The Importance of Washing Fruits and Vegetables


It’s Farmer’s Market season. Eating fruits and vegetables is a great way to support good health. However, the fresh produce you purchase may be covered with pesticide residue, if it’s not certified organic.

Produce grown in the United States may actually have more pesticide residue than produce grown in other parts of the world. Buying organic vegetables and fruit reduces the exposure but does not eliminate it. Cross contamination could come from neighboring fields, continued presence of persistent pesticides in the soil, or the accidental or fraudulent use of pesticides.

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What is a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet?

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates

What is a whole foods plant based diet? If you aren’t familiar with the term, it is a way of eating that focuses on a variety of whole, unrefined plant foods including vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. It eliminates all animal products, processed foods, sugar, animal fats, and oils.

Why would you want to consider eating this way? It has the potential to prevent or reverse chronic diseases, lead to weight loss, improve mental clarity, lower cholesterol, and reduce or eliminate inflammation. An added bonus is reducing your carbon footprint.


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Healthy Snack Suggestions and Recipes

When you’re looking for a snack do you grab the first thing in sight? Or crave the most unhealthy food you have in the house? Instead of doing that, take the time to plan ahead and shop for healthy snacks.

Here are a bunch of ideas for you. In addition to being good for you, they’re pretty tasty too!

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How to Grow Sprouts and Why You Should

Besides being so much fun to grow, sprouts are really good for you. They may help relieve symptoms of menopause and PMS, hot flashes, and are used by some cultures to treat cancer.

Only a few supplies are needed and it takes about 3-5 days depending upon the type of seed. Sprouts are grown indoors and take up very little space. You can buy fancy seed sprouters but I grow mine in mason jars.

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Tips on Maintaining Healthy Bones as Your Age

When you are young your bones continue to build strength until peak bone strength is reached around age 30. After that bone density has a tendency to decrease as you get older. That’s partly because as you age your body absorbs calcium less effectively.

Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. That said, there are things you can do to prevent bone loss or slow down the process. They include a combination of the food you eat and physical activity.
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