Where We Shop

Real food shopping at Food Conspiracy Co-Op on 4th Avenue in Downtown TucsonAs I’ve been connecting with local business owners and staff, one question that arises is that of where WE shop. I’m finding that people are intrigued by the idea of eating 100% real food and are wondering how to even go about doing this.

I’ve shared some of our process for eating out in my About Us page and in my Hello Tucson blog post, but I wanted to take a minute to share about bringing only real food into our home.

Real Food Shopping

It’s simple really. I don’t shop at conventional grocery stores at all because reading labels takes too much time and 90% of what I find in the mainstream markets is artificial. (Scary, right?)

So, I simplify. We buy food from Food Conspiracy Co-op on 4th Ave., at Trader Joe’s with the knowledge that everything that is TJ’s brand is safe which is most of what they carry and at Whole Foods. I have found items at both Whole Foods and the Co-op with artificial ingredients but it was clearly accidental and they removed the items from their shelves immediately when I brought it to their attention, which shows me their integrity and wins my trust.Fresh Local Real Food shopping at the Co-Op on 4th Avenue in Tucson.
Sprouts is another option but it’s a mixed bag and so requires label reading so I don’t often shop there.

After so many years of eating only real food, we have found substitutions for nearly everything we like to eat. I don’t feel like I’ve given up anything. We know our brands so it’s not hard work, especially if we stick with these three stores that we trust.

If you are thinking about switching to eating only real food, have fun with it. Check out these great places to shop and find new foods you love to replace food items you feel unable to let go. I can guarantee that the real-food version is going to be even better.

I would be happy to help you in any way I can. Are there any food items you’ve been unable to find without artificial additives?

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Food Conspiracy Co-Op.