Dirty Dozen & Clean 15, And Me

I assume since you are here, you’re trying to eat healthy/ier, as I am. Each year I read the Environmental Working Groups Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list to see where things stand. I always hope for the best, and I’m always dismayed at the amount of pesticides in our food.

Today was no different. I had the opportunity to sit down and read the article, and take a look at the study. I updated my lists in the Memo section of my phone (so I have them when I’m shopping), and was reminding of how much I want to live in a place where I can grow my food. I’m hoping my parents actually get back into this after my step-father retires. It’s been a couple of years since they’ve done their garden, but I’m guessing they’ll be back at it next spring. Or hoping.

What does this mean for me? I have to be careful of:

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach (I eat a lot of this!)
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery

I eat a lot of those foods. The others on the list aren’t eaten often, but I will have to keep them in mind so I am prepared. I’ve listed all 12 on my Yuck! list in my phone, and all the Clean 15 on my Yum! list. I’m so excited to have avocado, pineapple, and cabbage on my Yum! list, as well as honey-dew and cantaloupe. I hate that I have to spend more to get the organic versions of the other items I want. I can’t always afford to, but I try to when possible.

Are you changing the way you eat to accommodate these lists? Let us know how in the comments.

Happy spring!




Freebie: Frugal Ways to Save Money In the Kitchen + Frugal Recipes for the Health Conscious

I wanted to let you all know about a Mini eBook I just published called Frugal Ways to Save Money In the Kitchen + Frugal Recipes for the Health Conscious.

“Unfortunately, it is cheaper to drink soda than almond and coconut milk. And it is less expensive to eat white potatoes, rice, and pasta than it is to eat healthy salads all the time. It is cheaper to eat meat from drugged up animals than to buy grass-fed. And pesticide ridden produce than organic. It is just cheaper to eat unhealthy than it is to eat healthy.”

“However, it is important to find ways to cut costs in the kitchen in order to eat as healthy as possible. This Mini eBook helps you along this journey.”

This Mini eBook is free to anyone who can use the information to help them along their path to a frugal existence. I hope it helps many people. This is being offered in ePub format through the link above at lulu.com.

PDF Version: Frugal Ways to Save Money in the Kitchen plus Frugal Recipes for the Health Conscious

ePub is new to me, so I’m hoping my readers will let me know if it is a good format for them. If not, what type of format do you prefer? Maybe you like PDF’s or something else? Please, let me know in the comments below so I can better serve you all. I will see what I can do. Or, email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com.