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Shopping at the Periphery of the Store

Here’s my question. By shopping “on the periphery of the store,” do you mean we shouldn’t eat organic foods? What about V-8 juice? Yesterday I had corn and it tasted like chlorine. I had boiled it in tap water. Where do we draw the line?

In most grocery stores, the cans and boxes (processed food, which we want to avoid) are found by going up and down the aisles.

The vegetables, fruits, dairy and meats tend to be place at the periphery of the store, around the outside, so we have to pass by the processed food to get to the real, fresh, healthier, basic food.  Stores are strategically designed for us to go up and down the aisles, checking our coupons, and putting processed food in boxes and cans into our carts.

The point of “shopping around the periphery” is, buy real organic food wherever it is in the store (better yet, grow your own organically when you can, or shop local farmer’s markets or roadside stands).

Some of you may understand this little quip I once heard:  “We grow all of the food we can, then we eat what we can, and what we can’t we can.”  So bottom line, just do the best you can 🙂

V-8 juice is the juice of 8 vegetables, but it is processed without the fiber and nutrients found in the fiber. The vegetables would be more healthy eaten whole, or you can make your own juice in a powerful blender that keeps all the nutrients together.

Regarding your “chlorinated corn,” charcoal filters on your sink will filter out most of the chlorine (but unfortunately leave the fluoride). Ideally, use filtered water in your cooking and drinking.