How to (best) clean fruits & veggies

A co-worker recently pulled me aside to ask how I could possibly afford to feed my family on a single income. “Organic is so expensive,” she complained. “I don’t know how you do it.” I smiled and said “it’s simple, I don’t always buy organic.” Knowing me and how I feel about food and what I feed my family, this seemed to come as something of a shock to her. But the truth is organic produce can be prohibitively expensive for a family as large as my own. Rather than break our back paying for what can be dubiously labeled organic, we thoroughly clean our produce in a solution of water and distilled vinegar. The latter, it turns out, is pretty remarkable at removing all of those unwanted baddies left clinging to your favorite fruit and veggies.

So go ahead, while no one’s looking, buy the cheap kale. Just make sure it cleans up well 🙂

New Year’s Resolution: Skip the Gym

My wife and I count ourselves among that particular group of reso-losers, you know, the “let’s get into shape” kind, but we’re not going in with any expectations other than to loosen up these aging bodies of ours. Still, it got us to thinking, how many people are going to sign up for a gym membership this year? It’s no secret that the beginning of January  is to gym owners what Mother’s Day is to Hallmark, but if the goal is to be healthier, aren’t there much less ambitious and costly alternatives out there? We think so. Here’s three that are totally doable without breaking the bank…or a sweat.

Give up soda. Seriously, before you roll your eyes because you don’t like preachy advice, consider this: soda companies spend entire fortunes trying to convince you that their sugar water is something you can’t live without.  But that’s a load. If you’re thirsty, your body needs water and nothing else. Giving up soda will do wonders for you and that sexy bod. Just say no.

Limit snacking. Snacking is all about instant gratification. Limit what’s within reach to snacks that aren’t going to pad your waist or clog your heart. It’s kind of like moving your alarm clock out of arm’s reach to force yourself to get up. If you can’t snack on something quick, and you’re hungry enough, you’ll throw something together that isn’t terrible for you. Hint: if it comes from a box and is microwavable, it’s probably terrible for you.

Drink Coconut oil.  This stuff is miraculous. It’s like feeding your car premium engine oil: everything just works better on it. Any which way you can squeeze a teaspoon a day into your diet will do, but I find it’s easiest slipped into a cup of morning coffee.

Save your money and skip the gym this year. Your wallet will thank you.