For Natural Pain Relief on a Budget, Shop a Certified Farmer’s Market

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

May 4th, 2010 • Nutrition for Natural Pain ReliefPrint Print

For natural pain relief on a budget, I suggest you try shopping at a certified farmer’s market. Here’s why: A few days ago, I was foraging through my cupboards, eating one thing after another. I was crazy hungry but insatiable. Even when my body was stuffed, I was still hungry. It wasn’t emotional eating, I was sure. It felt genuinely physical.

So I sat with the feeling inside and realized that since eating on a budget, buying food primarily from my local Dollar Store, I was bored stiff with food and just not feeling fed, no matter what I ate. I missed living in Berkeley, where I biked to the Farmer’s Market once or twice a week and bought massive amounts of freshly-picked, organic fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh cheeses, nuts, bread, and oil.

The experience of eating such raw food was divine. I felt fed and deeply nourished, connected to the earth, and satisfied with every bite, not to mention pleased about lessening my impact on the planet. Not only was the food alive, but so was the atmosphere in which I had purchased it.

So today I decided that as strapped as I’ve been for cash, it just is not worth it to eat cheaply. This afternoon, I went to my local farmer’s market. Once I arrived, I nearly cried. It is such an awake experience to shop in an open-air market, buying directly from the people who grow the food. And guess what? I found out that the farmer’s market down here is much cheaper than the one in Berkeley:

I got a monster head of organic lettuce, a fat bunch of organic cooking greens, three organic lemons, and three bunches of organic spring onions for $1 each! Eat that, Dollar Store! I also got a basket of organic strawberries, ready to burst from freshness, for $1.50. And the organic tomatoes, cucumbers, and multi-colored peppers were $3/lb, which at the end of the day is a worthy tradeoff, given the taste difference. Total cost: $16.

I got home and had the most delicious meal I have eaten in a long, long time. And I knew that by eating the freshest and healthiest produce available, I am also boosted my body’s ammo for natural pain relief through nutrition. So be sure to check out your local certified farmer’s market. You never know what you’ll find.

Visit the national directory of farmer’s markets to locate one near you.

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