Healthy Living

I believe in living a healthy lifestyle by watching what goes into my body, avoiding medications, smoking (although I did previously have the habit) and unhealthy foods. I prepare the majority of my own meals and getting plenty of exercise through speed walking. At the grocery store I’ve learned to read labels to check ingredients, avoiding MSG and trans fats. A good rule to follow at the grocery store is to stay on the outskirts of the isles, avoiding the interior which is loaded with pre-packaged, overly processed foods. I prefer organic foods and prepare most of my meals from scratch, using whole ingredients.

Sure, organic foods are often more expensive than conventional pesticide packed versions. If you had to choose which fruits & vegetables to buy organically, here is a list of the “dirty dozen” meaning they contain the heaviest amounts of pesticide contamination:

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Hot peppers
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers

On the flip-side here is a list of produce that carry the least amount of pesticide contamination so you won’t need to buy the organic versions:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe (domestic)
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet peas
  • Sweet potatoes

Also consider choosing organic milk due the high amount of hormones they feed to cows in order to increase lactation. Did you know that dairy products account for a reported 60-70 percent of the estrogens we consume through our food? High levels of these hormones are key cancer generators. Choose milk that state rBGH-free or rBST-free on the label.

Take care of your body and it will take care of you.

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