Organic, here we come!!! I had heard many good things about a store called Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem (it’s a chain too, so check out the link for locations), but was never prepared to go take a jaunt over and see what it was all about. Thanks to this new South Beach Diet that Aunt La, my mom and I are doing, I was filled with the proper knowledge and ammunition to go check it out. AND NOW I’M IN LOVE!
My primary goal was to find an organic milk of some sort that did not contain Vitamin A Palmitate or Vitamin D (these are the only two common ingredients in milk, soy milk, and lactaid–all of which I am allergic to). Well, low and behold, they have several variaties and I found a soy milk with no A or D!!! And while I was looking, someone who worked there came over and asked if I needed help. I gave him my very long explanation about my milk allergy and he started helping me read lables. When we found one he said, “Why don’t you take this home and try it–it’s on the house. Just tell them the store manager John said so.” I couldn’t believe it! As store that really cares about it’s product and about helping people. I am psyched! I am not at a point in my diet that I can try it yet, but we’ll give it a go very soon. I’m hoping that I finally found something that I’m not allergic to! Needless to say, they made a customer out of me!
I couldn’t buy much because I’m not at that point in my diet yet, but I decided to search for the things I know I will need soon for the next phase of the diet. I found my wheat pasta, whole grain “REAL” wheat bread, natural peanut butter, Uncle Sam fiber cereal (mentioned in the diet), organic veggies, meats, dairy, cheese… I can go on and on. They even sell natural deoderant and lotions, spices, organic wine. They also have a salad bar, sushi and other places to order food (like in Wegmans)… I AM TRULY IN LOVE! Some of it is much more expensive, but I think it is a price I am willing to pay. It is huge too… not just a small mom-and-pop shop. They sell just about everything that a regular grociery store would, but minus the chemicals, etc.
I picked up their flyer and that’s where I noticed the website listed, so I checked it out. They also list a couple of recipes in the flyer, and there are more online! The ones in the flyer were Eggplant Lasagnia and Roasted Ratatouille, both are friendly for our diet as long we buy fat-free cheese. And you can also look up health knowledge too! So check it out!