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PCC’s nutrition educators Rita Condon and Goldie Caughlan

by Goldie Caughlan and Rita Condon, former PCC nutrition educators.

Budgets are for more than planning how to spend your money.

Goldie and Rita approach budgets in three ways: budget your money, time and nutrients.

Save money when you:

Save time when you:

Save nutrients when you:

If you are overspending your nutrient budget, keep a tight rein on fats — especially highly processed fats, refined sugars and highly processed foods.

Don't forget — plant-centered eating is for everyone.

Regardless of what type of eating plan we may tend to follow, the experts agree that plant-centered eating is the healthiest over-all.

That does not necessarily mean eating a vegetarian diet. It simply means concentrating first on eating widely from the whole marvelous spectrum of plants, including vegetables and fruits, legumes (meaning beans, peas and lentils), grains and grain-based products (especially whole and unrefined), and nuts and seeds. Then add moderate amounts of the "rich" foods — such as dairy, eggs, meats and fish — if you choose to do so.

Why the emphasis on "plant-centered" foods?

To learn more, we invite you to take a free Walk, Talk and Taste class at PCC. We'd love to help you get back on track — or just brush up on your "three-way budgeting" — to help you spend your money, time and nutrients wisely.

Look in your store's Co-op Information Center or online for our product guides on soy foods, tofu, tempeh, cooking oils, nutritional oils and natural sweeteners. Other topics include guides for buying and using legumes, grains and other foods. View all PCC's product guides »

Consider taking one, or several, of the tasty, fun and deliciously educational PCC Cooks cooking classes. They make great gifts. Bring a friend, your spouse or significant other. There are great classes for children, too!

Have a nutrition topic suggestion or a question? Write us at nutrition@pccnaturalmarkets.com.

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