Sometimes I wish I didn’t do this…but I freely admit that I do. When I go to the grocery store, I do look in your cart. I analyze what is in there, and in my head, I come up with better meal plans for you. I’m not being judgmental, but the health coach in me cringes at the toaster pastries, Mountain Dew, potato chips, and TV dinners. I also get emotional when I see you with cartons of low fat light yogurt, skim milk, margarine, and 100 calorie packs of miniature chocolate chip cookies. I know in my heart of hearts that you really think you are doing the right thing, or at the very least, think you are doing nothing wrong, but I want to tell you all that the years of media blitzing during Saturday morning cartoons has really done a number on the average American’s perception of what eating should look like. After all, companies can’t sell foods (and I use that term loosely) that aren’t good for you, right? So, when I see a cart filled up with fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and other unprocessed foods, I really want to give you a high five right there in the produce section!
Even though I am not judging you, I do want to educate you in the worst way! So please forgive me if I strike up a seemingly random conversation with you about a product and suggest a better alternative, or share a recipe with you, or hand you my card with my contact information. If you seem receptive, I’ll spend a lot of time chatting with you about health and good nutrition. I’ll encourage you to think, and read labels, and educate yourself about what is good for your body. If it seems like you think I’m some weirdo tree hugger, I might still chat awhile with you. It’s ok; I’ve been called worse! I just want you to know that I do these things because I have a burning passion to teach how to live a healthy lifestyle. Your healthy lifestyle may not be the same as mine; for example, you might choose to be a vegetarian while I still eat meat. However, there are some basics that work for everyone. Buy local, and seasonal produce whenever you can. Avoid processed food like the plague. Read your nutrition labels. Limit sugar and refined carbs. Avoid unhealthy fats. Eat your veggies. These kinds of tactics work for everyone, and just implementing a few small changes can have a huge impact on your health!
So please don’t be offended if I strike up a conversation with you in the grocery store and talk about kale and fresh herbs or how to make an awesome summer salad dressing! It’s just my way of trying to make the world a healthier place. I promise, I don’t bite!