The grocery stores are really set up quite conveniently to make shopping a fairly quick task - and to make the most of eating healthy.
The produce is usually located on one end, and the dairy is usually situated on the other end.
All along the perimeter of the store, the meats and other fresh items are arranged accordingly too.
All those aisles - where we usually get behind the inconsiderate or extra-slow shopper - contain mostly prepared or packaged foods.
The aisle foods contain a lot of salt, and sugar, and fat, and artificial ingredients that we really need to watch if we are going to be making healthy choices.
Just about the only aisle I visit is the one with the raw grains - cereals, rices, and pastas - and I have learned to choose the unprepared whole grain varieties.
The bread aisle also gets a visit - but only for a whole wheat or multi-grain loaf.
Shopping along the perimeter of the store gives us the best choices for a healthy lifestyle - the aisles want to rob us of our time, our money, and our health.
The temptation for packaged foods is great, especially when time is short. Sometimes they really are a good deal too when compared to scratch preparations.
But if it seems too good to be true - it usually is - and it's the health that suffers in the end.