Improving your health and preventing health issues with our children starts in the supermarket. Have you taken a good look at the items in your shopping cart before you check out? On a recent trip to my local supermarket, I noticed an overweight young woman with her overweight children. I couldn’t help but take a look to see what was in her shopping cart. Sadly, what was in there were items that had no nutritional value at all what so ever. No water, fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, milk, eggs. There were lots of sugary, high calories sodas, maple syrup, crackers loaded with sodium and unhealthy fats. Pure junk. This is the typical shopping cart I see all the time.
I asked this young mother if I could take a picture of her shopping cart. She proudly said “Yes,” as my shopping cart was next to hers. While I was taking pictures of her cart, not once did it ever cross this woman’s mind to see what was in my shopping cart.
If you take notice of the average grocery cart when you are in the supermarket, you will see many carts piled high with soda, white bread, frozen dinners, chips, ice cream, processed cheese, sugary breakfast cereals, cookies, etc. Most of the items in the average shopping cart have no nutritional value. Most people don’t think about the items they are putting in their cart. I don’t think that young mother looks at her children thinking to herself that her children are overweight and perhaps she should feed them foods that aren’t quite so sugary and full of fat.
It is us, each individual who needs to reform our own personal health. The next time you’re in the supermarket buying groceries, be aware of the choices you’re making. Your choices not only affect you, but they affect your children as well. Take responsibility and read the labels. If an item has more than 12 grams of sugar per serving, put it back on the shelf. If the item contains High Fructose Corn Syrup, put it back on the shelf. If you cannot pronounce the majority of the ingredients in a product, put it back on the shelf.