that people ate when living healthy lifestyles.

I assumed that I would never have a satisfying comfort food again. Most people relate the word “healthy” to the word “diet” and when they “diet” they starve themselves and end up reverting back to old eating habits. Just the thought of eating “healthy” made me anxious.

Don’t get locked into that ideal that “healthy” means “diet”, like I did. Remember, we changed what “diet” means in post 1 of this series. So, no worries. Let’s eat!

List Making

You already know that healthy decisions start at home. Planning meals ahead of time will improve your transition and your shopping experiences. Knowing what you need in advance will save you time and money.
Since you already planned your meals for the week, take a few minutes to put together a shopping list. Download your FREE Shopping List - Fillable!

Decide which food items you need. Look through your freezer, pantry and refrigerator to see what you already have in stock. Base your needs off the recipes that you choose to prepare. Be sure to get enough of the items to last until your next shopping trip. This will keep you from having to run to the store more than once per week.

Also, remember to stock up on pantry staples. I created a healthy shopping guide for you to reference when you are creating your shopping list. Download your FREE Healthy Shopping Guide!

Remember to choose a variety of healthy recipes. Think about ways to make your favorite meals a little healthier. Write your list by grouping like food items together.

Don’t forget to take your list with you to the store. Stick to your list! Over time, try to write your list to match the layout of your store. This will help you streamline your shopping experience and help you to eliminate unhealthy purchases.

Grocery Store Set-Up

All grocery stores contain thousands of food items. Most stores group similar food items together. This makes it easier to shop for the specific items that you need, enabling you to shop faster and more efficiently.

Typical grocery stores are structured with sections like:

Produce Section – Fruits, vegetables, packaged refrigerated dressings, pre-cut produce, pre-made salads and assorted roasted and unroasted nuts and trail mixes.
Bakery/Deli – Freshly baked cookies, cakes and sweet treats and pre-made sandwiches, meats and side dishes.
Floral Section – Fresh made flower arrangements.
Bread Section – Processed breads, bagels, buns, specialty breads and tortillas.
Dairy Section – Butter, cheese, eggs, milk, non-dairy creamers, processed dough, specialty milks and yogurt.
Meat Section – Butchered, packaged meats: beef, chicken, pork and seafood.
Food Isles– Canned goods, dry goods, spices, frozen foods, drinks and snacks.

Each store is set-up similar, but may have a few slight changes. Now, we can talk about which sections are best to focus on when transitioning to a healthy lifestyle.

Sections to Target

First, you should know the basics of your grocery store. Do they carry locally grown produce? What type of sales do they offer? Can you get specialty items like gluten-free, organic or sugar-free items there?

Once you know this you can decide to shop another store or a few stores in order to find the food items that you will be using on your transition to a healthy lifestyle. You may also want to find out if your store manager can order and keep items stocked that you wish to purchase.

The majority of your purchases should be made in the store perimeter. This tends to be where the healthiest items are located. Spend most of your shopping time in fresh produce, whole grains and frozen fruits and vegetables.

Fresh produce should take up the majority of your cart. The best deals on unroasted, unsalted nuts can be found in the produce section also. Remember to look for vegetables and fruits in the freezer section, as well.

You will be focused on restocking your pantry staples on the center isles. Keep honing your label reading skills here. Look for less than 6 ingredients total on the ingredients list. Look for items with sugars below 25 grams when starting out. Ultimately, you want to aim for less than 10 grams of sugar on your labels.

Try to group your food items together in similar categories on your list. Shop with your grocery list and mark items off as you go. This will help you stay focused while you are at the store.

When you know where to find the items, have a list of your exact needs and refuse to let the marketing strategies sway your intelligent mind you will become a healthy shopping rock-star!

Grocery Store Strategy

You need to know that the grocery store is not only a place for you to purchase food, it is a place for food companies to sell their merchandise. They not only want you to purchase what you want, they want you to get more than you intended to purchase. There is an actual science behind it.

Food companies pay marketing strategists tons of money each year to help them figure out how to get shoppers to buy more of their products. They use behavioral, social and economic psychology to discover ways to gain your extra purchases. The crazy part is that you may never be-the-wiser.

I have compiled a list of the grocery store strategies that these companies use in order to get your hard earned dollars. It isn’t about the health of the consumer, it is all about the money to them. Pay attention the next time you go grocery shopping so that you are not another one of their unsuspecting victims.

Marketing Tricks

Keep your eyes opened for these devious marketing strategies:

  1. Entering the store: They attack your senses. With the smell of fresh baked goods they rely on your sense of smell to make you hungry. With the vibrant colors of the fresh produce they use your sight to put you into a good mood. They use soft music to relax you into moving slower, so that you stay longer in the store.
  2. Carts: They performed studies to see if consumers would spend more money when shopping if they increased the size of grocery carts. Like fools, we did. Have you ever said, “cart is full, time to go”? Don’t fall for this trick! Stick to your shopping lists, use smaller carts or hand held baskets when shopping.
  3. Fresh Market feel: Don’t let those cute chalkboard signs or labels tempt your inner Pinterester! They try to make those high prices look fancy and all shabby chic. Do not let those adorable farm-stand baskets filled with fruits and vegetables sway your intelligent mind from paying attention to the prices!
  4. Bulk buying: They use odd weights on packages so that it is harder to compare prices on smaller portions. They rely on your human nature to not check your product labels. They trick you into thinking bulk is more economic. Offering sales on bulk items may not save you money. Statistics show that you may end up throwing away half, which leaves you spending more initially and eventually purchasing another one to replace the part you threw away.
  5. Product placement: When you look at items on the grocery store shelf, you are actually looking at how they strategically place items for higher sales. Items at eye level and just below (for kids eye level), are more expensive and sell better. The cheaper store brands and healthier choices are located on bottom shelves and top shelves.
  6. Sales: Most sales are not really good deals. They alter wording in sales circulars and on packaging to grab your attention. One of my favorite examples: an ad for a popular brand of cheese says, “2 for $5” when the product normally sales for $2.49. They just made another $0.02 off of each sale of two! They rely on human nature, people thinking they got a deal and not bothering to read price labels
  7. Bundles: Would you buy 10 of a product at $1 each or 10 for $10? Again, people thinking they are getting a deal. When they could purchase the 2 they needed and still pay $1 each and save the other $8!
  8. Small vs. Large: Check out the sales in the section for what you are looking for. Sometimes you will see a smaller quantity on sale when the larger quantity is cheaper. My favorite example: a popular brand of cheese advertises the sale of their 8 oz. bag of shredded cheese at 2 for $5. The large 16 oz. bag normally sales for $4.98 cents.
  9. Shelf Coupons: When you see a blinking coupon dispenser near the item it was created for, take the coupon. Hold the coupon for a later date when the product is on sale. With these coupons they try to lure you into thinking you are getting a deal right then! My favorite example: a popular brand of dry boxed vegetable pasta sales for $1.49. A coupon dispenser gives me a coupon for $0.75 off the purchase of two. If I wait until the Buy One, Get One sale of the pasta every 6 weeks or so, I can get two boxes for $0.74 instead of two boxes for $2.23 cents. P.S. Don’t take more than 4 coupons at a time. Coupon etiquette people!
  10. End Caps: These items are not typically new or on sale! The real deals are featured on the end caps near the front of the store. They are where you will find the sales ad items. Price compare other end cap items to be sure that it is really a good deal.
  11. Floor Mats: Some sections of the store have rubber mats on the floor. These are strategically placed so that you must slow down. Pay attention to what products these mats are laying in front of the next time you are shopping. Stay away from the mats so that you don’t get caught up in their trap!
  12. The Check-out Line: Always wonder why there are so many lanes but no cashiers? Strategy! The longer you wait in line, the more you buy those high dollar magazines, unhealthy candy bars, snacks and sodas. Don’t let them win!

These strategies are based on human nature and science. But not all shoppers will fall for every technique or strategy laid out by the grocery stores. However, they do work against those of us with tight budgets.3

Somehow we always spend just a little more than we planned. When transitioning to a healthy lifestyle we have to protect our health not just our wallets. Being aware of these devious tactics is essential to shopping smarter.

Now that you understand some of the strategies of the grocery store, you can better plan your shopping trips. This will not only help you to stay focused on your healthy living transition, but it will help you save money. As you put this into practice when you shop, you will laugh at some of the outrageous tricks that you use to fall for! Sit back and watch how others get totally played  in the grocery store game.

Reading Labels

The Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods is your best friend in the grocery store! This little gem is the tool that you will use when making healthy choices. You will be using the Nutrition Facts label when shopping, to decide which items are healthy enough to buy.

We will get into detail about what the facts panel contains and how to use it in post 8 of the: 10 Ultimate Ways to Master Your Healthy Living Transition series. For now, let me give you a quick overview.

You will see the nutrition information for the food item that is inside the labeled package. Some of the nutrients that you will see facts for are: fats, cholesterol, sodium, sugar and ingredients. We want to pay attention to sodium and sugar, at this point.

Packaging may say, “No Added Sugar” but still contain 36 g of sugar. Aim for less than 25 g of sugar on the nutrition facts label. You want to eventually choose items with no more than 10 g of sugar.

If you see a product with a sugar of 25 g or more, move on. Fruit juices, snack items for children and even some dairy products are big ones to watch out for here.

If you run into this issue, pick up another product and compare the sugar values. You may find that you have to change brands to get a better value. You will be ok. Choose your health over your favorite brand!

Enjoy shopping smarter! You are exploring different foods and learning about their Nutrition Facts. Healthy choices lead to a healthier you. That is what transitioning is all about, your health!

Other Places to Shop

There are other places that you can shop besides the grocery store. Don’t forget that your local farmer’s markets are a great source for locally grown and organic foods! If you live near a farmer’s market, go check it out!

You can buy nutrient dense foods and support your local community at the same time. Sometimes you can get incredible produce at a fraction of what you would pay at the grocery store. Here is a list of search engines for farmer’s markets and pick-your-own farms across the US:

Being able to pick fresh produce or pick-up fresh produce from the farmers who grow it, is an amazing feeling. Remember, you are not just making memories with your children, you are teaching them how to live a healthy life too! Enjoy your adventures on the farm!

Restaurants

Restaurants are convenient. Who doesn’t enjoy someone else cooking for them? Not any parents that I know!

They allow you to pick-up meals when you are pressed for time, a night on the town or when you are traveling. Most of us love to dine-out. You can still eat at restaurants and live a healthy lifestyle.

Here are a few healthy guidelines for eating out:

  • Do your best to avoid fast food chain restaurants. The majority of their menu foods are: high calorie processed foods, that contain added additives, added preservatives, flavor enhancers and artificial coloring. They have very little healthier choices.
  • When in doubt choose salads and soups. Most restaurants have salads and soups on the menu. Larger chain restaurants offer soup and salad buffets or all-you-can-eat options. Remember to get clear liquid soups instead of creamy or cheesy ones.
  • Choose restaurants that advertise “market fresh”, “farm-to-table” or “locally grown”.
  • Choose dishes that are baked, steamed, sauteed, roasted or boiled.
  • Try to avoid items that are fried, deep-fried or drenched in heavy, cream-based sauces or covered in cheese.
  • Try to avoid buffet restaurants (except salad ones). The typical foods they provide are: fried, highly salted, starchy and sugar-filled. You can find some that have huge salad and soup buffet options.
  • Eat-in. Sitting down, relaxing and enjoying your meal is beneficial. It allows you to eat slower. This helps your body to read the signals that say, “I am full.”

See, you can still eat out when you are living a healthy lifestyle. Just make better choices. And eat smaller portions of the unhealthier items, if you must eat them.

When traveling, try to plan ahead by finding a healthier choice. Browse the menus of restaurants close to your destination and along your route, via the internet. This will help you when it comes time to eat. Knowing your healthier options will alleviate some travel anxiety and help keep you focused on your healthy living transition!

Healthy Choices

How do you know what healthy foods are? It can be difficult especially when there is so much conflicting information out there. To make things easy, I created a small list for you to reference during your transition to a healthy lifestyle.

There is no need to calorie count yet. Also, remember these changes should be being made gradually but consistently. Begin by following these simple rules for eating well daily:

  • Buy organic and locally grow produce, when possible. This is so you get the best nutrition from your foods without added chemicals.
  • Eat foods made from minimally processed ingredients. Fresh whole foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.
  • Eat mostly plants and plant-based foods. Aim to eat 50% of your plate in vegetables. If you are still hungry, eat more veggies!
  • Eat meats that are healthier for you: chicken and fish. Buy organic fed, cage-free, wild caught, when possible.
  • Implement one meatless recipe per week. Don’t tell the family. See if they notice!
  • Cut back on your consumption of dairy, especially milk. Use alternative milk choices: almond, coconut or rice milk. Steer away from soy milk.
  • Continue to eliminate sugar from your diet. We discussed this in full detail in post 1 of 11, Master Your Healthy Living Transition: Sugar Elimination.
  • When craving sweets: eat freshly cut fruits or a smaller portion of your favorite dessert.
  • Cut back on sweetened drinks. Go sugar-free or use sugar alternatives to sweeten drinks.
  • Learn to make breads and treats at home, using less sugar, no preservatives or dyes.
  • Keep snacks with you! Satisfy your hunger with snacks until you can make it to your next healthy meal. Download your FREE 50 Rockin' Healthy Snacks! For 50 healthy snack ideas!
  • Do not starve yourself! Eat and enjoy your food!

Bookmark this page, post 2 of 11 of the series: 10 Ultimate Ways to Master Your Healthy Living Transition. Read the post over a few times so that you can retain the information. Reference each detailed section when you need reinforcement.

You will be eating foods full of flavor and color! Eating well allows you to eat and be satisfied! Just wait, real food tastes amazing! That is no lie.

Having a healthy guide is important along a journey to health. I had to find my way in the dark. I am providing this information, in detail, so that you can transition into a healthy lifestyle successfully! Make smarter choices so that you too can Nourish. Heal. Live!

Tips & Resources

Grocery shopping is already stressful. Anything you can do to help ease the anxiety and stress is helpful. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping:

  • Use a small shopping cart or hand held basket when shopping for a few items.
  • Do not go grocery shopping with children, when possible.
  • Do not grocery shop when you or your children are hungry.
  • Take your list and a pen with you.
  • Go shopping the same time each week.
  • Shop on off-peak hours: early to mid morning, late evening and over-night.

Continue to learn about making healthier choices and eating well. I have listed a few resources that you can find on the internet. Resources for learning how to make healthy food choices:

  1. American Diabetes Association
  2. American Heart Association
  3. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  4. U.S. National Library of Medicine

I also recommend a few books. When you purchase the books, I do make a small commission which helps upkeep the website and provide you with this awesome information. Alternatively, you can write down the book titles, take them to your local public library and and ask them to attain the books for you.

On To Post 3

You have read Post 2 of 11: Master Your Healthy Living Transition: Shopping Smarter, of the series: 10 Ultimate Ways To Master Your Healthy Living Transition!

Today, you learned key elements of shopping smarter: Meal Planning, List Making, Grocery Store Set-Up, Where to Shop, Marketing Tricks, Reading Labels and Healthy Food Choices. Starting this week, try to implement a few of the techniques that you learned about today. Don’t worry, you will pick it up quickly. By the time we get to the end of this series, you will be a pro shopper!

The 10 Ultimate Ways to Master Your Healthy Living Transition mastery series will help you successfully transition to a healthy lifestyle! This is a large amount of information for those of you transitioning to a healthier lifestyle. In order to make it easier to follow I broke it down into 10 detailed sections or posts. The 11th post will be the follow-up guide, complete with links, tools and resources. Please bookmark the series. A new post in the series will be available each week!

Post 1: Master Your Healthy Living Transition: Sugar Elimination

Post 2: Master Your Healthy Living Transition: Shopping Smarter

Remember, you have the choice to live a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy is a way of life! Change isn’t always easy, nor is it always difficult. I hope that you continue to succeed on your healthy living transition.

If you are not yet on one, keep reading, you might change your mind. If you just began one, keep going, you got this! I will see you in post 3!

P.S. For your benefit, find a Journey Buddy to share your transition stresses and successes with. Pick a beginning date and join the Nourish. Heal. Live! community on social media. And don’t forget to Ask Tina C. any health and wellness related questions if you have questions along the way. Remember to Download your FREE tools!

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Show 3 footnotes

  1. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. https://prevention.nih.gov/prevention-research/research-highlights/nutrition
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web: https://www.cdc.gov/
  3. The science that makes us spend more in supermarkets, and feel good while we do it. Graham Kendall. March 5, 2014. http://www.phys.org/news/2014-03-science-supermarkets-good.html
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Tina C. is the founder and editor of Nourish. Heal. Live!. She is also a freelance blogger, writer and wellness coach. She teaches about transitioning to a healthy lifestyle and nutrition offline and online. In 2013 Tina C. began her own healing journey and transition with her spouse and children. Tina C. likes travelling, hiking, collecting handmade pottery and writing utensils.
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