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Making a Fresh Start

Greens and Mushroom RagoutAs a chef, culinary educator and long time devotee of healthy eating, I thought I’d share my thoughts on just one of the many simple ways you can make a fresh start in honor of the New Year.  Though every body has different needs, there are some basic healthy steps you can take that will contribute to your overall health and wellness. Once you’ve incorporated them into your daily routine, these little changes can make a big difference over time -- and most importantly, fire up creative exploration in the kitchen.

One of the simplest ways you can make a fresh start is to begin food shopping, cooking, and eating with our Four Pillars of Healthy Eating in mind. If you shop at Whole Foods Market, you can simply look for the Health Starts Here signs to help guide your choices. It’s important to note that our Health Starts Here program is not a diet. It’s simply an approach to wellness guided by our Four Pillars of Healthy Eating: whole food, Plant-strong, nutrient dense, and healthy fats. Avocado Grapefruit Salad

  • Whole Food Choose whole, fresh, natural, organic, local, seasonal, unrefined and unprocessed foods.
  • Plant-strong Reconfigure your plate to emphasize plant-based foods, no matter what type of diet you generally follow.
  • Healthy Fats Choose whole food sources (nuts, seeds, avocados) when looking for your source of healthy fats into your diet.
  • Nutrient Dense Choose foods rich in micronutrients when compared to total caloric content. Look for the ANDI scoring system in our stores to help guide you.

HSHWhether you're just getting started on a healthy eating path or have been on the road to wellness for years and just need to hit that reset button, our Four Pillars of Healthy Eating can help guide your journey.

Have you made some simple healthy changes in the last year?  Tell us about them!

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Joe Akers says …

Is there a location i can go to print the ANDI scoring system list?

Bepkom says …

Joe: There IS! You can find ANDI scores here: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/healthstartshere/andi.php Also, check out the new 'Health Stats Here' section of our website!

Jeanne Omar says …

Last January I made a commitment to eat oatmeal for breakfast everyday with either fruit or raw nuts. Snacks are fruit, yogurt, nuts or nutbutter with wholegrain crackers. I always pack my lunch so now I am taking a fresh veggie salad (with pinto or white beans), a piece of lowfat cheese, simply prepared chicken or fish or just raw nuts on the side. On my break I power walk 20-30 minutes daily. I have lost 25 lbs this past year and my energy level is better everyday. I live in Cairo, Egypt so there are many foods not available that I used to enjoy in the States. I have tweaked my diet around the local produce as it is very seasonal. Currently the citrus and pomegranate are in season. I add pomegranate seeds to my oatmeal or yogurt. We enjoy lettuce only during the winter months and it is iceburg or romaine as a rule. I miss tha variety of organic from Whole Foods but buy organic here as much as possible. I am looking forward to reading the blog and making the recipes as well as I can with the local choices for produce.

David L. Franklin says …

Getting my healthy eating back on track after all the holiday parties.

Barb says …

Good luck black-eyed-peas started the new year for us. Fiber, protein, low calories. What more could you ask for with legumes?

Mary says …

I'm excited to try the "Health Starts Here" menu with my family. Will more menus be available beyond Week 1?

Ilaxi Rana says …

I love this article. I think its such a great idea to list all the essential on for a health pantry on one site. I always seem to forget at least one ingredient when I go shopping for essentials. By taking this list with me, I'll never be out of healthy ingredients. Thanks you. I also wanted to say that the jars that are pictured with this article are so beautiful. Are you able to tell me where I can find them?

naasira says …

I am a 52 year old woman and shopping at Wholefoods is a joy to me. All of the personnel is helpful and always cheerful when they help which makes my day after working hard. i usually start my day with lemon and water which helps to cleanse. Then I have oatmeal and fruit. I get stuck on my choices for lunch. I need to eat heathy and filling lunches that don't leave me hungry and give me energy for the rest of the day. I suppose I can use a little help with dinner also because I HAVE RUN OUY OF IDEAS. PLEASE HELP!