Pesticides in Produce – The Dirty ‘Dozen’ and the Clean Fifteen

If you don’t know which fruits and vegetables are in the Dirty Dozen list (now actually, the Dirty Fourteen though Dozen falls off the tongue better…) yet you are behind the times.  All of us struggle with balancing our budgets yet those of us who are obsessed with cleaner living and anti-aging are willing to pay more for so-called organic produce.  But did you know that there are fruits and vegetables that are more naturally resistant to absorbing chemicals than others?  And, there is produce that is much more vulnerable to soaking up toxins – generally because they are physically softer.

Therefore, there are certain fruits and veggies (the Dirty Dozen) you MUST buy organic (or you are consuming what amounts to a sponge soaked in toxins/pesticides) while there are others you can buy non-organic (the Clean Fifteen). Continue reading

Ban the Botox. Chew Celery Instead for Plumper Skin

Economizing can bite into your Botox budget but you can get plumper skin by eating a few stalks of celery a day.   Celery is rife with a magical mineral called silica.  This mineral helps the firmness and structure of your skin and makes nails and hair stronger.  Because our food is being grown in mineral-depleted soil (thanks to chemicals, fertilizers etc) we are gaining fewer minerals from our food.

Celery is one of the Dirty Dozen of foods grown naturally that are most vulnerable to absorbing chemicals.  Therefore, it is essential that you buy organic. Continue reading

Food is the New Plastic Surgery – But Give Your Kitchen A Face-Lift First with these 23 Steps

Power Foods can cause explosions of pleasure in our mouths while making our skin firmer and plumper at the same time.  If you are serious about anti-aging you are going to have to be more vigilant about what you eat – and where you eat. (Since where is linked to the what!).  Even in the best restaurants you have no idea where the food is coming from and if it is organic or wild – or, more likely, polluted and farm-raised i.e rife with antibiotics etc.

The solution? Cook more.  Yes, you are going to have to start going to the market, buying new knives and a blender – and, if you are really serious, a juicer.

Get started in your kitchen by throwing a few items away and replacing them: Continue reading