There are a lot of mentalities about vitamins and supplements, ranging from love to obsession to hatred to disbelief to ignorance to total apathy. The 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) alerts us to the fact that 38.1 million adults in the United States made visits to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners during the last year—meaning that, while supplements are popular, there are still a lot of people who never got on the boat.
It’s definitely winter here in Vermont. The air’s bite is actually louder than its bark due to the wind chill coming from Lake Champlain, and the snow is crunching underfoot. We’ve got mittens and boots and an amalgam of immune support supplements in our coat pockets, but there’s something about winter people don’t always talk about—the blues.
Who can blame us for getting a little down when the sun is still sleeping when we get into the office, and already tucked in bed behind the mountains by the time we leave? The black days and the frigid air just don’t make for a smiley environment.
Don’t break habits. Make new ones. That’s the theme for this January—and the year ahead. It turns out that about 84 percent of resolution makers say that this mentality is what drives their resolutions. If you’re one of the 16 percenters, it’s time to turn your brain around. And, if you’re anything like the nearly quarter of Americans who choose losing weight (or, even better—fitting in fitness!) as their resolution, it’s time to turn your body around, too.
When we say that the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op is committed to small town values like community wellness, we aren’t kidding. That’s why it’s our store of the month! Nestled into the Champlain Valley town of Middlebury, Vermont (population 8,496), the member-owned store is one of the oldest co-ops in the state, and began, of course, as a buying club.