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Live a Wellness Lifestyle

We all want to live a happy, healthy, and vital life. But "stuff" often gets in the way of the self care we all know we should do. We run the Co-Op so clearly health is a huge part of our lives and even we run ourselves down from time to time. When thinking about this newsletter I thought it could be a good reminder to myself as well as all our members to focus on habits that create the life we all want to live!

This Wellness Lifestyle Pyramid from dōTERRA does a great job illustrating how wellness is a combination of lifestyle and healthcare. When lifestyle is the focus, health is naturally achieved and maintained.

Eating right comes easy to all of us shopping at the Co-Op. All of our goods are organic and locally sourced whenever possible. meaning you get quality non-toxic food to nourish you and your family. What many may not be aware of is that we have now started home deliveries! If your running short on time (aren't we all) complete your weekly pre-order online at your convenience then add "delivery" to your basket. We box all the requested goods for you and drop the groceries at your door! Fresh, wholesome food delivered - it doesn't get any easier than that!

Call Virgil for more information on home delivery at 727-666-5837.

Exercise helps you sleep better, improves immunity, regulates weight, boosts happiness, and has a laundry list of health benefits. Its easy to make excuses when trying to schedule a 1 hour workout class into our busy lives so instead try short and sweet. Exercise can absolutely mean going to the gym, yoga class, or running. But it can also mean mopping the floor, rough housing with your kids, or taking the dog for a walk. Sometimes just acknowledging the exercise we already do in our daily lives is accomplishment in and of itself.

Approximately 80% of health problems are estimated to be the result of persistent stress. Stress makes it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep as well as affecting your quality of sleep. The book Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson was a game changer, trust me - just read it! It gives you 21 easy ways to improve your sleep quality that anyone can do even those of us too busy to get "8 hours of sleep" - spoiler alert you may not actually need that magical number of sleep after all. Sleep improves mood and gives your body the opportunity to repair and renew. So don't get "just enough", set yourself up for a vital life by getting the quality sleep your body needs.

Reducing toxic loads may seem overwhelming or even down right impossible. I understand we live in a bustling city but when we consider our own home and personal space the impossible suddenly becomes much more achievable. Take one of our vendors, Molly Suds, for example. They are local to our city but have grown to serve people all over the country because of their strong stance against unnecessary toxic exposure in our homes. In the United States alone 80,000 chemicals were approved for use by the TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) and yet only 200 of the toxins were tested for human safety. Each year the list of chemicals change. Traces of nearly 300 of the chemicals were from toxins in food, personal care, environmental and household products. Molly Suds went about creating a range of laundry detergents and now cleaning products that are safe for even the tiniest members of our families.

Informed self care & proactive medical care is very different from the modern healthcare model of treat the symptoms not the cause. That being said it is without a doubt critically important and saves untold number of lives every year. But maybe it doesn't have to be our first response. By creating a solid base in your wellness pyramid you may be surprised at how little you might actually use healthcare. And when the minor ailment does pop up why not consider self care as your first course of action. We carry awesome herbal teas by Herbs & Oils Pathway To Wellness, Straight Hemp CBD oil which has been shown to improve a host of issues, and a large selection of DoTerra Essential Oils which can be used to relieve everything from the common cold to soothing sore muscles. There are sample bottles to try the different oils, if you haven't tried their serenity blend for sleep you should check it out - I would bet you will sleep like a baby! All of these home health treatments work with your body naturally to relieve most symptoms.

All of us here at Fresh Family Goods Food Co-Operative want to support you and your family on your journey to wellness so if there are any products you would like to see us carry or questions about anything we already stock please feel free to reach out by phone, email, or while you shop. We are here to assist in any way we can! Sincere gratitude to all of our members who have served and their friends and family who support them. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

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