Natural Food Stores & Specialty Items

The majority of the ingredients in my natural recipes and my Additive-Free Grocery Shopping Guide can be purchased at a regular grocery store. This is especially true for the whole food ingredients (fruits, vegetables, eggs, etc.). However, there are many condiments and pre-packaged ingredients (e.g., Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar) in my recipes for which you may not have local access to an additive-free version unless you live near a natural food store. Just do the best you can.

 

Many of these products are available for purchase online if you desire. Alternatively, you may decide it’s not worth the trouble and elect one of the following options: skip that recipe altogether, omit that ingredient or make a substitution, or decide that you’ve cleaned up your diet enough to have a few exceptions in your life as a matter of convenience and/or cost effectiveness. The choice is totally up to you. I’m just providing the information so you’re equipped to make an informed decision.

 

For some items, I will suggest that you will likely need to shop at a natural foods store or a grocery store that has a designated “health food” section (like Baker’s or Hy-Vee if you’re in Omaha, NE). However, please don’t assume that everything in a health food store/section is automatically permitted. Just because it’s sold in a natural or organic health food store or a “health food” section at the regular grocery store does NOT mean it is free of additives. I wouldn’t eat a large percentage of the items sold at many health food stores, especially the processed food items! Also, the label “All Natural” is not a regulated term, so additive-filled products are allowed to make this claim on the front of their packages. Don’t be fooled by claims on the front label of anything you consume; always check the ingredients list on the back of the package!


Regardless of where you shop for your food, you must read the entire ingredients list on every item and compare it to the guidelines provided here before making your purchase. The same holds true for individual products labeled as “natural” or “organic.” Read the ingredients list because many of those items contain numerous additives! Conversely, don’t assume that you won’t find what you need at the regular grocery store. Additive-free items are slowly becoming more widely available. Many regular grocery stores will special order items for you or begin keeping them in stock if you submit a request, so be sure to inquire about that possibility if you don’t find what you’re looking for on the shelf.

 

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