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My simple two-part strategy for eating healthy.

Saturday, December 15, 2012 by  
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It’s all to easy to pick up the phone and call out for pizza or nuke an unhealthy frozen meal if you don’t have anything else to eat. Go look around your kitchen and be honest with what you find: are you setting yourself up for failure?

My two-part strategy for maintaining a healthy diet is very simple: always have plenty of lean proteins on-hand, and keep a well-stocked pantry of basic cooking staples and fresh veggies. These two rules give me the flexibility to create all kinds of healthy dishes and they eliminate excuses. I can fall back on my favorite recipes, create a brand new dish of my own, or try out a new recipe.

I just made another huge Costco run. I like buying in bulk. This is just the garage freezer.

I just made another huge Costco run. I like buying in bulk. This is just the garage freezer.

A while back I posted a comprehensive tour of my pantry, fridge and spice cabinet in the article “A detailed tour of my pantry – staples for healthy cooking!” If you’d like some ideas on how to stock your own pantry with healthy cooking staples, check out the article–it should give you plenty of ideas as you create your own shopping list. Most of the items are inexpensive, keep for a long time and–most importantly–they give you the freedom to try all kinds of new dishes. If you think healthy eating is boring, you’re doing it wrong!

As mentioned above, I like to have a good supply of healthy proteins on-hand at all times. I am a huge fan of Costco, and I usually go there every 3 or 4 months and really stock up. I made one of those wallet-busting Costco runs yesterday: over 55 pounds of boneless/skinless chicken breasts (my number one protein source), 15 pounds salmon, 12 pounds lean sirloin patties, 10 pounds shrimp, 3 pounds mahi-mahi, canned tuna fish and lean beef jerky. I also buy (in bulk) items like almonds, cashews, oats, natural peanut butter and olive oil at Costco.

Running the debit card always hurts after one of these big buying sprees, but I wind up saving a lot of money. Also–and just as important–I always have plenty of healthy proteins at the house.

All this talk about food is making me hungry, I’m going to go great my breakfast going. Have a great Saturday!

John Stone Fitness Comments

2 Responses to “My simple two-part strategy for eating healthy.”
  1. I’ve found that the local butcher is the place for my meat buying needs down here here in SW Florida where the sale price of NY Strip is 7.99/lb. With my butcher, if I buy at least 10lbs of chicken – will be 1.99 lb. Might be worth checking out to see if there’s something like that up in your area.

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  2. ahem….lets not forget the super-sized container of skinny-cow ice cream sandwiches located conveniently next to your bags of ice! I’m on to your “healthy eating” scam!….just like the “juicing scam” that you’ve been running for years.

    LOL….just busting your chops.

    NOTE: for new readers, there is no “juicing” or “healthy” eating scam. I’m just being a ball-buster.

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