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The Clean Fifteen June 28, 2008

Filed under: Food,Great Reads,Health — 4:44 pm

In the book To Buy or Not to Buy Organic, Burke provides a list of 15 foods that “are the least likely to contain pesticide residue even if they are not organically grown.” Here they are:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Bananas
  4. Blueberries
  5. Broccoli
  6. Cabbage
  7. Garlic
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mango
  10. Onions
  11. Papaya
  12. Pineapple
  13. Shelling peas
  14. Sweet corn
  15. Watermelon (domestically grown)

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The Dirty Dozen June 27, 2008

Filed under: Food,Great Reads,Health — 10:13 am

I am reading To Buy or Not to Buy Organic by Cindy Burke right now.  It is an excellent book.  Burke lists 12 items to eat only if they are organic.  Here they are:

  1. Strawberries  (This one is the most important)
  2. Red and Green Bell Peppers
  3. Spinach
  4. Cherries (hard to find and $$$)
  5. Peaches
  6. Nectarines
  7. Celery (usually about the same price as non-organic)
  8. Apples
  9. Pears
  10. Grapes
  11. Raspberries
  12. Potatoes (I don’t think I have seen organic potatoes, but I don’t really eat them any way so I guess it does not matter!)

I bought organic strawberries for the first time yesterday and they were WONDERFUL.  They tasted so sweet and full of flavor.  Ryan and I sat down and ate the whole carten so they are on my list again.  AND….they were the same price as the regular strawberries at Target.

The book also lists 15 foods you don’t need to buy organic.  Look for that information tomorrow.  They are called The Clean Fifteen in the book.


Simplicity February 25, 2008

Filed under: Great Reads — 9:43 am

embracing-simplicity.jpg“Embracing Simplicity” by Donna Schaper

My aunt sent me this little pamphlet to me along with her Christmas card this year. I have read it and re-read it. It is an excellent little read that will keep life in perspective. The goal of the book is to provide strategies that lead to a life of simplicity. My favorites: #3: Fight Truth Decay, #4: Embrace Joy, #6: Create Rituals, #7: Be a Tough Dove, #10: Hope for Hope, #11: Be an Artist With Your Life.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book:

pg 13 – “Every time you hear not enough, say the word plenty. Every time you hear the words I need more, tell yourself that less is more. Challenge the messages that challenge you.”

pg 14 – “Measure your day by how many times you laughed or smiled.”

pg 17 – “Refrain from living by either the praise or the complaints of others. Live from your own belly out.”

pg 19 – “Be rich in health and poor in things, rich in flexibility and poor in stiffness.”