WACHing what you eat

March is National Nutrition Month.

Since we got married my wife has made it her business to make sure that we are eating as healthy as possible.

With March being National Nutrition Month I figured Iâ??d give some tips. But just as a disclaimer I am *NOT* a licensed dietitian.

When it comes to cooking, try olive oil or coconut oil.

Doctors at Inner Source Health say coconut oil can help our bodies build a resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Coconut oil can also help thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance.

Some other suggestions, make sure you buy juices that are 100% juice. Some of the drinks we buy for our family may only contain 15% juice or less and the rest are complete artificial flavors!

For some people this isnâ??t a bad thing, but for others being health conscience this can be a major issue.

Another suggestion would be to look at buying organic fruits. Why you ask? Because regular fruits may have pesticides sprayed on the fruit to make them last longer.

The term organic refers to foods that do *NOT* have chemical fertilizers and/or food additives.

In other words, these are foods taken straight from the source and not processed.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, these pesticides can have harmful to your health. Some pesticides may affect the hormone or endocrine system in your body.

In my opinion, if you eat the layers off of fruits (apples, strawberries) or vegetables, buy them organic. But know this, the organic wonâ??t last as long as the fruit sprayed with pesticide.

Another thought, if you have a newborn you may want to start making their food. I know this might sound far- fetched but itâ??s not that hard. Your childâ??s pediatrician will let you know which foods you should give your child as they grow.

If you like sugar, try honey instead. This is a better sweetner.

These are just a few things Iâ??ve learned in our quest to eat healthy.

Below are some places you can purchase organic foods across the Midlands.

Don't forget to check out some of our local farming markets for great organic produce.

SC State Farmers Market

If you find others, feel free to email or tweet me!

Whole Foods Market

Earth Fare