I have discovered an entirely new world here in Alaska. Health is much more important to people here and there is evidence of that in the vast natural food sections in stores. Not just a single aisle, or single side of an aisle, these sections are serious portions of the store, taking 5-6 full aisles plus a refrigerated case. I see myself making the food choices I prefer.

I have never been one to enjoy “junk food,” but it is so convenient and easy, not to mention cheap. But with the abundance of healthy choices, enormous vegetables, and stores that encourage natural foods, I know I will be moving towards that way of life.

Images: Barbara Lavallee, “Northern Night Lights” (detail)

Featured Image Art: Kathy Sarns, “Baby Bear Dreams”

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