Buying healthy and organic foods can be expensive. I still encourage you to do it as much as you are able. In the long run, it may not cost as much as the detrimental effects of a poor diet. Here is my more in-depth take on the organic topic. And interestingly, an article from the AP suggests that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is actually less expensive that one high in fat sugar and salt.
Many local farms are now selling farm shares for next season. This is a lovely way to not only get an abundance of local organic vegetables, support local agriculture, but also to be introduced to new veggies you might not have tried.
Clean and Sustainable Food
Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides (“the dirty dozen” and “the clean fifteen”). You can see all 48 rated fruits and veggies by clicking on “full list” at the top of the page.
Consumer Reports Guide to Antibiotics in Meat
Mercury in Fish Wallet Guide (especially important for pregnant moms)
Gluten free (GF) eating is not for every one, but for folks who have trouble digesting gluten, avoiding it completely makes a big difference. Here is my take on the issue. Some people find it tough, though. Here are a few resources to help you on your journey:
Gluten Free Registry: find local restaurants that have GF options.
PCC Natural Markets Guide to Gluten-Free Cooking (with lots of recipes!)
The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen, by a married nutritionist and personal chef, has many delicious and allergen-free recipes for folks who need suggestions (especially those on elimination diets!)
Local Healthy Food Shops
River Valley Market, Northampton
Whole Foods Market, Hadley
Trader Joe’s, Hadley
Leverett Coop, Leverett
Green Fields Market, Greenfield
McCusker’s Market, Shelburne Falls
Better Life Whole Foods, Springfield