Why Should You Care About Pesticides? Dirty Dozen : Clean Fifteen

Why Should You Care About Pesticides?
This is an excerpt from interesting websites http://www.foodnews.org
And http://www.foodmatters.tv
If you’re interested in this kind of info. visit their sites.


The growing consensus among scientists is that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood. Scientists now know enough about the long-term consequences of ingesting these powerful chemicals to advise that we minimize our consumption of pesticides.


What’s the Difference?
EWG research has found that people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty DozenTM list consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat from the 15 least contaminated conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily. The Guide helps consumers make informed choices to lower their dietary pesticide load.
Will Washing and Peeling Help?
The data used to create these lists is based on produce tested as it is typically eaten (meaning washed, rinsed or peeled, depending on the type of produce). Rinsing reduces but does not eliminate pesticides. Peeling helps, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the skin. The best approach: eat a varied diet, rinse all produce and buy organic when possible.

How Was This Guide Developed?
EWG analysts have developed the Guide based on data from nearly 89,000 tests for pesticide residues in produce conducted between 2000 and 2008 and collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. You can find a detailed description of the criteria EWG used to develop these rankings and the complete list of fruits and vegetables tested at their dedicated website, http://www.foodnews.org.

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#7 Strategies for Fat Loss and Healthy Eating on a Budget

#7 Strategies for Fat Loss and Healthy Eating on a Budget

Does Eating Healthy Really Cost More?

Studies prove eating healthy ultimately saves money.

You might be surprised how easily you can stretch your food budget.

7. Learn the dirty dozen. In a perfect world, every food would be organic. Realistically, sometimes it becomes hard to justify spending three times for organic produce. That’s why you want to know the Dirty Dozen: you always want to buy these 12 most-contaminated foods as organic.

Here’s the thing: You can always earn more money, but you can’t put a price on your health. You can’t put a price on setting a healthy example for your kids.

Watch out for my Dirty Dozen post – soon


#1 of 10 Strategies for Fat Loss and Healthy Eating on a Budget

#1 of 10 Strategies for Fat Loss and Healthy Eating on a Budget

Does Eating Healthy Really Cost More? When I hear people say they can’t afford to eat healthy, I ask them to tally up their bills. While grass-fed beef or wild-caught salmon might seem pricy, overall folks discover they save money eating healthier and bypassing overpriced processed and convenience foods. I had one woman who dropped nearly £5 every weekday morning on a coffee-shop latte and low-fat muffin.

Studies prove eating healthy ultimately saves money. One found “convenient sources are less healthy and more expensive than a well-planned menu from budget foods available from large supermarket chains.”

You might be surprised too how you can stretch your food dollar. Here are 10 ways.


1. Buy locally and in season. Buying in season means fresher, more delicious, nutrient-denser, probably local, and most likely less expensive foods. Asparagus peaks in spring, while blueberries are ripest in summer. Learn which foods match with the season to boost your health, support local growers, and save a pounds in the bargain.

Remember to Look at the Big, Big Picture: While I wrote this blog with your budget in mind, I want you to also think beyond money. I love a good bargain as much as anyone, and know the euphoric rush of getting a great deal on something you love.

Here’s the thing: You can always earn more money, but you can’t put a price on your health. You can’t put a price on setting a healthy example for your kids.

Put your extra spending on locally grown, organic produce or grass-fed beef as an investment in your long-term health and future generations.

Watch out for #2 to Freeze or not to freeze!


Why Diets Can’t Work!


Why Diets Can’t Work!

There’s been a lot of chat in class this week about a TV program. It was nothing new to me, I’ve been banging on about the Diet Industry for years.
The interesting thing is that now people are seeing that ‘diet’ products are produced by the Food Industry. The very companies that need you to stay FAT! They persuade you to fill your children with sugar for breakfast, sell you packs of salty crackers and fake cheese for lunch and then processed carb’ loaded options for dinner and tea.
Hopefully, we all will open our eyes to the simple truth that we all need food – so lets choose simple, fresh (including fresh- frozen) UN processed, nutrient dense foods.

Diets Do Work?
Despite what statistics might show, people can lose weight. Whether it’s through pure motivation, adrenaline, meat-only diets, or any number of other psychological and physiological tactics, many people can power through a few months and drop some of the pounds they want.

But then what happens?

For many, the pendulum swings back. Motivation dips, adrenaline subsides, and people stop telling you how wonderful you look.

Well guess what: Once you go back to your old habits, weight finds you. And then we end up right back where we started – and sadly you’ll be fatter than before. It’s not your fault it’s a hard wired, inbuilt survival mechanism to prevent starvation and guarantee survival!

Real Problem – we can’t keep it off!

The key to maintaining weight loss isn’t contained in a single diet or exercise plan. It’s more related to the emotional, psychological and lifestyle factors that dictate our relationship—and behaviors—with food.

next time we’ll talk about the three hidden conditions that can sabotage your success.

The longer I council clients about their nutrition, the more I realise there should e no banned foods- just healthier choices.

That means when you choose meat- get a local supplier, that doesn’t feed with anti-Biotics to prevent the illnesses overcrowded production methods cause.

Choose fruits in season – local and organic if you can afford it… See my article on which fruits should ALWAYS be organic (avoid pesticides).

Choose fresh, local veg- or fresh frozen to extend their season and cut down on prep. time.

Of course there are other actor – but choosing quality food will stop your cravings in their tracks. You won’t eat, want and so need to buy as much food.

Clients often tell me they can’t afford to buy Free Range or Local – I ask them to change where they shop – plan menu’s – buy what they really need. Cutting out crisps, treats, biscuits and baked goods will save huge proportion of your food budget. Loose fizzy pop, soda and sweetened juices will do the same.

We’ve all gradually been brainwashed- by the food industry and clever advertising campaigns to believe we NEED these fake food products.

Breakfast cereals – invented by Mr Kellogg


Fruit drinks – full of sugars and sweeteners


Biscuits – sugar and fat, not much else


Sweets (candy) – more sugar


Fizzy pop – chemicals, sugar and sweeteners


These foods make their manufacturers Billions, keep us fat and addicted to them. Eating them prevents you getting the nutrients your body craves.
Guess what, we then turn to the ‘slimming’ products and services the very same manufacturers own.

So, why would they EVER want you to succeed?

Don’t feel guilty, don’t feel a failure – get smart.

Next time we’ll look at what goes on in your head once you’ve succeeded, and maybe discover why you slip back again.

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Avoid the Dirty Dozen – Go Organic with these

Dirty Dozen!

Eat Clean - Go organic - as these foods have the most pesticides...

Even if you don't buy the rest of your food from the organic secton... consider these...

Apples, celery, sweet peppers, peaches, strawberries, spinach, nectarines, 
grapes, (often) blueberries, lettuce, cucumber & potatoes. 

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