Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Dirty Dozen (And Clean Fifteen)

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) produces two lists: The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen. The Dirty Dozen is a list of the fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticide residue. These are the items that you should always buy organic. The Clean Fifteen is a list of the fruits and vegetables that have the least pesticide residue. These are the items that you do not really need to buy organic. For any items not on the list, you would want to buy organic, if available.

The 2018 Dirty Dozen list:

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Hot Peppers

This list is the same as the 2017 list, but they added Hot Peppers to make it a baker's dozen. Yes, there are thirteen there. While blueberries are not on the list, I would also strongly recommend getting organic blueberries rather than conventional if they are available.

The 2018 Clean Fifteen

  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn (can be GMO, so buy only non-GMO)
  • Pineapple
  • Cabbages
  • Onions
  • Sweet Peas (frozen)
  • Papayas (can be GMO, so buy only non-GMO)
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplants
  • Honeydew Melons
  • Kiwis
  • Cantelopes
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli

This list is almost the same as 2017 list. The only difference is that grapefruit was dropped from the list and broccoli was added. You can buy conventional instead of organic for these items as there is no appreciable difference. Of course, you can always buy these items organic if you are extra sensitive and you would like to support organic farming.

I would love to hear your thoughts on organic versus conventional fruits and vegetables. do you find organic items to be too expensive? Are organic items available in your area?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Welcome to The New You Blog

This blog is a companion to The New You Video Blog that can be found on YouTube. After having the video blog for months, I decided to start this written blog because some subjects are better covered in video and some are better covered in writing. As a compliment to my video blogs which are posted every Sunday, I will be posting written items here every Wednesday.

As a Transformation Coach who works with women to help them feel healthier, have more energy, and lose weight, I intend to focus on health and wellness in this blog. Topics will include (but not be limited to):

  • Nutrition tips
  • Ways to get in touch with your body and intuition
  • Stress management tips
  • Weight loss tips
  • Practice exercises
  • Book reviews
  • Movie reviews

I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience and providing value to all my readers. In the meantime, here is the story of how I got to where I am.

My Story

Several years ago, my health was not where I wanted it to be.Working in I.T., I was a stereotypical computer nerd. I was overweight (bordering on obese), did not exercise, had high cholesterol/blood-pressure, and was a stressed out mess. This started to affect my relationships, my job, all aspects of my life. Finally, I decided enough is ENOUGH!

​I tried several diets and exercise programs with my body as my laboratory. Some things worked and some things failed miserably, but over time, I learned not only about nutrition and exercise, but also how stress and body image affects our lives. As I started getting results, I noticed the patterns that led to my success. 

​All this led to become a Transformation Coach so I can help others benefit from what I have learned on my path. I studied at the Health Coach Institute, becoming a certified Health and Life Coach. In studying at HCI, I was able to put my success patterns into a program that will create lasting change for anyone, no matter what they have tried in the past. This really excites me!

Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing my clients transform their lives, becoming happier, healthier, better versions of themselves. The results my clients see in my Get Healthy Now programs constantly amaze me.

If you would like to sign up for a free Get Healthy Now Strategy Session, please go here to sign up.