One of the most amazing things about being part of the community of small business owners is how each of us, no matter how different our businesses are, grew from the same roots: inspiration, passion, and big dreams. When my son was diagnosed with celiac disease over ten years ago, his journey became my inspiration. And since I have always had a passion for baking and a dream of opening my own business, Naturally Delightful kind of just "naturally" became a reality.
Small business recognition is near and dear to my heart for obvious reasons. As a consumer, I also make every possible effort to keep my purchases local.
Supporting small businesses has a ripple effect that extends further than some people might even realize. Outlined below are just a few of the many different reasons to consider incorporating this practice into your regular shopping routine.
Food is such a large and complex part of our lives, and it is very easy to take the things that you get to eat every day for granted. So any time you have to make an unexpected dietary shift, no matter the reason, it can be scary and overwhelming.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with celiac disease knows this reality all too well. The first and foremost suggested treatment is making an abrupt adjustment to a gluten-free diet. Although this process can, at first, feel like a full-time job in and of itself, most people only need a little guidance before they're able to comfortably settle into their new and healthier gluten-free lifestyle.
If you wanted to shop for organic products not that long ago, your options were typically limited to a few sparsely located natural food stores or small produce sections squeezed into your local grocery store. Fast forward to 2022, though, and what once was perceived by some people as a novelty fad has evolved into a mainstream lifestyle. The organic market has proven that consumers are willing to extend their grocery budget a little bit in order to reap the benefits of having organic food on their plates. The United States organic food industry continues to boom, projected to grow almost 14% over the next five years. This would put its market value at over 125 billion dollars by 2026.
There are many different ways that eating organic supports your overall health and wellness. Here are just a few.