Here's the problem. Experts like me tell you to exercise and we often offer all types of formulas and recommendations. The latest recipe for health (and weight loss) is to work out aerobically for a minimum of an hour, most days of the week. Experts really want you to increase your heart rate for most of the hour's duration. This commitment to exercise is supposed to help benefit you by reducing the risk of a number of chronic diseases if you maintain exercise consistency. Great and wonderful if you are willing to commit. The only problem is that you now probably consider yourself "consciously active," and you are, especially compared to most Americans. Problem number two is that if you then sit for rest of the day, most days, at a desk, in a car, on a plane, in an easy chair watching TV or playing video games, science still considers you mostly sedentary. Animals observed in a lab who are mostly sedentary show increased insulin resistance - even if they were active for one hour. Cumulatively, they developed unhealthy cellular changes in their muscles. And they also showed signs of insulin resistance and they had higher levels of unhealthy fatty acids circulating in their blood.
So that marvelous hour of activity that some of you do so diligently every day, does not undo hours of sitting. You need to get up and move, regularly, all day long. That can mean going to tell someone information instead of sending an inter-office email, parking several blocks from work to walk to and from your parked car, running the stairs in your building whenever possible, adding an evening stroll, moving around your house every time a commercial pops up during your ?TV watching time.
Of course we experts also always tell you to eat your fruits and vegetables. There are, however 12 specific fruits and vegetables that warrant spending some extra bucks and buying organic. That's because the pesticides used permeate the skin of these produce items and in these cases we also often eat the skin too. The dirty dozen list includes: celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, bell peppers, spinach, cherries, kale/collard, potatoes, imported grapes. The clean 15 list, which includes fruits and vegetables that seem to carry the fewest pesticides include: onions, avocadoes, sweet corn, pineapple, mangoes, sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, honeydew melon.
Published On: July 18, 2010