You have spoken… here are the results…

Thank you everyone who filled out the survey last week regarding your concerns and how I can help (even just a little) with you having a happy, healthy lifestyle.

I am happy to report that 84.62% of you selected that your health is “Very Important”. That’s a good sign to start off with. I also found the answer to the question “What can I do to help with maintaining a healthy, happy lifestyle?” resulted in a couple different popular answers as you see below:

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Push me to keep going!
23.08%
Let me know about products and foods that most of us don’t know about.
46.15%
Keep doing what you’re doing. Love the blog!
30.77%
Nothing, I’m doing just fine, thanks.
 0%

Thank you all for not selecting for me to bug off “Nothing, I’m doing just fine, thanks”. 🙂

I wanted to start off by educating you about very important information regarding which foods to choose as Organic and which ones don’t matter as much. Since we all know Organic food can cost more sometimes it’s good to know where you can cut costs a little. A great resource to start off is the Environmental Working Group. They are an amazing group trying to work with society to help improve the quality of food and what goes into our foods. From their website, here is a look at what they are accomplishing:

The Environmental Working Group is the nation’s most effective environmental health research and advocacy organization.  Our mission is to conduct original, game-changing research that inspires people, businesses and governments to take action to protect human health and the environment. With your help — and with the help of hundreds of organizations with whom we partner — we are creating a healthier and cleaner environment for the next generation and beyond.

Here’s a list the EWG likes to call “The Dirty Dozen”. It is a list of foods that you should pick as organic, local (if possible) foods vs. ones that don’t matter as much.

Genetically modified plants, or GMOs, are not often found in the produce section of grocery stores. Field corn, nearly all of which is produced with genetically modified seeds, is used to make tortillas, chips, corn syrup, animal feed and biofuels. Because it is not sold as a fresh vegetable, it is not included in EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. Nor is soy, another heavily GMO crop that makes its way into processed food.

The genetically modified crops likely to be found in produce aisles of American supermarkets are zucchini, Hawaiian papaya and some varieties of sweet corn. Most Hawaiian papaya is a GMO. Only a small fraction of zucchini and sweet corn are GMO. Since U.S. law does not require labeling of GMO produce, EWG advises people who want to avoid it to purchase the organically grown versions of these items.

FYI – You can also download their app for free for iPhone or Android. It’s a great app to have as you cruise through the aisles of the grocery store!

Have you heard of the dirty dozen list before? If so, do you follow it? Please leave a comment below to let us know more! Thanks.

Lots of love,

Adrian

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