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Food, food everywhere and not a healthy bite to spare. When you consider that we are what we eat, the food choices we make and the lack of choices for healthy foods in grocery stores and restaurants are amazing. While there are rays of hope at certain stores and restaurants, we’re still far from changing how America eats.
Research is growing that shows a lack of good nutrition is at the source of many of this country’s health and medical issues, likely contributing to rising trends in diseases like diabetes and heart disease to emotional and psychological issues including depression, poor learning and Alzheimer’s.
To be effective, the body’s natural healing and immune systems need foods with diverse and high quality nutrients. At the same time, chemical additives actually work against the body and should be eliminated. That’s sometimes hard to do when we are surrounded by prepared, processed, packaged foods that lack nutrients and include potentially harmful substances. Some of these substances can create food sensitivities leading to chronic discomfort or pain, while others are suspected contributors to cancer.
In our feature, “Fresh Food Trends” (page 18), I was pleasantly surprised to read that the United Nations has made 2014 the International Year of Family Farming in response to concerns on preserving sources of local food. Locally grown food sources are often the best choice for healthy living and a healthy planet. You can find local farms that grow organically or without chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. These foods are often fresher, tastier and more nutritious. Locally grown foods also lessen the environmental impact of transporting food from thousands of miles away.
Getting affordable food in the volumes needed to feed our country isn’t a simple process. In part, Big Agra business has evolved from a need to feed us all. Unfortunately, in the pursuit of high yield and low cost foods, it seems that somewhere along the way, a connection was lost with the parts of the food that we really need to be healthy.
If you’re feeling the effects of poor nutrition in your body or mind, keep reading Natural Awakenings each month. We’re dedicated to showing you how to eat better and where to find locally grown, highly nutritious foods. You can also speak to any one of the many holistic health practitioners within these pages to get answers to any other questions you have.
Naturally Yours,
Ela and Shawn
Food, food everywhere and not a healthy bite to spare. When you consider that we are what we eat, the food choices we make and the lack of choices for healthy foods in grocery stores and restaurants are amazing. While there are rays of hope at certain stores and restaurants, we’re still far from changing how America eats.

Research is growing that shows a lack of good nutrition is at the source of many of this country’s health and medical issues, likely contributing to rising trends in diseases like diabetes and heart disease to emotional and psychological issues including depression, poor learning and Alzheimer’s.

To be effective, the body’s natural healing and immune systems need foods with diverse and high quality nutrients. At the same time, chemical additives actually work against the body and should be eliminated. That’s sometimes hard to do when we are surrounded by prepared, processed, packaged foods that lack nutrients and include potentially harmful substances. Some of these substances can create food sensitivities leading to chronic discomfort or pain, while others are suspected contributors to cancer.

In our feature, “Fresh Food Trends” (page 18), I was pleasantly surprised to read that the United Nations has made 2014 the International Year of Family Farming in response to concerns on preserving sources of local food. Locally grown food sources are often the best choice for healthy living and a healthy planet. You can find local farms that grow organically or without chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. These foods are often fresher, tastier and more nutritious. Locally grown foods also lessen the environmental impact of transporting food from thousands of miles away.

Getting affordable food in the volumes needed to feed our country isn’t a simple process. In part, Big Agra business has evolved from a need to feed us all. Unfortunately, in the pursuit of high yield and low cost foods, it seems that somewhere along the way, a connection was lost with the parts of the food that we really need to be healthy.

If you’re feeling the effects of poor nutrition in your body or mind, keep reading Natural Awakenings each month. We’re dedicated to showing you how to eat better and where to find locally grown, highly nutritious foods. You can also speak to any one of the many holistic health practitioners within these pages to get answers to any other questions you have.

Naturally Yours,

Ela and Shawn
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