How To Hack The Grocery Store

90% of food in grocery stores didn’t exist 100 years ago—neither did 90% of diseases. 

Is there a correlation? Yes, I don’t just think so—I know so. The proof is in the new illnesses and diseases from the toxic world we are living in.

Chemicals sprayed on produce, artificial sugars in countless products, foods that last for decades before going bad, kid’s vitamins drenched in food dyes…I could go on for 100 years. 

What You Inspect You Respect.

The battle for your health is won or lost at the grocery store. The quality of the CHOICES you make will determine the QUALITY of your health, energy, and longevity. 

Sugar Is Super Sneaky.

Even though sugar tastes like a harmless treat, it is just a sneaky trick to invite fatigue, illness, inflammation, brain fog, and chronic disease into your body. It is truly addictive, which is why nearly 1 in 3 Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. 

Sugar can also be disguised by 62 (and counting) names. When in doubt, if it ends in “ose” then it's a no-go. Agave, barley malt, fruit juice concentrate, sucrose, maltodextrin, high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, and fructose are some of the common tricksters.

Sugar also hides in the least expected places—BBQ sauce, ketchup, and pasta sauce are all filled with sugar. All those new “health” drinks are probably flowing in sugar and artificial ingredients—even the trendy kombucha.

Here’s the truth: When your body asks for a sugary sweet something, it’s actually telling you it is desperately lacking minerals. This is one of the reasons why I created Acid-Kicking Minerals in sweet flavors like Kiwi-Strawberry because minerals help you not crave sugar in the first place.

Grocery store hack: Read the BACK of the label (especially the sugar and ingredients sections) instead of getting fooled by fun, colorful front-of-packing marketing scams. Instead, look for the words “organic liquid stevia” or “monk fruit” for Dr. Daryl-approved sugar alternatives.

For a list of 109 names that hide sugar, gluten, and artificial ingredients in everyday foods at the grocery store—please read this blog post and this one on artificial sweeteners.

Avoid The Health Foods Aisle.

I know this is shocking, but most options in the “health foods aisle” are actually terrible for you. 

Buzzwords such as all-natural, gluten-free, high-fiber, live active cultures, sustainably sourced, and vegan all sound superior and virtuous. However, the whole product may not actually be good for you.

For example, Oreos are vegan, greasy chips can be gluten-free, and sugary yogurt painted with food dyes can have live active cultures. Don’t get stung by the buzz. For a list of foods that you think are healthy—but are not—please read parts one and two of this series.

Energy Bars

Here’s another shocker: Many protein and energy bars have MORE SUGAR than candy bars and are filled with inflammatory ingredients! However, we have all been taught these processed bars that can last forever in our cabinets are “good for us.” Instead, make your own energizing and protein-packed on-the-go treats

Protein Powder

Many protein powders are chock-full (and taste like chalk!) of acidic ingredients like whey, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and fillers which actually make you GAIN FAT. If it is filled with ingredients you can’t even pronounce—you are basically drinking inflammation and acid.

For the full scoop on ingredients you should avoid at all costs, please read this blog post. You can also order the highest quality plant and superfood-based protein powders here.

Grocery store hack: Stick to the perimeters of the grocery store instead of the inner aisles lined with boxes of toxic crap. For a more specific eating plan, please review the Strength-Eating™ Macro Plan

Food is medicine. Food is nourishment. Food is fuel. Food is life.

Therefore, follow these guidelines when on your next grocery store quest.

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