Lifehacking Brain Power Grocery Shopping
Upgrading to a brainpower diet requires being more conscious and intentional about your grocery shopping
The grocery store is often where our best intentions to eat healthy get badly derailed.
All of the experts we interviewed strongly recommended eating certified organic food that was locally produced. Certified organic food is a safer bet for getting food free of harmful chemicals and genetic modifications that deprive your body needs of the nutrients it needs. Many of the preservation techniques needed for food transported across the planet further rob your food of nutrients.
I’ll confirm your suspicion, the food that you find in Wal Mart, Safeway, King Soopers, etc is not produced to be nutritious or healthy and certainly will not give your mind what it needs. This kind of food is produced to be cheap and yield the maximum profits to the food conglomerates.
When to shop
The first time you go grocery shopping after reading this guide, give yourself extra time to shop. You are going to want to spend extra time looking for items, comparing the nutritional benefits, etc. I recommend going shopping at an off time (like a weekday morning, over lunch, or later in the evenings) so you can avoid the crowds at the grocery store and won’t feel rushed while you compare five different types of fish for sale.
Buying your food from a local farmers market as opposed to your big chain grocery stores is tantamount to getting your computer fixed by a small local business instead of by the Geek Squad at Best Buy. Given the choice, most people would deal with a small business that is going to provide a higher quality product/service since they genuinely value your business. The same logic applies even more so when buying your food.
- Do some Googling of local family-owned, organic farms in your area. Often they have e-commerce websites that you can buy direct from.
- EatWild.com is recommended for those seeking locally produced food.
- Whole Foods or boutique grocers that specialize in certified organic or locally grown foods are also a good option.
If you eat local, certified organic food you will see your body change within a week and you will feel better.
Navigating the grocery store
A lifehack for smarter grocery shopping is to shop around the perimeter of the store — the center of the store is where you’ll be tempted by all the sugary, over-packaged, highly processed GMO foodstuffs. Do download and try out the Fooducate app…
A MUST for Limitless grocery shopping, Fooducate is an Android and iPhone app that scans food barcodes through your phone’s camera. Allows you to see the nutrition grade of the product you are considering purchasing and then suggests healthier alternatives.
A MUST for Limitless grocery shopping, Fooducate is an Android and iPhone app which scans food bar codes through your…
Economics of eating limitlessly
Eating limitlessly will in the short term cost more money. An organic farm that humanly raises, feeds, and allows its livestock to free roam is not going to be able to sell its meat for the same price per pound as the industrial slaughterhouse, pumping out the meat of genetically modified animals, does. However, in the long term, eating quality food really pays off — it’s an economic no-brainer…
- Consider the exorbitant costs (in money, time, and quality of life) of the inevitable and undeniable impact cheap food will have on your health. If you live in America a single night’s stay at the hospital or even a small surgical operation could easily cost you the equivalent of several years’ groceries budget. Heart diseases and numerous medical conditions can be traced back to the mass consumer western diet.
- Limitless snacking is a significant savings over the way you might snack now. A bag of almonds that you can snack on for a week or two costs not much more than junk food that you’ll wolf down quickly. In the section on snacking, it’s also explained how to save your body from expensive binge/crash eating energy cycles.
- There are plenty of opportunities for value shopping in the world of organic local foods. A lot of local organic farms have excellent websites that you can order your food from and have it shipped to your home, saving you time shopping. As a “Limitless” individual, you know that your time is ultimately far more valuable than your money.
- Eating smarter will inevitably impact your productivity; resulting in your income increasing — quality food is, in a very real economic sense, an investment.
- Ultimately you also have to consider the value of living a long, healthy life versus the immediate saving of 30% — 50% with cheap, unhealthy food.
Eating limitlessly — upgrading your diet for brainpower — is complicated and can be confusing (the cost of true health is ongoing curiosity and education) but I’ll simplify things for you, replace one meal a day with a coconut. I explain why here…