Thursday, September 30, 2010

Why you can't lose those last 10 pounds

I found this interesting article online that suggested doing the following 4 steps if you are struggling to lose the last 10 pounds.

1. Know when to go organic. We get so many pesticides through our food, beverages and water every day that eating an organic diet for just 5 days can reduce the circulating pesticides. But organic food is expensive, right? Here's how you can save money if you cannot afford to go 100% organic: Some foods have higher concentrations of pesticides in them and therefore are definitely worth buying organic. The "dirty dozen" worth buying organic are (starting with the worst)celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries (domestic), nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach, kale/collard greens, cherries, potatoes and grapes (imported). All other fruit and veggies have pesticides but don't absorb as much as the dirty dozen.

2. Don't eat plastic. Sounds kind of dumb but read on.
First Never ever ever heat food in a plastic container or put plastic in the dishwasher. Heating and the dishwasher can (will) damage plastics and increase leaching.
Second, you also shouldn't buy fatty meats wrapped in plastic because the common pesticides or EDC's are stored in fatty tissue. The plastic wrap at your grocer's meat department is mostly made of PVC unlike the stuff we use at home.
Third, cut down on canned goods. If you have to buy canned, choose Eden Organic; their can liners are BPA free.

3. Go lean. Always choose pasture-raised meats because studies show they have less fat than confined, grain-fed meats, and none of the weight-promoting hormones. HOORAY for grass fed meats! Grass-fed beef contains 60 percent more omega-3s, 200 percent more vitamin E and two to three times more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA, a near-magic nutrient that helps ward off heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and can help you lose weight, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) than conventional beef.

4. Filter your water. The best way to eliminate pesticides from your water is to filter it. What kind of filter is best? I haven't a clue! Some say reverse osmosis, some swear by their Brita but what ever you choose, do your research first. We chose a water ionizer but if you check online, there's both positive and negative comments about it. Do the research and then decide what suits your family and wallet the best.

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