The Ten Week Challenge Syllabus

I walked people through a ten week challenge, using the following syllabus.

Week 1 - Sugar-free
Week 2 - Whole grains
Week 3 - Wild-caught fish and grass-fed meats
Week 4 - Raw dairy
Week 5 - The microwave
Week 6 - Fats and oils
Week 7 - Cultured and fermented foods
Week 8 - Local and organic produce
Week 9 - Processed foods
Week 10 - Implementing lifestyle changes

Visit my Recipe Index over at Going Green in a Pink World.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Avoid the Dirty Dozen

If you're going to buy organic as you can afford it, check out this list, at, which is available in a printable wallet version. At their site, "Food News," the Environmental Working Group says that we can reduce our pesticide exposure by a whopping NINETY PERCENT if we avoid the "dirty dozen," which are the twelve most contaminated fruits and veggies.

So what are the most heavily laden fruits and veggies?
Peaches, strawberries, apples, nectarines, sweet bell peppers, celery, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, cherries, imported grapes, pears

But this little ditty of a post wouldn't be complete without some good news. The produce that carry the least amount of pesticides?
Onions, sweet corn, asparagus, sweet peas, cabbage, broccoli, eggplant, avocados, pineapples, mangoes, kiwi, and bananas.

I hope this brief little post will be useful and influential on your next shopping journey! I will be designing next week's menu with the dirty dozen in mind.


  1. i don't buy that "dirty dozen" crap- when you start reading about GMOs(corn is #1) and pesticides- like dole banana crop workers made sterile by the heavy duty pesticides, etc... you really go organic on everything. but well I 'm a psycho like that.

  2. EWG just updated their list! There are some significant differences, and I'm not sure why, but it's definitely worth checking out at For example, potatoes are no longer on the dirty dozen and bananas no longer on the clean 15. Hmmm. ? Time to memorize a new list!!