The No Diet Challenge: 12 Where to Shop Healthy


The biggest problem with shopping healthy seems to be knowing what to buy.
Once we know what to shop for, then we have to find a place to get it.

Large grocery stores (including Target and Walmart) are not just there to serve you, they are there to make money. They focus the majority of their resources (time and money) on marketing, floor layout and product placement. Their strategy can sabotage our efforts to eat healthy and stay out of the poor house while doing so.

If you’re in NE Ohio, you’re in luck, because I’m going to share some of my favorites:

#1 Sweet Berry Fresh (by far the best customer service of any grocery experience I’ve ever had)
#2 West Side Market (truly my favorite overall experience when shopping for foods)
#3 Constantino’s Market (you can even link to what’s going on in Cleveland now via this site)
#4 Sun Plum Market (about Sun Plum)

While I cannot exclusively shop at any one of these stores for all of my needs, for obvious reasons ( toilet paper can’t be purchased in most of these locations), I do visit Sweet Berry Fresh weekly for fruits, veggies and more, because I find their prices and freshness to be out of this world.


Where else can you get a gallon of Dean’s milk for $2.50? Their top notch customer service and multiple open registers appeals to me because they know I want to get home (and get on with my life). It’s a pleasant experience to say the least.

Note: I never tell my children which fruit on the table is from which store… they can always guess Sweet Berry Fresh by juiciness and flavor.

Another market I know in the area, but have not tried: Willoughby Outdoor Farmers’ Market.

Here’s an ‘Organic Markets’ List by State

Your challenge this week is to find a healthy market in your area -then go there to buy:

1. At least 10 healthy food items
2. At least one new type of healthy food that you’ve never tried



The No Diet Challenge Step 9: What’s the Deal Between Organic and Regular Food?

applesI love to eat healthy foods. Sometimes when I’m at the store I buy stuff that I think is pretty good for me- then I realize that the person next to me is eating clean. No worries, my food will be clean later too, after I wash it.

Sometimes, I accidentally pick up something that’s organic and don’t realize it…and don’t care.
But later on, I read an article on organic and wonder if I should…

This week’s No Diet Challenge is to learn more about eating healthy and that includes organic and eating clean. Since I’m not the expert on this, I want to refer you to these links I found helpful:

What does organic mean?
Should we all be buying organic?
Are we healthy if we aren’t eating organic?
What is clean eating?
Can I afford to eat clean?
Is it worth it?

Stay tuned for the No Diet Challenge Step 10: What’s in your grocery cart & mine.

6 Weeks of the No Diet Challenge: Are You Still on Board or Do You Need Motivation?

%22Little Girl Eating Banana%22 by imagerymajestic

Let’s sum up the last 6 weeks of the No Diet Challenge:

Step 1 Week 1: Watch what you eat/make a food/mood log
Step 2 Week 2: Why scales and diets are dangerous
Step 3 Week 3: Balance bad/good food intake, learn 4 habits to help us
Step 4 Week 4: Get concerned about food labels (and why)!
Step 5 Week 5: SUGAR IS A DRUG – ditch some of it!
Step 6 Week 6: I wasn’t always skinny & the No Diet Challenge isn’t just about food

If you aren’t motivated by any of that:
Summer is a great time to take the No Diet Challenge because…

#1 The weather is more cooperative and helps us get outdoors and be more active!

#2 Our bodies don’t feel like they do in the winter (when all we want to do is hunker down with
comfort food)!

#3 The meals we make are often of different substance (less heavy, less starchy, less sauces).

Your Family Has So Many Reasons to do this now.
But, if you need More Motivation…

Watch for Step 7: How All Food Affects Us & Why We Should Care (a post not to be missed)


photo credit:”Little Girl Eating Banana” by imagery majestic