whole foods

When I walk into a Whole Foods, my heart is filled with joy. I am a foodie at heart, give it all to me and I will embrace it in the best way. Last month I was given the opportunity to pick out our Christmas dinner at Whole Foods, by myself (with littles at home this was like a vacation) and I absolutely relished every second. Being in there is like a kid wandering the aisles of Toys R Us.

I could walk the aisles for hours lost in decisions from what to purchase between Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Sea Salt, blood oranges or honey tangelos, which bones for bone broth, pork or beef? I love that just being in a Whole Foods makes me want to eat better, live better, just be better.

It’s that Whole Foods state of mind.

And boy are they smart, you can drink a beer while you browse the aisles, while visions of sugar plums dance in our heads. I mean, pretty clever amiright?

I see all the produce and want to fill my basket to the brim with all of it, rainbow carrots, golden beets, star fuit, zoodles and leeks. My brain goes on overdrive with all the deliciously healthy meals I can chef up for my family.

I used to get lured in by the dessert counter…nowadays I have to avoid that one at all costs. But ooooh their chocolate mousse is music to my ears, I pushed my cart by fast before I had an ugly girl mousse binge that would’ve made onlookers raise their eyebrows.

I pull into the cheese and wine section instead, these have become my desserts as of late. Give me a goat cheese covered in cranberries slathered on lentil cracker and I am a happy girl. Or brie and a dried persimmon with a glass of Malbec, I’ll take that over a dessert any day of the week.

With a new year, I think everyone is yearning for a refreshed perspective…on their careers, home, relationships, or self. Clean eating is a great place to start. There’s no wonder health plans such as Whole30 are receiving such attention…with all the processed food out there these days and multitude of issues people now have from nerve pain, to diabetes, to obesity, to high cholesterol, to thyroid disease, to chronic pain, to autoimmune diseases, to cancer…we owe it to ourselves to get back to the basics. Back to whole foods…foods that we can pronounce. Foods that grew from the ground, for us…not engineered in some factory with ingredients that read like another language.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates 

Amazing how a physician from 370 B.C. obtained knowledge that is still so prevalent today.

As you continue to venture into 2018, I encourage you to grab that refreshed perspective. Find a way to be inspired and run with it. Having great health is one of the best decisions we can make for not only ourselves, but for our families.

Lauren Wiatrek
Lauren Wiatrek is a native Austinite that after moving to New York and Colorado, decided her heart was in the center of Texas. Her husband, Evan helped build their family of daughters in a home they love. After battling stage 3 breast cancer in 2017 Lauren has become a strong voice for wellness, health advocacy, and her faith. Lauren loves to travel every chance she can get. Lauren enjoys extra hot coffee on the porch, her F45 workouts, Young Living lifestyle, being all things as a #girlmom and helping empower women. Lauren started her journey with cancer on her blog www.bestillandsmile.com you can also follow her on her Instagram: @lauren.wiatrek for motherhood tips and her wellness journey after cancer.


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