Traffic Light Food Planning: Organize What You Are Putting In Your House!

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Traffic Light Food Planning: Organizing Your Kitchen

So, again, what is your why, what are you trying to accomplish, and how are you going to accomplish it?

Organizing your kitchen prepares you for shopping.  Susan’s Healthy Way offers a practical and nutritionally artistic way of shopping.  Why shouldn’t building your Weightstyle be both practical and exciting?

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Build your meals around proteins.  Lean toward chicken or tuna. Then build around salads and fruit salads.  This is the basis for shopping.  Start with what you have and build from there.

Susan’s Healthy Way approaches grocery shopping from the point of view of sight and smell, which leads to considering colors and scents of fruits and vegetables. By buying seasonal, you have covered taste and smell as these are the foods in the peak of their season.

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Nutritional variety is the next goal to consider.  The colors will cover the nutritional values and variety you need. The key is to include as much variety as possible.

Controlling the variety is a daunting task.  So Susan’s Healthy Way uses a “traffic light system” to simplify shopping.  Most fruits and vegetables are divided into variations of red, yellow and green colors.  Nature conveniently works main colors into red/purple/blue, yellow/orange and green/white.  If you buy in each category, you will cover all your basis.  To add a little more fun, nature sets things up for neat combinations:

Berries mix well with each other, as do combinations of melons or combinations of citrus.

Now, you have a basic creative way of thinking before you shop.  So, you can visualize your counter fruit bowl, your salads, and your fruit salads. The following lists will help you think about your choices.  Also, within each fruit category, such as oranges, there may be several varieties that you can use throughout the week.

Seasonal Fruits

RED (Purple/Blue)YELLOW (/Orange)GREEN (White)
WatermelonCantalopeHoneydew melon
GrapesPeaches

Nectarines

Apricots

Grapes
PlumsOranges

Grapefruit

Pineapple

Asian pears
Cranberries

Raspberries

Strawberries

Blackberries

Blueberries

Cherries

Fruits can be used singularly or in groups.  Categorizing by color and similarity opens up creative ideas of what your favorite sight, smells and tastes may be.

Apply the same thinking to vegetables and salads...

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Vegetables and Salads

REDYELLOWGREEN
Bell Peppers

Beets

Tomatoes

Egg Plant

Summer Squash

Corn

Cucumbers

Asparagus

Okra

Peas

Snap Peas

Zucchini

So the building blocks are protein, vegetables, and fruits…..building on sight, smell and flavor……buying seasonal foods at their peak of nutrition.

Traffic Light Food Planning

A well-defined grocery list combined with the traffic light food planning system creates a useful tool for making personalized nutritional decisions.

Again, seek to answer the questions: what is your why, what are you trying to accomplish, and how are you going to accomplish it?

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Organizing what you put in your home will help your Weightstyle process by making nutritional choices easier to make.

Through Susan’s Healthy Way, managing your kitchen from shopping to serving meals will be transformed into a seamless and pleasant experience.

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