Buying Good Food: Part One

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Guide to Buying Good Food | Nadia Felsch

Each week Tippy and I buy the food that we use to nourish ourselves.

We arrive with list on hand (or on the phone) and we shop efficiently and enjoyably for the food we love to eat.

It doesn’t cause stress, it doesn’t take hours and we don’t spend 50% of our income either.

This is how we shop – mindfully, simply and with clarity.

Knowing that my organisational skills and the countless lessons I’ve learned could help you, I decided to create…

Your Guide to Buying Good Food

Guide to Buying Good Food | Nadia Felsch
Guide to Buying Good Food | Nadia Felsch

In 1970’s Australia, an average supermarket had 3000-4000 food items; it now has 80,000.

What are food items?

Those in packets, processed and created in factories. Manufactured foods based on, or sometimes predominantly containing wheat flour, sugar and fat.

Statistics out of the US, show that 70% of their country’s diet is made up of these food items. You can see where the link between food items and ill health is now right?

This is a new phenomena in our society; certainly in my lifetime and one in which information trumps all.

Knowing how to navigate through the minefield is half the battle!

Guide to Buying Good Food | Nadia Felsch
Guide to Buying Good Food | Nadia Felsch

Tippy and I are incredibly fortunate to live in Sydney’s North Shore, where only a 5 minute walk away is a produce store, bulk wholefoods store, butcher or deli and a supermarket too.

They’re within our reach and so we make the most of them. However no matter where you’re located, I want to arm you with the knowledge that you need to buy good food and eat well.

A few definitions first up….


Food which has not undergone any type of process to preserve, purify or change it from its natural state. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a good example of something which is ‘unprocessed’.


Predominantly unprocessed and real food. Quality cheeses, milks, powdered spices and bread are among our options here where only real food is present and no preservatives.


Chemicals added to food in order to maintain longer shelf life, prevent food toxicity and/or ‘fill’ the product, thickening or chemically enhancing it. Often, though not always, listed with a number next to the name i.e. preservative (221)

Countless research points to the serious health and environmental ramifications of using preservatives in the food we eat.


The farming and production of high quality and nutritionally vital food without the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides or other artificial chemicals.

Organic farming looks to ensure optimal production whilst minimising the use of (organic) inputs and regenerating land and soils for best practice and sustainable farming.

In Australia look for the certified organic stamp which ensures the product has met rigorous testing standards.


Acronym standing for genetically modified organism.

Genetically modified (GM) foods are those derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally.

They’ve been developed to improve crop yield through the introduction of resistance to plant diseases or of increased tolerance of herbicides. Yes you read that correctly – the crop survives though kills the plant disease – not ideal.

Soy and corn crops and their related end-products make up the vast majority of GM foods and many of food items in our supermarkets.

Certified organic also means that your food is NON-GMO.


A holistic method of farming practices that are based on individuals considering every aspect of the food system, including how the land is owned and used as well as how the food is produced and distributed.

Biodynamic farmers attempt to create a farm and farming system that is as self-regulating as possible, one that supports biodiversity so that land and local communities remain healthy and vital.

Guide to Buying Good Food | Nadia Felsch

And a few food-specific definitions to further assist your shopping:


Animals that are raised eating a grain-feed formula, mostly using corn and soy as a base to bring animals to market weight faster and cheaper.

Grain-based diets can produce serious and sometimes fatal digestive tract problems in food animals such as cows, goats, and sheep whose stomachs are best suited to digesting high-cellulose containing plants like grass.

As corn and soy are largely GM foods, these animals are most often raised on GM grain-feed and we then consume this through their meat and dairy products.


Animals that have been pasture-raised resulting in healthier livestock and more nutrient-dense meat than grain-fed livestock.

In beef particularly, this includes higher levels of vitamins and saturated fats.

Grass-finished refers to the animal being pasture fed for its’ entire lifespan.


Also known as ‘cage-free’ or ‘pasture-raised’.

Refers to food from animals (eg. chicken, meat, eggs) that are produced from animals that have access to outdoor spaces and who usually also have free access to graze or forage for food. 

Guide to Buying Good Food | Nadia Felsch

The food we choose to buy and eat is crucial to us feeling awesome and living the life we want.

Unfortunately, the world we live in doesn’t always make this easy so I truly hope that Part One of this guide has helped you to make it all a little simpler.

Buying good food doesn’t need to send you broke!

Go shopping armed with all of the above knowledge and check out Part Two of this guide where you’ll receive practical and real food examples of how to buy good food as well as two life-changing FREE downloads made just for you.

3 Responses to "Buying Good Food: Part One"
  1. Matilde says:

    We try and eat as much free-range, organic food as possible, however the cost is just unbelievable. I hae started planning my meals so we can cut down on spending, but still! One weeks worth of healthy groceries shouldn’t have to cost as much as it does.

    Australia makes it hard to be good some times.

    • Nadia says:

      Unfortunately, with our short-agricultural history and demand for the cheapest possible products, this is a highly complex issue in Australia.

      I agree with you Matilde and for us, I too plan our meals, eat predominantly plant-based foods and make things myself – all making a large difference to cost overall.

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