My REAL FOOD shopping trip!

I am always asked what it is I buy at the grocery store and where it is I shop so I thought I would share a couple pictures with you of the items that I just re-stocked my kitchen with to kick off the New Year with fresh, REAL FOOD!! 

My favorite grocery stores are Trader Joe's and Sprouts. I do have to say though that I have been impressed with the larger selection of organic products at our local Albertsons, Vons and Costco! For the most part, you should be able to shop where it is convenient for you and know that if you look, you will find "better" selections. 

 

**Post a comment below if you have any questions about the products that I purchase**

 

I do primarily purchase organic, non-GMO products for our family. I do want to note, however, that just because a product says that it is "organic" or "non-GMO" does not mean that it is REAL FOOD and/or good for you. 

What does "organic" mean anyway?

When it comes to plants, it means that a crop has not been treated with synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.

When it comes to animals, it means that animals have not received synthetic antibiotics or hormones. 

Be aware that cookies labeled as organic is still highly processed and loaded with sugar!

What are "GMO's" anyway?

GMO's or genetically modified organisms are created from experimental technology that merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional cross-breeding (100 Days of Real Food). 

Companies like Monsanto, who I am sure you have heard of by now, genetically modify their crops in an attempt to ensure that they can survive being sprayed with large amounts of weed killers or insecticides that they produce. 

Crops that are of high risk for genetic modification are corn, canola, alfalfa, cotton, papaya, soy, sugar beets, and zucchini/squash. If you have ever read labels, you may find that corn, canola and soy are in everything!! 

What are the risks of consuming foods with high levels of pesticides?

Most conventional food production uses pesticides, so people are exposed to low levels of pesticide residues through their diets. While the health effects of pesticide residues are not entirely clear, research from the National Institute of Health showed that farmers who use agricultural insecticides experience an increase in headaches, fatigue, insomnia, dizziness, hand tremors, and other neurological symptoms, while licensed pesticide applicators have a 20-200% increased risk of developing diabetes.

Other data found that individuals reporting regular exposure to pesticides had a 70% higher incidence of Parkinson’s disease than those reporting no exposure.

It also appears that children are particularly susceptible to adverse effects from exposure to pesticides, specifically neuro-developmental problems. This is probably because children eat more food relative to their size. They also play in the dirt and spend time on the ground, where pesticides may linger.

Source - Precision Nutrition

How to minimize environmental toxins, like pesticides, in your food?

1. Wash and scrub all fruits and vegetables, organic or conventional. I love Eat Cleaner spray for all of my fruits and vegetables. 

2. If possible purchase mostly organic fruits and vegetables, particularly the ones consistently found to have the highest pesticide residues – apples, strawberries, celery, peaches and spinach. 

3. Read labels and be aware of what is in your food that you are buying and consuming on a regular basis. 

Let's face it, there is a lot of information out there and it is hard to figure out what is actually pertinent. Have you ever turned over an ingredient label only to be so confused by the laundry list of ingredients you have never heard of, let alone pronounce?

Be empowered and informed! 

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