Should I buy organic? Where do I find non-toxic products? Where can I learn more?These were some of the first questions I asked when we began focusing on a healthier lifestyle, and some of the most common questions we’re asked at Whole IntentionsI’ve listed some of our favorite brands and products to help you get started.
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Food Sources

Wildly Organic

Having been a loyal customer for more years than I can count, Wildly Organic is by far my absolute favorite place to get coconut oil. Yes, the rumors are true - we purchase it in 5 gallon pails.

They have the best prices and sell fabulous quality, virgin, organic, and expeller pressed oil. We've become members of their buying club and LOVE the great prices.

Just Almonds

My absolute favorite place to buy almonds. Their almonds are PPO and GMO free, and they use steam pasteurization on all their products.

Whether we're snacking, making almond butter, or baking recipes from The Sweeter Side of Candida - these are the best.

Use coupon code 'JT' to get 10% off your entire order!

Kroll's Maple Syrup

Pure maple syrup - delicious! Kroll Farm is a certified organic, 5th generation, family farm that has been producing pure maple syrup for the past 56 years from the beautiful woodlands of Minnesota. (I *may* bit biased because I grew up right next door and was raised on it!)

You can find them at Kroll Farm on Facebook, or email them at krollfarmorganic@gmail.com

Azure Standard

Azure Standard is our #1 go-to source when it comes to buying organic in bulk: oat groats, beans, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, etc.

They have a HUGE inventory and beyond food they offer supplements, health and beauty products, and even animal feed.

They have local drops all over the country, or you can have them delivered by UPS or USPS.

Naked Nutrition

I searched high and low for a whey protein concentrate that satisfied my list of priorities, and Naked Nutrition met every one:

  • soy-free
  • organic
  • non-GMO
  • from grass-fed cows
  • free from growth hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and additives

    True to their word, they have nothing to hide.
  • Paleovalley

    It's not very often I find a company whose ingredient lists makes my mouth drop open. But Paleovalley did in a big way!

    Everything from their 100% grass-fed and fermented beef sticks, Superfood Bars, organic Supergreens, and grass-fed Organ Complex has me excited.

    Paleovalley is one store you can walk away from happy EVERY single time!

    Cultures for Health

    After trials and fails from other companies, Cultures for Health is the ONLY place I buy my starters from anymore. They offer starters for making homemade yogurt, kefir, sourdough, kombucha, vegetable ferments, cheese, etc. Plus they have great directions with each starter you buy and recipes to get you started.

    Starwest Botanicals

    Starwest Botanicals has a vast array of bulk herbs and natural products: organic herbs and spices, teas, herbal extracts, or containers and other accessories.

    With over 3,000 items and an extensive line of organic products, they always have exactly what I'm looking for - even those hard to find herbs!

    What to look for when buying whole foods

    If you can, purchase as much of your meat, eggs, produce, and such through local farmers. If you don’t how to find farmers in your area, check these sites below. Type in your zip code or state and find farmers through their databases.

    eatwellguide.org

    localharvest.org

    eatwild.com

    farmaid.org

    MEATS – for the best meats, look for pasture-fed. Organic is good, but unfortunately it’s not always the best. For example, that could mean the cattle are being fed organic soy, and soy is something you want to stay away from whether it’s organic or not. Browse the links above to find farmers in your area.

    If you can’t find a farmer, try a local meat market or your grocery store’s meat counter rather than the prepackaged/frozen meats from big name companies. Their meat is pretty much guaranteed to have antibiotics and growth hormones.

    NUTS & BEANS – organic and non-GMO is definitely best.

    • beans – beans and rice, rice and beans! 🙂 Limit your bean intake if you have candida (too much starch and carbs), and when you do eat them, don’t forget to soak them first.

     

    DAIRY

    • milk – raw milk is getting hard to find so if you can’t find it locally, your next best option is organic. If nothing else, try to buy milk that isn’t homogenized or doesn’t have RsBT or growth hormones. Almond milk and coconut milk (the less ingredients the better) are good options if you need to be dairy-free.
    • yogurt, sour cream, and cream cheese – Make sour cream and cream cheese from your homemade yogurt. Three for the price of one! Yogurt is also an acidic medium used in soaking and sprouting grains, nuts, and beans – and nothing beats a cold bowl of yogurt sprinkled with homemade granola!
    • kefir – teaming with beneficial probiotics, kefir boosts your immune system by promoting healthy bacteria in your gut, gives you better digestion, and is an absolute must if you’ve had to take antibiotics. Kefir can also be used for soaking grains and beans.
    • butter – grass-fed is best of course, followed by organic. If you’ve got a mixer, try making your own from cream.
    • cheeselimit cheeses somewhat due to both candida and molds. Look for blocks of cheese instead of shredded since the shredded can have added ingredients (wheat or starches) to keep the pieces from sticking together.
     
     
    HEALTHY FATS
    • coconut oil – I can’t even tell you how much I love, love, love coconut oil. The health benefits have made this my absolute favorite food. Buy expeller pressed if you don’t want the strong coconut flavor in everything you cook.
    • olive oil – another wonderful, healthy fat for dressings, sauces, and dips. Best if not heated (use coconut oil for heating). Look for extra virgin (organic if possible) when shopping for a good quality oil.

     

    PRODUCE

    Have fun growing your own garden – or look for CSA’s, farmer’s markets, stores, and local farmers who sell quality produce.

    eatwellguide.org

    localharvest.org

    eatwild.com

    farmaid.org

     

    GRAINS – Grains are very limited due to candida, but what we do make is soaked, sprouted, or soured.

    • milletbuckwheat, amaranth, and quinoa – these are all pseudo-grains that aren’t ‘technically’ grains but seeds. You can also mill these and use them in gluten-free baking.

     

    SWEETENERS

    • stevia – there’s not much I can say about this wonderful, naturally sweet, I’m-totally-hooked-on herb except that it’s safe on a candida diet, about 300 times sweeter than sugar, and has been used for centuries as a sweetener. You can read more about my thoughts on stevia and its safety here.
    • honey (raw) – if you can, try to buy your honey locally. Some say local honey can help cure seasonal allergies. It’s been used for thousands of years and was revered for it’s medicinal qualities. Be careful if you’re one of many battling candida though. Honey is still sugar to your body, whether the local bees made it or not, and you’ll want to avoid it.

    Search for honey near you:
    honeylocator.com
    localharvest.com
    honeyo.com

    • 100% pure maple syrup – Store-bought syrups are LOADED with high fructose corn syrup – that’s pretty much all they are really. Pure maple sugar is still a sugar, yes, so it should be limited. But if you do use syrup, please look for pure maple syrup rather than eating the harmful effects of HFCS. 
    • cane sugar – sugar is sugar; it should all be very limited. But for those occasions that call for sugar and no other substitutes will work, we use organic cane sugar which is not nearly as processed as white sugar.

     

    Just remember, there’s really only a few simple guidelines.

    1. Buy unprocessed foods as much as possible.
    2. Buy organic as much as possible.
    3. Try preparing dressings and condiments from scratch.
    4. The fewer ingredients listed on the container, the better.
    5. You are what you eat. The healthier you eat. . .

    Don’t be too overwhelmed. Take it a step at a time. Get familiar with one process or one change and then add another.

    Healthy Living

    Berkey Filters

    We've had a Berkley water filter system for over 10 years and we'll never go back.

    Berkey water filters remove viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites, and harmful or unwanted chemicals. They also reduce toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury without removing beneficial and nutritional minerals.

    We love using the Crown Berkey for our family of 8, but appreciate that my mother-in-law can use the smaller Berkley Light for herself. They've even been used by acquaintances when traveling to areas with questionable water.

    Wonder Mill

    When we first decided to start grinding our own grains, we had no idea where to start. Then we came across The Wonder Mill. We were impressed then, and have been even more impressed in the years since!

    It's quiet, fast, has three texture setting: coarse, bread, and pastry - and grinds at temperatures that preserve the grain's nutrients.

    With a 1250 watt motor, it is the most powerful micronizing mill available and can grind wheat, corn, rice, legumes, beans, and other small grains like quinoa and amaranth.

    Excalibur

    One of my favorite kitchen 'gadgets' is my Excalibur dehydrator. We first bought it with the intention of drying sprouted grains, but now we use it for drying fruit, almonds, and so many things.

    I love that I can do large batches at one time. It has the option to chose any temperature you want rather than a pre-set options and is easy to clean-up.

    One of my favorite go-to snacks is soaked, salted, and dehydrated almonds. I can make over a gallon of almonds in one sitting - and they turn out perfectly crunchy every time!

    Lifespan Fitness

    Did you know that we lose two hours of life for every hour we sit? I do a lot of office work which means I used to sit ALL the time - and I was a regular at my chiropractor's office.

    I tried using a standing desk, but even with shoes and a supportive mat my hips and feet hurt. I even tried a mini stair-stepper - but nothing helped. It wasn't until I started using a treadmill desk by Lifespan that my back, shoulder, and hip pain went away. I love that I can stand when I want to and walk when I need to.

    Cellerciser

    Our Cellerciser has stood the test of time - having been used in our family since 2010.

    We've used it when sick (for lymphatic system), I've used it when pregnant (gently bouncing), and we've used it to keep the kids happy and healthy at the same time (we're so sneaky!)

    The Cellerciser is not your normal 'trampoline' and that's why we love it. It's durable, quiet, and most importantly, designed in a way that doesn't pronate your feet (which can lead to ankle, knee, and back problems).

    Fit2B Studio

    Fit2B specializes in strengthening your core when you have abdominal trauma such as diastasis, hernia, prolapse. In their own words, 'true fitness is performing the basic functional activities of your everyday life with confidence, balance, and strength.'

    As a member of Fit2B Studio you can stream over 200 workouts that will help restore, rebuild, and reshape you - on your laptop, desktop, mobile device, TV, etc. It's right where you want to be, in the comfort of your home!

    Personal Care

    Infrared Saunas

    Far infrared saunas help remove impurities from your cells, specifically the cells inside our fat where our body stores waste and harmful toxins such as cholesterol and heavy metals - and besides the fact that technologically they are the best, Clearlight saunas detoxify the body 87% better than a normal sauna.

    Make sure to mention my name (Paula with Whole Intentions) to receive a special discount ($400-$600 off), along with a free backrest. You can reach out to Katie at 800-798-1779 Ext:89.

    Araza

    Araza creates makeup and beauty products that follow similar guidelines as the paleo diet. Their makeup is Paleo Certified and contains healthy fats and organic plant-based ingredients. They're also free from gluten, soy, dairy and artificial ingredients.

    I love that their products are so safe for your skin. For example, their cream foundation contains edible non-GMO coconut oil and araza fruit extract. With ingredients like that you could practically eat everything you're putting on your face!

    OraWellness

    My favorite place to learn about taking care of your teeth, gums, and breath is OraWellness. They share holistic and natural ways to prevent and reverse tooth decay, receding gums, periodontal disease and bad breath.

    They offer natural toothbrushes, toothpaste alternatives, and tooth remineralizing & whitening powder.

    You can shop their products while learning how to whiten your teeth, what the best floss on the market is, and unknown risks in having wisdom teeth removed.

    Vintage Tradition

    Do you struggle with dry, cracked skin? Eczema? Psoriasis? Or have little ones with rosy cheeks and painful diaper rash?

    Vintage Tradition came to the rescue for me and many others. Their Grass-fed tallow balm is easily and readily absorbed. And their long, long, long list of testimonials speak for themselves!

    Tropical Traditions

    While Tropical Traditions offers a variety of coconut-based foods, grass-fed beef, and even kitchen appliances, my favorite item is their organic, virgin coconut oil Moisturizing Creams - a base of coconut oil with other organic ingredients and essential oils.

    I use this as both hand lotion and facial moisturizing cream before I put on my makeup.

    Supplements

    Global Healing Center

    When it comes to amazing detoxes, and fantastic customer service, Global Healing Center gets my vote.

    The Liver Cleanse would be one of my top choices since it's one I recommend often for clients. When I personally completed a series of liver cleanses, I removed over 200 stones!

    There's not enough space here to tell you how important a healthy, functioning liver is for both your gut health and your stubborn fat!

    Perfect Supplements

    If you want to support a family-owned business who supplies superfoods and supplements containing NO synthetic nutrients, NO artificial colors or flavors, NO GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms), and NO fillers then look no further than Perfect Supplements.

    My personal favorites are their collagen (I add it to my coffee every morning!) and their desiccated liver, because, yeah, as much as I KNOW it's healthy, we rarely eat it.

    Corganic

    When you're in the business of healing your gut, probiotics play a big part. The problem lies with finding quality probiotics. I never found that more true than when searching for infant/children's probiotics that didn't have additives, and yes, even added sugars!

    I was so excited to find Corganic. I especially love their easily digestible infant probiotics (consider their teensy, tiny measuring spoons to measure out the perfect amount!)

    The Maca Team

    One of my favorite superfoods is maca, specifically from The Maca Team. It's hard not to love this ancient Peruvian vegetable when its known to:

    - balance and stabilize hormones
    - relieve menstrual symptoms
    - reduce hormonal disorders during menopause
    - increase libido
    - positive affect on the thyroid
    - reduce stress
    - increase overall energy levels
    - inhibits fungi & bacteria

    Legend claims that Incan warriors ate maca before going into battle. Now we know why!

    Radiant Life

    When it comes to Radiant Life, the only problem you run into is deciding what not to get!

    They offer nutrient dense foods, healthy superfoods, and quality supplements right alongside products for EMF reduction (from laptops, tablets, cellphones, and earbuds), grounding, air purifiers, and natural eye repair cream! They have you covered from one end to the other!

    Not only is it fun to shop, but they also have a great collection of books and products for children which always earns a smile on this mama's face.

    iHerb

    One of my favorite places because they have one of the largest inventories I've seen so it's easy to make them a one-stop shop to getting everything. iHerb.com.

    The great thing about iHerb is that they offer so many brands it's easy to find the exact item you're looking for without all the fillers and additives. I always end up at iHerb finding exactly what I need.

    And because they're so great, they're offering you coupon code: FEV319 so you can get 5% off your next order no matter if you're a new customer or returning.

    Education

    Nourishing Traditions

    If there was one resource that turned my world upside down, it was Nourishing Traditions. We were first borrowed this book by a friend and it only took a few hours of reading before I knew I need our own copy.

    If you're interested in DIY recipes and learning about the health benefits of butter, fat, fermented foods, bone broth, and other traditional foods - I can't recommend this book enough.

    You'll see food in a different light.

    Real Plans

    As a busy mom I know how time consuming creating meal plans can be. With Real Plans you can customize meal plans based on your diet, family size, and schedule. And you can save those plans to use again later which is great when you find multiple recipes your family loves.

    I also love how organized you can get with aisle-based shoppings lists that you can print or check off on your phone. They even have easy Instacart integration so your groceries can be delivered!

    Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS

    I don't know about you, but it can be hard to cook wholesome, healthy meals for your family, if you don't know where to start.

    As a member of Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS you have access to simple eCourses that teach you everything from sourdough to allergy-free cooking.

    It's easy to say yes to healthy cooking when you have weekly menu plans, original recipes, and unlimited support!

    Candida Testing

    True Health Labs makes lab testing directly available to anyone - and it's especially nice for those who are uninsured, underinsured, whose doctor refuses to order tests, or those who simply want to make their own healthcare choices. We highly recommend their 3-stool Comprehensive Stool Analysis or their Comprehensive GI Effects tests.

    Digestive Health Summit

    Dr. Murray wrote the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine and the Encyclopedia of Healing Foods - and together with over 25 expert speakers, he teaches you about healing your digestive health.

    Even though the live Digestive Health Summit is over, you can purchase all of the replays online so you can listen when it's convenient for you.

    DIY Natural

    The toxins in our homes affect our health more than we realize. Everything we use to clean, wash, and deodorize can contain harmful chemicals.

    DIY Natural teaches you to make 60+ recipes for your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, wood, windows, walls, air, and more using simple, inexpensive, and non-toxic ingredients.