Oh gosh, that graphic makes it very difficult to read this post - yikes!
I agree with the above poster, read everything you can by Michael Pollan. Watch the movie Food, Inc. Here are some of the things that I do to help me in my whole foods quest.
- Shop the parimeter of the grocery store. Stay away from the aisles, they contain all the processed foods, instead shop for perishable foods.
- Look at the labels. You want as few ingredients as possible. If you're looking for peanut butter then only ingredient on the label should be peanuts.
- Walk to the market every day, for fresh food. Every day for lunch I have a salad. Therefore, I walk to the market every morning and buy a head of lettuce, a cucumber, and an avocado.
- Since organic food is quite expensive I can't buy everything organic. I stick to the top 10 organic food list http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy...foods#slide-15
Anything that grows in the ground (potatoes, onions, carrots) I buy organic. Anything that is dairy (milk, eggs, butter) I buy organic. I don't buy organic bananas or avocados because they have a thick skin. All lettuces and spinach are organic.