My name is Venus, and I am a grocery store addict. I don’t recall when it all started, but I would say about 15 years ago, if I had to guess. Yes, that sounds about right. It happened when I fell in love with Doctors Oz, Ian Smith, Andrew Weil, and Joel Fuhrman (all experts on eating and living well). I decided that eating healthy was trendy and crucial for overall good health. I’ve spent countless hours watching recorded episodes of the Dr. Oz show with pad and pen in hand like an eager college student.
Now here’s the thing: I hate to cook, but I became an obsessed grocery shopper after watching these shows! Grocery shopping became my muse, passion, and all-time favorite thing to do. On any given day, you may catch me wandering up and down a grocery aisle, browsing farmer’s markets and drug stores. I am an avid reader of labels, so I mostly shop during remote hours, as I wouldn’t say I like crowded places. I’m not terribly introverted, but I appreciate little interference when shopping.
Grocery shopping for me is like an archeological dig. I’m always looking for those rare, priceless nutritional finds that are not totally mainstreamed yet. Some of the exciting things that I’ve purchased are Red Palm Oil, Coconut Palm Sugar, Coconut Oil, and Raw Honey.
Red Palm Oil—This reduces hardening of the arteries, blood serum cholesterol, and blood clotting. It also increases vascular dilation. These effects may prevent heart attacks and strokes. It contains chemo protection, especially in the incidence of breast cancer cells. A superfood, I say!
Coconut Palm Sugar—This one of the lowest glycemic index sweeteners on the market. Organic coconut palm sugar is highly nutritious, ecologically beneficial, and provides sustained energy with an inspired taste. It looks like brown sugar but has only 20 calories per serving and contains 16 vital amino acids, among other things.
Coconut oil—The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, and stress relief. It helps with cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion, and regulated metabolism. It also provides comfort from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength.
Raw Honey—Raw food specialists love honey for its exceptional nutritional value and amylase. Amylase is an enzyme concentrated in flower pollen and helps predigest starchy foods like bread and pasta. Who wouldn’t want to eat something that can help with starchy foods?
So, while the rest of America is shopping for the latest fashion, home furnishings, and cars, you’re likely to find me sitting in the grocery store parking lot. I’ll scan my list and check it twice. I will probably have old pants and shoes since fashion is not a priority. Yet, I will have a designer grocery list!