Nutrition Tips: A Healthy Shopping Strategy

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healthy shopping tips from Dr. Robert MelilloBeginning new food habits and healthier eating is a process that can be overwhelming at times especially when it comes to learning to navigate food labels and shopping for the right brain-healthy foods. To make family meals healthier, follow these food shopping guidelines.

  • Spend the most time in the produce section, the first and largest area you encounter in most supermarkets. Choose a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables to reflect a variety of vitamin, mineral, and phytonutrient content.
  • Go organic on everything! Though it costs more, avoiding pesticides is imperative when dealing with a child with a compromised immune system, an under developed gut, and other issues that are part of having a brain imbalance.
  • Choose grains that are the least processed and steer clear of anything containing gluten. Buy whole grains containing at least 4 grams of fiber per serving. The less sugar the better.
  • Go for nondairy calcium fortified alternatives to milk, such as rice, coconut, almond, or other nut milks.
  • When it comes to meat, fish, and poultry, the American Heart Association recommends two servings of fish a week. Buy only wild-caught fish, as farm-raised fish have higher levels of toxins that can affect the brain. Salmon is a great choice!
  • Remember that frozen fruits and vegetables without sauce are a convenient way to help fill in the produce gap, especially in winter.

Learn more about building a healthy relationship with food and healthy eating behaviors that can help children with neurobehavioral disorders like autism, ADHD and other conditions in my book “The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan.”

Dr. Robert Melillo
Dr. Robert Melillo, the creator of the Brain Balance Program(tm), is an internationally known chiropractic neurologist, professor, researcher, and expert in childhood neurological disorders.
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