Eat this, not that: nutritional shakes

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Product showdown: nutritional shakes!

A client of mine, who has a very busy schedule, was looking for a healthy nutritional shake that she could have when she’s on-the-go and doesn’t have time for a meal. She asked my thoughts on Ensure nutritional shakes, thinking that they would be a good option for her. While Ensure is marketed as “healthy,” they contain artificial flavors and sugars, genetically modified ingredients and loads of preservatives and additives – not exactly what I’d consider to be a nutritious!

Instead, I recommended Orgain organic nutritional shakes.

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They are full of vitamins and minerals from organic fruits and vegetables, have plenty of protein as well as a balanced blend of carbs and fats. They are free of artificial sweeteners, preservatives and do not contain gluten, soy or corn.They also make a vegan version for those who do not tolerate dairy.

Orgain products can be found online and in stores like Vitamin Shoppe.

This is definitely a better choice! Think before you eat!

Be well,
Tina

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is buying organic really necessary?

In my ideal world, there would be no chemicals, pesticides, GMO’s, pollution or mean people. Unfortunately, that’s not the case and we are left to make a choice between buying organically grown foods or conventionally grown foods.

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I’m sure it doesn’t surprise you that my answer to this question is YES! Being a health coach and health foodie, I’m all for organic foods! Why? Because organic foods are grown / produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, added growth hormones, ionizing radiation, or genetic modification.

I mean, who wants all of that junk in their food!? Choosing to buy organic seems to be the clear choice, however there are two main reasons that stop people from purchasing organic foods: cost and convenience.

Organic foods do tend to cost more than non-organic foods, so those who are on a budget will likely opt for the conventional choice. Also, while every store carries conventional produce and products, not every store carries organic options, making them harder to find. I can understand that many people wouldn’t want to shop around at multiple grocery stores to find the organic version of what they need.

So, where’s the happy medium? We know that organic is better for us, but it’s not always within our budget and within reach. A practical way to avoid pesticides without having to purchase everything organic is to follow the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) guide to the dirty dozen and clean fifteen.

The Dirty Dozen are the 12 crops that have the highest pesticide load and therefore should only be eaten with they are grown organically.

The Clean Fifteen are the 15 crops that are the least likely to hold pesticide residue and therefore are the safest conventionally grown crops to eat.

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Following this guide is an excellent place to start! Always do the best you can.

Be well,
Tina

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