Whole Foods: Health Starts Here

I’ve been posting the past few days about following the Dr. Fuhrman diet.  I’ve given it everything I can, though I find eating this many vegetables not so easy.  I guess it isn’t just about eating the veggies, it is about preparing them.  I am a full-time professional who is working on a graduate degree part-time, so I just don’t have time to do a lot of preparing.  I’m very grateful for the discovery of green smoothies as I’ve already posted about.  However, I can’t take my Vitamix blender to work with me, so I’ve had to find a way to get more vegetables at work.

Imagine my excitement when I realized that my favorite store (Whole Foods) has partnered up with Dr. Fuhrman to focus on his way of eating.  You can find information about it on the Whole Foods site.

Whole Foods has launched a Health Starts Here (HSH) campaign which is based on Dr. Fuhrman’s philosophy.  Per the Whole Foods website, the pillars of health are:

Eat whole, unprocessed foods.

We believe that food in its purest state — unadulterated by artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings, and preservatives — is the best tasting and most nutritious food available.

Eat a colorful variety of plants.

No matter what type of diet you follow — including those with dairy, meat or seafood — reconfigure your plate so the majority of each meal is created from an abundance of raw and cooked vegetables, fruits, legumes and beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

Eat healthy fats.

Get healthy fats from whole plant sources, such as nuts, seeds and avocados. These foods are rich in micronutrients as well. Work to eliminate (or minimize) extracted oils and processed fats.


Eat nutrient dense foods.

Choose foods that are rich in micronutrients when compared to their total caloric content. Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals. For guidance on this, look for Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) scoring system in our stores.
What is the ANDI score?  More on that in a later post.  🙂


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