- 40% of the foods sold in supermarkets are processed.
- 74% of the foods sold in supermarkets contain added sugars.
- The food industry is worth $1.3 trillion, of which $450 billion are gross profits: The healthcare costs in America are $2.7 trillion, 75% of which is used to deal with chronic metabolic diseases (such as Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Fatty Liver Disease).
- Try to get your food from local vendors or producers. If you can’t make it to a farmers market near you, shop of the perimeter of the supermarket.
- Favor home-baked over store-bought pastries and dessert. Most store-bought desserts contain added sugars so that they have a longer shelf-life.
- Skip the soda. If you need to jazz up a drink, mix some juice and sparkling water.
- Educate yourself and don’t rely on the food industry to tell you what to eat.
You’ll feel so much better in the New Year!
Gifts for the Foodies in Your Life
- I recently started making baskets with local food delicacies, such as jams, cheeses, crackers, and maybe a homemade tea cake. I like to get baskets at Muji (check out muji.com) and fill them up with different things from my local farmers market.
- If you don’t have time to create the basket yourself, there are plenty of websites with great ideas. Some of my favorites are:
If you are looking for non-food gifts, some websites I like are:
- Gift certificates to local farm-to-home delivery companies. If you live in the Connecticut or Westchester area, ones that I like are CT Farm Fresh Express (www.ctfarmfreshexpress.com) or Mike’s Organic Delivery (www.mikesorganicdelivery.com).
- I’ve been experimenting with bread recently so the Beer Bread Kit from Williams-Sonoma recently caught my eye, as did the Wonderbag Slow Cooker at amazon.com.
- I believe that you can never have enough water bottles and my new favorites are the Swell bottles (swellbottle.com). The best thing about the Swell Bottles is that they keep drinks hot and cold.