Shopping Healthy


How and Where Do You Start, When You Want to Shop Healthy?

Wanting to get healthy – and starting to change your lifestyle starts in the kitchen, but before you go to the kitchen you have to shop. Here is the simple trick:

Assorted fruits and vegetables

These are healthy, delicious, and you can feel and smell and evaluate them

Pretend you live in 1492, and you are illiterate. So when you shop, if you recognize it you will buy it.

So given you cannot read, or look at a box and find something you like- think of fresh food – you can smell it, you can touch it. Your senses tell you if it is spoiled, ripe, or not ready to consume.

That is the food you should be buying in the grocery store.

Fresh Fish

You can see it, you can smell it- and if it is appealing – buy it

Contrast that with foods you shouldn’t get in the grocery store:

There are a few things you should think about. They had oatmeal – but it was not rolled oats, it was steel cut oats.
They had bread, but it was not white bread- it was bread that had a lot of grain to it.

This is more like the bread they had in 1492 – bread that you had to worry about spoiling- not the white doughy bread of today

So shop like that- if you want juice- you have to make it.

Go shopping- find out the great stuff they have- and start taking your health back!

Dr. Terry Simpson About Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit

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  1. Lynn says:

    Notice the kosher symbol on the left side of the bread wrapper.
    In 1492, bread was probably sour dough. Was yeast invented yet?
    Some of my children live in neighborhoods with outdoor produce stalls so at least normal food has a fighting chance in competing with the ice cream truck (parked of course, near schools and playgrounds). Believe it or not, NYers have an easier time finding those stalls than suburbanites do.
    Our grandchildren who live in Israel have lots of fresh food options and men (Jews and Muslims) often buy fresh food for each day on their way home from morning prayers. This does not mean that everyone in Israel eats healthy food. Coca Cola has a plant there and it sells well because of the hot climate. Milk and bread are government subsidized there but there are no food stamps or WIC coupons in Israel. Poor people there are thin.

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