Once we learned the ingredients to avoid in processed food, we naturally moved on to investigating the “ingredients” in whole food. There are so many choices when it comes to whole food – organic, natural, grass-fed, free-range, etc. We needed to learn more in order to know what to avoid and what to look for.
Understand Our Current Food Supply
We decided to start by learning about our current food supply. Obviously there is something to be concerned about if people are buying more expensive versions of whole food, like organic milk over regular milk. But what are the issues? There are a lot! We discuss some of the main points on our Quality Whole Food page so check that out if you’re interested. Or if you really want to be informed, watch Food, Inc. Food, Inc. is a short documentary (about an hour and a half) that highlights many important issues with our food supply. It’s disturbing but also incredibly motivating. And, it was a great way for us to get our significant others involved and supportive (which was helpful since we wanted to buy higher quality, more expensive food!). Click here to read some highlights from the film.
Learn How Food Should be Produced
After we watched the documentary, we were determined to learn how food should be produced. Thankfully there are several books and websites that do a great job of explaining this. One of our favorites is Nina Planck’s Real Food: What to Eat and Why. (If you’re interested in reading her book but are short on time, the first 40 pages of Real Food for Mother and Baby are like a Cliffs Notes version of Real Food.) On our Quality Whole Food page we talk a little bit about proper food production.
Find a Source(s) for Quality Whole Food
Once we finally understood how food should be produced, we couldn’t wait to start buying quality whole food. But, we hit a roadblock. It wasn’t as easy as going to the nearest grocery store and knowing what labels to look for. Some grocery stores didn’t carry the food we were looking for. We decided to do some research and find sources for quality whole food. So we learned about specialty grocery stores, co-ops, and buying directly from farms. We share some of this info on our, you guessed it, Quality Whole Food page. :) So go check that out if you’re interested!