Hope you’re having a great start to your day! We started our day nice and early with the Love Nugget waking at 6:00. Guess we’re up! It actually makes it a little easier to get out of the house on time when he gets up early. Which we managed to do and made it to the gym by 8:30. Which allowed me to get in a quick 2.5 mile run before boot camp started. I’ve mentioned this boot camp class (this class is different from the Brick House Built one that I didn’t enjoy that much) a few times and wanted to elaborate for anyone who works out at 24 hour fitness and lives in my area.
The hubby and I have been at 24 hour fitness since we moved to this area almost 5 years ago. It’s nice to be able to use any of their gyms and they have a location seriously less than 1 mile away so it’s super convenient. In this time, I’ve taken many GroupX classes and enjoyed most of them. One class/instructor in particular is the Tuesday morning 9:00 boot camp with Wanel Thomas. She is also a personal trainer and I’ve had the pleasure to train with her a few years ago. She is AMAZING at what she does and I learned a lot during the time I spent training with her. Seriously guys if you’re looking for a personal trainer or just a great bootcamp class, check her out! She rocks!
Today I came across an interesting article about organic foods. Since having the Love Nugget, we started buying certain foods organic only. Basically the “dirty dozen” (see below), organic free-range chicken, organic beef (for the hubby and Love Nugget), and fresh caught fish when possible.
I also try to shop at local farmers markets for the majority of our produce organic or not. The question always comes up during conversations with friends regarding the benefits of buying organic. Is it really better for you? This article discusses a recent study done by Stanford University Doctors regarding that same question. Here’s some of what they found,
Eating organic fruits and vegetables can lower exposure to pesticides, including for children — but the amount measured from conventionally grown produce was within safety limits, the researchers reported Monday.
The Stanford team combed through thousands of studies to analyze the 237 that most rigorously compared organic and conventional foods. Bravata was dismayed that just 17 compared how people fared eating either diet while the rest investigated properties of the foods themselves.
Organic produce had a 30 percent lower risk of containing detectable pesticide levels. In two studies of children, urine testing showed lower pesticide levels in those on organic diets. But Bravata cautioned that both groups harbored very small amounts — and said one study suggested insecticide use in their homes may be more to blame than their food.
Still, some studies have suggested that even small pesticide exposures might be risky for some children, and the Organic Trade Association said the Stanford work confirms that organics can help consumers lower their exposure.
CSPI’s DeWaal noted that difference, but added that the issue is more complicated. Some fruits and vegetables can harbor more pesticide residue than others — she listed peaches from Chile as topping a recent testing list. Overall levels have dropped in North American produce over the last decade as farms implemented some new standards addressing child concerns, she said.
“Parents with young children should consider where their produce is coming from,” DeWaal said, calling types grown in the U.S. or Canada “a safer bet” for lower pesticide levels. Source
Wow! While I figured organic produce was a little hyped up, this study is basically saying there isn’t much difference between organic and non organic healthwise. However it did find that organic produce does have lower pesticide residue. So if you care about the pesticide level going into your body then buy organic, if not, don’t. You are also getting less chance of GMO’s (Genetically modified Foods) when you eat organic. Check out this post for more information on GMO’s. Personally, since switching to more organic produce, I have less stomach issues than I had before. I just feel better. I will continue to purchase at least the dirty dozen organically, as well as the Love Nugget’s milk, and our meat.
Dirty dozen includes –
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Grapes (Imported)
On this website there is a printable list with the dirty dozen as well as the top 15 foods that are the least contaminated. Great resource to have with you while you’re doing your shopping 🙂
Hope you find this helpful! Keep in mind that if your eating produce period you are doing better for your body than eating processed foods. Regardless of if it’s organic or not!
- Do you have a favorite class or trainer/instructor at your gym?
- What are your thoughts on this new study?