January 1, 2009
A lof of people are looking to lose weight as part of their New Year's resolution but health food retailer say that working out is just part of the equation. You have to incorporate a healthy diet as well.
"You know what you put in is what you get out. it's kind of like putting gas in your car," said Whole Foods Team Leader Jeff Turner.
And for anyone who is looking to lose weight as part of their New Year's resolution, that means eating healthier. Going to health foods stores for all natural food without preservatives, artifical coloring as well as supplements such as vitamins and protein powders. It's a lifestyle change some retailers say a lot of customers are looking for.
"A lot of people that come here because they want fresh produce, they want meats without antibiotics or hormones in it, they want good food," said Turner.
But there are factors that discourage people from eating healthy, especially in a recession.
"You know I think the one thing that when people look at food is especially today is the price tags," said Turner.
Turner says that you can certainly eat healthier while staying on a budget. He admits that while some of their products are expensive, there are plenty of items that are affordable and he says that by spending a little more to eat healthy now, you could be saving yourself a lot of money in the long run.
"You gotta think about how you're going to spend it you know, you can pay medical bills when you get sick or you can eat healthy and exercise and maybe that will help some of that down the road," said Turner.
The FDA says eating healthy is just one way of lowering your chances of getting heart disease.