The number one place where we can make a huge impact in what we eat is at the grocery store. What we bring home is what we will eat throughout the week, and if we make a healthy grocery list, we will avoid the junk food that leads to high calorie impulse eating. Food is most nutritious when it is at its freshest and unprocessed. A good rule of thumb is to limit the amount of fat you eat and never hold back on the vegetables.

Fat is a vital nutrient that our body needs. However, fat is found in many foods, even some vegetables, so it is nearly impossible to not consume what you need even when aiming for a low fat diet. Unless you are extremely active, your healthy grocery list will only require a small amount of meat, oils, and cheese to receive your daily requirement of protein. The majority of your shopping cart should be filled with fresh veggies, fruit, and whole grains. Many meals can be prepped early and simple so that a regular homemade meal is more convenient than picking up take out.

Winter is a great time to fill up on beans and spices that make preparing savory winter soup a breeze. If you freeze some for later, you will have a warm and hearty meal on hand to help you through snacking temptations. Homemade soup is low in calories, inexpensive, filling, easy to heat up, delicious, and often times better the next day.

The healthy grocery list and foods that are great for detoxing go hand in hand. They are clean and full of fiber and nutrients that are not saturated with the harmful types of additives and fat. Learn what the most beneficial and nutrient packed fruits and vegetables are so that you make a habit to incorporate a few into your healthy grocery list. Super-foods that are potent in antioxidants and vitamins include blueberries, spinach, citrus, pomegranates, walnuts, broccoli, tomatoes, radishes, and many more.

Shopping at local farmers markets is an intelligent way to buy affordable, high quality produce while supporting local farmers. Produce at vegetable stands and farmers markets cost less than half the price compared to large grocery chains. The produce that they carry has not been needlessly shipped around the globe to get inside your grocery cart, so it is also a more responsible decision for the planet.

An herb and vegetable garden can go a long way for your health as well. Vegetables that are eaten within hours of being picked taste so much sweeter and have the most nutritional properties that they can muster. Gardens save allot of money, and increase your buying power for more items on your healthy grocery list. Canning your extra garden grown vegetables will stretch your summer harvest even longer throughout the winter months.

That one time at the grocery store is when you need to be strong and avoid temptation. If you are determined to stick to your healthy grocery list, and pick up only wholesome foods that pack nutrition inside every calorie, you will be eating for your health while shedding excess weight all week long.

Author's Bio: 

My name is Josef Bichler. I have a passion for wellness and showing others how to live healthy lives. I have corrected my own health problems with the use of alternatives only and helping others to achieve their health objectives through lifestyle changes, detoxifying their body and through understanding the benefits of eating healthy. For more ongoing health information subscribe to my free weekly newsletter; this also gives you the opportunity for comments, suggestions and questions you may have, as well download my free e-book report to help making better choices: