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GMO No or Yes?

Genetically modified organisms are plants, animals and other microorganisms that have been genetically altered to give them “special” features. 30 countries in the European Union have either banned or severely restricted GMO crops. The FDA says there is no “material” difference. I buy organic and there is a Non-GMO shopping guide. What are your thoughts? Does it concern you or do you agree with the FDA?

Killing Bacteria on Veggies

Some fruits and vegetables are best purchased as organic due to the high levels of pesticides and chemicals, but the EPA has advised that other “regular” produce is acceptable. Concern regarding bacteria has prompted many to buy special veggie washes to get rid of most of the germs and pesticides. You can clean your produce with a vinegar and water solution ( 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water) and then rinse under water for 30 seconds. According to Alyse Levine, MS, RD, founder of Nutrition Bite LLC, the vinegar solution reduces bacteria by 90% and viruses by 95%.

Nutrition-You Get What You Pay For

Many people complain that healthy food is too expensive, but check out the nutrients in the product to determine if you are really getting your money’s worth. Assess the protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals per serving versus the fat, salt, sugar, preservatives, and other chemical additives. You will probably see that a lot of the “cheaper” products are full of the unhealthy things. Your body is your best asset and you only have one… isn’t it worth the best?

Adding Foods for Weight Loss

If weight loss is a goal, instead of focusing on the foods that you need to cut out of your diet, start adding all of the tasty fruits and veggies that are abundant this time of year. Add new grains like quinoa, amaranth, barley, bulgur and spelt. Experiment with recipes and cooking classes that feature healthy, whole foods. Expanding rather than limiting your choices is the key to successful weight management. What new or healthy, interesting food have you tried?

Your Weight and Food

Maintaining a healthy weight and nourishing your body with good food does not mean the end of eating tasty, enjoyable foods. More and more restaurants are offering low-fat, lower calorie meals too. My family’s favorite meal is my lasagna. I make it with organic whole wheat noodles, low-fat cheeses and lean, grain-fed ground beef, instead of the white pasta, regular cheeses and regular ground beef. And of course, all the other ingredients. What healthy dish do you make?