You’ve finally decided to make your health a priority and want to make some serious changes in your diet. First off, congrats for jumping on the health train! You’ll find that eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard or require you to give up any of the foods you love. It’s all about making smart choices that essentially lead to a balanced and healthy dieting pattern.
When it comes to buying fruits and veggies, we all want organic. But it’s no secret that they’re kind of pricey. So instead of buying the apples that are free of synthetic chemicals, we settle for the waxy coated ones that are within our budget range. But not every single crop needs to be bought organically. Some are more heavily sprayed then others. Each year the Environmental Working Group releases a new shopper’s guide to pesticides in fruits and vegetables. The “Dirty Dozen” list with the most pesticide residues, and the “Clean Fifteen” with less pesticides and harmful sprays. So if you can’t afford to buy organic, use the shoppers guide to select only the crops that should be eaten organically. That way you’re not spending money on produce that you could probably skip on buying organic.