I’ve found the key to everlasting weight loss, great health and feeling awesome is to take back control of your food and to stop outsourcing it to restaurants, fast food chains and corporations. With that said, unless you plan on growing everything you eat yourself, we still need the food industry to survive. So how do we use the food industry to our advantage? There is a revolution happening in the way we eat and we together can demand what our stores carry. We control the marketplace after all…
That’s why I firmly believe – Grocery Stores are our best friends!
Let me explain…
If we develop a relationship with our grocery store, we can dramatically change the food options that they line their shelves with. They want to please us, they want to stock their shelves with the products that we will buy otherwise food gets wasted and they lose money. The simple act of asking your local grocery store to carry more organic and healthy brands can make a huge improvement in the type of food that is available for you and your entire community to buy.
Watch as I explain why it’s so important to talk to our local grocery stores about the food they sell:
Vote with your dollars and your store will change!
Every purchase counts. In order to survive, food companies have to keep an eye on their bottom line. When we vote with our dollars, we send clear messages about what we want to see more of, and what we are not willing to support. If we support those companies that are watching out for us and have OUR best interests at heart then we can increase their presence in the marketplace. The companies who don’t have our best interests at heart will begin to take notice and start to change their ways if they want to remain relevant.
Want more organic food? Just ask for it!
There is a tidal wave of change happening at major grocery chains across this country. Target, Publix, Kroger, Harris Teeter, Walmart, and Costco are all providing more organic options and enacting better meat sourcing policies – and it’s because of all of you out there that are voting with your dollars and asking for more real food! When we all raise our voices asking for these options, grocery stores are responding by providing what we want to eat. It really is that simple.
Here’s what you can do to get what you want at your local grocery store:
1. Clean out your pantry and return unopened processed “food” to the store (and tell them why). I did this several years ago with an unopened can of Crisco, but not before explaining to the store manager why I was returning it. If more people admonished their grocery stores for carrying poisons and questionable ingredients, there’d be less of this stuff on their shelves.
2. Drop off a letter to your local grocery store asking for better options or simply call or talk to the store manager. A carefully crafted written letter will receive the most attention from management, and may be forwarded on, which can create even bigger changes. Or a simple face-to-face encounter can get healthier options on the way to your grocery store faster than you can imagine. Remember to be specific about what brands and products you’d like them to carry.
Here’s a sample letter to send to your local grocery store (get a printable version here!):
Dear ___________________________ , (Name of Store Manager):
I am writing to you as one of your regular customers to thank you for the current selection of certified organic and healthy products that are currently on the shelves.
Being that certified organic and non-GMO products are becoming a larger share of the market and a growing request by many people such as myself, I would like to ask you to expand this selection. More and more people are likely to shop where there is a greater variety of healthy alternatives.
Below is a quick list of the most important products that people eat on a daily basis. It is crucial that this store is a leader in promoting change and offering healthier options in these categories.
I am also aware that an increasing amount of retailers across the country are open to special orders for new products and if requested often enough these products can find a place on the shelves. Thank you for being open to these requests and providing the real food we all need to create a change towards a better future.
Here are the most important areas we can provide clean, healthy food and some suggested options for great brands that are found all over the country at local grocery stores just like yours!
* Milk – Local and Organic, Organic Valley Grassmilk, Traderspoint Creamery
* Chicken/Beef – Local and Organic, White Oak, Organic Prairie, Jones Creek, Thousand Hills, Hearst Ranch
* Bread – Ezekiel, Food For Life, Dave’s Killer Bread (non-frozen)
* Yogurt – Maple Hill Creamery, Traderspoint Creamery
* Juice – Raw, Organic and Cold Pressed, Matt’s Organic, Lakewood Organic
* Cereal – Ezekiel, Two Moms in the Raw, Purely Elizabeth, Go Raw
* Eggs – Local and Organic, Vital Farms, The Country Hen, Organic Valley Organic Brown Eggs
* Oil – Organic, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil, Ghee, Red Palm Oil, Olive Oil
* Produce – Local and Organic (Next Best: Frozen Veggies – Organic)
* Sugar & Snacks – Coconut Sugar, Raw Pure Honey, Maple Syrup, Organic Stevia, Late July Chips, Jackson’s Honest Chips, Mary’s Gone Crackers or Pretzels, 479 Popcorn, Three Twins Ice Cream, Coconut Bliss Ice Cream, Madhava Sprouted Brownie or Cookie Mix, Organic dried fruit
I want to thank you for taking the time to address my concerns and for taking a step in the right direction to provide safe, clean food for myself and my family, while supporting local producers and a healthier planet.
It’s so simple. Print this letter out or customize it for your needs and hand it to the store manager at your local store or send it to the grocery store headquarters.
No more excuses – Ask for what you want and you shall receive!
Do you know someone who complains about their grocery store not having any clean, healthy or organic staples? Then please share this post with them! You will change their life and the world.