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Week 15: Shopping Tips for Healthy Eating

Farai Chideya, left, and Dr. Ro cruise the produce section of a Washington, D.C.-area supermarket.
Farai Chideya, left, and Dr. Ro cruise the produce section of a Washington, D.C.-area supermarket.

Farai Chideya tours a grocery store with nutritionist Rovenia Brock, aka Dr. Ro, for some aisle-by-aisle advice on how to shop for a healthful diet. Brock is the author of Dr. Ro's Ten Secrets to Livin' Healthy.

Dr. Ro's Shopping Tips:

• The supermarket is where fitness starts. Never go food shopping when you're hungry -- eat before you go, and fill up with water.

• We should be less interested in eating until we're full than eating good food, and understanding that it's for the purpose of nourishment. The goal is to be a member of the lean plate club, not the clean plate club.

• Deli: Avoid the "eye appeal" items like chips and rich food. Go with sliced turkey -- not the fried chicken, the ribs or the macaroni and cheese. Avoid processed luncheon meat, which usually has more sodium and fat. Get turkey meat that's sliced off a real turkey breast.

• Bakery section: My best advice? Walk on by!

• Cereal aisle: There's too many items that are frosted, cocoa or fruity... It's not a place to linger.

• Produce section: This is where you want to hang out -- you want to live here. Have as much color as possible in your diet.

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Farai Chideya
Farai Chideya is a multimedia journalist who has worked in print, television, online, and radio. Prior to joining NPR's News & Notes, Chideya hosted Your Call, a daily news and cultural call-in show on San Francisco's KALW 91.7 FM. Chideya has also been a correspondent for ABC News, anchored the prime time program Pure Oxygen on the Oxygen women's channel, and contributed commentaries to CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and BET. She got her start as a researcher and reporter at Newsweek magazine. In 1997 Newsweek named her to its "Century Club" of 100 people to watch.
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