Learn to Live a Healthy Lifestyle in Metro D

By: Toni Cunningham | May 22, 2013
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Whether you’re on a hardcore diet or just looking to clean up your lifestyle, it’s no surprise that eating fresh and preparing your own meals will aid in the process. Kiss those days of sailing through the drive-thru goodbye, and start eating clean!

Since you may have no idea whatsoever where to start, there are several Metro Detroit organizations that are here to help. Whether you’re looking to grow your own food or are simply hoping to purchase the best and freshest produce out there, here are some great organizations to assist you on your healthy journey:

Keep Growing Detroit, housed at 76 E. Forest Ave., Detroit, has a great goal—for the majority of fruits and vegetables consumed locally to be grown locally. In order to achieve this, the organization holds several classes that teach participants how to grow, maintain and preserve fruits and veggies from gardens of their own. There’s also a hands-on cooking class offered so you can figure out how the heck to prepare the fruits (pun intended) of your labor.

If you’re looking to take baby steps and simply want to purchase locally grown items as opposed to getting down in the dirt yourself, “Grown in Detroit” produce can be found at Eastern Market and the Wayne State Farmers Market.

Whether you're going out on a fishing trip, discovering new hiking spots, or heading out for a weekend of camping, the Trailblazer is an ideal companion for your active lifestyle.

Growing Hope, located at 922 West Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a good-for-you lifestyle through gardening and healthy food access. The organization offers a Growing Gardens Program, which provides instruction, information and resources that allow participants to grow their own food. Their Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market provides direct access to healthy produce, so you can purchase your fruit and veggies knowing that you’re getting the best out there.

Detroit Farm and Garden, 1759 20th St., Detroit, offers a variety of classes and workshops for Metro Detroiters to learn about several topics related to growing their own food, including Planning the Vegetable Garden, Organic Lawn Care and Improving Urban Soil. You can also purchase anything and everything you need to start your own garden, including seeds and pest control.

Drought Juice, 470 Forest Ave., Plymouth, is a local organic, cold-pressed raw juice company. If you’re a brave individual looking to go on a juice cleanse, I recommend you take a look at their offerings. The raw juices are made with locally sourced, 100 percent organic produce. It’s also unpasteurized and made fresh on a daily basis, so it’s extra good for you.

Door to Door Organics, is the perfect service for lazy people! Er, I mean, for people who don’t have time to go to the grocery store because they’re busy jogging after work. Essentially, it’s an online service that allows you to order fresh, organic produce and groceries and have them delivered right to your door! Best of all, they carry only 100 percent USDA Certified Organic produce and fruit, and next to each item is information on the farm the item comes from. Doesn’t get much healthier than that, now does it?

Eating healthy can be made incredibly simple, if you just take advantage of what’s out there. Luckily, there are plenty of resources in Metro Detroit to help you get your health-conscious lifestyle on track. Now, put down the pie and give one of the above a try!