Monday, March 9, 2009

The Natural Way

Another choice we make about what goes into our bodies is whether or not to buy organic or all natural products. Personally I will more often that not choose a local, organic or all natural product over a conventionally produced item. I love going to farmers markets where I can talk to the people who produce my food. During the winter months I like to frequent locally owned stores where the staff is knowledgeable and always willing to help. The owners will even special order lots of stuff upon request. Another great source I use is a local all natural deli who carries a dizzying array of local and international artisan products. If you feel like you can't find the products you want in the grocery store try a farmers market or local co-op, often they will have more of a selection in this category and you will be more connected with the local sources of food in your community. If you are really hard pressed there are some online services that allow you to order food for delivery. If you feel that this type of food may be too expensive consider buying only a few organic or natural products. The produce that benefits the most from these pesticide free farming practices are those with thin skins that you eat e.g. berries, tomatoes, lettuces. Things you peel like bananas and oranges have slightly less chemical contamination due to the fact most people do not eat the outside. Animal products also benefit significantly from more conscientious farming practices for example they will often times have less bad cholesterol and fats and more of the good heart healthy stuff. Even small things like peanuts and soybeans can be heavily treated with chemicals and pesticides. If you are trying to go more natural then take the time and do some research on foods you eat a lot. This is a personal choice that everyone must consider for themselves.

Best wishes,

P.S. I will do my best to name my favorite local sources for amazing products, or any specialty products I use in my posts. The picture is of three artisan chocolate products that can be found at Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor or on-line at

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