Guest Contributor: Healing Lifestyles & Spa

Live mindfully, eat joyfully, and travel consciously is the motto of our newest weekly columnist, Healing Lifestyles & Spas. Each day the publication dedicated to showcasing the best in eco-living and delivering tips on travel, food, beauty and nutrition will bring forth new topics and ideas expanding on the spa lifestyle.

The big O. Nope, we’re not talking about Sex & The City here, we’re talking organic produce. When budget is a concern (and when is it not?) but you want to feed yourself and your family right, it helps to know when that heftier price tag is really worth it.

Here’s Your Primer:

Often catalogued into the ‘dirty dozen’ these are the 12 foods to ALWAYS buy organic:

  • celery
  • apples
  • peaches
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • nectarines
  • bell peppers
  • spinach
  • kale/collard greens
  • potatoes
  • grapes (imported)
  • cherries

On the flipside of the coin, here are the ‘clean fifteen’ foods are generally lowest in pesticide exposure, so you can feel good about going conventional:

  • onions
  • avocado
  • sweet corn
  • pineapple
  • mangoes
  • sweet peas
  • asparagus
  • kiwi
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • grapefruit
  • sweet potato
  • honeydew melon

Leave it to the folks at Environmental Working Group to come up with a downloadable pocket guide and cell phone app available for free download here. Don’t leave home without it!

And while you’re out and about grocery shopping for the holidays, pick up ingredients to make this truly organic cocktail. Cheers to your health!

Detox Tip:

You’ve greened your home, dry brushed your skin, and do seasonal detox diets to boost your overall health, but how about your relationship? Could it use a little detoxification as well? Click here to give your love life a little much needed cleansing.

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