When you are shopping for groceries or sourcing food for your family what’s on your list? Do you have a list of prepared, ready-to-eat foods? Or do you have a list of ingredients that you will transform yourself into meals? If you are buying fresh ingredients (meat, eggs, dairy, fruits, vegetables, nuts etc) that you cook for yourself, you are on your way to eating whole foods. If you are buying lots of packaged and processed foods then you may have further to go.
Buy wholefoods and process them yourself
Save money by buying raw ingredients
- Empower yourself by learning to cook. So many healthy, sustainable practices start by knowing your way around the kitchen!
- Get a copy of Michael Pollan’s: Food Rules; An Eater’s Manual. It is an accessible and amusing look at food culture and how we understand everyday choices.
- Read labels – always – and don’t buy products if you can’t recognise an ingredient – or picture it in your mind. I grabbed something the other day without looking and found myself eating ‘inverted sugar syrup’…I still have no idea what that is! Consumer organisation Choice can help you interpret some of the labels.
- Buy ingredients for meals and put them together at home. i.e. buy oil and vinegar to make salad dressing, buy flour and yeast to make bread, or oats and milk to make cereal.
- Bear in mind that some things are processed more than others – choose less processed options. Generally, white things – flour, rice, sugar – have had more processing so choose wholemeal or ‘brown’ alternatives.
- Empower yourself to do this by learning to cook