Yesterday I held one of our Nutrition Seminar/Grocery Store tour events.
I took members of our boot camps in San Jose through the Whole Foods Market on Blossom Hill Road.
We talked about how to read food labels, where the highest nutrition foods are in grocery stores, how to spot misleading claims on packaging and how to get the most value when we shop for food.
I always enjoy our Nutrition Seminar/Grocery Store tour because it gives me a chance to really connect with our boot campers and help them sift through nutrition myths, help them to be better consumers, and perhaps open their minds to trying new foods.
If you haven’t attended one of our tours before, I hope you’ll consider attending one in the future. Even if you think you eat well already, you might learn one new thing that helps you improve your overall nutrition.
Here is a random sampling of just a few of the things we talked about:
- Most Americans eat between 12 and 14 grams of fiber a day. We need 25-35 grams. An easy way to begin to increase your fiber intake is to increase your intake of fresh produce.
- Just because a package says “made with whole grain” doesn’t mean the food inside is high in fiber.
- Stay mainly on the perimeter of your grocery store for the freshest, most nutritious food. However, there are certain foods you should venture into the interior aisles to purchase (you’ll have to go on one of my tours to find out what those foods are!)
- Beef isn’t necessarily bad for you. The quantity you eat, the frequency with which you eat it and the cut you choose matter. The leanest cuts of beef include round, tenderloin, sirloin, and flank.
- If you eat yogurt, consider buying Greek yogurt. It’s higher in protein than regular yogurt.
- Eggs are a great, inexpensive source of protein. Contrary to popular belief, eating whole eggs will not raise your cholesterol (eating a lot of trans fats and some saturated fats will, though!)
- The golden rule of food shopping: Never, ever shop for food when you’re hungry! ☺
I’ll leave you with a quote that is on the final page of my 7-page handout that each participant gets:
“When you change what is on your plate, you will change how your body looks and performs”
If you want to get better results from your boot camp workouts in San Jose, are you willing to make a few changes on your plate?
If you attended our tour yesterday, let me know what change(s) you will make based on what you learned. If you didn’t attend our tour, but are interested in attending a future one, please let me know what you’d like to learn on your tour.
Committed to your success,
P.S. Did you know that the Whole Foods store on Blossom Hill has a Healthy Nutrition specialist that is there to answer your nutrition questions? Her name is Georgia Brown, and she has a workspace toward the back of the store. If you’ve got nutrition questions or special dietary needs, make sure to look for her! Tell her I sent you 😉