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Issue #21-- 5 Tips To Reduce Or Eliminate The Harmful Pesticides On Your Food
March 30, 2005

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March 30, 2005 Issue #021


1) 5 Tips To Reduce Or Eliminate The Harmful Pesticides On Your Food
2) Healthy Recipe of the Month
3) Your Healthy Eating Support Group Tip
4) Healthy Products and Services

5 Tips To Reduce Or Eliminate The Harmful Pesticides On Your Food

Pesticides are chemical poisons, many of which cause cancer, birth defects, genetic defects or nervous system disorders. There are two kinds of pesticides:
  1. those found on the surface of the foods, which may be washed or peeled off
  2. those that are absorbed by the plant and cannot be washed or peeled off

There is no way to know what kinds of pesticides are used on the foods you buy in the grocery store. The healthiest way is to eat all organically grown food. However, that may not always be practical or possible, whether it be for reasons of availability or cost.

Here’s how you can reduce the amounts of pesticides on and in your food:

  1. Buy these most contaminated foods only organic:
    • apples
    • bell peppers
    • celery
    • cherries
    • imported grapes
    • nectarines
    • peaches
    • pears
    • potatoes
    • red raspberries
    • spinach
    • strawberries

  2. These foods are the least contaminated with pesticides and are safer to buy non organic
    • Asparagus
    • Avocados
    • Bananas
    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower
    • Corn (sweet)
    • Kiwi
    • Mangos
    • Onions
    • Papaya
    • Pineapples
    • Peas (sweet)

  3. Check for pesticides in your foods with this virtual shopping cart.
  4. Learn more here.
  5. Recommended resources for organic eating:

    • Organic Food: Why It’s Healthier For You

    • Fresh Choices by Rochelle Davis, David Joachim
      This indispensable cookbook helps you bring the best food possible to the table--even when organic isn't an option. Packed with more than 100 inspiring and satisfying dishes, Fresh Choices confronts the issues consumers face when they want to know where their food comes from.

    • Organic Living In 10 Simple Lessons by Karen Sullivan
      Here's the perfect introduction for people who want to go organic but don't know how to get started—or aren't always sure they know what "organic" means.

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your comments or questions about this discussion. I cannot answer each question individually, but I will attempt to address questions in the next newsletter.

Healthy Recipe of the Month

Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

2 cups filtered water
1 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked 8 hours or overnight and drained
1/4 tsp. celery seed (non-irradiated)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove fresh garlic minced or chopped
1/2 cup raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. Celtic Sea salt
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. dried parsley (non-irradiated)
2 tsp. dried basil (non-irradiated)

Blend all ingredients except oil, parsley and basil. Slowly add olive oil while blending till thick and creamy. Add parsley and basil and blend on low speed for 15-30 seconds more.

This is a delicious, healthy alternative to bottled salad dressings, which are full of harmful chemical additives and canola or soybean oil. I received many compliments on this dressing at a potluck from people who typically are not conscious of eating healthfully.

Your Healthy Eating Support Group Tip

Rent the video Super Size Me.

Morgan Spurlock goes on a McDonalds only diet for 30 days. Before starting, and at frequent intervals along the way, he is examined by 3 different doctors and a nutritionist. Eleven days into the experiment, he is advised by his doctors to discontinue the diet, but he’s in it for the entire 30 days. The tremendous adverse effects of this diet are far worse than his doctors ever imagined. If you haven’t seen this documentary, you owe it to yourself and to your family to watch it before you ever set foot into another fast food restaurant again.

Note: It has some language not appropriate fro young children.

Healthy Products and Services

The 2004 Edition of FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not lists 800 food additives classified according to safety, whether they may cause allergic reactions and if they are GRAS Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA. New to this edition is information on how to identify genetically modified produce in the grocery store. It's a handy pocket-sized book that you can carry with you when you shop to help you read food labels and make sure the food you're buying has only healthy ingredients. It will help you choose healthy foods when you shop and keep harmful chemicals out of the food you feed your family.

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HEALTHY EATING: For Extremely Busy People Who Don't Have Time For It tells you what's healthy and what's not in a clear, concise and easy-to-use format. It gives you a system so easy to use that you can't help but succeed at eating healthfully. In less than 15 minutes, you will know how to choose healthy food and be on the right track to eating healthfully.

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Greens First is a once-a-day, totally delicious and refreshing, easy mixing drink of only 30 calories that tastes so good in plain water we unconditionally guarantee you’ll absolutely love it or your money back ! It is a uniquely easy mixing and refreshing “Super Food” powder mix loaded with natural, organic, whole foods and extracts. These are most of the foods that we are constantly being told by the scientific experts and our doctors that we should be eating daily, but never seem to be able to do so on a long term, regular basis!

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Healthy Eating Coaching
If you would like personal, one-on-one help to get yourself eating healthfully, I offer healthy eating coaching/nutritional consulting services by telephone. The first session is free. You just have to pay for the call.

To schedule your no charge evaluation, send me an e-mail with NO CHARGE EVALUATION in the subject line. Tell me what your concerns are, what times you are available, and what time zone you're in. I will send you an e-mail with your appointment date and time, and the phone number for you to call.

Written by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
Your Personal Online Healthy Eating Coach
(c) copyright 2004

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