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What Fruits and Vegetables are Better Bought Organic?

What fruits and vegetables are better bought organic? If money didn’t matter, buy everything you can organic. The organic producer uses non-GMO seeds and because they don’t use pesticides and petrochemical fertilizers, their tools are better quality soil and so you get more of the things you buy fruits and vegetables for.

However, money does matter, so where can we save cash where it makes sense? Here are foods you don’t need to buy organic. Why? Because for some foods, there is no additional large benefit to the organic vs. the non-organic version.

When it comes to produce, the benefit of buying organic is to avoid ingesting pesticides and chemicals that are generally used on non-organic fruits and vegetables. That said, foods like bananas, avocados, oranges, melons, and grapefruits have a thick skin barrier between the outside world and the fruit itself so the pesticides never actually comes into contact with the fruit that you eat, and of course these are fruits where the outer layer is typically discarded.

Contrast that with apples, tomatoes, pears, and other fruits and veggies where you eat the skin, and you’ll see why it’s important to choose organic for some and not for others.

So, Rule #1, if a fruit has a thick skin that you discard and don’t eat, save some cash and go with the non-organic version.

Next up, there are other veggies that pests simply aren’t attracted to due to their high sulfur content, such as onions and garlic. Don’t bother spending the extra cash here either as these veggies aren’t typically treated with pesticides in the first place. In the end, spend the money where there’s benefit, and pinch those pennies when there’s not! More on this here.

Also note, coffee is now subject to considerable pesticide use and the process of brewing distills and concentrate the pesticides. This is probably another good item to get organic whenever possible.

Last on washing produce, I like this site. It has lots of good info and even a recipe for your own fruit wash. I tried this and got a slimy gross residue off my raspberries. Once the pesticide was removed, they tasted great.

Finally remember, farmers markets are now here, please support them! Their produce is grown to full ripeness giving it the fullest flavor and nutrition.

Eat well.


23 Things That Inevitably Happen When You Get In Shape!

Instructor Taking Exercise Class At Gym

  1. Heavy things now feel so…light. You can say “I didn’t know my own strength” with sincere incredulity.
  2. Somehow you’re able to climb flights and flights of stairs without feeling winded. Normally, you’d be holding onto the banister for dear life while dry heaving after 1 staircase.
  3. Probably because you feel a lightness akin to moon gravity. Your new level of energy knows no bounds.
  4. None of your clothes fit anymore. For better or for worse, depending on how much money is in your bank account.
  5. You actually crave healthy food. MMMM, nothing like a giant bowl of crisp, delicious roughage.
  6. But you also know that if you eat something terrible, it won’t matter. Metabolism, yo.
  7. Speaking of food, is it lunch time yet? Because you’re never NOT hungry.
  8. Your healthy habits are starting to rub off on everyone around you. The people who once shamed you for avoiding the fried chicken at the Super Bowl party and heading to the gym instead of happy hour are now asking you for advice on how to live their lives.
  9. You sleep good. Soooo good. You fall into bed and pass out into a violent puff of exhaustion. No more perusing random articles about occult murders on Wikipedia at 4 a.m.
  10. You realize there are veins you never knew existed. You are a Master of Vascular.
  11. You can actually hear your body talk. If you eat something disagreeable or get a little less sleep than usual, your body knows what’s up because it is no longer a den of garbage.
  12. The combination of endorphins and confidence results in the best sex of your life. The best things in life make you sweaty.
  13. You’ve never had to deal with this much dirty laundry. And if you don’t keep on top of it, you risk everything you own smelling like old sweat.
  14. Two words: mental clarity. All that mucilage sloshing around in your brain has been miraculously siphoned out and replaced with the lyrical sound of your own thoughts.
  15. BIGGER AND BETTER POOPS. You’ve never known true catharsis until now.
  16. You get hangovers after one beer. Guess you’re NOT going to the gym today.
  17. Your new favorite activity (besides working out): fondling your own muscles in self-satisfaction when you’re bored. Poke. Poke poke.
  18. Feeling sore is such a surprisingly satisfying feeling. You revel in lactic acid.
  19. You are now officially a morning person. Coffee who?
  20. Fresh air never felt so good. Going outside and really breathing it all in gives you a renewed sense of self, now that you’re hyperaware of the air flowing through your body.
  21. Your newfound addiction to working out has helped you kick all your other vices. Now that you actually work out your lungs, it no longer feels good to fill them with toxic smoke.
  22. Your skin hasn’t looked this good since you were in elementary school. Regularly working up a sweat has really sucked your pores clean.
  23. The realization that you’ve reached the threshold where working out is not a chore — you legitimately enjoy it. The old you would never have believed you, but working out is FUN now that all your hard work has paid off. And that’s all the motivation that you need.

How to Keep From Raising An Obese Child

  1. No crunchy muesli or fruit yogurts for breakfast – choosing oatmeal, dark brown bread, meat and fish instead
  2. No fast food or white bread for lunch; choose brown bread, meat, fish and vegetables instead
  3. Portions served up in the kitchen – no pots and pans at the dining table
  4. Plate proportions for dinner should be: half vegetables, a quarter brown rice, pasta or potatoes, and a quarter low fat fish or meat
  5. Wait 20 minutes before having second helpings – this allows time for the body to feel full
  6. Feel satisfied after each meal
  7. Only two pieces of fruit per day
  8. Fast food only once a month
  9. Sweets only once a week
  10. Snack only once a week
  11. Limit juice, iced tea, cocoa, soda or lemonade to once weekly – only half a liter in total
  12. Cycle or walk to school
  13. Organized physical activity e.g. dancing, handball or gymnastics
  14. Free physical activities like walking/biking after school, walking the dog or trampolining
  15. Screen time (television, computer or tablet) limited to two hours per day
  16. No television/computer access until 5 pm
  17. Set a regular, early bedtime