This post is a list of foods that I have separated into different categories of good and bad. This list shows which foods have helped me achieve my body goals. Not everything that has worked for me will absolutely work for you, but by changing your lifestyle to eating whole foods can and will work. I typically rely on my own experiences as well as trial and error when it comes to choosing the right foods. It is crucial for me to listen to my body. Understanding which foods work best for me when trying to lose fat and have energy is important for achieving my fitness goals!

Trust me...

I am aware that organic, fancy, grass-fed products are expensive. When it comes to the quality of my food, I personally make sure I budget my money to properly fuel myself with the best food. After all, the best thing I can spend my money on (when it comes to physically bettering myself) is the food I eat. With that being said, there are plenty of ways to be extremely cost-efficient when eating the way I do. (I will be writing a post later on about how cost-efficient my style of eating is and how I have saved more money overall eating this way as opposed to others).


I created this list to show what I shop for when I am at the grocery store! I have broken it down into protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts, dairy (if tolerable), and sweeteners. Hopefully you find this post useful for the next time you take a trip to the grocery store or hopefully your nearest farmers market!


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Protein

Quality Options:

  • Grass-fed Beef
  • Grass-fed Lamb
  • Wild Caught Salmon
  • Pastured Pork
  • Uncured Bacon
  • Pastured Chicken/Turkey
  • Pastured Duck/Goose
  • Cage free Eggs
  • Tilapia
  • Trout

Bad:

  • "Farm Raised" Seafood
  • Factory-farmed Eggs (non-cage free)
  • ANY and ALL "Soy Protein" Products
  • Tofu

Vegetables/Fruits

Quality Options:

  • Avocado
  • Olives
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Cooked Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Dark Lettuce
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Artichoke
  • Green Beans
  • Summer Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Raspberries

Avoid:

  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Dried Fruit

   Nuts/Legumes

Quality Options:

  • Raw:
    • Almonds
    • Brazil Nuts
    • Cashews
    • Macadamia Nuts
    • Pecans
    • Pine Nuts
    • Pistachios
    • Walnuts
    • Chestnuts
    • Sprouted Legumes

Avoid:

  •  Peanuts (and all peanut butters)
  • Soy Nuts
  • Corn Nuts

 

Dairy

Quality Options:

  • Organic Butter
  • Grass-fed Butter
  • Grain-fed Butter
  • Ghee (clarified revision of butter, which is completely lactose free)
  • Full-fat Dairy Products (milk, Kefir)
  • Full-fat Heavy Whipping Cream

Avoid:

  • Skim Milk
  • Low Fat ANYTHING (these companies take out the natural fat in the product because people are afraid of fat and replace it with sugar. WHAT!?)

Sweeteners

(I only use these when I am baking a healthy sweet, like SF Fudge)

Quality Options:

  • Xylitol
  • Stevia (all natural sweetener, no chemicals)
  • Raw Honey

Bad:

  • Brown Sugar
  • White Sugar (table sugar)
  • Honey
  • Agave Syrup (don't be fooled by it's "natural sounding" name)
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (CHECK your LABELS!)
  • Aspartame disguised as:
    • NutraSweet
    • Sucralose
    • Splenda