5 Simple Ways To Eat Cleaner This Summer
June is here, which means bring on the strawberries (with a dollop of fresh whipped cream for me, please!)
This shift in seasons tends to get us seeing food through a new lens. Last week one of my clients asked,"If I'm not buying organic produce, what exactly am I feeding my family?"
Have you ever wondered this? If so, you're not alone.
Here's the short of it...
The average person eating non-organic produce consumes approximately 16 pounds of chemical pesticides every year.
What we know is that repeated exposure to pesticides has been linked to serious health implications like skin, lung and eye irritation, hormone dysfunction, cancer, brain toxicity, blood disorders, nerve disorders, infertility, and birth defects.
Feeling overwhelmed? I was, too, until I realized that while I couldn't change the world in just a few years, I could change my personal exposure to pesticides. We have a choice to make when we become aware of dangers: be frightened, or take action.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can reduce your pesticide exposure — without even breaking the bank!
Here are 5 simple ways you can get started...
1. Clean your non-organic produce with a natural solution that removes pesticides. Remember, pesticides are rain-resistant, so water washing only removes dirt. Try this simple 3-step process!
2. Choose non-organic produce from the 'Clean 15' list. Check out the EWG's 2019 'Clean 15' list here.
3. Shop your local farmer's market. Local food is fresher, healthier and tastes better. Plus, small-scale farms typically don't douse their crops in pesticides the way commercial 'agri-businesses' do. Find a list of your local Farmer's Markets here.
4. Join a CSA. Consider this your local farm's version of "Instacart" or online grocery shopping if you can't make it to the farmer's market each week. 'CSA' stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which is simply paying your local farmer upfront and receiving a weekly delivery of their crops throughout the harvest season. Click here to find a CSA near you.
5. Grow your own food. If you haven't heard Rob Finley's TED Talk, he claims "Growing your own food is like printing your own money." Green thumb or not, herbs—especially basil, cilantro, parsley, chives, and rosemary—will grow well almost anywhere. No garden? No problem! Planting on your deck or even windowsill will do!
And know this: it's okay to start small. In fact, simple is usually best. If one of these jumps out to you and makes you feel inspired, start there and see where it takes you!
How do you eat clean? Share with me in the comments below!