The Foods You Should Buy Organic vs Organic

The Foods You Should Buy Organic vs. Non Organic

While going organic takes a positive toll on your body, it can take a negative toll on your wallet. Many find themselves in a debate of purchasing organic vs. non organic products.

Is organic really worth it? We did a little digging on this produce controversy and found certain foods were better to buy organic than others. The following 14 foods, according to the Environment Workers Group*, contain high amounts of pesticides. When deciding what to purchase organic, swap the following non organic produce with this list:

14 Foods You Should Buy Organic

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Kale/Collard Greens
  • Summer Squash

The following 15 foods, also referred to as the Clean Fifteen, are considered the least contaminated.

The Clean Fifteen

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet Peas (frozen)
  • Sweet Potatoes

*The Enviromental Workers Group is a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health.

The One Trick to Stopping Unhealthy Eating

The One Trick to Stopping Unhealthy Eating

It’s 5:30pm when your car participates in the the bumper-to-bumper dance and your stomach sings of hunger.

“It’s been a long day. Give me a beer, potato chips. Diet starts tomorrow,” you say as you waltz into the door.

While it’s easy to dance to tune of a forgotten healthy eater, there are ways to stick to the plan.  Eliminate that regretful feeling of eating Lays Potato Chips with a side of cold pizza and concluding with a sleeve of Oreos. The only way to stop from eating the bad stuff, is to stop the bad stuff from eating you.

Translation: When you see “bad for you” foods, you are persuaded to eat them. The trick is keep healthy items available at all times and easy to reach. Start with these common offenders:

First Offender:

What’s on the top shelf of your fridge? 

This is the first place where your eyes wonder when you open that glorious icebox. Keep veggies, hummus, salads and fruits at arms reach and eye level. Like the snacks you see above.

Second Offender:

What’s on your kitchen counter?

Bread? Don’t tango with that. Keep a storage of grab-and-go nuts and dried fruit on the counter ready to grab when hunger strikes.

Third Offender:

What’s in your cabinet?

Your cabinet is a safe haven of junk, chocolate and chips. Keep the soups, canned vegetables and beans at eye level and the front of the cabinet.

Fourth Offender:

What’s in your wallet? 

No, it’s not Capital One…When going to the store, make sure to have a grocery list of healthy items. This will prevent you from unhealthy ‘straying’ and buying the 2 for 1 Chips Ahoy. Shimmy on the outskirts of the grocery store where the produce and meats are located and stay clear on the inside isles.