Keep away from special offers

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I walk down the supermarket aisles and what do I see at the end of each one? A special offer.

Now we all love a bargain, to get something for a reduced price is fab.

However, if we look closer at what those things are on the ‘Buy One Get One Free’ we can see that they aren’t that special after all.

In fact 90 per cent of the offers are pretty bad for us and our bodies. Crisps, wine, chocolate, muffins, the list goes on.

So get to the point, Chris. OK, all I want you to do is simple, eat more vegetables please. That is my first request.

Vegetables

These types of foods are literally full of nutrients that your body will love you feeding it forever. You can get such a variety that will make your body and mind be more positive and healthy.

When I say this to most of my clients I get this response: “But I don’t like vegetables, I can’t eat broccoli,” or: “Are baked beans and sausages counted?”

ARRRGGHHHH!!!!

So from today we are going to be positive about vegetables, to say you don’t like vegetables is like saying I don’t like reading books, the variety and choice is too big for you not to like every vegetable or book.

So here is what I want you to try.

Every time you go into your greengrocers, make it a goal to pick out one new vegetable and learn how to prepare it.

If you feel there are too many options, narrow it down by picking a new vegetable that’s on sale that week.

It’s a great way to branch out, limit the number of decisions you need to make and save money.

Don’t know what the vegetable is, or how to prepare it? Google it. Back when I bought my first butternut squash I had no clue what to do with it, so I googled butternut squash and we ended up with butternut squash and sweet potato soup (dairy free). We still eat it now.

If you really not sure, ask. Ask one of the nice employees at the supermarket, ask them what they like and why. Nine times out of 10 they will have some wise words for you

My friend Fiona works at Sainsbury’s and she will definitely help you out.

Quick tip: Frozen vegetables are amazing. If the option is between eating frozen or no vegetables, go with frozen.

Frozen vegetables are great for a few reasons: they won’t go bad, they’re easy to prepare, and they’re cheap.

How to pick out your meat and fish

After you’ve gone through the vegetables section, it’s time to move onto the meat and fish!

For starters, don’t overwhelm yourself.

If you’re not eating healthy now, don’t stress too much over getting the right organic beef, or making sure you only eat wild salmon. If you haven’t eaten a diet with quality food before, just get started by purchasing healthy food you can afford.

Once you have established this new healthy way of shopping (primarily meats and veggies), then it’s time to pick the right kind of chicken, right kind of meat, right kind of fish.

Don’t be scared to go for fatty cuts of meat to save money. Remember, fat isn’t the enemy.

If you’re going to cook that night or the next day, buy the fresh meats from the counter. If you’re not sure when you’re going to cook, frozen meat or fresh meat can be tossed into the freezer and will be ready to roll when you are.

Go for sausages that have high percentage pork, like 95-99 per cent. They are so much better for you.

Also, you should be eating at least three portions of fish a week. The omega three in fish (especially oily fish like mackerel and sardines) is shown through studies to improve our mood and make us happier. So go catch some today.

Okay, now you have a great starting point for your next shopping trip. Plan what you are going to buy and stick as much as you can to natural- based foods. You and your body will benefit from it in the long run.

If you’re not sure what the vegetable is, ask or google it and take a risk, try something new. You might find you really like it.

If you would like me to explain this in person, why not contact me to book a shopping trip with me: info@bodycomplete.co.uk or my mobile is 07747882217.