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Most ‘diets’ go wrong in the supermarket

Most diets go wrong in the supermarket...

...or at the corner shop, or the snack shop, convenience store or coffee shop.

You see, healthy eating and healthy living doesn’t happen by accident. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, you have to plan, you have to prepare to succeed. You can’t just leave healthy eating to chance and hope it works out OK.

Big Sugar, Inc.

Sadly the modern Western world doesn’t work that way. It takes planning to avoid 'big sugar'.

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Horse meat in our food supply – why you only have yourself to blame, Joe Public

I have been avoiding writing about this horse meat scandal in the UK, but I can’t keep quiet about it any longer.

I am not the only nor the first to voice the broad opinion that ‘you the people wanted cheap food, you wanted to be able to buy a microwave dinner for 99p, you wanted a whole box of frozen burgers for just £1.99, what the hell did you think you were getting? Did you relay expect high food safety and quality standards when you were demanding such ridiculously cheap goods?’ I want to say ‘Shut up and quit complaining, you get what you pay for in life.’ But that doesn’t say enough, to state it like that sounds aggressive and ignorant, when perhaps ignorance is the problem in the first place, so this needs a little more explanation.

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What to eat for snacks

I was chatting to a friend earlier, who embraced MotherNaturesDiet and understands the basic principles, but she wanted to know about snacks. What is good and healthy to eat as a snack?

Let's face it, we can plan all the meals, write the lists, do the shopping, organise our days...but there are times, no matter how well we have planned thins out, that we all still need to grab a snack. And snacks, like other forms of ‘convenience food’ are where many people make the biggest diet mistakes.

The world of snack food, within mainstream Western society, is a world of sugar and junk carbohydrates. Avoid!

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Restraint in the supermarket

I know I wrote about this before, recently, but it is well worth repeating.

The hardest time to stick to your health principles is when you are out shopping.

Few single things will have a greater impact on your health, well being and body shape that exercising will power in the supermarket and the convenience store.

Think of it this way: If you buy it, then it’s in your house, and you have to exercise will power every day, 7 days per week, often several times per day, because you know it’s there, in the fridge/cupboard/larder.

However, if you can exercise self control in the shop, surrounded by every temptation piled floor to ceiling high, then the other days of the week will be easier, because it will not be in your home – out of sight, out of mind.

Just show restraint that one time, and you won’t be tested again and again every day in your home.

Exercise your greatest will power when shopping.

Living without a car

We are a 1-car family, and my wife and kids were away for a few days last week and so I was left without a car. Years ago I lived alone and had no car, and got used to doing all my food shopping by bicycle, every other day, wearing a rucksack. It was really no hassle back then, so last week I shopped by bicycle again and I was reminded just how easy it is.

I found that I can easily shop for 1 days worth of food for myself and my family, just by wearing a small rucksack and cycling to my local farm shop. It took me less than a half hour to get there, shop and get back.

Since then, I have been thinking how we can be blinded by the convenience of our cars, when actually many day to day activities are surprisingly easy without them.

Maybe you could try it some time. Try shopping for yourself or your family for a day or two, by bicycle (or walk!) and carry your food home in a rucksack. It’s exercise, so it’s good for you, and it’s obviously better for the environment, and it might help you to see that sometimes there is an alternative to driving, for local journeys, and it helps you get fit too!