Many people are now making the connection between how what we eat impacts our state of health and wellness. The quality of food we eat can affect our energy and mood, beyond just quieting a grumbling stomach. With more and more health-food stores, neighborhood co-ops, and farmer’s markets expanding into new neighborhoods, it’s now easier than ever to find fresh, whole, and unprocessed foods.
While it does take some time to transition away from the standard American diet, your body, mind, and spirit will certainly thank you. Even after one day of whole-food based meals, you may feel lighter and more energized. Hopefully it will continue to inspire you and those around you to strive for the highest quality food. Quite honestly, your health and wellness depend on it. When I’m asked the question of whether it’s really necessary to buy organic foods, I often refer to the Environmental Working Group. They have compiled a list of the “Dirty Dozen” or produce with the highest amounts of pesticides. These are the ones I would certainly aim for organic and include: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, and kale/collard greens. But generally speaking, shopping locally and seasonally will usually be your best option. So start now by incorporating a few new whole foods into your diet every week until you feel comfortable and see how much better you start to feel!