; Life is like champagne......: Healthy Living with Healthy Ideas

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Healthy Living with Healthy Ideas

I have posted about my New Year's resolutions and how I am taking small steps in order to keep my resolutions going. As always, I over indulge on the holidays, eat on the go and seem to have no restraint to all of the cakes and cookies from Thanksgiving through New Years. Of course it has extended for my with two baby showers and a few birthdays being thrown in the first month of the new year! Since I am taking my resolutions one month at a time, making healthier eating choices is top on my list.

Where does healthier start? At the grocery store. I failed to mention that our IGA we have shopped at and in our town for 37 years closed a week ago and now I am traveling a little father to our closest Stop & Shop to pick up my groceries. This requires me to be extra prepared when going to the store and not making those quick trips out because I forgot something or feel like picking something up on a spur of the moment. I know sometimes we think an item is healthy, but is actually not since it may be lacking the nutrients needed. Stop & Shop has given a little help in this guess work by introducing a very nice program called Healthy Ideas. The Healthy Ideas symbol is placed next to a product letting you know that it is foods that have less fat, saturated fat and sodium. It also helps to ensure that the foods we select include a healthful amount of at least one nutrient, such as fiber, whole grains, calcium and minerals. This is a great feature to their store as a tool for what is good for you and your family. I like the fact that the development and research corresponds to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the USDA Food Pyramid (Mypyramid.gov) and the USDA/FDA's definition of healthy as a basis for its foundation. For busy moms, this certainly takes the guess work out having to read every label on an item you pick up to see if it a healthy choice!

This review was wriiten for Mom Central.

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1 comment:

Susie said...

It's a great time to focus on healthy eating. I am getting my grocery shopping software up and running. This will help me to plan healthier menus.