Six of the best health food shops in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 15:55 07 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:58 07 January 2016

Will your healthy eating last beyond January?

Will your healthy eating last beyond January?


We all make a resolution to eat healthier in the new year, here are half a dozen shops that might help you stick to it

You have over-indulged and don’t ever want to see a glass of red wine again or at least until Tuesday at the earliest, writes Tony Greenway. In the meantime, you have to do something about that throbbing in your head and your troubled insides so I’ve been researching some hangover cures that you might like to try. Or not, as the case may be.

In Japan, they swear by pickled plums called umeboshi, which are uber-sour and salty and said to prevent nausea. Although, just thinking about them it isn’t doing much to prevent ours. In New Zealand, they enjoy a mince and cheese pie for breakfast washed down with chocolate milk, which is kill or cure if you ask me while in Mongolia they’ll serve up some tomato juice - with a pair of pickled sheep eyeballs swimming in it. (I’ve got enough trouble with my own pickled eyeballs this morning, thanks very much).

In Puerto Rico, there’s a preventative measure for hangovers: before the locals go out on the lash, they rub a slice of lemon into the armpit of their drinking arm. I have tried this one out on your behalf and it has a couple of downsides: 1) you tend to smell like citrus Toilet Duck and 2) it’s worse than useless.

Forget all of those. I am toddling off to one of Yorkshire’s helpful health shop emporiums for some much needed advice and fresh ingredients. I strongly advise you to do the same.

Happy New Year to you.

Zed Wholefoods
Zed Wholefoods in Sheffield is now under the new ownership of Nicola Newman and will be undergoing a refurb shortly. Kathryn Yates, part of Zed’s staff, says that January will be detox month for customers. ‘The more raw food you eat, the better it is for you,’ she says. ‘We have lots of organic and non-organic fresh produce, as much as possible from local Yorkshire growers.’ Also, don’t forget that turmeric root and fresh ginger is good for digestion, says Kathryn and Zed also stocks a massive range of teas, including detox brews. ‘Many of these are great for helping you clear out your system when you have over-indulged at Christmas,’ says Kathryn. ‘For instance, we stock one which is a blend of organic, aniseed, fennel and cardamom.’ Put the kettle on and count me in.
0114 255 2153

Half Moon Health Foods
Half Moon Health Foods is a Huddersfield shop run by Adrian Midgely and Judith Beresford. In the New Year, says Adrian, its customers are often after ‘general detox formulas’ including milk thistle and dandelion (which are good for liver detox). Log onto the website, or visit the Half Moon Facebook page for more information.

Wholesome Bee
A Settle-based food shop selling a big range of natural and organic food and drink, ethically sourced where possible, including natural squashes, dairy free milks and organic pre-packed dried fruits, nuts and seeds, among many, many others. By the way, its website features some rather fine recipes, too.

Natural Food Store
A traditional, co-operative natural food store in Headingley, Leeds with a big range of stock including grains and pulses, Fairtrade products, organic produce, teas, natural remedies and supplements and food for special diets. ‘In January, people are usually after a lifestyle change to tie in with their New Year’s resolutions,’ says manager Stuart McClelland. ‘We can offer simple advice such as eating good quality, wholegrain food, reducing sugar in diets and swapping out normal eating items for the healthier option.’

The Wives Kitchen
A charming shop in the equally charming Georgian market town of Richmond with stock that includes specialist organic flours, organic dried fruits and nuts, wholefoods and supplements and much more.

Quality Health Foods
A shop that’s been in Harrogate for more than 30 years. Although it predominantly stocks supplements, its range does include seeds, herbal teas, healthy shakes, sugar free jams and nut butters, etc; while its owner, Linda Le Floch, is a qualified biochemist and nutritionist.

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