3 Ways to Grocery Shop Smarter With Feng Shui
By Jennifer Nguyen, Guest Contributor
Happy Feng Shui Friday!
Feng Shui is all about creating harmonious environments that support your family’s health, and that has a lot to do with what you’re feeding them!
By managing your grocery shopping routine you can be in control of your family eating a balanced diet and save money creating more abundance financially and nutritionally! Not stressing over what you are going to eat will increase your energy, something we can all use more of!
It’s true it’s a challenge keeping up with our crazy to do lists and to fulfill so many roles, but with a little preparation and a shift in perspective grocery shopping can be a little more Zen…
Create a weekly meal plan that will help create the lifestyle you desire (you deserve to eat well and take care of yourself!).
Always start by taking inventory of what you already have to avoid waste. It’s a great idea to go meat-free a few nights a week if you’re not vegetarian and cut up fruits and veggies for easy snacks.
Knowing what your going to eat for the week will keep meal time stress-free, help you to avoid eating fast food and create space to be present and grateful for the food you’re providing for yourself and your family.
Organize your list so you can navigate the grocery store with ease avoiding having to run back for items!
Following the perimeter of the grocery store is the smartest way to shop because it’s where the freshest ingredients are stored.
When buying foods in packaging check labels for high sodium, sugars and fats. Look for items that are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein and always avoid corn syrups and definitely anything that contain ingredients you can’t pronounce!
Having a clear idea of what you’re getting and where you’re going will free up your mind to sip on a hot tea or listen to your headphones as you stroll through the isles.
3.) Keep it Local~
A lot of focus these days is on buying organic but in my opinion it’s more important to know where your produce, meats and dairies are coming from. The less they have traveled the fresher they are. Look for local meat markets and produce stands.
Avoid meats and dairy with antibiotics and preservatives and wash your produce in a fresh water and white vinegar solution (3 parts water 1 part vinegar) to remove dirt and pesticides!
As an added benefit, getting out in your community and shopping outside at local farmers markets will give you a renewed energy and connection with how you look at your food!
Feng Shui is all about balance so reward your hard work with a little indulgence (nourishing yourself and your family is an important job!) so buy a gourmet chocolate bar, stop by Starbucks on your way home or grab a pot of fresh herbs to grow in the kitchen window!
Thanks for reading,
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About Jennifer Nguyen: As a licensed stylist and wellness enthusiast of over a decade I’ve always had a passion for being physically active and exposing the light in others.
In 2010 I was chosen to attend the Michael Coles Step Up summit where my spirit was awoken to chase my dreams of becoming an educator and motivator! My successful career in the salon industry has lent itself to my most recent journey of earning a college degree; this fall I will graduate with an Associates of Arts degree from EFSC and have been accepted into my bachelors program at the University of Central Florida.
I have kept my deep love for movement alive over the years; In 2013 I was a performer for international DJ Chan Ji Kim in Sound and Space and more recently as a yoga guide at both Peace Place Counseling & Wellness and the Yoga Surf School.
These days when I’m not playing on my mat or balancing my duties as a domestic goddess I can be found in my back yard garden, and chasing the Florida sun.
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