As a chef, culinary educator and long time devotee of healthy eating, I thought I’d share my thoughts on just one of the many simple ways you can make a fresh start in honor of the New Year. Though every body has different needs, there are some basic healthy steps you can take that will contribute to your overall health and wellness. Once you’ve incorporated them into your daily routine, these little changes can make a big difference over time -- and most importantly, fire up creative exploration in the kitchen. One of the simplest ways you can make a fresh start is to begin food shopping, cooking, and eating with our Four Pillars of Healthy Eating in mind. If you shop at Whole Foods Market, you can simply look for the Health Starts Here™ signs to help guide your choices. It’s important to note that our Health Starts Here program is not a diet. It’s simply an approach to wellness guided by our Four Pillars of Healthy Eating: whole food, Plant-strong™, nutrient dense, and healthy fats. Whole Food Choose whole, fresh, natural, organic, local, seasonal, unrefined and unprocessed foods. Plant-strong™ Reconfigure your plate to emphasize plant-based foods, no matter what type of diet you generally follow. Healthy Fats Choose whole food sources (nuts, seeds, avocados) when looking for your source of healthy fats into your diet. Nutrient Dense Choose foods rich in micronutrients when compared to total caloric content. Look for the ANDI scoring system in our stores to help guide you. Whether you're just getting started on a healthy eating path or have been on the road to wellness for years and just need to hit that reset button, our Four Pillars of Healthy Eating can help guide your journey. Have you made some simple healthy changes in the last year? Tell us about them!