Health Coach Tip #1- The Dirty Dozen
I’m pleased to announce that I am currently enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach program.
This program focuses on a holistic lifestyle approach and promotes bio-individual nutrition, the concept that one person’s ideal diet may be harmful to another. I’ll write plenty more about the program and my educational path in the future, but for now I just want to share three main points about the current state of “nutrition awareness” in this country.
First, nutrition is an inexact and poorly understood science.
There are just too many variables. Our individual nutritional needs change constantly, and the idea of “absolute truths” is faulty to the point of danger.
Second, what is their intent?
We have to be very careful about whom we trust with our nutritional needs. The food industry is a multi-trillion dollar business, and its influence on governmental policy. In fact, in 1999 he USDA, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee were successfully sued because more than half of the committee’s members had financial ties to the food industry.
Third, it’s like drinking from the fire-hose.
Paying attention to all this stuff can seem like a full-time job. How many times have you heard conflicting reports about the healthfulness of, say, red wine? Don’t drink it, drink a little, drink a lot… it never seems to end. Basically, the real answer is, it depends. There are few absolutes when it comes to nutrition, and as I said earlier, there are just so many variables!
Stick with me, kid.
So what next? As I continue down this path of education, I want to share with you tips and tricks that will help you reach your own Vibrant Life. I invite you to sign-up for the newsletter, follow me on Facebook, jump on the Twitter and let’s have a conversation about YOUR health and wellness. This is not a one-size-fits-all situation.
The question about organic versus conventional foods is one that I’m often asked. Again, how important this decision depends on the situation. I prefer to buy organic whenever I can, not just from a health and wellness standpoint, but also from an environmental one. Petroleum-based fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and genetic modifications can have far-reaching impacts on both local and global environment. However, organic may not be an option, or there may be a financial obstacle to buying organic. With that in mind, here’s a list, first of the 12 fruits and vegetables that are a priority to buy organic, followed by some that are minimally affected by conventional growing.
Foods that carry a higher pesticide residue, often referred to as “The Dirty Dozen”:
- Nectarines (Imported)
- Grapes (Imported)
- Bell Peppers
I think it is wise to add blueberries, potatoes and collard greens.
So what can you eat that is conventionally grown without worry?
- Sweet Corn
- Avocado Avocado
- Sweet peas
- Cantaloupe (domestic)
- Sweet Potatoes
That’s it for now. Stay tuned, we are going to keep talking about the benefits of going organic.