I kept going back to whole foods. I kept going back to eating from the earth.
AMY HOPEMAN, OWNER HEALTH GOODS
Just off of Davidson Road—nestled among a row of local shops—sits Health Goods, a holistic and health-centric marketplace offering unique and high-quality ingredients and products. Owner Amy Hopeman’s connection to health and natural products began in childhood. “I grew up in Hawaii eating everything from the land and the ocean,” she explains. “My dad is Japanese, and my mom is German. I grew up with fresh mangoes and pineapples from the farm . . . and also Mom’s mac and cheese and pork chops.” While in college in Connecticut, Amy struggled. “I lost touch with health and nature,” she recalls. “While studying abroad my senior year in Greece, I found that connection again. I soon became vegan and have not eaten a land animal in 25 years.” With a continued interest in functional foods and the body, she attended the Tuft School of Nutrition while living in Boston and obtained a master’s degree in agriculture, food and environment. She then completed a master’s of public health and science. “I worked on several CSAs in the late 1990s, along with Internet Mothers and Others started by Meryl Streep,” she says. “Then I got into the farm-to-table movement and was able to go to Cuba to work with sustainable agriculture.
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I love being with food. I cooked a lot, and I kept going back to whole foods. I kept going back to eating from the earth.” After graduate school, Amy moved to San Francisco and worked for Natural Organic Food Companies. After meeting and marrying her husband, Doug, Amy decided to take time off from the food industry; the couple traveled to places like China, Tibet, India, Thailand, Maldives, Africa. Their journeys rekindled Amy’s passion for food and health, but when Amy discovered macrobiotics and food energetics, the floodgates opened. “I knew about different macrobiotics recommended for seasons, but this took it to a whole new level,” she says, crediting a number of Japanese ingredients that helped her have a healthy pregnancy and delivery. When the couple moved to Nashville, “We were ordering food from all over, and it was a hard transition. I found a new doctor and started taking pharmaceuticals. My health suffered, and I found out I had hyperthyroidism. For the first time in my life, it was urgent that I reconnect with food. I wanted to get off of medication and looked into the healing powers of food.” In 2009, she began studying
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