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Welcome to 2012! It’s the first day of a new year! What’s on your agenda for the upcoming 12 months? Is one of your goals to eat more real food? Great! Awesome! Yay!

Now that you’ve made a commitment to eat more real food, be prepared to do a little more work than you would for the Standard American Diet (SAD). Have no fear, however — I’ve got some tips to help you maintain balance and reduce your stress! While real food can be hard to find depending on where you live, the benefits of switching to real food and leaving the man-made junk behind is worth it! I feel very fortunate to live where I do. Denver is a mecca of real, wholesome, organic foods compared to other parts of the country. A recent visit to family in Tennessee and Alabama taught me that! 🙂

Denver has many chains of grocery stores, all that carry a wide variety of local and organic produce, as well as other organic products. We have several chains of health food stores, including your mainstream giant Whole Foods. I have my favorite stores that I shop at regularly. There are quite a few places you can order grass-fed and finished beef and other meats for reasonable prices. Farmers markets are plentiful during the spring, summer, and fall. The one thing that is lacking is more options for raw milk. In Colorado, you can only obtain raw milk through a cow share. As much as I’d love to be drinking raw milk, $10-$12 a gallon is just not in our grocery budget.

What is the real food situation like where you live? Do you carefully scan labels and try to avoid GMOs as much as possible? Need some tips on eating more real food? Check out this post.

Now, on to this week’s infographic. To view a larger version, just click on the image, or click here.

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