Your Questions About Healthy Foods That Fill You Up

Sandra asks…

Healthy filling foods?


Proteins are the most filling, so you can have anything protein related and you will be the most full compared to other types of foods. Eggs, quinoa, meats, tofu etc.

Also, for carbohydrates, make sure they are whole wheat, they are more filling and more healthy than the white version.

Sandy asks…

Why should people eat healthy food?

Why shouldn’t people eat so much junk food?


A healthy diet will help you live longer, give you energy, prevent weight gain, improve mental focus, prevent disease…the list goes on and on. Many foods have healing properties as well.

Junk food, on the other hand, has no nutritional value (as in no vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, protein, etc) and tends to filled with lots of sugar and/or salt. It causes weight gain and only gives you short bursts of energy (the ‘sugar high’) before you crash again. Basically you are ingesting hundreds of worthless calories.

Daniel asks…

Does anyone know A very filling yet healthy food?

I’ve been on a diet for a while now….eating healthy but lately I find it hard not to stray. I think the only solution is to eat something that fills me so I’m not constantly looking for satisfaction.I don’t want an alternative…I used to use watermelon for this but it doesn’t fill me anymore as much….. Thanks


-Low Fat Cottage Cheese
-Fiber one or Kashi Cereal
-Black beans or Red Kidney beans
I’m vegetarian but I will concede to you that Tuna Fish is an excellent dieting food (and its great for your brain)

The best thing you can do is probably try not to think about your diet so much and what you’re going to eat, as that’s probably a bigger part of why you’re feeling hungry. Also, sometimes the body makes hungry signals when it is really thirsty so drink a glass of water before you start a meal if you’re not sure it’s time to eat again.

Eating slowly is also a great way to not over eat because it gives you time to let your body signal that it’s full, which usually takes at least 20 minutes. I notice that a lot of fat people tend to cram food down as if they’re inhaling it.

When I was younger and I first got into nutrition I would always be thinking about diet too much and it made me feel hungrier than I really was. Once the diet settles in you’ll probably start to think of other things. Boredom makes you want to eat more too, unfortunately.

Laura asks…

What are some healthy filling foods? ?

I’d like to know some yummy healthy snacks too :)


Lentils are pretty filling and so is egg
you could make omelette’s as snacks which is very filling and a good source of protein. You could even make an egg white omelette.

Mark asks…

What are some Healthy filling foods?

:) I’m on my start to being healthy and fit!

So what are some TASTY healthy filling foods?

And possibly not all vegetable cause yuck omg lmao.

So yeah any help?


Always drink a glass of water before you eat. Most times we think we are hungry and we are actually thirsty and this helps fill you up.
wheat pasta
bran cereal

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Your Questions About Organic Foods

Joseph asks…

Can organic food feed the world?

Do you think organic food can feed the world? Why? What reasons do you have are supported by evidence?


Yes, organic agriculture can feed the world, but it would require a lot of motivation, political will, sacrifices, and hardwork to make it a success.

In the late 1989, Cuba’s closest allies and trading partners, the Soviet Union and the socialist block in Eastern Europe, collapsed. Almost overnight, Cuba lost more than 80 per cent of its imports. Oil and trade embargo on Cuba further destroyed her economy and agriculture. There was little fuel for the tractors, little fertilizers, little pesticides, and few spare parts for farm machinery. Cuba was not only facing economic ruin but also a major food crisis.

The calorie intake per person in Cuba fell from 3,004 calories a day in 1989 to only 2,323 calories a day in 1993. But today, Cuba has an average calorie intake per person of 3,547 calories per day, which is even higher than that in 1989 and higher than what the US government recommends for US citizens.

So what happened in Cuba?

Facing no possibility of importing food, fuels, or agrochemicals, Cuba had to reinvent her agriculture to one that is more self-reliant, based on sustainable agriculture practices of requiring low external inputs. Many more key reforms were done, such as by introducing urban agriculture. Cuba’s vacant urban lots are transformed into “organoponicas” for growing food crops organically without any pesticides and agrochemicals. Nearly all of vegetables and fruits in Cuba are grown organically, and Cuba is today 80 per cent self-sufficient in vegetables and fruits.

So successful is the organic farming in Cuba that Oxfam International called Cuba “the largest experiment in sustainable agriculture”.

But before we become too excited about organic farming, it is important to realize that Cuba is different from other countries. For one, Cuba enjoys plenty of labour to work the organic farms (which are less mechanized). Countries with shortages of labours will find organic farming unattractive.

It is difficult to meet world food demand by using only organic agriculture. Crop yields from organic farms are typically lower than those in conventional farms, in particular during the early years of farming. Nonetheless, long-term projections still show that crop yields from organic farms could be as much as 40 to 50% lower than those in conventional farms. A 40% yield reduction in developed countries would require 67% more agriculture land to produce the same amount of crops. Consequently, this puts more, not less, pressure on land use if the world would fully adopt organic agriculture.

Robert asks…

Do you prefer organic food?

if you do, how do you quantify the health benefits. Could it just be a good marketing ploy by supermarkets to put up their prices. I have tried organic food and non organic food and quite honestly, I can’t tell the difference.
People were getting cancer long before we had pesticides. My question was how do you quantify it. Most people will only answer what they’ve read or been told about the subject.


In my opinion, organic food is just something to boost the price, I always hate that most organic food is in tiny portions.

What really confuses me is when I see organically grown vegetables and fruits, it’s like… Wow, they are already good for me, stop making me pay more for nothing.

Nothing against organic food, I just don’t see the benefits.

Sandra asks…

Consumer Demand for Organic Foods?

I heard the demand for organic foods is increasing as
health awareness is also increasing. I have noticed
several Whole Foods Markets popping up allover the place
near my home town.

I read somewhere that the demand for Organic food and
Grass fed organic meat and dairy increases about 200%
each year. Is this true?

What are your thoughts about Organic stuff?
I think its a good thing, hopefully all stores
will start carrying it.


There are two issues at work here.

Organic which basically means food grown without pesticides, etc.

And locally grown food.

Yes organic food is great, but it has also become a money maker and marketing dream come true for many companies hoping to increase profits. Organic food is also touted as healthy, but that’s debatable. And not everybody can afford to buy organic. For many working poor (not on food stamps) they would rather buy 4 oranges for that one dollar at a regular supermarket than 1-2 oranges at whole foods.

The second issues is locally grown food. Many ppl are critical about food (organic and conventional) grown thousands of miles away and flown to your city, they think it’s a waste of resources. They say you should support your local farmer’s market, eating fresh, and whatever is grown that season.

Helen asks…

Organic Food?????????????????????????

Ok so I know organic fruit and vegetables means no pesticides and all natural fertilizer. But if you have a compost pile where you create fertilizer can you throw un-organic waste in there (stuff from the store) and still call the crops organic. Second if you raise chickens or some form of livestock and you use all organic food, etc… is that all you have to do to consider it organic or would actually have to buy an “organic” chick or calf or whatever the animal is, in order for it to be organic. Thanks


Compost you can toss in conventional food along with hay, staw and manure and still call the completed compost organic. Though in recent years there has been big problems with using conventional hay and straw-there are a couple of persistent herbicides that do not break down during the composting and have been killing crops when the compost is applied. There are also issues with the drugs they use in conventional animals, especially vermicides (wormers) killing off the some of the creatures that make composting happen.

Chickens do not need to come from an organic source as long as they are bought as day old chicks. Other livestock can also come from non organic sources but must be under 3 months old (weanling) when they arrive at the certified organic farm.

The livestock must also be slaughtered at a certified organic processor or they lose their organicness and cannot be sold as organic.

Ruth asks…

Question about organic foods, mainly organic milk?

So i’ve heard that organic foods and milk are very healthy for you but they contain lots of sugar, why is that? and is it really a healthy alternative?


Organic milk is no different than regular milk. Contrary to previous answers NO milk contains antibiotics ( it is not allowed and ALL milk is checked numerous times to be completely antibiotic free) and organic cows do NOT have to be allowed access to outside pasture under the current Organic labeling law.
The sugar in milk is Lactose, and there is no difference in the amounts of lactose in organic vs conventional milk. Save your money and buy conventional milk. Organic is NOT healthier for you. It’s a marketing scam.

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Your Questions About Natural Foods Market

Joseph asks…

NAtural Baby fooDs???????????

Is there a baby food that uses no artificial flavor, food coloring, corn syrup, or preservatives, or at least some of that stuff ?


Honestly, most jarred baby food won’t have artificial flavors, coloring, or corn syrup and not a lot of preservatives. Double check the labels. It’s more when you move into foods marketed for kids that you have to start checking for that. You can try making your own (the wholesomebabyfoods link above is a good one) or also look into organic brands (eg. Earth’s Best).

Richard asks…

What are Whole Foods Market strong competetors in the USA and abroad?


Whole Foods is he world’s largest natural food store chain. It’s competitors are Wild Oats, Trader Joes, and now all the traditional supermarkets are also offering natural foods, not to mention Wal Mart. Not sure about competitors abroad.

Donald asks…

where can I find whole sell salmon market??


Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI) is an Austin, Texas-based natural foods grocer, which, as of September 26, 2007, consisted of over 270[3] locations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Whole Foods Market is a food retailer of natural and organic products including produce, seafood, grocery, meat and poultry, bakery, prepared foods and catering, beer, wine, cheese, whole body, floral, pet products and household products. The company also sells a selection of conventional national brands.[4] The company is consistently ranked among the most socially responsible businesses.[5]

Contents [hide]
1 History
1.1 The early years
1.2 Expansion
1.2.1 United Kingdom
1.2.2 Acquisition of Wild Oats Markets, Inc.
1.2.3 SEC Investigation
1.3 Historical financial highlights
2 Product quality
3 Purchasing
3.1 Whole Trade Guarantee
4 Stakeholder philosophy
5 Causes
5.1 Environmental involvement
5.2 Humane treatment of animals
5.3 Community involvement
5.4 Toxins
6 Awards and recognition
7 Labor relations
8 References
9 See also
10 External links

[edit] History

[edit] The early years
In 1978, twenty-five-year-old college dropout John Mackey and Rene Lawson, his twenty-one-year-old girlfriend, borrowed $45,000 from family and friends to open the doors of a small natural foods store called SaferWay in Austin, Texas (the name being a spoof of Safeway, which operated stores under their own name in Austin at that time). When the couple got booted out of their apartment for storing food products there, they decided to simply live at the store. Since it was zoned commercial, there was no shower stall. Instead, they bathed in the Hobart dishwasher, which had an attached water hose.[6][7][8]

The original Whole Foods Market store in 1981Two years later, John Mackey partnered with Craig Weller and Mark Skiles to merge SaferWay with their Clarksville Natural Grocery, resulting in the opening of the original Whole Foods Market on September 20, 1980. At 12,500 square feet and a staff of 19, this store was quite large in comparison to the standard health food store of the time.[9]

Less than a year later, on Memorial Day in 1981, the worst flood in 70 years devastated the city of Austin. Caught in the flood waters, the store’s inventory was wiped out and most of the equipment was damaged. The losses were approximately $400,000 and Whole Foods Market had no insurance. Customers and neighbors voluntarily joined the staff to repair and clean up the damage. Creditors, vendors and investors all provided breathing room for the store to get back on its feet and it re-opened only 28 days after the flood.[9]

[edit] Expansion

A popular Whole Foods is located in Union Square in New York CityBeginning in 1984, Whole Foods began its expansion out of Austin, first to Houston and Dallas and then into New Orleans with the purchase of Whole Foods Company in 1988. In 1989, the company expanded to the West Coast with a store in Palo Alto, California. While opening new stores, the company fueled rapid growth by acquiring other natural foods chains throughout the 90’s: Wellspring Grocery of North Carolina, Bread & Circus (banner retired in 2003) of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Mrs. Gooch’s Natural Foods Markets of Los Angeles, Bread of Life of Northern California, Fresh Fields Markets on the East Coast and in the Midwest, Florida Bread of Life stores, Detroit-area Merchant of Vino stores, and Nature’s Heartland of Boston.[10] The company’s 100th store was opened in Torrance, California, in 1999.

The Whole Foods headquarters in Austin, Texas, is located above its flagship store.The company started its third decade with additional acquisitions of Food for Thought in Northern California and Harry’s Farmers Market stores in Atlanta. In 2001, Whole Foods moved into Manhattan, generating interest from the media and financial industries. The year 2002 saw Whole Foods expand outside the United States when a store was opened in Toronto, Canada. Continuing its expansion, Select Fish of Seattle was acquired in 2003. In 2005, Whole Foods opened its 80,000-square-foot flagship store in downtown Austin. The company’s headquarters moved into the offices above the store. [citations needed]

Whole Foods’ expansion has increased the need for products and processing plants. To help fuel this demand, the company added its 365 Everyday Value product line and purchased Allegro Coffee Company in 1997; and a seafood processing plant was opened in Atlanta in 2003, the same year Whole Foods became United States’ first national “certified organic” grocer.[citation needed]

[edit] United Kingdom
In 2004, Whole Foods entered the United Kingdom with the acquisition of seven Fresh & Wild stores.[10][11] In June 2007, it opened its first full-size store, a total of 80,000 sq. Ft. On three levels, on the site of the old Barker’s department store in Kensington High Street, West London. According to company executives, as many as forty stores may eventually be opened throughout the United Kingdom. [12]

[edit] Acquisition of Wild Oats Markets, Inc.
On February 21, 2007, Whole Foods Market, Inc. And Wild Oats Markets Inc. Announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which Whole Foods Market, Inc. Would acquire Wild Oats Markets Inc.’s outstanding common stock in a cash tender offer of $18.50 per share, or approximately $565 million based on fully diluted shares. Under the agreement, Whole Foods Market, Inc. Would also assume Wild Oats Markets Inc.’s existing net debt totaling approximately $106 million as reported on September 30, 2006.[13][14][15]

On June 27, 2007, the Federal Trade Commission issued an administrative complaint challenging Whole Foods Market, Inc.’s acquisition of Wild Oats Markets Inc. According to the complaint, the FTC believed that the proposed transaction would violate federal antitrust laws by eliminating the substantial competition between the two uniquely close competitors in the operation of premium natural and organic supermarkets nationwide. The FTC contended that if the transaction were to proceed Whole Foods would have the ability to raise prices and reduce quality and services. Both Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats stated their intention to vigorously oppose the FTC’s complaint and a court hearing on the issue was scheduled for July 31 and August 01, 2007. Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey took the unusual step of initiating a blog on the subject to explain his opposition to the FTC’s stance. Papers filed by the FTC revealed that for several years Mackey posted highly opinionated comments under a pseudonym of “Rahodeb” on the Whole Foods Yahoo! Investment message board, raising serious legal and ethical questions.

On August 23, 2007, the federal appeals court for the D.C. Circuit refused to block the deal. The court cited increasing competition in the organic grocery business from traditional grocers like Safeway and Kroger as reasoning for allowing the deal.[16] Whole Foods officially completed their buyout of Wild Oats on August 27, 2007[17]. Whole Foods plans to upgrade and improve some Wild Oats locations before rebranding them to the “Whole Foods” name. Other Wild Oats locations will either be relocated or closed. The company also plans to sell all of Wild Oats’ Henry’s Farmers Market, Sun Harvest stores, and one distribution center to Los Angeles based Smart & Final Inc. That deal is expected to close in late September 2007.[18]

[edit] SEC Investigation
The online postings of Whole Foods Market’s CEO, John Mackey, have become the subject of an informal inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. John Mackey posted numerous messages on a Yahoo financial forum under the user name “rahodeb,” according to a court document filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and postings on Yahoo. The postings came to light during an FTC investigation of Whole Foods’ planned takeover of Wild Oats Markets Wild Oats Markets Inc. Mackey’s messages painted a bright future for Whole Foods Market Inc., the largest U.S. Natural and organic grocer, and downplayed the threat posed by competitors. While it isn’t clear that Mr. Mackey violated any laws in his posting, they have raised numerous legal questions, the Journal reported. The newspaper also reported the SEC is likely to examine whether Mr. Mackey’s comments contradicted what the company previously said or were overly optimistic about the firm’s performance. In addition, the SEC will likely look at whether the CEO selectively disclosed material corporate information, which could violate a securities law passed in 2000, known as Regulation Fair Disclosure, which was designed to prevent executives from sharing information with favored clients or analysts. Whole Foods didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.

On Tuesday, July 17, 2007, Whole Foods Market Inc. Said its board has formed an independent committee to investigate the postings made on financial message boards by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Mackey. The committee has retained Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP to assist it with the investigation, the Austin, Texas-based company said today in a statement distributed by PR Newswire. The company also said it has been contacted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which is conducting its own inquiry into Mackey’s posts.

[edit] Historical financial highlights
January 1992: Whole Foods goes public, trading shares on the Nasdaq Stock Market as WFMI.[10]
November 1993: WFMI stock splits 2 for 1.[10]
June 2001: WFMI stock splits 2 for 1.[10]
October 2001: Moody’s upgrades WFMI debt ratings.[10]
May 2002: WFMI added to S&P MidCap 400 Index.[10]
December 2002: WFMI added to the NASDAQ-100 Index.[10]
January 2004: Whole Foods Market paid its first dividend ever, 15 cents on each share of the company’s stock.[10]
November 2004: Board of Directors approves 27 percent increase in quarterly dividend to $0.19 per share.[10]
March 2005: WFMI joins the ranks of the Fortune 500, entering the list for the first time at No. 479.[19]
April 2005: Board of Directors approves 32 percent increase in quarterly dividend to $0.25 per share.[10]
November 2005: Board of Directors approves 20 percent increase in quarterly dividend to $0.30 per share and announces special $4.00-per-share dividend.[10]
December 2005: Whole Foods Market stock splits 2 for 1, the third stock split in the company’s history.[10]
November 2006: The company’s salary cap was raised from 14 times the average pay of a full-time worker to 19 times the average pay. This is up from the original eight-times cap that was set in the late 80’s.[20] Additionally, the company announced that CEO John Mackey will receive a salary of one dollar (started January 1, 2007), and will forgo any future stock option awards.[20]
November 2006: Whole Foods Market’s stock dropped 18 percent after the company lowered its 2007 sales forecasts.[21]
August 2007: A federal judge cleared the way for Whole Foods to merge with its rival Wild Oats Markets Inc., discounting recent arguments that the reduced competition would lead to higher prices.

[edit] Product quality

Produce in Cary, NC storeWhole Foods Market only sells products that meet their self-imposed quality standards for being natural: minimally processed foods that are free of hydrogenated fats as well as artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners and preservatives.[22] Whole Foods has also announced that it does not intend to sell meat or milk from cloned animals or their offspring, even though the FDA has ruled them safe to eat.[23][24] They also sell many USDA-certified organic foods and products that are supposed to be (and often are) environmentally-friendly and ecologically responsible. They do not carry foie gras due to animal cruelty concerns, as a result of successful advocacy by animal welfare groups such as Action for Animals. However, Whole Foods still carries many meat and dairy products.

Whole Foods has been criticized that its products may not be as progressive as they are touted to be. Author Michael Pollan has contended that the supermarket chain has done well in expanding the organic market, but has done so at the cost of local foods, regional producers, and distributors.[25] Parts of the debate have taken place publicly through a series of letters between Pollan and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey.[26]

Ronnie Cummins, national director of the United States Organic Consumers Association said Whole Foods simply uses the term “natural” as a marketing tool.[27] Whole Foods Market’s website details the company’s quality standards to provide clarity to customers about their criteria for selling food, dietary supplements, and personal care products.[22]

[edit] Purchasing
Whole Foods Market purchases products for retail sale from local, regional and international wholesale suppliers and vendors. The majority of purchasing occurs at the regional and national levels in order to negotiate volume discounts with major vendors and distributors. Regional and store buyers are focused on local products and any unique products necessary to ensure a neighborhood market feel in the stores. Whole Foods says they are committed to buying from local producers that meet their quality standards while also increasingly focusing more of their purchasing on producer- and manufacture-direct programs.[28] The company has several full-time employees whose sole duty is to source local products in different regions of the country.

[edit] Whole Trade Guarantee
In April, 2007, Whole Foods Market launched the Whole Trade Guarantee, a purchasing initiative emphasizing ethics and social responsibility concerning products imported from the developing world. The criteria include fair prices for crops, environmentally sound practices, better wages and labor conditions for workers and premium product quality. Whole Foods will work with TransFair USA and the Rainforest Alliance to ensure the transparency and integrity of the program. One percent of proceeds from Whole Trade certified products will go to the Whole Planet Foundation to support micro-loan programs in developing countries. The company’s goal is to have at least half of its imported products from these countries fully certified within ten years.[29] [30]

[edit] Stakeholder philosophy
See also Labor relations
In 1985, Whole Foods Market created their “Declaration of Interdependence,” which emphasizes a stakeholder philosophy. [31][32] Walter Robb, Whole Foods Market co-President, details the company’s core values: “The deepest core of Whole Foods, the heartbeat, if you will, is this mission, this stakeholder philosophy: customers first, then team members, balanced with what’s good for other stakeholders, such as shareholders, vendors, the community, and the environment. If I put our mission in simple terms, it would be, No. 1, to change the way the world eats, and No. 2, to create a workplace based on love and respect. We believe business should meet the needs of all the stakeholders, as opposed to operating it for shareholders.”[33] CEO John Mackey describes how the stakeholder philosophy combines with capitalism: “We’ve always been unique in that we have a stakeholder philosophy, and it continues to guide us,” Mackey says. “The beauty, in my opinion, of capitalism is that it has a harmony of interests. All these stakeholders are important. It is important that the owners and workers cooperate together to provide value for the customer. That’s what all business is about, and I’d say that’s a beautiful thing.” [31]

[edit] Causes

[edit] Environmental involvement
In May 1999, Whole Foods Market joined the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a global independent, not-for-profit organization promoting sustainable fisheries and responsible fishing practices world-wide to help preserve fish stocks for future generations.[34] Whole Foods Market was one of the first American companies to partner with the Marine Stewardship Council and continues to actively support their efforts in ensuring the sustainability of the oceans. The company first began selling MSC-certified seafood in 2000, and a growing selection of MSC-certified fish continues to be available.[35]

In 2006, Whole Foods Market became the only Fortune 500 company to offset 100 percent of its energy cost with the purchase of wind power credits.[36] A January 8, 2007, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report listed Whole Foods Market as the second-highest purchaser of green power nationwide, citing their actions as helping drive the development of new renewable energy sources for electricity generation. The EPA report showed Whole Foods Market using 463.1 million kilowatt hours annually to cover 100 percent of their total electricity from biomass, geothermal, small-hydro, solar and wind sources.[37]

[edit] Humane treatment of animals
In 2002, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) began petitioning Whole Foods to take steps to ensure the improvement of treatment of animals sold in the stores. As of June 2003, Whole Foods had declined to respond. In June 2003, members of PETA gathered in front of Whole Foods headquarters in Austin, Texas, to protest the company’s practice of purchasing duck meat in which the workers chop off the end of the duck’s bill to keep it from mutilating other ducks.[38]

Whole Foods created the Animal Compassion Foundation in January 2005, a separate nonprofit organization, to help other producers evolve their practices to raise animals naturally and humanely. According to Whole Foods Natural Meat Quality Standards and Animal Compassionate Standards, pulling feathers from live ducks, bill trimming, bill heat treatment, toe punching, slitting the webs of the feet, and toe removal are all prohibited in the raising of ducks for Whole Foods Market. Any ducks treated in this manner, treated with antibiotics or antimicrobials, cloned, genetically modified, or not allowed medical treatment when necessary are to be removed from Whole Foods Market stock.[39][24]

Whole Foods announced in June 2006 that it would stop selling live lobsters and crabs but made an exception in February 2007 for a new Portland, Maine, store that is able to meet humane standards. The lobsters will be kept in private compartments instead of being piled on top of one another in a tank, and employees will use a device that zaps them with a 110-volt shock so they are not boiled alive in a pot of water. Whole Foods will not be selling live lobsters at its other stores because they are not close enough to the lobster grounds.[40] This decision has been criticized by some as damaging an important New England tradition and as removing people’s connection to where their food actually comes from.[41]

[edit] Community involvement
Whole Foods Market commits to a policy of donating at least five percent of their annual net profits to charitable causes. These donations are accomplished in multiple ways. Each store has the authority to donate food, labor or dollars to local not-for-profit organizations. Individual stores also hold 5% Days approximately four times a year where they donate 5% of that day’s net sales to a local or regional non-profit or educational organization.

In 2005, the company created two foundations designed to effect solutions to global problems. The Animal Compassion Foundation strives to improve the quality of life for farm animals and the Whole Planet Foundation works to combat poverty in rural communities around the world through microlending.[42] In 2006, the company announced that it would be providing $10 million a year in low-interest loans to local producers.[43] The Local Producer Loan Program provided its first loan in February 2007.

[edit] Toxins

Chocolate fountain at the flagship Whole Foods in Austin, TexasIn January 2004, in California, the Environmental Working Group and the Center for Environmental Health presented a notice of intent to file an anti-toxin lawsuit against salmon producers. This was in large part due to Whole Foods’ involvement, including highlighting companies’ failure to warn consumers the fish contained potentially dangerous levels of cancer causing chemicals known as PCBs.[44]

Shareholders of Whole Foods filed a resolution in February 2006, asking Whole Foods to report toxic chemicals found in their products.[45] Substances such as Bisphenol A (BPA), found in products such as baby bottles and children’s cups, are controversial. While most manufacturers have dismissed the claims and have continued to use BPA, Whole Foods no longer sells baby bottles and children’s cups made with BPA.[46]

In the wake of concern over the safety of seafood imports from China, on July 10, 2007 the Washington Post reported that Whole Foods imports 2% of its seafood from China. A Whole Foods Spokeswoman is quoted as saying “We’re not concerned about the less than 2 percent. It’s business as usual for us.” [

[edit] Awards and recognition
Whole Foods Market has been included in Fortune magazine’s annual list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”[47] every year since the list’s inception in 1998, most recently at No. 5 in 2007.[1][48]
CEO John Mackey was named to Barron’s list of the world’s best CEOs, which recognizes 30 top corporate leaders who excel in not only profit growth and stock-price gains but also leadership strength and industry stature.[49]
The Environmental Protection Agency awarded Whole Foods Market its top honor of Green Power Partner of the Year for 2006. The company was also presented with the Green Power Leadership Award in 2004 and 2005. [50]
Based on 2005 revenue, Whole Foods Market is the fifty-fifth largest retailer in the United States.[51]
In the 2006 Harris Interactive/The Wall Street Journal ranking of the world’s best and worst corporate reputations, Whole Foods placed 12th overall and received the best score of any company for social responsibility.[5]
Whole Foods was included in Corporate Responsibility Officer (CRO) magazine’s annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list for 2007, ranking No. 54 out of 1,100 U.S. Public companies surveyed.[52] The ranking is based on measures of corporate service to eight groups: shareholders, community, governance, diversity, employees, environment, human rights and product.
Supermarket News ranked Whole Foods No. 23 in the 2007 “Top 75 North American Food Retailers” based on 2006 fiscal year sales of $5.6 billion.[53]
CEO John Mackey was named the 2003 Overall National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year. [54]
Whole Foods was named ‘World’s Greatest Food Retailer’ by the British trade magazine The Grocer in 2006. [55]

[edit] Labor relations
Among its primary values, the company lists “supporting team member happiness and excellence.”[56] The company argues that its treatment of workers obviates the needs for unions: full-time workers are given free health insurance that includes a personal wellness account, and the starting pay at most stores is highly competitive.

Whole Foods Market suburban store in Redwood City, CaliforniaCEO John Mackey, a libertarian, makes no secret of his opposition to unions in Whole Foods. Mackey believes that unions facilitate an adversarial relationship between management and labor.[8][57] An attempt at unionizing in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2002 was met with resistance from store management[58] and Whole Foods was accused by labor activists of union busting.[59] A 2004 ruling by the National Labor Relations Board upheld the actions of Whole Foods at the Madison store,[60] although some workers considered their tactics unethical. Further attempts at unionizing Whole Foods Market stores have been unsuccessful.[61] Michael Henneberry of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union said they failed to attract the interest of the employees at Berkeley’s Whole Foods despite rallying there for seven years.[62]

Whole Foods was criticized for its refusal to support a campaign by the United Farm Workers (UFW) on behalf of agricultural workers laboring on strawberry farms.[63] During the late 1990′s, the UFW persuaded several large supermarket chains to sign a pledge in support of improved wages and working conditions for strawberry pickers. Whole Foods chose instead to support the farmworkers directly by holding a “National 5% Day” where five percent of that day’s sales — $125,000 — were donated to organizations which provide social services to farmworkers. [64]

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Laura asks…

What natural food is recommended for dogs with distemper?

can be food, treats, vitamins etc..
i just wanted to rephrase and add..
she is recovering from distemper. she was first in the clinic for parvo then distemper. she spent almost a week in the clinic and had antibiotics and plasma administered. After, i had the new castle vaccine(spinal tap) injected into her. ever since shes been doing GREAT. Acting like a 4 month old puppy should act. she was on Pet ID food for a little over a month(purchased from the vet clinic) But now its time to give her dry food and my vet recommended Blue Buffalo. I just wanted to know if there were any other natural food out there that may help with the recovery and not worsen.


Since distemper has a high fatality rate I am fairly certain there is no food that is marketed for dogs with distemper.

The veterinarian who is treating the dog will discuss what the dog needs.

This is a great reminder that this disease is easily prevented with a $5.35 shot

Jenny asks…

Is Purina “All Natural” catfood good and safe?

My Sister bought my cat, Nyx, some “Purina All-Natural” cat food, and I would like some opinions on it. It’s dry food. What are you opinions? Is it a good bran of food? Healthy? Safe? She seems to enjoy it, but she’s never really bee the picky type.


“All Natural” is not the same as healthy. It’s a marketing gimmick to trick people into thinking they are buying a good food – they aren’t. It’s all Natural all right – all natural corn and by-products, and neither one is suitable for a cat. Of course she enjoys it – it’s like eating at McDonald’s. Very tasty, yes, but not exactly the kind of food to be eating for every meal.

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Charles asks…

What is a good, hearty, healthy soup recipe that would be good served in a bread bowl?

I participate in a meal swap with a friend, and I want to make soup in a bread bowl for this week’s swap. I normally make chili, but when I brought that up, they didn’t sound too excited about that. So I was looking for a hearty healthy recipe that I could serve in a breadbowl. They have two kids, so kid-friendly is also a factor.


Best-Ever Potato Soup

Rich and cheesy; not your typical potato soup. Bacon adds wonderful flavor.


6 Bacon strips, diced
3 cups Cubed peeled potatoes
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
1 Small carrot, grated
1/2 cup Chopped onion
1 tablespoon Dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon Each celery seed, salt and pepper
3 tablespoons All-purpose flour
3 cups Milk
8 ounces Process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
2 Green onions, thinly sliced, optional

In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp; drain. Add potatoes, broth, carrot, onion, parsley, celery seed, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

Combine flour and milk until smooth; add to soup. Bring to boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add cheese, stir until cheese is melted and the soup is heated through. Garnish with green onions if desired.

Daniel asks…

What are good healthy meals to eat to lose weight?

Can anyone give me a website to free healthy recipes? I’m trying to lose ten pounds before June :) I weigh 134 and 5’5
I’m on a budget and have a family of two adults and one toddler. Can anyone give me recipes for yummy healthy meals ? I dont mind if its breakfast snacks lunch and dinner. Something that’s not so fancy and Expensive please. Just want my family to eat healthier and I want to lose weight.


I think weight watchers has a cool thing where you can put in what you already have in the fridge and it will give you a healthy recipe… Idk I might be making this up…

Lizzie asks…

Anybody got any really healthy baking recipes?

I love baking but it’s bad for you. I’ve searched around for some healthy recipes but they’re still pretty bad for you. So has anybody got any really easy, healthy ones?


Here are a couple of items I bake regularly. I try to bake healthier desserts since my kids tend to eat them before brushing teeth and going to bed. Both recipes are from cooking light. To make them even healthier, I use unbleached whole wheat flour for more fiber. In the muffins, the darker the banana, the better and I swap the oil for applesauce.

Cream Cheese Brownies
Cooking spray
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (6 3/4 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 350°.
Coat bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
To prepare batter, place butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add egg whites and egg, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add cocoa and fat-free milk; beat well (mixture will appear curdled). Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; stir with a whisk. Add to cocoa mixture; beat at low speed just until blended. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
To prepare topping, place cream cheese in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Gradually add cornstarch and remaining ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread evenly over batter. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until set. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Elizabeth Taliaferro, Cooking Light
MAY 2002

Sugar Spot Banana Muffins

2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 large egg white
3/4 cup mashed ripe banana
1/3 cup fat-free milk
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (6 ounces)
2/3 cup honey-crunch wheat germ
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add banana and milk; beat well.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add to sugar mixture; beat just until moist.
Spoon batter evenly into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 22 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Cool in pan 5 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Place muffins on wire rack.

Elizabeth J. Taliaferro, Cooking Light
MAY 2002

Chris asks…

What are some healthy recipes for kids?

I have a summer sitting job and the childs mom told me that she wants her child eating healthier this summer. what are some quid, easy,and healthy recipes that I can do that involve the child?
For Jacob:

I would like some recipes that would be easy to make, and that I can get her involved in. She is 11 years old, so it doesn’t have to be the most simple thing in the world. I just want to keep it healthy and fun for her to help make.


Salads are usually pretty healthy, she can help you trim and prep whatever fresh veg are in the fridge. This will give you lots of vitamins and fiber. If you find some leftover chicken or steak or ham you can add that. Keep salad dressings light and just a drizzle.

You can also make fresh dips and serve it with baked tortilla chips or pita wedges. Salsa…this is tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, salt, and lime juice. Guacamole…fork mash some avocados with chopped tomato, some onion and garlic salt, and lime juice. Hummus…drain and rinse a can of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), whiz them up in the food processor, add some garlic powder, onion powder, a little salt and pepper, and a little olive oil to get them to the right consistency. Bean dip…same as hummus but use black beans instead of chickpeas.

You can make a simple soup. Start with your soup pot on med high heat…add a carton of chicken broth, a jar of pasta sauce and let it come to a boil…taste it…if you need something, try salt and pepper first, and then you can add some italian seasoning, or maybe some bay leaves (you have to remove those). Add a box of rotini or shell or penne or elbow macaroni pasta. Let it cook for 10-15 minutes. Just before the pasta is cooked all the way, add a bag of frozen mixed vegetables. If you have some leftover chicken, or a smoked sausage you can also add that. This makes a large pot of soup. Serve it with a sandwich or salad…parents can take for lunch the next day.

You can do a simple pasta salad…instead of adding mayonnaise (the most unhealthy ingredient) use some greek yogurt or fat free sour cream. Shells and rotini work great for this…add some frozen peas and a can of tuna or chicken.

Mary asks…

I need a healthy recipe using sweet potatoe?

I want to use the sweet potato that is in my fridge and I need a healthy recipe. It can include chicken breast too as I need to use that as well.


Cook your chicken first. While that’s cooking prepare and start this recipe. I’ve made it several times and have often tossed in cooked chicken at the last minute. It is the best. I substitute the amaretto liqueur with OJ. Http://–Onions/Detail.aspx

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Sandy asks…

Cheap/easy/HEALTHY food ideas??

I recently decided to stop eating unhealthy foods but that cut out most of my diet (haha oops!). I have been eating basically just fruit the last few days, but I definitely need more than that. I’m just have trouble coming up with healthy food ideas. The other constraint is I despise spending a lot of money on food.. since that’s practically all I buy these days. So cheaper would be better! Anddd another factor: time.. I literally get home every night at 9 at the earliest so easy and quick dinner ideas would be helpful too.


The healthiest foods to eat would be those foods with the least processing. Your fruit is a good start. Now add fresh vegetables. Use organic whenever you can. The growing methods do not allow synthetic pesticides.

Other foods to eat would be eggs. Eggs provide complete protein.

You can make a 8 bean soup in a crock pot that would be ready when you get home.

Use a 1/4 lb to 1/2 lb of chicken or beef and make a quick stir fry. Save the left-overs.

You can get your grains from whole grain products. I suggest rye bread-the darker the better. Or whole grain cereals. I mean the kind you cook yourself.

A healthy diet would include a balance of your food groups.

William asks…

Healthy foods?

What are some good filling and heathy breakfast foods? Also I was wondering good and healthy lunch food ideas for school. Thanks


Healthy breakfast food are

Greek yogurt: This tangy, creamy yogurt is loaded with calcium and boasts plenty of protein—nearly twice as much as regular yogurt—to keep you feeling full throughout the morning

Wheat Germ: A little wheat germ goes a long way. Just two tablespoons provides about 15% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E and 10% of your daily folate.

Grapefruit: best for lose your weight

Bananas: There’s nothing like a banana at breakfast to keep those mid-morning cravings at bay.

Eggs: These incredible edibles have made quite a comeback in recent years.

Also you can take almond butter, fruits like watermelon, Blueberries, Strawberries, Kiwi, Orange juice, Cranberry juice, Raspberries

lunch food for schools are

Baby carrots, celery sticks, or apple slices with dips made from yogurt or low fat sour cream.

Whole grain bagels topped with cream cheese-vegetable spread.

Air-popped popcorn flavored with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Low fat cheese cubes and seedless grapes make a delicious side dish for sandwiches or wraps.

Cold strips of grilled chicken with honey mustard dip.

Dried cranberries or cherries are a sweet alternative for kids bored with raisins.

Quesadilla slices made with cheese and chicken or vegetables

Betty asks…

what are healthy foods?

the only “healthy food” I know is salad and vegetables but I cant stand their taste I end up spitting it out. What are some tasty healthy foods? I currently eat hamburgers, pasta with sos or cheese, meat in bread, and rarely KFC Coleslaw. I am 15 and overweight but I do 100 sit up and 20 push ups everyday. But that dosent make me lose weight it just makes me stronger in my stomach and arms. I cant stand the KFC Coleslaw taste but at least it tastes better than normal salad.



“Healthy” foods are ones that provide adequate nutrition without being high in calories, sugar, salt or fat.

If you get burgers, try to skip the cheese. If you can handle Subway instead of burgers, then that would be a plus. Always choose raw veggie toppings instead of sautéed. Choose baked things over fried. Eat any raw fruits and veggies you can tolerate. Apples, oranges, grapes, melon, onion, bell pepper… Anything that you can tolerate will be fine. Even eating the same raw fruits and veggies every day is better than not eating them at all.

Skip cole slaw. The dressing used for cole slaw is very high in fat. But really any of the sides at KFC are pretty bad. If you can handle the corn on the cob or green beans, they might be a little bit better for you.

Skipping sauces is a good thing. Most sauces are very high in sodium and fat — well, most of the cheese and white sauces, anyway. If you can choose red sauce instead of white, it would be better for you.

Mostly you just need to make smart choices about what you eat. If you can eat the healthier versions of the foods you love, you’ll be better off than most teens your age.

Linda asks…

Why does healthy food cost so much more? Are there any cheap healthy foods?

to prepare healthy food at home can be so costly. it’s so much cheaper to just grab a cheeseburger, but even when you try to eat healthy in fast food, you pay five bucks for a tiny little salad, whats up w/that?any thoughts?


Because Healthy food is real food raised by real farmers, not mass produced, chemically enhanced, processed “food” made by giant conglomerates who don’t care about their workers or the animals they raise. Healthy eating doesn’t cost that much. Just set your priorities. For the amount of money most people spend on soda and fast food, they can prepare healthy meals at home. Cut out sodas and sugary drinks and your food budget will be a lot bigger. Organic or free range Eggs are a healthy food and are relatively inexpensive. Fresh in season local veggies and dried beans are also very healthy and inexpensive. Go to your local farmers market and buy your veggies for the week, it is fresh local food and also much cheaper than buying it in a supermarket. It is worth paying a little more to be sure that your food is free from additives, pesticides, hormones and antibiotics. It is every person’s choice, although I’d rather spend a little more on food, than have to pay later on with bad health and hefty medical bills.

Mark asks…

what is healthiest kitten food?

what is the healthiest kitten food for kittens, should they eat wet or dry foods?


The healthiest food is the one they will eat. No, that is not a snide remark, but your kitten doesn’t care about the opinions of others, since it will only eat what they like.

You want meat as the first ingredient, and meat products heavy in the top ingredients.

As far as wet versus dry, that discussion brings out passions in people. With a quality kibble left out at all times, a kitten can snack throughout the day and night, and you can give it regular servings of canned food. Canned food cannot be left out for hours, or it will spoil.

The quality of the food is the most important, and often, you do get what you pay for.

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Mary asks…

organic food is a lie?

We all know processed foods are bad for you , especially how they are created , but how many vegetarians are eating empty food ? Nutritional quality of fruits and vegetables has hardly anything to do with “no chemicals “, but instead ,very much to do with mineral content in soils and especially the time of harvest and how they are stored after harvest and what they are stored with. Junk food is still junk food regardless of wether it’s made with or without chemicals. Obesity and food related ilnesses are caused more by bad combinations in diets. So what if you have hemp pants and smoke organic tobbaco and all that jazz…you still feel safe?
Vitamin and mineral content are dependant on healthy soil , time of harvest , temperature of storage as well as what fruits and vegetables are stored together , If the soil is unhealthy it makes no difference wether or not chemicals are used or not. Deficiencies in soil are passed directly to plants grown in said soil.Fact


To me “Organic Food” is just like the UN-organic variety except it costs a lot more. And in my opinion just because they didn’t fertilize, or grew under special conditions.
Junk food is definitely junk food no matter what. If you wrap it in gold it’s still junk.
Obesity on the other hand I believe is caused by several things, one perhaps hereditary and or lack of self control at the dinner table.
Now food related illnesses are more like allergic reactions to certain foods, that could be life threatening.
Smoking is definitely out of the question, it’s bad for you.
I don’t think organic food is a lie, it just isn’t all it’s made up to be. Who gives a rip how it was grown, if it’s good, it’s good.

Helen asks…

are organic foods suitable for vegetarians?

i have to do a project on organic foods and there’s a question “are organic foods suitable for vegetarians” and i can’t seem to find any answers


Organic foods may be fertilized with animal by-products, such as waste, but also blood and bone meal. This can be tricky for vegans, but not necessarily vegetarians, who generally only avoid consuming meat. Vegan-organic farming hasn’t exactly caught onto the mainstream yet, although people can certainly grow their own vegan-organic gardens at home.

I’m vegan, and I eat organic when I can. It’s one of those things where I have to throw up my hands and say, “I’m doing the best I can!”

Daniel asks…

Would organic food be cheaper if all food was organic?

Was food cheap before GMOs existed?


Organic food would be cheaper if it had the government subsidies that GMO foods have.

If it gets any cheaper than US farmers will not be able to make a living growing it. The conventional commodity growers can take far less for their crops because they get a big check from the government annually to make up for the cheap prices.

People seem to forget that farmers need to make a living as well (like everyone else we have bills to pay and food to buy), we cannot grow food for you all for free. And even with precieved high prices most farmers are just barely making a living and a lot of them (over 70%) must work full time off the farm to make ends meet.

Now one way to make organic food really cheap is to use slave labor. Slave are not paid (much) and if we do not have to pay for labor than food can get really cheap. This is why food from 3rd world countries and China tend to be a lot cheaper despite the fact they are shipped in at great cost. The labor is incredibly cheap-they have people working 80 hours weeks for under $10. No American farmer can do that even with the use of illegal and abused migrant labor (and very few organic farmers would even consider using such)

GMO crops have not made crops cheaper at all since the promise of greater yields has never come true. But GMO crops have sold corporations such as Monsanto a lot more herbicide.

Laura asks…

why can’t organic food be cheaper?

Everyone knows that we should eat organic but organic food is so much more expensive than conventional ones. We’d all love to shop at whole foods but not everyone can afford it! I read it somewhere that the earth can only grow enough produce organically for a limited amount and the only way to feed the growing population is to introduce genetically engineered food. Is it true? If it is true, I say stop population growth (stop making babies!) and let everyone be able to enjoy organic food!


“organic” food is not healthier for you…the very few studies that show they are, are not scientifically valid. The produce (“organic” or “non-organic”) you find at local markets will generally be a little “better” for you because they are fresher and haven’t had as much time for proteins and such to denature. There is no difference in the quality of fresh produce because of “organic” or “non-organic” farming techniques.

A process called haber-bosch, which converts Nitrogen to Ammonium (unavailable to plants to available to plants) is responsible for supporting over 1/3 of the earths population…so, no we could not support the worlds population without these “non-organic” methods.

GMO’s are also safe…in fact they’re usually better (unless they were designed for a specific purpose like drought resistance in Africa). They give us higher yields, faster growth, lower nutrient requirements, drought resistance, disease resistance, dependability, etc. Without genetic modification you wouldn’t have hardly any of the foods you eat today e.g. Corn would go extinct without man here to plant it (it was genetically modified from a grass called teosinte), genetic engineering is simply speeding this process.

And to add: “organic” practices are not safer or better for the environment than the “non-organic” practices. Both are safe when done properly and dangerous when not. One of the major pollutants is due to over application of “organic” fertilizers…you add for N requirement but due to nutrient imbalances in these products you’ve over applied Phosphorus and now you are accelerating eutrophication in nearby water sources. Where in “chemical” fertilizers you know exactly how much of everything you are adding. (and the plant can’t tell the difference between them because it goes into the plant in the exact same form, and is used the exact same way and both are converted to various forms in the soil… no difference)

Richard asks…


Please……is there really alot of difference between organic and non organic veg and fruit? i really want to be vegan (i am about 95% vegan presently). i have 8 children and really can afford a dehydrator and also organic foods. sometimes i may be able to get the odd organic carrots but thats about it. So i really wanted to know if there is a massively big difference between the two and should i really have to be worried about the fruit and veg that i am eating.

i look forward to hearing your comments,

many thanks


Organic foods are foods that are grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilisers, human waste, or sewage sludge, and that they were processed without ionising radiation or food additives. Meaning that they don’t use chemicals to help them grow. It is much healthier. And great for diets. But they are more expensive than non-organic.

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James asks…

dog food question……………?

I hate to say this…
but canidae is getting a bit expensive

whats my next option? good quality (of course)
but a little less expensive

and YES I can afford my dog
don’t try and bulls**t me
I know how to take care of my dogs.
they are happy
but dog food is getting hard in this economy
Is raw cheaper or more expensive?


Kirkland Chicken Rice and Veggies is an excellent food, and VERY well priced.


If you don’t have a Costco near you (like me) try Natural Balance.

This is the formula I use:

It’s about $30-35 for their largest brand. Pretty affordable I would say.

And for the bargain price– Maxximum (CAN be found at Wal-Mart)

EDIT: I find raw to be VERY expensive– but that’s because I don’t have a local butcher (only the big box store– SAFEWAY) so I can’t pick up the butcher scraps or anything for cheap… I have to buy choice cuts– which is why I feed raw 1-2 times a week instead of every day.

EDIT2: The prick online points out the positives and negatives of the food. YOU have to decide whether you agree with him or not. If you think differently than him, then don’t listen to what he has to say. I like’s reviews because they list the INGREDIENTS, which is the MOST IMPORTANT PART of the food.

Richard asks…

Is blue dry dog food a good brand?

I need to order food from petsmart, as they will ship to apo addresses.
also what about the brand wellness?


Are you Talking about Blue Buffalo Dog Food?


If so… Yes.

Here are the ingredients.

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Rye , Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Potato Flour, Tomato Pomace, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Ground Flax Seed, Alfalfa, Herring Oil, Sea Salt, Barley Grass, Sunflower Oil (preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Calcium Phosphate, L-Carnitine, Dried Kelp, Whole Garlic Cloves, Lecithin, Parsley, Glucosamine, Spirulina, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Green Tea Extract, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bacillus Subtilis, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum, Bifidobacterium Longum, Enterococcus Faecium, Zinc Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Zinc), Choline Chloride, Iron Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Iron), Turmeric, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Manganese), Natural Color, Beta Carotene, Copper Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Copper), Potassium Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Potassium), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin, Calcium Pentothenate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Cobalt Proteinate (source of Chelated Cobalt), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (source of Vitamin K activity), Sodium Selenite


More info on choosing a pet food!

It’s time for pet owners to wake up and take responsibility for what they feed their animals and quit trusting what those great big money hungry companies tell you. Research for yourself, learn, read the ingredients and make an informed decision for the health and safety of your beloved pet.

With the recall, wheat gluten is the big suspect in cat food that everyone is trying to avoid, and it SHOULD be avoided. It should have been avoided all along. It’s nothing more than a cheap protein source used as a binding agent by pet food companies.

Corn should always be avoided as well. It’s a huge filler worth NOTHING. Corn as an ingredient in pet food is a joke. Ever seen a starving cat or dog chewing on a corn cob in a field? No, you haven’t.

As you search for your new pet food, be aware that there are three Categories of Pet Foods:

-”Grocery store” foods – (Generic Brands and cheap name brands) Those foods found in grocery stores and mass-market retailers are made with lower-quality, less-digestible, inexpensive ingredients and are therefore a cheaper alternative. While easy on the pocketbook, “grocery store” foods normally do not provide your cat with the healthiest, most nutrient-dense ingredients.

-Premium foods – (Iams/Eukanuba, Purina One, Hills Science Diet, Nutro and such) Foods often found in grocery stores, pet stores, and veterinarian offices that contain higher-grade ingredients, but still include many elements of “grocery store” food, such as artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives, and “filler” ingredients such as corn and wheat products, by-products and even animal digest. Yuck! Premium foods are usually more expensive than “grocery store” foods because their ingredients are sometimes of a higher quality, and are therefore somewhat more beneficial and digestible. But don’t be fooled, some of those same so called Premium brands are sometimes worse than grocery store foods, but they charge prices like they are better. They aren’t!

-Healthy foods – (Wellness, Eagle Pack, Drs Foster and Smith) The newest addition to the pet food market – provide pets with the highest quality, healthiest, and most nutritious ingredients. They are typically available for purchase online or direct from the manufacturer. Some better retailers are starting to carry them now. Complete Petmart carries a few healthy brand foods. Foods in the Healthy class – contain nutrient-rich ingredients. Formulated to provide optimum health benefits for pets, these foods often use real meat as the primary protein source, carbohydrate-rich whole grains like brown rice and barley and whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. They should not contain artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. They will almost always be fortified with additional vitamins and minerals, and will use the best natural sources for fatty acids to help build healthy skin and a beautiful coat. Because healthy foods use high quality ingredients, you should expect to pay a little more than you would for other types of pet food. Remember, though, with healthy foods you can feed less since healthy foods are more nutrient-dense than other types of food so it often evens out or cost’s les than feeding foods filled with cheap non-nutritional by-products fillers.

With all that information in mind, when you are choosing a new food, study the ingredients. All ingredients on pet food labels are listed by weight. Meaning whatever ingredients are listed first on the list, there is more in there. The first ingredients listed should be whole meat ingredients, protein sources, such as Chicken or Turkey. NOT just the word “meat”! Who the heck knows what that is? The word Chicken Meal is ok, but it should be a secondary ingredient, not first. Meal is the meat dehydrated and ground into a powder.

The ingredients also should NOT include any by-products or animal digest whatsoever. Those are disgusting left over animal parts that are scraped off the filthy floors of meat and poultry plants. They should just go into the trash but they put them into pet food instead. EW!!!!

Also make sure there are no artificial colors or flavors. And make sure there is no BHA and BHT used preservatives. These preservatives have been shown to cause cancer in both cats and dogs. Bad Bad stuff and it’s in almost every cat treat on the market. :(

So, in summery of the ingredients… if you see the words by-products, Animal Digest, the word “meat” alone, Corn, Corn Gluten, Wheat Gluten, or BHA or BHT… stop reading, put down that bag and move on to the next.

Be aware that when switching to a Healthy, Holistic or Organic food, you will pay for what you get. Good foods are not cheap. They are pricey and will cost you on a per bag basis much more. Just like steak costs more than hotdogs. But again, you will be feeding a better food and improving the over all health of your pet. Which in turn leads to less vet visits for illness now and more importantly later in life in their Geriatric years. You will also feed less of this food on a per animal basis because a smaller amount of food contains what your cat needs. Overall healthy foods are well worth it, if only for the piece of mind that the ingredients are safer.

What are some good foods I recommend? I feed my cats Drs. Foster and Smith Holistic Adult Lite Dry cat food along with a mix of Wellness Dry. I also feed Merrick Canned.

I purchase Drs. Foster and Smith online and have it automatically delivered to my door so I never run out and never have to go get it. It’s one of the best foods on the market and has no “fillers” in it. It is also very reasonably priced compared to other holistic foods. And when you’re feeding as many cats as I am, price is as important as ingredients. If you can’t afford it, you can’t feed it. So buy the highest quality you can and feel good that you are doing the absolute best you can for your pet.

If you want to buy in a store, Complete Petmart is a good store and carries quite a few natural, organic, and holistic blends. Also check with your local feed stores. Old Mother Hubbard Wellness Brand is a great holistic food I feed. As is Eagle Pack Dry Cat food. Merrick canned is also a great source of nutrition and they will be coming out with a dry line this summer. Some brands, not all, of Nutro cat food are semi-ok if you want to spend less money, however I personally would never chose their food for nutritional value.

I highly recommend people take the time to research for themselves, but the information I have given should get you off to a good start. Good luck choosing a new food for your cats!

Side note… Please don’t feed Iams / Eukanuba. It’s ALL fillers, byproducts, animal digest and CRAP. Read the ingredients! There is nothing good for your cat in that food. Not to mention they conduct the most appalling animal testing you have ever seen. Http:// to see the terror they create.

Drs. F&S Food Link –

Wellness Food Link –

Eagle Pack Holistic Select –

Merrick Foods:


Mandy asks…

Is Nutro Natural Choice good food?

It was recommended by a breeder and we have given our bulldogs (english and french) that since they were both puppies. My english is almost 2 and is on the Venison Meal with whole brown rice
and my frenchie is 11 months and is just finishing his lamb and rice puppy bites…we have just started mixing the adult venison with his food.
The reason we were very attracted to this brand was because they gear towards sensitive stomachs and skin and if you’ve ever owned a bulldog you know they can have both very badly.
They have amazing coats might I add.
but I haven’t come in contact with that many people that use it.
It’s definitely a premium dog food and is about $48 for the 35lb bag but just wanted to get opinions if this is truly a good choice.

or do you have a better educated suggestion?
ReddyLee- thank you sooooooo much! your answer is so thourough and helpful.
I have heard other owners of other breeds talk about Innova.
My pups food is almost gone so I really am going to switch them over to Innova slowly with the rest of their food.
My babies are everything to me and I need healthy bulldogs so thank you again for all your input.


I’m an English bulldog mom and a dog rescuer.

If a food has wheat, corn, excessive meals (ashy versions especially), soy, preservatives, etc, its a bad food, plain and simple.

With bulldogs, Innova is a great choice. They seem to do best on this food, over Wellness or Merrick’s (two other highly favored brands by discerning health conscious pet owners), although my Saint Bernard does well on all three of the brands I just mentioned. With bulldogs, keeping those folds clean starts with food. We feed Innova, twice a day (you can feed 3 times a day if you are home for it, but typically twice a day is a good option–once a day is too rough on tummies!), along with Nupro supplement (we use the silver label Nupro for the extra joint health support, as most joint health support pills give bullies the runs!), a tablespoon of yogurt (with active cultures) a day to help digestive and intestinal issues as well as keeping yeast balanced to keep folds clean, and 400 IU of Vitamin E daily.

Typically, Innova runs about $40-45 for a 33 pound bag. It can be found in many specialty pet stores and can also be bought online on for a bit extra.

If it gives you an idea as to how good Innova really is, I’ll share this story.

Our bulldog is a little stinker. He’s a big chewer, a hard chewer, and he has been known to destroy most toys. We only supply him with Durable Nylabones and the black (super strong) Kong toys. We tried a new version of a kong type bone by Nylabone that was originally packaged stating that it was “for really strong chewers, indestructible” (they no longer make these claims). We gave the bone to our bully, and sat on the couch to keep an eye on him. Within seconds, he pulled a piece of the bone off and swallowed it down. When we examined the bone, it looked as though he has swallowed very little (it was hard to tell because of the bones unusual bumps and shapes).

He ended up with severe bowel obstruction, that was first missed by our old vet (we’ve switched since then–nothing personal, but they were too busy with the reproductive side of the business to deal with more vet care based issues), and he was truly near death by the time we took him (for the second time) to the emergency vet. They put him into surgery immediately.

The surgeon came out and asked us (almost pleadingly) what we fed him on a regular basis. We told him: Innova, Nupro, yogurt, and Vitamin E. He said that he would be changing his own dogs from Wellness to our routine, and most of his staff changed as well. He told us that had our bulldog not been as healthy as possible, as a result of his excellent food regimen, he wouldn’t have made it through the first cut. He recovered from the surgery in record time and was back home in perfect health before anyone thought he’d be able to get off the IV. The surgeon we had (as well as all of the other vets we use) is world-renowned, and in the top of his field. I figure, if he says we owe it all to the food, then who are we to argue? We’ve sent our thanks to Innova and Nupro, and even to the company that makes the yogurt we use. (We use only full-fat, plain, organic yogurt from Horizon–low fat or non-fat give a lot of dogs the runs, including ours.)

All this being said, I’m sure you’ll make the right decision for your bully babies. Good luck, and I hope I’ve give you some good information to work with. It literally makes me teary to think of our baby boy, clinging to me pitifully like a koala bear while I sat in the patient room for the emergency vet to come in, and the only thing that makes me feel better is remembering that he is okay now and it is all thanks to the good people who make his food.

**Added note:

I’m happy to help! You (or anyone) are welcome to email me directly if you have specific questions or would like some advice. There aren’t many bully issues I haven’t dealt with or heard of, and if there are, I have a great support network of other experienced bully owners I can ask.

Just in case you haven’t done a food switch before, here’s the rule of thumb. If you have, and you already know this, feel free to ignore! :)

First day: 1/4 new food, 3/4 old food. Second day: 1/2 new food, 1/2 old food. Third day: 3/4 new food, 1/4 old food. Fourth day: all new food.

If your bully has major tummy upset issues, however, I recommend a 1/8 change process. (First day: 1/8 new food, 7/8 old food, Second day: 2/8 (1/4) new food, 6/8 (3/4) old food, etc etc).

After the food change is complete, give it about 2 weeks to see real changes. It won’t be immediate and will take almost a month to really show the drastic change, but within 2 weeks the poops should firm up again if they were soft during the change, and an improvement in skin and folds should show themselves.

Good luck!

David asks…

Mainsource dog food?

Has anyone used Mainsource dog food from tractor supply??Was it any good??
for any smart a** I mean was it good for your dog..I cant seem to find the ingredients online.


I didn’t have much luck finding the ingredients online either. But look at the bag and compare the ingredients to this list.

Nothing you find at a grocery store is going to be a good food. High quality foods can be found at large pet store chains, or online. A couple of foods I like are Nutro Natural, Innova, and Cannidae.

There are other high quality dog foods. Here’s how to spot them:

A high quality food will have little or no fillers such as corn, wheat or soy. These aren’t very digestable for dogs, and are common food related allergens. Since you were seeing corn meal in the first few ingredients, those are not high quality foods. Foods list ingredients by content, with the ingredient it contains most of at the top.

A high quality food will not contain BHT, BHA or Ethoxyquin, these are all chemical preservatives that have been linked to cancer.

A high quality food will not contain by-products of any kind. Meat meals are ok as long as the source of the meat is listed, such as Chicken Meal.

A high quality diet should have meat as at least the first ingredient., and be made from human grade ingredients. Foods that don’t use human grade ingredients often get their ingredients from less than desirable sources, such as meat from animals that were diseased, or euthanized.

There is another diet option other than dog food. Some people choose to feed a raw diet. This involves feeding the dog raw meaty bones and organ meat. However it is not as simple as throwing a couple chicken bones in a bowl everyday. If you wish to feed this type of diet, do lots and lots of research first. Switching to this diet without knowing what your doing can lead to nutritional problems for your dog. I’ll give you some links as a starting point in research if you are interested in this type of diet.


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Michael asks…

What type of food is better for a YORKIE PUPPY? Mini Yorkshire by Royal Canin OR Nutro Natural Choice?


Out of the two, I’d go with the Nutro Natural Choice.

Here’s some more tips on spotting high quality dog food.

Nothing you find at a grocery store is going to be a good food. High quality foods can be found at large pet store chains, or online. A couple of foods I like are Nutro Natural, Innova, Innova Evo and Cannidae.

There are other high quality dog foods. Here’s how to spot them:

A high quality food will have little or no fillers such as corn, wheat or soy. These aren’t very digestable for dogs, and are common food related allergens. Since you were seeing corn meal in the first few ingredients, those are not high quality foods. Foods list ingredients by content, with the ingredient it contains most of at the top.

A high quality food will not contain BHT, BHA or Ethoxyquin, these are all chemical preservatives that have been linked to cancer.

A high quality food will not contain by-products of any kind. Meat meals are ok as long as the source of the meat is listed, such as Chicken Meal.

A high quality diet should have meat as at least the first ingredient., and be made from human grade ingredients. Foods that don’t use human grade ingredients often get their ingredients from less than desirable sources, such as meat from animals that were diseased, or euthanized.

There is another diet option other than dog food. Some people choose to feed a raw diet. This involves feeding the dog raw meaty bones and organ meat. However it is not as simple as throwing a couple chicken bones in a bowl everyday. If you wish to feed this type of diet, do lots and lots of research first. Switching to this diet without knowing what your doing can lead to nutritional problems for your dog. I’ll give you some links as a starting point in research if you are interested in this type of diet.






What’s Really In Pet Food…

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Your Questions About Healthy Families

Richard asks…

Really need to healthy my family up!?

Where can I find a good book or guide to healthy feeding all the family breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks/packed lunches with average ingredients from basic supermarket, average budget and no endless trips to markets/shops daily for mega fresh produce (find even on weekly shop if haven’t used all fresh veg etc in 2 days it starts going off) Can you us the frozen stuff & be healthy? If veg sits for 4 days is it worth using? How long does potatoes last in the cupboard as long as their not sprouting? Can you use them if they are sprouting? Do the vitamins in fruit & veg really die off in a few hours after picking?
would love to do the grow your own thing but just haven’t got the time – honestly! 3 kids & job & hubby that thinks nutrition comes from a pot noodle! (lazy git!!!) Also done Annabel Karmel to death but is actually quite time consuming & fidly despite what she claims & although i adapted most recipes to feed us all she was on the kids side wasn’t she?!! Not on the “heres a tasty & nutritious meal I can rustle up without loosing my marbles with 3 kids runing about under my feet getting badly injured ’cause mommies busy cooking & decorating sausage snails thats taking up all her time instead of looking after us an if we’re dead who needs frigging sausage snails anyway?!!!” Get my meaning? More like here’s a pasta bake for all thats got hidden veg in, quite good for you but tastes really good an if there is a horrible person (small or large) that dislikes it then – TOUGH! You offered nutrition & if they don’t eat it you can’t get done for child abuse!!!
Frozen veg tends to taste crap tho. What brand tastes good?


Fresh fruit and vegetables do begin to loose their vitamins within a few minutes of being picked, not all at once of course and they are still of some value several days or even weeks later but frozen vegetables are often picked and frozen within a couple of hours which slows down the vitamin loss and actually means that they are often better for you than supposedly fresh produce which may be a week or more getting from the field to the shelf. The less cooking they get, the better and I find that frozen peas also taste better if they are in a little hot water for just long enough to defrost and heat them through than if they sit in boiling water for five minutes.
As for potatoes, so long as they have not gone green or soft,they are fine, use them as soon as you can, however and try cooking and eating with the skins on an most of the goodness in a potato is in that part of it.and even fries are good with the skin left on.
One of the biggest problems with finding a single book to help your whole family be healthier is that children and adults have different do women and men to some extent. I suggest that you try any of the Annabel karmel books on child feeding, they are informative and imaginative without the reader needing to become an expert chef in order to make much use of them.
Children need carbohydrates for growth as well as energy, women under thirty should make sure they have a good calcium intake as we do not assimilate it so easily after the age of thirty..although we should still eat plenty. Sliced white bread, whatever else is right or wrong with it,has added calcium and a sandwich a day is no bad thing.
I grow a lot of my own vegetables with the aid of a small greenhouse, it doesn’t save me money or time but I do have the best tasting and healthiest veggies I can get hold of.. You would be astonished at the difference in taste between shop bought produce and things that were picked only an hour or so before being served! You can freeze any excess..there are endless numbers of books to tell you how, find them in your library to begin with..and if you can involve other members of your family then it is a healthy pastime that will make the more aware and appreciative of what they eat.

Michael asks…

Does your family eat healthy foods everyday?

I have a 3 yr old daughter and a 9 week old daughter and I feel like while we were eating fairly healthy before our second daughter was born, now we just eat whatever is convenient, which means alot of chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and pre-made dinners. I just recently read something online about hot dogs being bad for you and I feel horrible because our 3 yr. old loves cut up hot dogs and eats them on a regular basis. I just feel like I don’t have the time during the day to make good meals because I’m taking care of our new baby as well as our older daughter. What does your family eat daily? What are some quick and easy healthy meal ideas? Thanks


You really need to try to make time to eat healthy and exercising to show your kids a good example. I used to eat that crap when I was a kid, but then changed my eating habits of my family later. It really does mess them up, it affected me really negatively.

My family usually eats
Pizza ( whole what and homemade with lots of healthy toppings!)
Pasta from scratch with some type of meat
Any type of meat; steaks, lamb chops, ect
Potatoes ( sweet potatoes are actually the healthiest fruit of vegetable-w/e you think they are)
Salads, corns, beans, ect

thats a few examples, here is what I ate today

8am whole grain oatmeal boiled with rasins (NOT PREPACKED CRAP), only cinnamon added, because it does not contain sugar and is healthy :)

10pm Apple

12 pm whole grain sandwhich with tuna fish (no mayo in the tuna- olive oil instead!) lettuce, and a little sprinkle of peppers

4 pm apple

5pm plum

8pm tostada’s (refried beans served on a flat taco shell with sausage and cheese)

throughout the day I drank 1 gallon of water, and no other drinks

I’m 16 btw

Lizzie asks…

easy healthy recipes for family of 3?

my family is going to try to eat healthy but we don’t really know any recipes. so if anyone could provide recipes for us that would be great, preferably 5 ingredients or less. We really like our beef, chicken, and pork. We don’t really like too much fish. also recipes that wont break the bank please :) if anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated!


Healthier Meatloaf

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 egg
1 onion, chopped
1 cup low-fat (1%) milk
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 large carrot, grated
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/3 cup ketchup


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
Combine beef, egg, onion, milk, bread crumbs, parsley, and carrot in a large bowl. Season with salt and black pepper. Place beef mixture in loaf pan.
Stir together brown sugar, mustard, and ketchup in a small bowl. Pour over meatloaf.
Bake in preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Paul asks…

Healthy Family Friendly Dinner Ideas?

Okay, So Im going to be cooking dinner for my sibling and parents and I need a BIG list of dinner idea. They have to be really healthy but yummy to because I have to feed picky eaters :) Im also 15 years old and Im trying to lose weight so these have to be friendly to my diet! Please help!!!!!!!!!!


Congratulations for trying to lose weight! You can do it with lots of determination, especially with a family friendly diet!

I don’t want to give a specific recipe, because I know everyone’s tastes are different from my own, especially with picky eaters. I like to use certain websites that offer slender recipes, so I’ll give you some of my favorites and tell you my favorite recipes from them all.

My go-to FAVORITE website is Skinnytaste. I’m not sure if you buy any low-fat or non-fat products, but she uses a lot of them if you do. Her recipes are delicious, and very family friendly since she has children of her own. Check out the kid-friendly section for that!

My favorite recipe from Skinnytaste is the Lighter Baked Mac and Cheese. So good, quick, and easy. I know kids would like it too! (with or without the spinach and onions, I’ve made it both ways)

Another one of my favorites for family friendly is Super Healthy Kids. Lots of kid friendly recipes that are also quick and easy. I enjoyed her Sweet Potato Fries.


I know you’re not a mom (neither am I) but Real Mom Kitchen also has some good ideas. Like Hamburger Helper? Try making her Cheeseburger Macaroni. It tastes EVEN BETTER. And easy too!


Lastly, there’s Chef Mom. These recipes are very family friendly, and can be done with any products you want, diet or not. I’ve never tried any, but if you look around, I’m sure you can find something you and your family will enjoy.


Good luck!

Sharon asks…

Healthy Grocery Shopping for Family?

I know this subject was covered a lot, but nothing really stood out that seems to help me.

I have a husband and three children (15 years, 3 years and 2 years.) We need a healthy diet, but I don’t know how to shop for healthy eating. Telling me to “buy organic” or shop the outer ailes does not help me. I need a list of foods to buy and meals to make. We are on a limited budget of $100 to 150 a week for groceries.

My family is getting tired of eating chicken all the time, so along with a list of food items, ideas on what dishes to make would be great.


One of the awful things about this country is that healthy food costs more and that fact sucks. I think that you should go to Barnes and Noble and browse the cookbook section because there are tons of books that have cheap, easy and healthy meals and you can find one you like. The one book will be an investment because then you can pick out meals you like and know what to shop for. It’s a bit difficult to say, buy this this and this because there are no specific foods to buy to be healthy, it’s more like a mindset. Some suggestions are checking the calories per serving on foods and dont buy things with over 300 calories a serving, and don’t buy foods with saturated fat and high fructose corn syrup (though foods without these will be more expensive, it’s sad but it’s the way the world is today and why so many are unhealthy). Good luck in getting your family healthy :)

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Your Questions About Chamomile Tea Sleep

Mandy asks…

What is the best tea to drink before bed?

Green tea supposedly has caffene and is NOT good to drink after 6:00pm…. What do you think?


Chamomile tea is the best. Sleepy time tea is a good one also, chamomile tea helps to calm you down and relax your body for sleep. Plus it tastes yummy!

Susan asks…

Milk and cookies or chamomile tea?

What could do good to make me at least a little tired?


Have a double tea bag of Chamomile Tea in 10 ounces of water, you’ll sleep like a lamb and won’t have to count sheep. :)

William asks…

What type of tea is good for sleep?

I love hot tea and i always have a hard time sleeping. I have both jasmine and green tea right now, but i believe those are ment for staying awake hahaha! By the way make sure the tea is sold loose leaf! Bags are too mainstream lolz


Try Chamomile tea, it works well for me.

Sandy asks…

is chamomile tea good or green tea is better?

hi ive been drinking all this week chamomile tea with caffeine free
and im that kind of girl who didnt like tea at all since my friend told me that it was going to help with my period i stared drinking the tea and i loved it
but i heard that green tea is way better than chamomile
and i heard that green tea makes you loose weight is it true?

what are the difference between green tea and chamomile tea


You are comparing apples and oranges.
Green tea is a true tea, with all the benefits that come with it.
Chamomile tea is a herbal tea with medicinal benefits.
Neither is better or worse than the other, they both have their place.
I use chamomile when I cannot sleep, have an upset stomach or am nervous about something since it is a digestive aid and a natural relaxer and sleep aid.
I highly doubt adding green tea to your diet wil automatically cause you to lose weight. Its all about calories. Eat more than you burn and you gain. Burn more than you eat and you lose.

Mary asks…

relaxing tea. that helps you sleep?

I usually have a hard time falling asleep. My doctor did prescribe me ambien but ive heard horror stories about people getting addicted to them. I was wondering is there any type of tea obviously decaffeinated that helps sooth and relax you to go to sleep?


Chamomile is the tradtional relaxation tea

Other ideas:

also, natural progesterone cream applied right before bed can help you sleep (look for progesterone USP, not wild yam on the label)

try an epsom salt bath – 2 cups in a warm bath, soak for 20 minutes. It is very relaxing, and very good for you.

Melatonin (a naturally occurring compound in the body normally) also helps with sleep. Your body may not be producing enough. You need low light, relaxation, no physical exertion for a couple hours before bed.

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Your Questions About Chamomile And Sleep

Ruth asks…

i cant sleep. ? please help.?

ok im 13, im female, i drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet. i cant sleep. ive tried chamomile tea, warm milk etc etc. please help. i feel wide awake. and its driving me nuts.

thanks for the answer, but its lack of sleep. not weight gain.

thanks x ill try it..

still having stouble sleeping.

yesterday i slept from 9 till 1am and then from 2am til 7.30am

how can i stop myself from being restless and waking up?

thanks x x


Perhaps you can find some useful tips in a web search for “can’t sleep”.

Jenny asks…

Chamomile and children?

My son is 8 years old and has trouble finding sleep at night. Sometimes it can be as late as 1:00a.m. before he finds sleep. His concentration level in class has dropped dramatically. So, since myself I like to drink chamomile before bedtime, I decided to make him one. Soon after he fell asleep. Now, perhaps I should have checked before giving him chamomile. I rather wait for your comments to see whether or not I should use chamomile to suit his sleeping problem.

Keep in mind, though, that I am located in Quebec (Canada), thus American products cannot necessarily be found here.

Thanks everyone.


Chamomile is considered safe for children, even very young ones and infants….hence chamomile teething granules or chamomile tea recommended for teething and colic. But do see how he reacts to it. If it helps then I don’t see a problem with continuing giving him the tea. But of course if you notice a negative reaction then stop. Just don’t sweeten it whatever you do…with giving it so late and him falling asleep after taking it. There is a growing problem of tooth decay in very young children and toddlers from having late night drinks containing sugars [even if natural as in milk if left on the teeth ].

You ought to try fish oil [omega 3] also. It is now known to help calm children and thus help with sleeping, especially those wit adhd/add [ ]. Also ensure his diet is free from additives…particularly msg, aspartame and artificial colourings. And too much sugar [sweets!] can make young children restless and hyper….sweets [candies] may be best reserved for special occasional treats.

Lavender bath gel for children and a little Epsom salts in his bath might help.

Just make sure there is routine….supper, bath, brush teeth, bed-time story [light reading], bed. Children benefit from routine.

Best wishes.

Lizzie asks…

Why can’t I sleep?! A week or so before my period Im up til 3/4 AM wide awake. Why does this happen?

And what can I do NONmedicinally to go 2 sleep? I don’t like chamomile tea and it doesn’t help anyway


Try playing a game, or hey try reading! Because i had the same problem as you and when i read my eyes would get tired, within 30mins-1hr. So good luck. Otherwise if i were you i’d lay down with the lights off and watch tv in bed, that helps me too. But everyone is different. Good luck.

Sandy asks…

i need to go to sleep soon but i cant fall asleep?

i HAVE to be asleep at 10:30 and im sure im not gonna be able to fall asleep..
any tips?
btw i tried chamomile tea
im in california,
im pretty sure theres a time difference were you are -___-
and i dont masturbate sorry .


Warm soft light..get into bed and listen to soft music with no lyrics and wear an eye mask.

Sandra asks…

What really works to help you sleep?

Melantonin, valerian root, passion flower, chamomile tea, warm milk, meditation don’t do it for me. Ambien and Lunesta are too expensive and have bad side effects.


A small glass of wine often helps.

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