Grocery Store Go-To’s Part 1

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updated October 29, 2019

Recently, a client asked me how I personally shop at the grocery store. What items do I buy? Which ones do I avoid? I thought for a moment and then remembered the incredible video series that I shot a few years ago.

I LOVE grocery stores. I love reading labels and learning about the ingredients that I’m eating.

In truth, it’s everything!

And, it’s actually very easy to go wrong at the grocery store. Like, why on earth does bread have sugar in it!?
 
Join me in this 3 PART SERIES as I navigate a local grocery store and share with you my tried and true products.


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Quite possibly more important that the items that I DO buy is the list of times that I NEVER buy! These are the items that never ever hit my grocery cart. (Hint: I’m hoping they never hit yours either)

  • Diet soda
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Hot Pockets
  • Cold box cereal (yeppers)
  • Ritz crackers
  • Margarine
  • Canola oil
  • Cheetos
  • Ramen noodles
  • Coffeemate creamer

Check out this week’s video below for more thoughts on this!

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As always, I’d love to hear from you. Does this video help? What questions do you have about other products? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below!

26 replies
  1. Linda
    Linda says:

    Hi Holly, Great information. I listened twice but did not catch the name of the bread that was mentioned after Ezekiel. I usually eat Ezekiel from the freezer section since, like you, do not eat breads. I roll mine up in lettuce or the meat itself.

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  2. Suzanne Fabick
    Suzanne Fabick says:

    Hi Holly!
    This was so enjoyable and informative:))))
    I agree with everything you critiqued!!!

    What kind of oatmeal do you recommend?

    Thank you!
    Suzanne

    Reply
    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hi Suzanne! I love Bob’s Redmill mostly for grains, and I always choose organic! I also prefer rolled oats, or steel cut instead of instant or quick cook!

      Reply
  3. Miri lifsic
    Miri lifsic says:

    I never buy those products either. I do believe that you are what you eat, and I have seen the difference that that does to your health, even if you get really ill (like me with my cancer) you will recover easily faster and stronger!!

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    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Yes!!!! Gosh, it’s already hard enough to stay healthy that we don’t really have the bandwidth for additives or preservatives!

      Reply
  4. Yvonne Lopez
    Yvonne Lopez says:

    Hi Holly! I love my peppermint coffeemate creamer 🙁 the rest I never have and can go forever without. Do you think in moderation its ok to use coffeemate creamer? Or not at all? Do you recommend any substitutions?

    Reply
    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hi Yvonne: I do believe that moderation is just fine! That being said, the more eager you are to improve your health, the more aggressive you can be with these kinds of things. If you are healthy in other areas of your life, you can totally have your creamer each day! If you aren’t so healthy in other areas, you’ll want to find ways to make improvements. “Moderation” to me is allowing the things you LOVE even if they aren’t super healthy – as long as you take action in other areas that ARE super healthy! Make sense?

      Reply
    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Suggestion: You could opt for using Half and Half and a drop of real peppermint extract. This would be a great step in a healthier direction!

      Reply
  5. Christina Handyside
    Christina Handyside says:

    Thank you so much for the informative video. Grocery shopping can be so daunting when trying to buy heathy stuff!

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  6. Rachael
    Rachael says:

    Curious to know what your thoughts are on PH balanced water? Is it really better for you?

    Also, what about soy? I find it to be a better option for pasta to use edamame noodles because they are high in protein.. Costco sells one that is made only of edamame and water. But is soy bad for women?

    Reply
    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      I don’t believe there is strong research that supports the benefit of PH balanced water. However, if you feel better when you drink it, then that’s all the evidence you need! I do drink it from time to time and I doubt there is any problem with it! I’m not a huge fan of soy for women. If this is the only product that you are using that is soy, you are probably fine! Maybe try to minimize any other soy products so that you can enjoy the pasta one! It’s sounds great!

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  7. Valerie Schiavone
    Valerie Schiavone says:

    Hi again! i asked the PB question. I was also curious why no Cold box cereal. Is it because of sugar? is there an amount of sugar that is acceptable? I thought Cheerios were ok.

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    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Oh gosh! I am not a fan of box cereal at all! Simply, they all tend to be low quality refined grains, even the super healthy ones. I have found with my clients that cold boxed cereal is more problematic and there are better breakfast options!

      Reply
  8. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Great Video!! It was fun shopping with you!! If you again please write out the name of the more high end brand of Peanut butter. Thank you!!

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  9. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    For peanut butter, what about Adams Natural peanut butter? The only ingredients listed are peanuts & a little bit of salt?

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  10. Ashley
    Ashley says:

    Loved this weeks video, Holly!! One of the most frustrating tasks I tackle is deciding which products to buy in the grocery store. It can be so overwhelming, I usually just try to buy organic with the assumption it will be better for me, although I know that may not be true if there is a lot of sugar. I’m trying an elimination diet at the moment to see if dairy is a trigger for me. Can you or will you be tackling dairy substitute products? I would love to hear your take on them.

    Reply
    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Ashley!

      I have so many more products that I will be going over and dairy is one of them. So please stay tuned for the following newsletter.

      With Love
      H

      Reply
  11. Lisa Mott
    Lisa Mott says:

    Hi Holly– This is very helpful. When trying to improve health by eating right and exercising, the words lowfat and reduced fat tend to make one believe this will help us on our journey to be fit. I can see how important it is to read the labels to truly discern the content and the food additives. It is shocking to see how many staples in the pantry have so much added sugar! I will be taking a closer look for sure!

    Reply
    • Holly Perkins
      Holly Perkins says:

      Hi Lisa,

      So happy I was able to help so many people this week. Don’t forget to read your labels carefully. Hope you hear my voice in the back of your head when you are choosing your products.

      With love
      H

      Reply

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