7 Ways to Improvise In A Food Desert

“Dr. Hyman, I’m going to my in-laws for the holidays, and they live in a food desert,” a reader recently wrote. “Seriously, they have one grocery store and a McDonald’s. What do I do? I’m going to be there for almost 10 days!” Trust me when I say we’ve all been there. I’ve traveled to towns where I’ve felt forced to make the most of what is available and the options weren’t very impressive. Sometimes you have to improvise and do the best you can with what you have. It’s not your fault you can’t find real food in the average American town. The food industry conspires to keep real food off the shelves because it’s simply not as profitable to sell vegetables, fruits and nuts as it is to sell snack cakes, candy bars and chips. Yet even in those situations, there’s hope.  You can find healthy foods just about anywhere, even if they aren’t as abundant as junk food. You don’t need access to farmers’ markets, gourmet food stores or even health food stores. You can visit your regular grocery store and usually find what you need. In even the worst situations, I use these seven ways to improvise and make the best possible choices in what seems like the most hopeless food deserts: Carry healthy food staples. Convenience stores and airport kiosks are invitations to eat junk food. If you’re going to be driving, I recommend taking healthy staples from home like almond butt...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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