Four Pillars of Healthy Eating

1. Focus on Whole Foods

No, we're not talking about concentrating on Whole Foods Market here. We mean "whole foods" – any food in its most essential, pure and basic form: an asparagus spear, a lemon slice, a scoop of quinoa or a fillet of salmon. Favoring a whole foods-rich diet is a simple way to ensure that what you eat is micronutrient dense and free of unnecessary additives. Whole foods are the best ingredients for creating tasty and healthy meals, and diets loaded with whole, unrefined and unprocessed foods may help keep you healthy.

Tips for success:

  • Choose whole, fresh, natural, organic, local, seasonal, unrefined and unprocessed foods. You'll typically find the least processed foods around the perimeter of the store.
  • Eliminate artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats from your diet.
  • Learn more about which ingredients and additives to avoid in our Quality Standards section.

2. Eat Plant-Strong™

Whether you're going gluten-free or love your dairy, meat and seafood, every diet can benefit from a focus on plant-based foods. Begin to reconfigure your meals so that the majority of your plate contains raw and cooked vegetables, fruits, legumes and beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains. When you eat more plants, you're helping your body get the key micronutrients it needs to function at its best.

Tips for success:

  • Beans, nuts and legumes are great sources of plant-based protein.
  • Eat a colorful variety of plants to ensure you're getting the best nutrients for your body. So satisfying!
  • Learn how to select, cook and store vegetables, beans, nuts and more with our food guides.

3. Choose Healthy Fats

Believe it or not, fat is part of a healthy diet – but only if it's the right kind. Get your healthy fats from whole plant-based foods like nuts, seeds and avocados. Then, minimize (or eliminate) the amounts of extracted oils and processed fats you cook with on a daily basis.

Tips for success:

  • Nuts, seeds and avocados (all plant-based whole foods!) are great micronutrient-dense sources of healthy fats.
  • Minimize or eliminate extracted oils (like canola) and processed fats (like margarine).
  • Learn these healthy cooking techniques, which help you prepare foods without using extracted oils.

4. Consider Nutrient Density

A variety of nutrients – such as vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients – are essential for good health. Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables along with all kinds of whole grains, beans and other unrefined whole plant foods to get the most out of your diet.

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in-store Healthy Eating Specialist Morgan

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. My greatest joy is to hear the excitement in customers' voices when they talk about their successes."

Morgan Walley

Healthy Eating Specialist
Chattanooga store; Chattanooga, TN

Healthy Eating Specialists are available in many of our stores. Check our Store Locator to find one near you!