5 tips for Smart Grocery Shopping

Shopping for groceries is one of your most occurring activities in life. Some go every day, while others go once a week. Here are my 5 tips to keep in mind next time you go shopping in a supermarket, so you know what is going on, and how you can make healthier purchase choices and maybe even save some money! This way you only bring good food choices to your home.

1. Never go shopping when you are hungry

You will buy much more, and probably more bad things too!

2. Usually not the best food choices are stored on eye level in the grocery store

The products that are on eye level, and on the corners of aisles, are usually the ones the company pay the most to be put there, as they generally generate more sales when the products are in sight. It doesn't always mean it is the best, or the cheapest. No, usually they are the junk food. search the whole aisle for better choices. Keep this in mind when you go shopping and search the whole aisle for the better (organic) option.

3. The store floor plan is so planned out for you to have to walk past many aisles

Milk is always put in the back of the store, this because most people need milk, yoghurt butter or eggs. So you have to walk through all the long aisles, and hopefully you get persuaded to put some more products in your basket along the way. The same counts for the area around the cashier. A supermarket puts products there that they know can also get you to buy it. Think sale items, and lots of candy. Usually those are things you don't need but since you are waiting there to pay for your groceries, you might get tricked into adding some to your purchases. Because you think to yourself:" hey, they are cheap" or "I might need them at some point". Be strong and don't do it! If you really need those products, you can always return later to the store.

4. Read food labels

When you can't pronounce what is in it, It is probably not so good for you. You can go online and search what the ingredient is, or buy a book which explains what all the ingredients in the products you buy are. Any ingredient that  includes "genetically ", "modified", "High Fructose syrup" is likely to be not good for you and usually the same counts for ingredients with names that sound like they could be components to make a bomb. (you never know!)

5. Buy mostly fresh produce

Don't buy too much canned or prepackaged. Frozen is ok. Don't buy for a whole week. come back a few times in a week, and just buy what you need for those 2 or 3 days. Otherwise by the end of the week you have to throw away a lot of things that have gone bad, and this way you save money!

Book tips:

(click on the pictures for more information or to purchase)

1. What to Eat by Marion Nestle:


2. What's really in your basket? By Bill Statham:


3. Wat zit er in uw eten? By Courinne Gouget (in dutch)

Love Lonneke

First published in 2013, updated in 2019


Put Your Life on a Diet by Gregory Johnson

 

Put your Life on a Diet by gregory Johnson
Put your Life on a Diet by gregory Johnson

If you want to know what living in 140 square feet is like, read this book!

I read it, and I found that the writer, Gregory Johnson, has a lot of the same ideas as we have at Organice Your Life®, on living an organized life. So that's why I would totally recommend this book! (it is not expensive to buy!)

The Story of Put Your Life on a Diet

Gregory was overweight, unhappy and not in the right place in his life. He started to detox his life and started living in a super small house of 140 square feet. He showers at the gym and only has the basic necessary things in his home (which turns out that you don't need that much really). Now he became more active, lost weight, and feels happier!

He believes that most people just work to be able to pay for their living expenses. They want to live in a big house that comes with costs, not because they really need it, but they want the space and the status. If you live in a smaller house, you have less expenses, less things to take care of, and then either you have more money in the end or you can work less, and then you have more time to spend with loved ones and friends....

It is an inspiring and interesting story. I wouldn't recommend living in 140 square feet, but Gregory does have a point, and you can learn a lot from his journey in finding out what works best for him!

About the author

"Gregory Paul Johnson is the founder and Director of Resources for Life, an outreach and public interest organization based in Iowa City, Iowa. His study of Urban and Regional Planning with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) included travel to several South American countries including Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Today, as a technology consultant, Gregory works for the University of Iowa as well as clients served by his consulting firm, the Technology Services Resource Group."

 

Gregory Johnson and fiancee Makur Jain in front of their house

Gregory Johnson and fiancee Makur Jain in front of their house If you want more information on his house, click here. It is actually a really cute house and looks like it comes out of a fairy tale.

To Order Click here -->Put Your Life on a Diet by Gregory Johnson

Love, Lonneke 

First published on January 29th 2013, updated in 2019

Photos by Gregory Johnson


Food Is Your Best Medicine Book

I love books that teach me things, or give me new insights!

Why I love this book

This book I always recommend to people. It was first published in 1965, but it is still very up to date! Doctor Henry G. Bieler describes in this book, his journey from being a doctor who prescribed medication to his patients, to a doctor who looks at a persons diet and making changes in that, to cure a disease. There comes a  time when he is not prescribing any medication to his patients anymore!

Food is your best medicine

I believe medication cures the symptom, not usually the cause. Dr. Bieler explains what happens to a body, and how to cure it without medication, as he found out by experience with his patients.

To be healthy and to live healthy, you need to eat healthy!

You can buy this book below:

https://www.amazon.com/Food-Your-Best-Medicine-Pioneering/dp/0345351835

Love, Lonneke


Model Chocolate recipe book by Abigail O'Neill

Is there anyone on this Earth who doesn't love chocolate? We don't think so!

Model Chocolate Book

OYL contributor & Top Model Abigail O'Neill is a raw chocolatier, and superfood connoisseur, who just published her first recipe book "MODEL CHOCOLATE" with over 80 delicious & nutritious recipes. You can buy it in Ebook or hardcover, and these books are our first product in our OYL Shop HERE!

Giveaway

We gave away 5 Ebooks and one Hardcopy worth over $60. The 5 winners of the 5 E books have been announced on our social media. Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. The winner of the hardcover book was Jurgen Behrens from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as he sent in this great creative picture & quote of him and chocolate!

 

Model Chocolate giveaway

Love, the OYL team

first published on September 28th 2013, updated in 2019


Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe

Everybody should take the time to read a good book! I just started reading this book about "The Beauty Diet".  It is called Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe, a guide to becoming healthier and more beautiful.

Eating for Beauty David Wolfe

 

David Wolfe

For you who don't know who this David Wolfe is, he is an expert in the field of nutrition, especially raw food, and what he calls "Superfoods". In "Eating for Beauty" he explains his nutrition plan to achieve beauty, and it is not about restriction, but about adding in amazing super foods.

David Wolfe

Institute of Integrative Nutrition

When I went to school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC, he came as a guest speaker and was very captivating. He was like giving light almost that was how positive he was about the World and food! He believes in raw foods, as they have the most enzymes and most life in them. (that means: not heated over 120 degrees Fahrenheit). He works with pictures called Kirlian photography, that show how much energy is in each food item. What you see in this way of photographing, is rays of light in different parts of the food. When you do this with raw foods, there are more and stronger rays, then when you do it with cooked or processed foods. You have to see it to understand so click to this page for the explanation: Kirlian photography.

Superfoods

There are certain foods that have so many good qualities, minerals, antioxidants or other good things in them, people call them: Superfoods. David Wolfe believes eating those kind of foods helps your cells function better, which could help you become the healthiest and most beautiful you can be!

David LOVES food, raw and vegan. He says there are so many varieties and colors in plant based foods, that eating these nutritious foods are like orgasms for your

taste buds !( his words not mine!) I think he especially likes avocado, as his nickname is supposedly David "Avocado" Wolfe!

Some say he says crazy stuff, but I think he inspires people to eat healthier.

Some things he says in the book stayed with me for a while. He is absolutely right: Positivity is the way to go about food, not restricting, dieting, or being afraid of it! Your thoughts, and actions in every part of your life are connected to the way you look and feel. That's what I believe too!

Here are a few quotes I thought were very powerful:

"If you want to become beautiful, you have to become that type of person on the inside first, and then attract beauty to you. It seems to work this way in all facets of life"

"The logic of "You are what You eat" implies that those who wish to become healthier should eat the healthiest foods. Those who wish to beautify themselves should eat the most beautifying foods"

I think David Wolfe is an inspiring person. Besides Eating for Beauty he also wrote Naked Chocolate (all about chocolate) and The Sunfood Diet Success System (in which he explains more about his theory of fresh, raw and vegan (super) foods).

www.davidwolfe.com

Love, Lonneke


Allergy to cosmetics

I would sometimes get swollen, irritated eyes, after a photo shoot. It was extremely painful, I couldn't work as a model because I looked like bees stung me multiple times in my eyelids. Not one cream would soothe the irritation, they would actually all hurt. The only thing that worked was a fresh Cucumber. Slice it and pour the juice over my eyes. That would soothe it! All natural. Anyway, I didn't know where my allergy came from, so I got a food allergy test, but nothing significant came out. Then I went to the hospital and had a bloodtest, and another test , with stickers on my back. Each sticker was an additive, that you can find in most common day to day skin/ hair care products, or products you use around the house. The stickers stay on 3 days, and afterwards you can see what you are allergic to.

book a consumer's dictionary of cosmetic ingredientsFor me it was a straight winner: Diazolidinyl Urea, and his brother Imidazodinyl Urea where so irritated, it was obvious they were my allergy problem. I was happy I knew, but then I started checking skincare products, and these things are in so many products! This because they are cheap preservatives. But just knowing they can form formaldehyde which is extremely toxic and can cause cancer, I knew I had to eliminate them. Thank God more and more products are produced without it. My growing interest in finding out what is exactly in makeup, skin and hair care, made me read about all the additives in products and food. And trust me you won't be happy if you find out what all those ingredients are that you can't pronounce, that are in your nice day cream! So be smart and check all the products you use, included shampoo and body lotion. You can buy one of those books with the list of all used cosmetic additives, or search online, and see what is in your body care products.

If you have an allergic reaction, you should ask your doctor/dermatologist if he can arrange a test for you. You will be so happy when you find out! I have the book "A Consumer's dictionary of cosmetic ingredients" by Ruth Wither, it lists all additives and explains exactly what they do! I think this book everyone should have on their book shelve, as it is always smart to read what's in the products you use every day.

Nowadays I ALWAYS read ingredient lists, and I haven't had an allergic reaction ( knock on wood) since. And from the moment I found out what my allergy was, when I did a photo shoot, I ask the makeup artist and hairdresser if I could check their products. Or I would bring my own. Being informed is half way to eliminating pain and discomfort!

Love, Lonneke


Music and the brain

If this is not proof that music is a powerful thing... [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKDXuCE7LeQ[/youtube]

Just like smells, sounds can bring back very distant memories and evoke deep emotions. For more stories and information on how music affects the brain, read one of my all time fav books: 'Musicophilia' by Oliver Sacks!