So, you want to get healthy but you don’t know where to start. You’ve been hearing all the different health buzzwords like organic, raw, vegan, gluten, etc and all it’s doing is giving you a headache! Maybe you’ve already tried changing your diet, maybe you’ve done it several times and so far it still hasn’t worked out. Well, you’re in the right place!
This is the start of my Getting Healthy Series. You’ll learn great tips and tricks to start getting healthy the right way. We’ll go over all the different diets out there, breaking them down so that you can decide for yourself which diet is right for you. We’re all individuals with different health goals and needs. No single diet or lifestyle is right for everyone. Strict followers who have had great results will all swear by what helped them. However, what works for your friend or neighbor may not work for you. I’ll help you navigate what’s out there so you can make your own informed decision.
Today, I’m introducing you to the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. If you’ve been to Whole Foods or your local health food store, I’m sure you’ve noticed that organic foods are pricier…sometimes too pricey! Is it really worth it to empty your wallet for something that’s just going to end up in the toilet? If you want to go organic but you’re on a budget where do you start? This is where you’ll find out!
Today, in order to provide fruits and vegetables that are deemed worthy of display in grocery stores, factory farms douse growing produce in pesticides to keep all the bugs and weeds away. Not only do these chemicals coat the outside of the foods, they soak into the ground and get absorbed by the roots of the plants. Then the chemicals go into your body when you eat the tainted fruits and veggies. However, this process is not cut and dry. There’s a lot of factors that go into which produce has the most chemicals and are therefore the most dangerous to consume if not organic.
Luckily, all the hard work has already been done for us by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Each year EWG rounds up the US Department of Agriculture’s findings for the chemical content in fruits and vegetables. The most chemically laden foods are on the Dirty Dozen list while the safest are on the Clean Fifteen. If you’re going to pick and choose which foods you purchase organically, then buy the Dirty Dozen organic. When buying any of the foods on the Clean Fifteen, rest assured that it’s safe to consume. Anything not on these two lists are in the middle so the choice is yours whether you want to splurge and purchase the organic versions or save and go with the conventionally grown versions.
I hoped that helped you start on your healthy food journey. Stay tuned for future installments! Have you heard of the Dirty Dozen? How about the Clean Fifteen? Does this make you think twice about the food that’s going into your body?