Real, Whole, Organic, Local, in Season

That title phrase is worthy of an entire book chapter!

If you’re new to this concept or already feeling overwhelmed, please keep in mind that there is a spectrum of healthy eating (pictured with "apple" as the example; the whole food to something merely apple-flavored).

For those who have accepted my challenge to “Eat Real”, here are some helpful tips:

· Rather than jumping from one end of the spectrum to the other, move along it in a step-wise fashion

· Reading labels takes TIME. If you’re short on time, easier places to shop include Farmers’ Markets, local health food stores, national health food stores, the “natural foods” sections of grocery stores. Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s easy to spot the better-for-you labels anywhere you shop.

· Consider joining Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in your area. With this option, you pay for a share of a local farm’s seasonal harvest, delivered either directly to you or a convenient-to-many drop-spot. (

· While it’s better both for you and the earth to buy everything “organically grown”, shopping this way costs more money in the beginning. Switch from the worst offenders (the “Dirty Dozen”) while keeping the pieces of produce that are least tampered with despite being grown conventionally (the “Clean Fifteen”). Both lists—and many others—are courtesy of The Environmental Working Group (

· If you’re addicted to refined sugar (like I was), shift to turbinado (raw sugar) or demerara (brown sugar). Or use local honey or maple syrup to sweeten home-made items.

· If you’re addicted to diet drinks, shift to stevia- or stevia blend-sweetened drinks.

· If you’re a Coca-Cola consumer (high-fructose corn syrup, genetically modified and problematic to gut, blood glucose levels, immune system and liver), shift to “Mexican Coca-Cola (straight up sugar).

· ‘Have an unmentioned favorite “contraband” food that you don’t want to give up? Ask for a less toxic version when you’re shopping at the health food store.

That last option is how I went from eating an entire box of Fig Newtons to a sleeve of Fig Newman’s to 2 anise-fig cookies made at home. 😉

In other words, Folks, choosing health and healthy living is a process.

Likewise, disease doesn’t spring up overnight—it, too, is a process.

And the really WILD thing about this? EITHER is your CHOICE.

Wishing you vibrantly WELL,

Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh, VNMI

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