The Dirtiest and Cleanest Produce

The Dirtiest and Cleanest Produce

Should you buy organic? Is it worth the extra premium you pay? If you have the option experts suggest organic produce is healthier, cleaner, and more nutrient packed. I have to say I am “healthily skeptical” of the health claims that some suggest. Something that I do clearly see is that non-organic produce have a signicantly higher amount of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that sometimes cannot be washed away. Here is a list of the dirtiest and cleanest produce. I would try to get the ‘dirtiest’ from organic sources. It surprised me that celery was on this list! (source: www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/) Until next time… ~Think...

How to Reduce the Stress of Too Many Choices

There are many sources of stress in life now days. When I read the Chinese Medicine classics they talk about stress in a relevant way but there are many lifestyle factors that we have today then didn’t exist in 2000BC.¬† Today I am sure it is safe to say that we have more choices than ever before. What should you eat? what car do you want? where do you want to live? what do you want to do? what kind of lifestyle you want? and on and on These choices, studies show, can cause an enormous amount of stress. In a book called The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz¬† the author shows that having too many choices can cause serious pressure and stress. This pressure, according to the psychologist, can lead to clinical depression, overwhelm, anxiety, and the inability to make any decisions at all. The main idea is having more choice leads to less happiness and life fulfillment. This concept can easily apply to our health. A quick google search will show the multitude of diets, exercise plans, and therapies available. I get concerned thinking about the aging Baby Boomers, who have never really thought much about their health, hitting this mass of information and trying to weed through it all. How do you chose which ‘Plan’ is right for you? My advice is to chose 1 idea or plan and try it for a predetermined amount of time. Stick to it for the whole amount of time that you decided on. Don’t worry if it’s not the ‘best’ choice just pick one...