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Do you ever think about the connection between well-being and diet, or where the food you eat really comes from? Perhaps you’ve wanted to make changes for some time, but really aren’t sure how to go about it.
Chronic disease rates and illness are on the rise – heart disease, diabetes, obesity, food allergies, auto-immune disease such as diabetes, hormonal and reproductive disorders, children’s health issues like autism and behavior disorders, and cancer. If you have experienced any of these issues or others, or perhaps you just don’t always feel your best…and you’ve wanted to make changes to improve your health, maybe it’s time to look at whether the food you eat could be a possible solution
Does the idea of switching from grocery store food to buying food straight from the farmer seem overwhelming?
Learn how and where to find healthy foods from trusted, sustainable sources, and why once you get the hang of it, is no more difficult than going to the grocery store, including farmer’s markets, online search tools to locate local farmers and food growers in your specific area, online merchants, CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), delivery services, and local grocery or health food stores.
The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Sustainable Food discusses what sustainable food is, and why it’s so important to pay attention to how your food is produced. Sustainable food is nutrient-dense food produced with the health and welfare of the consumer, plants, animals, farmers, the environment, and local economies as a priority. When you support farmers raising grazing animals and foraging birds in humane, traditional environments, you are promoting a complete, holistic system that addresses poor soil quality and depletion from chemical and industrial farming - which are some of the primary causes of chronic disease and illness. Plus, buying food grown and produced with these practices not only enables farmers to continue producing clean food for us, but also ensures a good environment and quality of life for generations to come. This helpful guide will also show you why processed and packaged foods you may be accustomed to buying and eating and which seem convenient are so hazardous to your health. You’ll uncover why reading labels is important, as well as reasons why buying processed foods doesn’t actually save you money due to:
- lack of nutrients in these foods which are needed to support health
- over-processing and high heat temperatures
- use of toxic chemicals, preservatives, emulsifiers, and others to improve shelf life
- how the production of these “foods” causes damage to the environment
- why these products are a major contributor to chronic disease
- why they cause problems and pathogenic bacteria in the soil, where our food is grown
The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Sustainable Food will change how you think about the food you eat, show you why real, sustainable foods are better for your health, and provide you with the necessary tools and information to get started putting your hard earned dollars to work supporting the backbone of our communities: local farmers, food growers, and sustainable merchants – and improving your and your family’s health.
Raine Saunders is a holistic health coach with an emphasis in GAPS and food as healing, and this is her first book. If you’d like more information on sustainable food and farming, food and health politics, natural remedies, recipes, and more, visit Agriculture Society.com