NEZEL PADAYHAG: “5 Bad Habits That Weaken Your Energy Field And Positive Habits To Replace Them With”

Your energy field or the electromagnetic energy field that surrounds you depends much on your health and lifestyle.

It reflects your personal energy and affects your ability to connect with others. A healthy energy field is a good indicator of living the life you want.

If it’s weak, you will lack motivation and vitality for making your life better, personally and professionally. A weakened energy field also makes you more susceptible to negativity.

While there are scientific explanations behind the feelings of fatigue, in most cases it still comes down to one important thing, your energy has weakened because of bad habits.

These habits might vary, from wrong diets and bad sleeping patterns to stress, activities that harm your health, even not following your purpose.

Weakened energy field is the symptom of some underlying problem, it is an indicator that something in your lifestyle is draining your energy and disrupting your energy flow.

You fail to see the harm done because it happens gradually and on a daily basis. When you notice the difference your energy field has already weakened.

To protect your energy field you need to know the things that weaken it, as well as the ways to strengthen it.

It all comes down to how you structurize your lifestyle and what kind of habits you integrate in it. Here are some bad habits you should avoid and replace with positive ones.

5 Bad Habits That Weaken Your Energy And What To Do Instead:

1. Addiction to social media.

Even though there are good and inspirational things that you see on social media, it is still outnumbered by the negative ones. If you’re not aware, you’re likely to be influenced by the negativity that you get from there. The amount of time and energy spent in pointless internet browsing also diminishes your energy.

What to do instead: Spend more time with people who uplift your energy.

There are people who simply good for your energy. Instead of being sucked into social media feeds, meet up with someone who uplifts your energy. Speak with them, converse on topics both of you are passionate about, talk about things that inspire you.

2. Poor sleep habits.

Regardless of what you do in the wee hours of the night, not having enough sleep is not good for your body. Your mind and body need adequate rest to be able to function well for the next day. A good sleep is a wise investment to gain more for the following day.

What to do instead: Have an exercise regimen.

Get your body moving. Engaging in physical activities gets your blood circulating and your energy going. Create a habit where you engage yourself physically, like swimming, running, yoga, walking, or any other activities that can sweat you.

3. Staying indoors all the time.

Not getting enough sunshine and fresh air is not good for your energy. The sun, most especially, provides you with warmth and uplifts your energy levels. It promotes the production of vitamins in your body. Staying indoors might make you depressed.

What to do instead: Go for a walk.

Walking has been found to have lots of mental and physical benefits. Aside from improving your mood and getting fresh air, walking is also the best way to get sunshine on your skin. The sun’s energy not only gives you a dose of vitamin D but it also purifies your mood.

4. Poor eating habits.

Poor eating habits accompanied by an unhealthy lifestyle is probably the greatest drainer of your energy. Most processed foods make you feel tired and lethargic. Organic and naturally grown foods are packed with natural energy that replenishes what your body loses.

What to do instead: Follow a nutritious diet.

A nutritious diet simply consists of naturally grown food. If it’s possible, grow your own organic veggies and fruits. Eating raw food is also a great way of getting the sun’s energy into your body.

5. Overthinking and stress.

Stress is the biggest enemy of the modern times. We overthink and stress about things daily. This is an addiction we all suffer from. Overthinking and dealing with stressful people every single day is almost inevitable, however, almost. It can be significantly reduced.

What to do instead: Do deep breathing and meditation exercises.

Deep breathing is a quick saver, especially when you’re feeling exhausted. Simply close your eyes, then slowly inhale and exhale deeply. Doing this for at least 5 minutes will calm your mind. A regular meditation is healthy and keeps you connected to your inner being.

Your body is said to be the temple of your soul. When you take good care of it, your soul is likely to shine, and this raises your energy levels. These are simple strategies, but if done on daily basis they can strengthen your energy field and keep negative energies at bay.

 

~via LifeCoachCode.com

GAIA: “7 Things That Are Blocking Your Spirit Guides”

Your angels, spirit animals and spirit guides in general are supposed to be connecting and communicating with you, offering guidance for your life and acting as a source of light and encouragement. If you aren’t experiencing this, what’s the problem? As it turns out, it’s probably largely you yourself that stands in your own way, as well as the way of your spirit guides! Everything from your attitude to even the things that you eat can affect the connection with your spirit guides.

Never fear, however, there are a lot of things you can do in order to open the channels again. You are the problem, and you are also the solution.

Here are seven common problems that almost everyone faces. Of course, there are many more that you may discover in your own journey, so take these as a beginning point of examination and take a good look at your own heart and lifestyle:

INEXPERIENCE

So you’re new to the spiritual work game. That is no big deal! However, it can trip you up a little if you don’t know what you’re doing.

The best practice is to not do much at all! Keep an open heart and mind, of course, but learn to relax your mind, perhaps through a daily meditation, hold onto your patience and keep your expectations realistic.

You can also practice heightening all of your senses and increasing your awareness. Again, don’t constantly be on the lookout, but instead open the channels of your receptiveness.

DISORGANIZATION

You attract what’s around you. Is your home a big pile of clutter with random objects lost in the fray? Is your desk even visible under those stacks of who-knows-what? The state of your affairs can reflect your heart. This is why space clearing is so important in Feng Shui. Clean space, clean spirit!

That’s the kind of spirit and environment that your guides are attracted to. Make things as easy as possible on them and create the most appealing, welcoming atmosphere to them, and let them get to work.

EXPECTATIONS

Waiting for a gigantic sign with life directions to fall out of the sky and hit you on the head… literally? It’s time to move on and instead focus on your bond with your guides.

You never know how your guides will contact you, and by setting your expectations even really high, you’re putting them in a box and limiting yourself more than anything. Sometimes the gestures will be big and grand; other times, they will be just mere feelings, gentle whispers in your heart or your ears, or a fleeting visual. Sometimes, these signs are even more powerful than a huge clap of thunder!

Find the small signs, and the big ones may or may not come. It doesn’t matter! Once you connect with your guides, you’ll realize that the sign and the journey with the spirits itself is what matters.

IMPATIENCE

If you’re constantly wondering and anxiously waiting for messages from your spirit guides, the internal turmoil and anxiety you’re building up could cause you to miss it all together! Plus, when you’re in this state, you aren’t having faith in your guides, you’re demanding to have your way and your results. Where’s the beauty in that?

Building up your patience also builds your trust in your guides, thus strengthening your bond all the more. When you’re facing challenges, you can still know that your guides have your best interests at heart, and that they will be there for you at just the right time.

When you aren’t looking for it, all kinds of great things can happen unexpectedly. With a stronger bond with your guide, you’ll start to recognize that the coincidences that seem so fortuitously timed are intentional messages and guidance from the spirits who care about you.

DRAMA

The chaos of certain relationships and situations can certainly be the utmost distractions. When you’re constantly squabbling with an acquaintance or trying to make everyone happy, you yourself aren’t happy. You’re agitated, likely closed off, and unfocused. This can make it hard to connect with your spirit guides.

Ask your guides to help you clear your heart. Get rid of the negativity and fear and replace it with the peaceful, loving energy of positivity. Also ask your guides to help point out any relationships that you may have outgrown, ones that are only slowing you down and harming more than helping. It’s okay to trim back relationships that are draining you of valuable emotional and spiritual energy.

While it’s important to still love everyone around you no matter what, it’s your choice who to pour yourself into. The more negative energy you collect around yourself, your friends included, the harder it will be for your spirit guides to connect to you.

FOOD

Humans are clusters of energy waves, moving faster and faster all the time. As a human you have agreed to see yourself as solid forms through consensus reality. Everything you do and think, everything you eat and drink, in fact, everything you put into and around your body effects the overall vibration of your entire being. After all, we are energy, and food is energy for us, thus affecting our energy overall.

Therefore, it is quite essential that you pay attention to the vibrations of the foods you eat. When you eat foods that have a high and rapid vibration, you are more able to hold a strong, healthy, exuberant and joyful state. When, on the other hand, you eat foods of a slower, lower frequency, you lower your vibrations and, wonder why you don’t feel quite so good that day.

Each of us has a signature vibration; each food you ingest contributes to that vibration. Here are some of the foods for lower vibrations that you should avoid, not just for nutrition and toxin’s sakes:

  • Genetically modified (GMO) food, and conventional food that’s been treated with chemicals and pesticides
    White rice and flours
  • Sugars, sweeteners (artificial etc.)
  • Coffee
  • Sodas
  • Alcohol
  • Meat, fish and poultry
  • Processed, packaged, canned and fast foods
  • Unhealthy oils, like canola, cottonseed, margarine, and vegetable oils
  • Frozen foods
  • Pasteurized cows milk, yogurt and cheese
  • Cooked foods, deep fried foods and microwaving food

OVERANALYZING

Our egos can be one of the biggest trip-ups of all. When it’s chattering away in our ears that it knows best, tell it to be quiet for a bit! When you’re analyzing everything, you can break the connection with your guides. Some of the sweetest moments come when you have sudden clarity and insight that you hadn’t seen before.

Your guides want you to have faith in them, and it also creates the space for all the miracles they want for you. They may not be earth-shattering and crazy every time, but by letting them come to you instead of dissecting every little thing, you can reap their benefits more often and be amazed by their simple beauty.

 

 

~via Gaia.com

GUSTAVO CASTANER: “Relationship Mastery — Parts I & II”

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Relationship Mastery Part I

Let’s begin by explaining what relationship mastery Is NOT.  Relationship mastery is not the absence of emotions and never experiencing any drama or challenges in a relationship.  The spiritual bypass of relationship “mastery” will have you believe that a conscious relationship is one where both individuals are “cool, calm and collected” all the time and there are no arguments between them.  This view of relationship mastery can only lead you to a numb relationship void of passion and individuated uniqueness.

Relationship mastery is really all about closing the gap between unconscious re-actions and being in a state of absolute presence.  What I mean by this is that often in relationships we will say or do things in an unconscious manner when something within us becomes triggered, usually an unresolved past analogical event (related to anger, sadness, fear, pain, etc.), and we project this onto the present moment.  Usually once we go unconscious and experience a re-action, after a period of time has passed we will go back to the event or experience and reflect upon it.  During this time of reflection we have the opportunity to become conscious of our own unconscious behaviors and can gain insight on how we were wrong, how we failed to take responsibility, how we projected our own beliefs or how poor was our choice of words for example.  Most important, during this state of reflection is where we gain insight on how different we can choose to act the next time a similar event occurs and therefore be able to change the outcome, hopefully into a more peaceful, joyful and loving one.

The gap between when we go unconscious and when we become conscious again will vary from person to person.  Some people in fact are “never” able to reflect upon their unconsciousness (ultimately we all do, even if it happens at the moment of our death), but most of us usually will reflect on a past unconscious re-action within months, weeks, days or a few hours.  The quicker you are able to snap out of unconsciousness and go back to a state of consciousness in order to gain full awareness of what really took place within you, the other person and the event as a whole, the more relationship mastery you will have.  The ultimate goal is to close the gap to such a degree where you can consciously see yourself going unconscious at any given moment.  This divine dichotomy of being in an unconscious state while at the same time being conscious of your own unconsciousness as the automatic reactions occur is what allows you to disengage from the past identities you have created and become fully present.  This state is what is known as the witness consciousness and it is through this state of awareness that your blind spots and the nature of your unresolved issues are revealed.

What then are the steps to close the gap between your unconsciousness and being in a state of presence?

1.  Tracking- keeping a journal and meditation
2.  Energetic clearings

Tracking is the art of monitoring your thoughts, feelings and choices.  A great way to track yourself is by having a journal where every day you go back, review your day and write down what happened, how you felt, what were your thoughts and how you acted or reacted.  Another great way I track myself is by sitting quietly in meditation and reflecting upon my day.  By changing my brainwaves to alpha and theta I can enter a state of whole brain thinking and meta-consciousness which allows me to see myself and events with greater clarity.  But sometimes tracking ourselves through meditation or keeping a journal is not enough, because even though we gain awareness of the destructive patterns which are no longer serving us, soon after we find ourselves having another similar or identical unconscious re-action.  This signals that we are in a karmic loop and that there is an energetic blockage from this or a previous lifetime that is causing the unconscious behavior.  This is why traditional psychology and other types of therapy fail to deliver permanent results, because even though awareness is a crucial step is only the beginning towards long lasting change.

By connecting to my Higher Self or the Higher Self of another person I am not only able to sense the unconscious patterns but energetically disengage the SOURCE of those unconscious re-actions: past analogical events, soul fragments, auric attachments, cords of attachments, karmic imprints, and layers of the emotional pain body or other energetic blockages.  I have found that energetic clearings are the fastest way to transcend any issue that is causing pain, suffering, stress, worry or fear and discover the pearls of wisdom contained within those issues.

Once you clear the source of the unconscious re-actions the next time a similar event occurs, if it occurs at all, you won’t become triggered (because you already transmuted the energetic blockages that were causing the re-action in the first place) it will be easier to remain in a state of presence and make more conscious and higher choices.  Another great thing about clearing these energetic blockages is that because the low frequency that was contained within them is no longer in your field, your frequency instantly rises and you attract a higher grid of people, places, times, things and events.

Track yourself every day and notice how long is the gap between the time you go unconscious and experience an automatic re-action and the time you regain full awareness of your-Self.  Of course depending on the issue you will be more conscious in certain areas of your life and relationships and more unconscious in others.

Relationship Mastery Part II

Is your relationship the same when you are feeling stressed, worried, drained or depressed as compared to when you are feeling joyful, grateful, ecstatic and energized?  Of course not!  That is why managing your state is a HUGE determining factor when it comes to the quality of your relationships.

So what determines your state at any give moment?

1.  Your physiology

2.  Your focus

3.  Your words (story you tell yourself and others)

4.  What you eat

PHYSIOLOGY

Let’s begin by explaining how your physiology has a direct effect on how you feel at any given moment.  Think about the times you have felt depressed and now ask yourself the following questions:  How was your overall posture?  Was your back straight, your head up and shoulders wide?  Or was your back curved, your face looking down and your breathing shallow?  The answer is obvious, right?  People who are depressed have a very distinct physiological patterns and non verbal cues that constantly send a message “I am depressed.” as they walk along dragging their feet and mumble to themselves.  You have probably seen a friend, co-worker or family member with this type of physiology and even before they tell you anything you asked them “Are you all right?  Is something going on?”  That is because people don’t get depressed, people PRACTICE depression.

Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy has studied the effect certain body postures have on the sense of personal power a person can feel at any given moment.  In her research she found that there are specific body postures that will almost instantly increase your confidence and sense of personal power.  Now think of what type of physiology do people that are happy, confident and energetic have?  How do they walk, breathe, move their arms and talk?  When was the last time you saw someone almost floating when walking, swinging their arms, singing out loud, with a huge smile on their face and you asked them “Did you fall in love or what?”  Most people think that how we feel emotionally will determine how we will behave physically and this is true, but its not a one way street.  Scientific research has proven that by changing your physiology you can change how you feel mentally and emotionally.  You can literally condition yourself to feel whatever you desire to feel by behaving as if you were already feeling like that.  What this means is that you can fall in love once again with your current partner by acting as if you were madly in love… indeed love is a verb.

FOCUS

The second factor that will determine your state at any given moment is your focus.  Where was your focus when you felt depressed, in the present, past or future?  People who are depressed tend to focus on the past, more specifically past painful, stressful and traumatic events.  This way they continue to re-live the past and project it onto the present moment.  What you focus on will immediately affect your physiology.  If you make a conscious effort to focus on and imagine a very fearful situation you would notice how your body gets tense.  Science has shown that our nervous system doesn’t know the difference between what we imagine or see in our minds eye and what actually happens in real life, the nervous system reacts the same way.  On the other side of the spectrum when you are completely focused on the present moment or imagining a brilliant future filled with positive outcomes this will change your state for the better.  Now, when it comes to relationships if you are constantly focusing on past painful events or something your partner did to you and you keep re-playing this over and over again, it will negatively affect your state.  The same goes with the relationship you have with yourself, are you focusing on your past mistakes or failures and feeling guilty or ashamed?  Or are you focusing on your strengths, your unlimited potential and how you can create the greatest version of yourself?

WORDS

Have you ever heard a group of people tell their own version of what happened during an event and heard 2, 3 or 4 different versions?  Let’s say that a group of people got lost during a wild safari in Africa, their Jeep broke down and they had to spend the night in the middle of nowhere.  The next day they all go back to camp and one person tells the story of how this was one of the most horrifying experiences of his life while another says it was the greatest adventure for him and that he had never felt so alive.  Same experience, two different stories.  In the same way the stories we tell ourselves and other people will have a great impact on our state.  Based on our past relationship experience do we tell the story of a victim who was abused, betrayed or rejected or do we tell a story filled with experiences of learning, growing and breakthrough.  What stories do we tell ourselves and other people about our partners?  And what tone of voice do we use to express ourselves and communicate with the ones we love?  Words should not be taken lightly, they are very powerful waves of energy that can shape our inner and outer reality.

Think before you speak:

T — Is it TRUE?

H — Is it HELPFUL?

I — Is it INSPIRING?

N — Is it NECESSARY?

K — Is it KIND?

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

Let’s face it, what you eat has a huge impact on how you feel at any give moment.  If your eating lifestyle is filled with nutrient deficient highly processed foods you are going to feel tired, sluggish, toxic and awful.  Do you think you can be as passionate and loving when you are feeling like this?  What you eat on a daily basis will affect how your brain and immune system function, how balanced are your hormones and you energy levels.  Scientists have confirmed that what you eat actually programs your DNA and your DNA is the form holding blueprint that expresses the totality of who you are.  Adding whole and unprocessed foods to your diet can not only enhance your physical state, but your emotional, mental and spiritual state as well. If you eat healthy you will feel healthy, it’s that simple.

Relationship mastery is all about managing your state.  Condition your physiology, direct your focus, choose your words, eat healthy and you will become a master of your state.

 

 

 

About the author:

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Gustavo Castaner has been a leading authority in the field of DNA Activation, ascension and distant healing for over 8 years.  He is a international speaker, seminar leader and relationship strategist. He is a leading expert in a variety of fields including twin flame and soulmate manifestation, energy medicine, Indigo children, emotional mastery and distant healing. He has done over 10,000 one-on-one sessions and he is known to draw thousands of people from around the world to his online workshops including How to Manifest a 5th Dimensional Relationship, Cutting Cords of Attachments, and Golden DNA Activation. No matter how large the audience is, he has the ability to connect to each person’s Higher Self and perform energy clearings and DNA Activations for everyone. His mission is to assist people clear themselves of energetic blockages that prevent them from embodying their Higher Self, manifesting higher frequency relationships and live a life imbued with joy, peace, abundance and a sense of fulfillment. Gustavo’s vision is to see humanity’s ascension become a reality.  

~via ascendedrelationships.com

VERMEIR HANNELORE: “Fruit On Top – Raising Your Vibration Through Less Dense And Lighter Foods”

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by Vermeir Hannelore,
Guest writer, In5D.com

Is our common energy source, namely food, draining our energy? How can an optimal diet lift our frequency and alter our awareness?

Quantum physics teaches us that our physical world is not solid, but in fact a vast field of differentiating energy. It is our consciousness and attention that manifests and holds together fluctuating energy, letting us perceive things the way we see them. Corresponding, food is also a form of vibration.

Kirlian photography made it already possible, by capturing energy patterns, to visualize subtle energy fields around living and non living objects: e.g. the differences between organic and mainstream foods. Because every pasteurized, processed or cooked food has a diminished or deformed energy field, it points out visible evidence to the science of ‘living foods’.

Raw or living foods are defined by food that contains all enzymes. The act of heating food above 116 degrees F. destroys the enzymes, changes the molecular structure, and is thus categorized dead or toxic. The experiments of Japanese researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto also show how vibrations (i.e., thoughts, words and music) have an effect on the molecular structure of water, and thereby he also states water has a memory.

Fruits, in its botanical definition, and green leafy vegetables are the highest water-content living foods, with most of them containing water amounts over 85%. If we simply look at the first three basic needs for human life – oxygen, water and food – it makes sense that fruit (and green leafy vegetables) are essential in an optimal diet to keep us hydrated. Furthermore they hold structured water, a crystalline H3O2 (not H2O) found in all living organisms, which embodies stored energy from the sun and earth converted by the tree or plant. So it’s easy to understand the superior quality of organic and sun ripened fruit vs. non organic and GMO’s. Therefore we can also see that by eating meat, we step further away from this structured and stored energy. Because the animal eats the plant and transmute the energy to a less desirable form for human beings, which I believe are frugivores in essence. And needless to say the stored fear and negative emotions of mistreated or force-fed animals will also contribute to low vibrational ‘food’.

Fruit on the other hand is a perfect living structure, without any need for preparation. Additionally glucose is the key source of energy for the human body and brain, obtained by the breakdown of carbohydrates and most easily metabolized. Proteins, fat, and complex carbohydrates must be broken down to simple carbohydrates in order to be used as fuel. So why make our body lose energy by this often energy-intensive operation, while the purpose of food is to obtain energy? Why not receive it effortless from simple carbohydrates such as fructose/fruit sugar? And perhaps sometime we can bridge the spiritually gap to breatharianism and sungazing, when we are able to get all needed energy from breathing or looking at the sun alone? Even the famous physicist Nicola Tesla thought this was possible when he said: “Why should a living being not be able to obtain all the energy it needs for the performance of its life functions from the environment, instead of through consumption of food?”

Interesting to remark is that many spiritual truth-seekers ‘upgrade’ their diet from omnivore to vegetarian, vegan, raw foodist, fruitarian to even liquidarian. And this leads us indirectly to the law of attraction: like attracts like. If we as human beings vibrate at a certain frequency, and we attract whatever that frequency holds, this applies also to food. Note that if we are in love or simply feel positive, we are naturally drawn to higher vibrational foods or aren’t even hungry.

Trough my personal journey experimenting with diets due to digestive problems, I noticed I cannot tolerate cooked foods anymore. In the beginning this arose a lot of fear-based questions within myself that something had to be very wrong. After researching and learning from raw food pioneers, I started trusting and listening to my body again. By eliminating and simplifying my diet stepwise towards fruitarianism, my body had the opportunity to cleanse and heal itself (from previous toxic accumulation). And as a result I believe that when your body becomes more pure, it simply cannot hold lower vibrational foods and rejects it. Every symptom is also a wake up call for the body, telling us something is going on. And holistic health learns us to look at the cause instead of suppressing symptoms with common drugs or medication.

I also want to relate this to the metaphor of ‘peeling the onion’: peeling away all outer layers, makes it able to see the core. These layers can refer to certain belief systems, toxic relationships etc. but also buildup from ‘dead’ or acid foods. Referring this also to the ‘boiling frog anecdote’, where the premise is that a frog put suddenly into boiling water will jump out, but if put in cold water slowly brought to a boil, it will not perceive danger and be cooked to dead. Although several experiments on this anecdote contradict each other, I believe our body is smart and always adapting for the best. When toxins (of any kind) cannot be eliminated by our body, it produces mucus (or protective layers) to secure itself. And as natural hygiene teaches: toxemia is the cause of any disease.

So let’s wonder if we raise our vibration, maybe we can be sustained by less dense and lighter foods? And reversed: maybe we can alter our frequency not only by holding positive vibrations but also by slowly going up the higher-vibrational foods scale?

 

 

 

 

 

Vermeir Hannelore About the author: Vermeir Hannelore is a specialized classical musician. She graduated as a professional clarinet player with the highest distinction. Since then she has been working as a freelance musician and performer. She also started a band called “Travalone”, that fuses acoustic and electronic music. The first EP is available on Spotify as “Homegrown”.   Guided by her own health issues and due to her interests for holistic health and natural diet, she has been researching and learning about these topics for several years. She also started a new education as a natural health therapist because she feels the call for helping and educating people about alternative and healthy lifestyle.

NIKKI WALSH: “The Truth About Organic and Non-Organic Fruits and Veggies”

While I disagree it’s “safe” to eat anything grown with pesticides (GMOs are another matter entirely)… I did laugh about the “rinse them under running water” part (since most tap water is pretty toxic too!)… You can follow the general safe/unsafe eating guidelines in this article. : D

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If you say no to pesticides, 89 percent of Americans queried agree with you, a Consumer Reports survey shows. After polling 1,005 people, the report found that the topic of pesticides in food is important to most of us. We put together two lists: one of fruits and veggies that you should always eat organic, and the other with produce safe to buy and eat non-organic (or conventional).

When you buy organic, in general you will be exposed to a smaller amount of pesticides, which tend to be more naturally derived. These more natural pesticides break down easier in the environment (and we suspect in our bodies also). Therefore, buying organic is healthier for the environment, farm workers, wildlife, bees and all of us.

Charlotte Vallaeys, senior policy analyst at Consumer Reports, gives us a clearer understanding. “Eating fruits and vegetables is one of the most important things people can do for their health, and we always recommend certified organic produce as the best choice,” she says. “That’s because the use of pesticides in conventional agriculture can affect not only the people who eat the treated crops, but also farm workers, people living near farms, wildlife and pollinators.”

To further show the importance of eating organic, the results from a Swiss study on a family with young and older kids that went from eating non-organic conventional foods to eating organic foods for two weeks is amazing.

IVL Swiss Environmental Research Institute facilitated the study, titled Human Exposure to Pesticides from Food, and measured the concentration of pesticides in each family member’s urine sample. They found that after eating organic food for only two weeks, there was a significant drop in pesticide residue in the urine samples. Imagine if you always ate organic. We agree with the mom, who doesn’t like the pesticides in her kids’ bodies. 

Because of varying factors — such as where the produce is from, the measurements used and the country of origin — the organic/non-organic recommendations may differ. We compiled these general guides after consulting a Consumer Reports scientific study. But a good rule of thumb: When in doubt, go organic.

Always eat organic

Fruits:

  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Grapes

Veggies:

  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Green beans
  • Hot peppers
  • Sweet bell peppers

Okay to eat non-organic

Fruits:

  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • Pineapples
  • Watermelons

Veggies:

  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions

Also, consider the seasonality factor when buying produce — it’s always best to buy during the natural growing season instead of the off-season.

Here are a few suggestions in case you get to the grocery store and forgot your list. First, buy organic if possible. Second, if the fruit or vegetable has a peel that you don’t plan to eat, like a pineapple, buying conventional is okay. To a degree, a peel protects the insides from pesticides — like a layer of armor. Third, when there’s no natural covering, buy organic. Lastly, it’s healthier to eat conventional fruits and vegetables rather than not eating any fruits and vegetables at all. 

Now that you’ve got the proper fruit or vegetable, what’s next?

Do you need to clean fruit and veggies?

Absolutely. Wash all produce before eating, even if it’s organic.

What’s the best way to wash fruits and veggies?

Rinse them under running water, according to both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and scientists. Not only is washing fruits and veggies better under running water, mostly due to the abrasive effect, it also removes more bacteria and leftover pesticides than soaking does. If you want to take it one step further, you can use a vegetable scrubbing brush.

Next, blot the water with a clean towel or an earth-friendly paper towel to remove even more bacteria and pesticides.

This process may (or may not) be more than you’re doing, but once you incorporate these simple ideas into your produce prep, it will become a habit.

What about using fruit/vegetable wash?

Water works just as well (and saves you money).

Research from the University of Maine found that distilled water is equal or better than three different commercial fruit and vegetable washes. Other research supports this. But it makes sense to use a wash, right? You wash your hands with soap to get germs off, why not wash fruits and veggies with produce wash, too? Well, some studies show that just washing produce under cold running water is the same as or better than produce washes. You can keep using that vegetable wash, but it’s just an extra step.

After the produce is clean, is it better to peel before eating?

Yes, we recommend peeling when possible. But here are a few peels you can eat. And if you’re going to eat the peel, buy organic — it reduces the risk of pesticides.

So check out our quick lists, look for the fruits and veggies you buy, and then follow our guidelines. Always do a proper prep: Wash under clean running water and blot dry. Peel when possible, and eat the peels (if suitable) when you buy organic. Follow these few simple steps and you’ll feel healthier, too!

—Nikki Walsh

Nikki Walsh is a freelance writer and mom of two kids living in Southern California. She holds an MBA in marketing from University of California, Irvine and a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from UCSD. She has been practicing Kelee meditation for 19 years. When she is not writing she can be found out and about having fun with her kids.

 

 

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