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Find foods for a healthier life in downtown Amherst

The team at Simply for Life Natural Foods will put you on a path to a healthier lifestyle. They include: (from left) receptionist Courtney Gould, owner/operator Christine MacDonald, and nutrition consultants Jodi Wood, and Kate McNeil.
The team at Simply for Life Natural Foods will put you on a path to a healthier lifestyle. They include: (from left) receptionist Courtney Gould, owner/operator Christine MacDonald, and nutrition consultants Jodi Wood, and Kate McNeil. - Dave Mathieson

People looking for extra guidance and motiviation can become a client.

AMHERST – To be healthy, or not to be healthy, that is the question we all face, and the answer can be found at the Simply for Life Natural Market in Amherst.

“It’s all about eating whole foods. We’re not low fat, we’re not a diet, we’re simply in the business of making people live longer through nutrition,” said Christine MacDonald, owner/operator of the Simply for Life Natural Market.

MacDonald’s first full day as the new owner of Simply for Life Natural Market began on Feb. 1, 2018. She bought the business from Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, who she worked alongside at Simply for Life for more than six years.

“It’s been steady growth since February,” said MacDonald. “We’ve been working hard on building our clientele and working really hard on bringing new products into the market.”

The natural market stocks many local products, including beef, turkey, chicken, cheese and, during the growing season, produce. They also carry ketogenic, vegan, and paleo products for people following those lifestyles.

“I think the misconception is that you have to be one of our clients to shop here and that’s absolutely not true,” said MacDonald.

People looking for extra guidance and motiviation can become a client.

“Most of our clients come here to lose weight but we also have people who come in to learn how to be healthier,” said MacDonald.

Every individual has a different prescription for finding health, and nutrition consultants Jodi Wood and Kate McNeil, along with MacDonald, provide optimal heath advice.

“We are all individuals and everybody has different needs, so it’s important for people to come here and get the right information from advisors, said Wood.

McNeil agrees.

“I think there’s a need for education around healthy lifestyles and foods,” said McNeil. “It’s about knowing what you want in your body and what you want to nurse your body with, and understanding that a lot of things found on the grocery shelf do not contain those things.”

The first half-hour consultation is free.

The Simply for Life Natural Market is located at 85 Victoria Street East.

For more information call 902-660-8446.

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