Baby Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle: Eat For Your Health Pt. 2

The first part of Eat For Your Health talked about oils, herbs and spices that you should have in your diet.  This post is going to cover fruits and vegetables. Most of you know that it is recommended you get at least nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day.  Take a second, and count how many times you ate a FRESH fruit or vegetable yesterday.

How much does it add up to?


Is it 2, 3 or zero?  If you’re like the majority of Americans, then your VFS (Veggie/Fruits Servings) number is low (yes, I just made that acronym up).  In a society where we constantly look towards modern medicine for healing, it’s time we turn to the fruits and vegetables that are so rich in nutrients and healthful properties.  I’m continually astounded by the side effects listed on medicines, but yet people still choose them over having a healthy diet, that allows the body to naturally heal itself.

Whether you want to admit it or not, we all know that we need fruits and vegetables.  Mostly, the issue is that these things can cost so much.  Especially if we are trying to eat organic.  Here’s the dirty dozen list in fruits and vegetables (the ones that have the highest pesticide count, and should be eaten organic):

  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Red Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

Fruits and vegetables with a hard outer shell are the least contaminated:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Onions
  • Papaya
  • Pineapples
  • Peas

If you made it this far through my post (I know a lot of you just gloss over these posts), do me a favor and act on what you have read!  Your health is important, and these things should not be ignored.

Ways to save on produce:

  1. Keep an eye out for coupons (they do exist for produce).
  2. Watch the sales and buy at the lowest price while combining coupons if you have them.
  3. Shop at local farms and farmers markets.  Check for some in your area.
  4. Shop when fruits and vegetable are in season and stock up at the lowest price.
  5. Can or freeze your extra.
  6. Consider becoming a freegan.

Baby Step Week 8:  Go to a local farmer’s market or produce stand and buy some fruit and vegetables!!  If you think you don’t have the money for it, then cut costs in other areas so that you can afford more fruits and veggies.  Get that VFS number up to a recommended level!

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Baby Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle is not meant to diagnose or treat illnesses of any kind.  It is merely a series of personal opinions and facts based upon the author’s research, and is for entertainment and educational purposes only.  Please consult your physician for health related problems and before starting on any kind of fitness plan, nutritional supplement or diet change. Freeganism is not necessarily recommended by this blog and its owner.

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How do you manage to get enough fruit and vegetable servings each day?

  1. I read these posts! :) We’ve been working really hard in this area lately, and green smoothies are definitely helping us get our number up. We love making strawberry, or orange, or raspberry smoothies with bananas and spinach! The color often turns out a little funky, but they taste amazing!

  2. Great post. I agree, and I do spend more by buying certain things organic (berries, lettuce, etc.), but I also find some coupons and seasonal sales, farmer’s markets, growing some of my own produce, and taking advantage of pick-your-own opportunities can definitely help defray some of the costs. We are planning to pick organic strawberries this weekend. The farm is a bit more than an hour from our house, but we will bring along a picnic and make a day of it. The cost of the berries is probably comparable to the cost of conventional berries overall. We’ll gobble what we can now and I’ll freeze a lot of them to use in smoothies and other goodies. We will pick blueberries next month (that farm is quite a bit closer).

  3. With the list of fruits and vegetables that are safer to buy at a grocery store..are you only referring to pesticide use? Because I’m still VERY cautious and aware about buying the majority of what is on that list because of it being GMO. Just because it wasn’t sprayed with something, or was less likely to be affected from it being sprayed with pesticides doesn’t mean it’s less harmful. If the seed used was GMO it still is very damaging to our bodies. It’s been genetically modified literally at it’s core to change the way it’s grown: shape, size, color, taste etc. It’s just so scary to think that our food as genetically changed to negatively effect our bodies.

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