12 Fruits & Veggies With The Most Pesticides (2014 Dirty Dozen)

Came across this article earlier today on MindBodyGreen.com and wanted to share.

Don’t want to eat fruits coated with toxins? Neither do we! And neither does the Environmental Working Group, which thankfully tracks what’s actually in and on our food.

On Tuesday they released their annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, which breaks down which fruits and veggies have the most pesticides and which have the fewest. Their goal is to bring some transparency to our food supply and help you decide when it’s worth shilling out extra for organic produce. Apples topped the toxic list for the fourth year in a row, which may not come as a surprise in the wake of news that they’re often covered with a chemical that’s banned in Europe.

If it fits in your budget, the EWG recommends buying organic whenever possible. And if it’s just not affordable right now, their guide can help you make more informed, healthy choices. The bottom line, says the EWG, is that it’s always good to eat more fruits and vegetables, even if you’re exposed to pesticides. Now you can be a little smarter about it.

Some highlights from the report:

  • A single grape sample contained 15 pesticides.
  • The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food.
  • Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece.

The fruits and veggies with the most pesticides (the “Dirty Dozen Plus”) are:

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet bell peppers
  8. Nectarines (imported)
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap peas (imported)
  12. Potatoes

The “Dirty Dozen Plus” includes:

  1. Hot peppers
  2. Kale/collard greens

And the fruits and veggies with the least pesticides (the “Clean Fifteen”) are:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet peas (frozen)
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet potatoes

Article can be found: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13571/12-fruits-veggies-with-the-most-pesticides-2014-dirty-dozen.html?utm_campaign=recommendation&utm_medium=popular&utm_source=feature

5 things you MUST be eating…

Over the past several months, I’ve been more and more conscious about what I put into my body and also working out and making sure I just follow simple rules that don’t make me feel like I am dieting or on some sort of fitness regiment.  One magazine that I read pretty religiously is Men’s Health, although I know that I am a long way from looking like any of the fit guys in the magazine it provides me with tons of great nutrition articles, as well as fitness exercises that break up the same ol same ol workouts at the gym.  Here’s one of the recent articles that I read on foods that you MUST be eating, I found it helpful and hope you do to. Also if you have any additional foods that have helped you lose weight or fight that hunger bug…please share!

Silence a growling stomach with these satisfying options, courtesy of Men’s Health nutrition advisor Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. Each offers a hunger-fighting dose of protein, along with fiber or fat, to help keep you full for hours after you’ve eaten.

And for more great ways to stay full and lose weight, pick up a copy of The Men’s Health Diet today!It combines the latest findings in exercise and nutrition with practical how-to-advice that will transform your body into a fat-burning machine.


Along with 6 grams of protein, a handful (1 ounce) of almonds contains almost 9 grams of healthy monounsaturated fat.


You can thank the 4 grams of fiber in a 1-cup serving for this breakfast staple’s stick-to-your-ribs quality.


A 3.5-ounce serving contains 22 grams of protein and is a top source of omega-3 fats.


Quinoa cooks up like any grain, but it contains the same type of muscle-building protein found in eggs and meat. For 10 ways to prepare quinoa, go to menshealth.com/quinoa.


Black Beans

All legumes provide a ton of nutrients, but black beans lead the pack with equal amounts of protein and fiber—15 grams in a cup. They’re a great addition to almost any salad.

Also make sure and check out Men’s Health for your Ipad….super cool to be able to have several magazines when you’re traveling on your device and not have to carry them all around with you…

Told you, I am not crazy!

How Does Your Pet Keep You Healthy?, was the title of the article I recently read on The New York Times.  And it caught my attention because for several of you that know me and have followed me for a while, I never had imagined about having a pet.  Of course when I was small I had several pets or I guess just animals that would be hanging out at our house.  My first pet was a Doberman Pincher which he was awesome.  A tough, fast, lean, mean fighting machine until he got rabies and then it just pretty much was unsafe to have him around, not to mention that happened about the time when the movie, “KUJO” came out, which scarred the crap out of me.  Then I went from a mean machine to a soft, white, cute bunny rabbit that I cared for, fed and took care of until the summer of 4th grade when I went to visit my cousins and well lets just say that my mom didn’t have the same passion for the rabbit as I did and she did take him outside in his cage to feed him on grass, but then forgot to move his cage out of the direct sunlight and for those of you that have been in South Texas in the middle of summer, well my bunny died of heat stroke that summer.

I hadn’t had an actual pet until this past Valentine’s Day, when I thought it would be sweet to get Melinda, my girlfriend a kitty.  She’s always had cats in her life and loves them.  So we got a cute cat that we rescued and she let me name him.  Well on trying to find a tough, manly name for my small furball, I came up with, “GUINNESS”, and the rest is history.

Guinness Purrez

He is the most amazing cat that I could have ever wished for.  Initially I didn’t think we’d be fit for each other but now I am thinking that I got myself a Valentine’s Day gift instead of Melinda. LOL.  I make crazy videos with him, we talk, I’ve taught him to roll over and a couple of other tricks that will eventually get him on the big screen…OK you’re right maybe I am getting a little bit too over excited but I honestly feel that having a pet can definitely enhance your life.

I had always had a severe allergic reactions to cats which is one of the reasons I never had one before but in the past year I had started a regular acupuncture treatment for other health ailments that I had.  I found a great doctor that Marc had suggested to me that he had been using and had helped him out with various things.  So I thought what the heck let me give it a shot.  Well within my treatment I started to obviously feel a lot better, my high blood pressure lowered, I slowly started to lose weight and well when we got Guinness my allergies to cats that I once had were gone.  My eyes didn’t tear up, No more irritation it was incredible. I have had Guinness literally be right by my eyes and where over a year ago I would’ve immediately started tearing up and scratching my eyes out.  I have no problems at all anymore. If any of you want more information and are in the Dallas or Austin area please look up our doctor.  Her name is Dr. Laurie Powell.

I hope this story has perhaps made you think a bit more about perhaps getting a pet in your life or maybe valuing the one you have a bit more.  I’d love to hear or see any stories or videos that you’ve captured with your pet.  You’ll find the article below that inspired me to write this blog.

Here are some of my GUINNESS VIDEOS!

How Does Your Pet Keep You Healthy?


Numerous studies show that pets are good for your health. Pet ownership may lower risk for heart problems. Others studies show dogs can sniff out health problems and even make better walking partners than humans.

Now we want you to help us document in video how dogs, cats and other companion animals can make life better and improve health. Do you dance with your cat? Play Frisbee with your dog? Sing with your bird? Send us your videos showing how your pets keep you healthy.

Once we’ve collected your video stories, we’ll post the results on the Well blog.