Tuesday
Jun202017

Eating Organic on a Budget

It certainly isn’t getting easier – or cheaper – to live, let alone to make healthy choices with our groceries.  There are many ways we can eat better and choosing organic doesn’t have to break the bank.

Choices a little easier on the wallet can be as simple as buying things that will give you the most bang for your organic buck.

ALL or NOTHING

Changes don’t have to be huge to make a difference. You also don’t have to go “all-in” when choosing an organic diet.

Start small.  Every change can help, so start where you can make the most impact.

There are some foods that if you’re trying to go organic, and are watching the pennies, are the ones to choose:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes

 The Environmental Working Group (EWG), suggests that these foods are the best organic choices based on their higher exposure to pesticide. These foods are the ones mostly eaten raw or eaten in their entirety (that is, you eat the skin).  Therefore, it’s worth purchasing the organic versions since you won’t be ingesting harmful pesticides.

The EWG also provides a list of “clean” choices (pesticide exposure is lower):

  1. Sweet Corn
  2. Avocados
  3. Pineapple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet Peas (frozen)
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangos
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honey Dew Melons
  12. Kiwis
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit

 

NEXT STEPS to EATING ORGANIC

Once you’ve mastered the basics, got the budget chugging along like a well-oiled machine, there are other small steps you can take on the organic diet journey.

  1. Trying growing your own: one little tomato pot on the porch is a start!
  2. Buy when products are on sale or are in-season and freeze some.
  3. Coupons, coupons, coupons! Sign up for free flyer apps.  They usually include product coupons and these are great for dairy or other non-produce organic products.

Remember, you don’t have to eat organic 100% of the time to start. Every little change helps.

Keep checking back with us on tips and tricks to help stretch your budget on eating healthier.

Thursday
Jun152017

Taking It Off

The warm promise of summer means it’s time to shed the werewolf leg hair we grew over the winter and enjoy the sun!  And hands up anyone who hasn’t revelled in that amazing smooth feeling you get when you rub your newly shaved legs together?  But that enjoyment is brief before we have to do it again, before the stubble comes poking through and blighting that sheer shine on our shins.

Waxing can last longer and save you time in the shower. It also means you can avoid potential razor slips that leave bits of toilet paper on the ankle.  Funny thing, waxing isn’t new. It even predates our grandmothers though it did seem to take a brief hiatus during their heyday. In fact, it’s practically ancient.

 THE ANCIENTS BARE ALL

When we say ancients, we mean ancients. Neanderthals and early Homo sapiens were scraping (yes, scraping) their hair off in an attempt to improve hygiene.  Anthropologists and archeologists have found primitive razors made from shells and sharp stones that they believe were used to scrape body hair off of our early ancestors in order to reduce infestations of body lice.

As early man evolved, so did his depilatory methods.  Which brings us to the ancient Egyptians.

 The EYGPTIANS START IT ALL

We all know of the ancient Egyptians’ mastery of making mummies but they also were the inventors of waxing.  While trying to deter body bugs from taking up residency, the Egyptians were also trying to stay cool under the hot sun as well as advertise their status in society.  Hairless meant hierarchy, it was also gender agnostic – both men and women preferred to remove their hair.

The Egyptians did pluck and shave with abandon, but their big contribution to hair removal was body sugaring.  Creating a paste made of sugar, water, and lemon juice (beeswax was sometimes added), it was heated and spread on the skin. A linen strip was rubbed on the applied paste and yanked off, taking the unwanted hair with it.

 OTHER CULTURES

Not to be outdone, the ancient Greeks and Romans took their beauty regimes seriously. These two cultures preferred tweezers for plucking bare their body hair.  Greek women even went a step further, singeing the hair on their legs to remove the unwanted growth.

Another popular method prevalent throughout the Middle East was threading.  A cotton thread was twisted back and forth around the unwanted hair, yanking it from the root.  Most popular for shaping eyebrows today, threading has also seen its popularity grow in recent times.

 POLITICS of PUBIC HAIR

The hair down there has gone through many phases of popularity…or unpopularity.  The ancient cultures mentioned above tended to remove it.  The Europeans of the Middle Ages tended to leave it alone except in cases of a lice infestation, then it was shaved clean and a pubic wig called a mirkin was worn – such was the fashion of the time.

Pubic hair was pretty much ignored through later generations who viewed such topics as taboo and only the lower order (that is prostitutes) had reason to remove their pubic hair. 

In the 1970’s the “bush” was back in full force with the rise of feminism.  Go natural because shaving was a patriarchal dictate. The 80s saw a swing of the pendulum.  While not complete removal, a taming and shaping of the pubic area was now the desired fashion.  With smaller bikini bottoms, rogue pubic hair was not thought to be attractive.  Then came the late 90s and the introduction of the Brazilian from…well, Brazil.  A complete removal of hair by waxing.

The pendulum has started to swing back again with no longer a defiant cry of “leave it” but more of an argument of “to each their own”.  Leave, grow it, style it, or take it completely off. It’s now a personal decision with no judgement on how you decide to groom.

 

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