In this episode I talk about how funny I think it is that there are constantly new foods being developed, and how to keep it simple and natural. This information could potentially end obesity in our world... I hope.
CHRIS: This is the Core Balance Podcast, I’m your host, Chris Janke Bueno.
A few days ago, I walked into a big box grocery store and usually, I really don’t like these grocery stores. I’m also not going to name who it was but I usually don’t like these grocery stores because I feel like when I walk in there’s some new display about what they want me to buy and has nothing to do with what I really want. I really like Trader Joe’s, not because they have everything under the sun but because they have everything I need and it seems like nothing I don’t. I’m not here trying to pitch Trader Joe’s but that’s where I normally go. One day, I just happen to be in this big box store because I wanted something quick to eat and it just amazes me how many new products keep coming out there on the market, how many new food items. I mean, if you think about it, there’s no real new food. You know, you don’t see new plants like, “Oh wow, I didn’t see that last year. I wonder how that started growing? Oh yeah, God must have invented that 6 months ago.” It doesn’t really work like that, right?
So, what these food manufacturers do though is take the same basic materials or ingredients which is refined wheat flour, this is probably 90% of the label, refined wheat flour, high fructose corn syrup and a number other things. Anyway, I was kind of thinking about that, nothing is really new under the sun as far as food goes. So, if you can master how to eat and how to select your food then all these new stuff that comes out, even if it’s a new health food you know, it started as a new health food, you can be very discerning and take your knowledge that some people might say, “Well, that’s old stuff. This is the new product, this is the new health food.” And you can look at it with a little more of a discerning eye instead of going along with the feds as so many people do.
Today’s topic is “How to Shop at the Grocery Store?” Simple enough, right? I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of things about this and I don’t claim to be the absolute guru expert. I just have a way that works for me and when I tell people it’s really, really hard for me to gain weight, eating the way that I do, usually, people start to pay attention. “Wait, really? What? I gained weight left and right, I can’t stop gaining weight.” It’s usually, a combination obviously, of the exercise but also new strategy when you go shopping. So, at the end, I’m going to be giving you some practical techniques and hopefully, you can add these to your lives and your shopping immediately and start making some healthier choices at the grocery store.
If you think about this, this has become such an issue, obesity. I was born in 1980 and when I was growing up in the 80s, none of my friend’s parents were overweight maybe one or two out of dozens. Dozens of friends and maybe one or two parents were overweight and definitely, nobody was obese. Nobody was really like ridiculously overweight. You’d see maybe 10, 20 pounds overweight and now, it’s gotten to the point where the majority of American adults are overweight, the majority, I think it’s 2/3. That’s ridiculous. We live in the United States of America, there has never been more health information out there, more medical research, all these stuff, right? We’re going to all these walks to cure cancer and Alzheimer’s disease yet 2/3 of us are overweight and I don’t know what the percentage is of people who are actually obese. And I don’t even know what the weight distinction is between overweight and obese but generally, when you see someone who is obese you know, right? Wow, that person has a lot of weight to lose.
And it’s sad because it really is kind of analogies to the big box grocery store compare to Trader Joe’s like I was talking about earlier. A lot of people might have the right information somewhere in their heads but they also have a whole lot of wrong information and they have a lot of habits that they’ve been doing for a lot of years. If this is you, I encourage you to declutter. Learn from a smaller grocery store like Trader Joe’s. You’re going to not to sell Trader Joe’s but I love going there because they have everything I need and they don’t have any extra garbage. They don’t have extra fluff, extra items that I don’t need.
So, I would encourage you to declutter and really take stock of what you’re doing and if you’ve been doing something let’s say, you’ve been eating the newest health product, the newest gizmodo with probiotics and this and this added and it hasn’t work and you’ve been doing it for over a month and there’re no results, I would encourage you to just be very discerning and just be very curious. Well, why isn’t this working? Well, maybe I should look at the label or maybe I should look at the ingredient list, maybe I should shop for food that was not created by a human but instead created by Mother Nature, things like that.
The one thing I would recommend doing, actually, you’ve probably heard this before, you want to go shopping on a full stomach, you’ve probably heard, “Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry.” I don’t want to say the negative, I would say, “Go shopping when you are satiated and you feel like wow, I just had a great meal. Now, I need to go shopping and buy some more meals just like that. You’ve probably heard again, “Shop the perimeter of the store.”, the vegetables and the meats because in the middle of the store you’re going to find a lot of the packaged goods. What you may or may not have heard before is that when you do look at the ingredient label, do not look at fat, carbs, protein, anything like that honestly, it does not matter that your favorite food has a little bit of fat if the ingredients are pure. So, look at the ingredient list instead of the nutrient breakdown with percentages and all that stuff. That’s for a human being that does not even exist anyway, that’s a generic human being that eats 2000 calories a day.
So, I encourage you to read the actual ingredients that they put in the food and that ingredient list should look like the same ingredients that you would put in a recipe that you would make at home. For example, if the second ingredient is high fructose something, or benzoate [inaudible 00:07:50] and you’re like, “What?”, that’s some scientific name because they made up something in the laboratory. Just be very wary of something like that. Why would they put an ingredient like that in there? Also, count the number of ingredients. If it takes you longer than 5 seconds to read all the ingredients, there’re probably too many ingredients.
I think it was the same day, I went into the big box store, I was walking out of the store and there was a wrapper of a health food bar on the floor and I just reached down and picked it up to throw it away. I was just curious like wow, I’ve never, not never but I haven’t picked up one of these in a long time and so, I just said, “Well, I wonder what they’re putting in this things these days.” and I read the label and it was disgusting. I mean, it was amazing to me because if I look at the front of the bar, it looked somewhat appealing I mean, I can’t say I really, really want to eat that bar but it kind of looked like a candy bar. So, I had a little bit of a desire to eat that candy bar but then I flipped it over and I looked at the back and I thought, “Oh my gosh, I do not want to eat anything like it.”, you know, corn syrup, solids, the ingredient list was a mile long. It was ridiculous.
So, I encourage you to read the back of the list. And what else, that’s the main thing really, you need to make very informed, very simple health decisions, keep it healthy, keep it very basic, simple foods, fruits, vegetables, meat, nuts, water, simple. I’ll do more nutrition stuff later but as of right now, you’ve been listening to Core Balance Podcast. I’m your host, Chris Janke Bueno. We will talk again next time but until then let’s be fit, let’s be healthy, let’s be happy. It feels good to move so, keep moving.
Stop relying on willpower, motivational tricks, and pump-up strategies and learn how to top into your inner fitness fire with Chris' 60-minute audio book: Ignite Your Fitness Passion (published 2015)
Relieve your back pain with this easy-to-follow video program designed to get to the root cause of your pain: muscle imbalance. Check out the Back Pain Module.
Learn the basic principles that make a successful fitness program with Chris' 60-page book, Functional Strength: The Key To Pain-Free Movement (published 2008)