Creating a healthy diet is actually relatively simple. The biggest problem is deciding what resources you have access to and how to use them effectively. While this is not always the least expensive option, there are some ways to add even fast food to the diet providing the food is not eaten more than a couple of times per week. Overall, these tips should help you create a diet that is easy to maintain and will help you either lose weight or bulk up as desired. It is just a matter of deciding how you want to go about it.
The ideal combination of resources is a grocery store, a co-op, and a farmer’s market. Most of the shopping should be done at the grocery store; in this case a club store works just as effectively as a regular or a discount food. The farmer’s market is useful for finding some great deals on non-processed foods, especially if you are avoiding chemicals, but rarely has the range of foods available at a grocery store. However, if you time it right and do not mind limiting your options even more, you can get some great bargains if you wait to go until the last hour or so. A co-op is generally more expensive, but it allows you access to some of the more exotic foods and ingredients that are not found elsewhere.
You should first build a pantry. You will need at least a dozen spices, a couple of pounds of corn starch and/or flour, and some cooking oil. The spices should include salt, pepper, garlic salt, sugar, something to give your food heat, and soy sauce and other sauces, as well as a few other flavorings. You need to debate if you want whole or minced garlic, but make sure you always have some of them. Most of them should last a while, but nonetheless make sure that you take inventory every so often. You will also want a number of more temporary items, such as potatoes, onions, rice, beans, bread, and various noodles. Canned and jarred foods should be really debated.
You will also want to decide on a few basic proteins as well. Vegetarians need to make some interesting choices here, but those choices will usually healthy by default. Meats should be as lean as possible: This applies especially to hamburger, but debate skinless chicken as well. Fish and other sea foods are obvious winners. You want to avoid prepared meats, such as sausages and lunch meats as much as possible. Round out these selections with a wide variety of vegetables and aromatic herbs such as basil and rosemary, as well as some fruits and you should be good to go.
Before it looks like generic shopping list, all of this helps to enforce a healthy diet. Spices and vegetables are the basis of a lot of healthy food. You need some simple and complex starches to serve as the basis of the meal and to provide energy. The proteins, provided there is as little fat as possible, are needed for good health. Avoiding prepared meats as well as canned and jarred foods keeps a lot of chemicals out o f your system. Build your pantry well, and you will be eating healthy for a long time.