The Healthy Junk Chronicles: Bulk items are you friend

Let’s face it…healthy foods can be pretty expensive! Sometimes, I feel like I’m buy Louis Vutton instead of “organic”, “all natural”, “grass fed”, “gluten-free” foods. I didn’t post for a while because I was racking my brains trying to figure out the best ways to get you great food…at a budget.

Today, it hit me in the head. BUY BULK! Now I’m sure you heard this before. As a matter of fact, I know you heard buying bulk is the way to go if you want to enjoy organic food but do you know how many items come in bulk, especially if you know where to look?

I thought of this today. I went into one of my favorite food stores in Manhattan, Integral Yoga Natural Foods, craving their Cherry Vanilla Granola. I got the idea from my boyfriend to eat it like cereal (I also have this late love for Rice “Drink”…we’ll talk about that later). I ended up buying $14 worth of the stuff. At first, I was like, “damn this is expensive.” But when I saw how much I put in the bag (a about 4 lbs.), a huge light bulb came over my head.

This is going to last me a super long time and it won’t spoil. Should I really be upset? Especially when this great tasting food is around $5/lb?

I know someone from Brooklyn is saying, “girl, that’s expensive.” Not for NYC!! It’s a damn good price for the West Village and I’m not mad. I then realized how many things I buy in bulk: herbs, rice, pasta, even organic maple syrup! And at the end of the day, I save a lot of money. Hell, I can even get detergent in bulk if I want too (thank goodness for DIY…baking soda, apple cider vinegar, water, lemon juice, etc)!!

So if you want to find out where you can get items in bulk, here’s a quick guide:

Your local food co-op. You’ll be surprised how many food co-ops are popping up throughout NYC. Click here to find out.

Your local health food store/natural market. Integral Yoga Natural Foods and other stores like it know the power of bulk. Sure, they can sell that expensive stuff but if they want repeat customers, they will have bulk in many items. If you don’t see it, ask for it. Trust me, then will go through hell and high water to make sure they get it for you (or at least tell you where to go).

At the end of the day, when you have to deal with mega chains like Whole Foods (also known as Whole Paycheck), competition among smaller stores makes no sense. Whole Foods doesn’t have much when it comes to bulk because they need the big brands to keep them afloat. So support your local store, save money, and still maintain your health.

Thank me later.

The Healthy Junk Chronicles: 19 Natural Cleaning Tips (from


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19 Natural Cleaning Tips (from

One of the reasons why I created the Healthy Junk blog is to find the best healthy, organic, and all natural “junk” (aka the items and luxuries we usually take for granted, as well as the necessities of life that aren’t filled with preservatives, additives, and all around bad stuff) at an INEXPENSIVE price (no one likes the word “cheap” anymore).

Obviously, DIY everything would fit well into my blog (and my life) but the issue is…these recipes, etc. may not work the way you would like (aka “as well as the expensive, brand name stuff you usually get).

This is where I come in!! I can safely say that apple cider vinegar and lemon juice DOES work well to clean most things (except toilets). I can safely say that using glass bottles are better than using plastic (and I will use my ACV glass bottle with a plastic top to use for my cleaning items)! There are other tips that I haven’t tried yet but trust me, I surely will and get back to you as to whether they work…or not!

Do you have any tips that you want to share…and they work? Please let me know. I’m on a budget (and I’m sure you are too) so I am open to all suggestions that do not hurt my pockets, my health, or the planet earth.

If you’re going to consume junk, make sure it’s Healthy Junk!

Welcome to Healthy Junk!

Health Choices

Hello there! :D I am a Holistic Health Counselor that doesn’t cook! LOL I know it’s funny to hear (and even funnier to say) but it’s true. It’s not that I can’t cook, I just don’t have the time. I don’t want to wait an hour for food to cook (unfortunately, even though I no longer eat McDonalds, I still have that “fast food” mentality). When I’m hungry, I needs to eat! Most of my friends and clients tell me that they want to “eat healthy” but it’s either:

  • too expensive
  • too nasty
  • just plain old “HELLS NO!”

The “hells no” part comes in because most people think that there is no healthy alternative to what they eat. I’m here to tell you that there IS! Yes my friends, even though I don’t eat pork there is “organic” pork (aka grassfed and all natural) out there. There is a way to have your favorite food without having to worry about high fructose corn syrup and other “things” out there that will make you cringe once you figure out what it is that you’re putting into your body. This is where HEALTHY JUNK comes in. I’ll let you know the best ways to transitition from regular processed food to healthier food. I’ll give you tips on how to get organic food on the cheap and I’ll also give you the rundown on terms that people always hear but never really know about like “grass fed” and the difference between “natural” and “organic.” One more thing, which is what I’m sure you’ll like the most…I’ll give you the scoop on the best places to get healthy junk and the healthy junk available to you for your mass consumption. Hey, if you’re gonna eat junk food, it might as well be HEALTHY JUNK! ;)

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