Orchestrating improvements in our health is difficult. To make it even more frustrating, often the foods that we should be eating tend to be more expensive. So, in order to stretch the dollars that my busy, hard working husband makes, I have had to find compromises with which I can live. My herd of a family eats lots of fruits and vegetables, not to mention every other kind of food. I strive to buy organic produce as often as I can. But it's not always possible. So what do I do?
I will let you in on one of my tricks. It's called The Dirty Dozen. I have seen several articles and posts on the internet that give lists of those fruits and vegetables that receive the most pesticides during their growing season. Below, I have given a link to one of those websites. Check it out.
If you are like me, your memory card in your brain gets pretty full quickly. Whenever possible, I try to keep information on other "hard drives" in order to keep my brain clutter free. Therefore, I have not even attempted to memorize this list of produce. Instead, I took a picture of one of the lists I found and I keep it in my phone. Another option would be to type out the list on the "notes" app of your smart phone so you can access it easily when you get to the store.
The point of this The Dirty Dozen list is to give you the ability to prioritize your selection of organic produce. If you can't afford to buy everything organic, then at least you can make smart choices as to where to spend your money. I would suggest you buy the worst of the pesticide laden foods organic.
Perfection is desirable, but rarely attainable. Don't get frustrated when you can't do all the wonderful, ideal, and healthy undertakings that are constantly promoted. Do the best you can. Make the best choices you can make with the resources you have.
"Something is better than nothing." (My own mantra that relates to everything in life.)