A healthy diet is imperative in managing autoimmune disorders and our health. Unfortunately, some foods that are good for us, such as fresh produce, have a hidden secret – environmental toxins, better known as pesticides. So how do you limit pesticide exposure? Lets talk about actions you can take in limiting pesticide exposure.
According to the EWG, “The USDA tests found a total of 230 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples analyzed.” Washing and even peeling produce does not eliminate these residues.
Buying organic produce helps to reduce our exposure to such pesticides. However, it’s understandable if you are not able to base your entire diet on organic foods, as organically grown produce costs more than conventionally grown produce. It’s up to us to decide where to spend our food budget. Below are a few tips to help you stretch your dollars when buying produce, along with some unexpected benefits you can enjoy while you shop.
Making the Most of Your Healthy Eating Budget While Limiting Pesticide Exposure
- Purchase in-season produce from your local farmers by visiting your local Farmers’ Markets. Visiting these markets is fun and educational. You get to know and support your local farmers (fellow entrepreneurs), ask questions and learn more about your food. Some farmers have on-site stores at their farm, so be sure to ask. These markets also great community building events and make for fun family outings.
- Consider buying into a CSA program in your area. CSA programs are subscription-based programs where you receive a bag or box of fresh, seasonal produce on a regular basis throughout the farming season. Not only will you be eating healthier food that is less costly than that from your supermarket, you will be supporting your other entrepreneurs and local business owners. CSA programs are perfect if you like fun surprises, as each delivery or pickup will vary.
- Focus on buying organics for the produce known to carry the most pesticides. Listed below are the top five. In some cases, over 90% of the produce contains pesticides. Read the for EWG’s list of the top 12.
- Save money where it makes the most sense. Some conventionally grown produce carry very little pesticides. If you’re on a budget, items on this list can be a good place to save. Below are the top 5. Read the EWG’s list of the top 15.
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Remember, as part of our healthy journey, it benefits us to reduce our overall stress, even when shopping for healthy food. This means not worrying too much about the details and what we can’t control. Instead, focus on what you can do and on what works best for you and your family. It’s all about balance.
This information provided is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be medical or psychological advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care practitioner with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before making changes to your diet or lifestyle. See full disclaimer for more information.