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The Model Workout On Crack

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Pilates on Crack could very well be the instatement of the century. I’ve taken about every different new exercise fad under the sun. I hit the barre, when ballet came to town, I have done Barry’s Bootcamp, I even tried that vibrating Pilates machine at one point till my brain started feeling fuzzy. I felt like I had done it all, so when I read this article about a new form of Pilates on crack, I didn’t really think much of it. How hard and intense could it really be?

However walking into Brooklyn Body Burn, my heart suddenly hit my throat. Everyone had this intense energy about them, like the beginning of a school race. I was the new guy in the room, and although I felt welcomed, I suddenly felt like I was a rookie in the middle of a boxing ring against the champ.

The class began, and one slip, tuck and crunch on the ‘megaformer’, for what seemed like the most intense stomach exercise of my life, sweat dripping and thinking I couldn’t possibly tolerate any more, I glanced at the clock and realized it was only five minutes into the class. 

This is not something you can really explain, but something you experience – and I highly recommend EVERYONE does. It is not one of those fads that you do once and walk away trying to figure out how to stop the pain, its an addictive feeling that your body will thank you for. The classes, sadly enough do not get any easier, but you begin to know what to expect and I think that might soften the blow, or at least I keep telling myself that. I had one of my contributors dig a little deeper and write in depth for us about the ins and outs of this thing they are calling the exercise crack.

And you know what they say, once you try crack, you never go back.

The Burns Of The Brooklyn Body

By Naima Karp

Spx, a California workout trend started by Sebastian Lagree, is referred to as “Pilates on Crack.” the exercise employs a method called SPX, which combines the benefits of strength training, Pilates training, and cardio. This gives you faster, more chiseled and toned results than the classic Pilates method, which modestly blushes in comparison. Lagree introduced the world to this technique in 2001 with the opening of his first SPX studio, but just recently, the trend has been catching on quick, and making its way all the way from California to New York, culminating in the birth of Brooklyn Body Burn.

Brooklyn Body Burn just recently opened in Williamsburg this february, and is already catching on fast. The studio is in a ground-level basement area, and has an industrial but cozy look to it. The walls are unique, appearing to be clear from the inside, but cleverly appears as brick to outsiders, shielding you from some awkward, sweaty eye contact with passing pedestrians.

Tracy Karlinsky is the owner of the studio, and is a classically trained ballet dancer. She was born in new york, but lived between NYC and LA, cycling through the fitness fads of each coast. But one from the west stuck with her, and she knew she had to bring the workout back to new york. Other instructors include Keisha Saddler, who’s also a dancer and has been teaching fitness classes for over 10 years. There’s also hope for guys that want to jump in. Will Molinar practiced wrestling, cross country, and track when he was younger, eventually moving on to professional bodybuilding. The instructors often attend each other’s classes, which is a testament to their passionate dedication and constant desire to learn more from one another, giving you the best classes they can.

What makes it unique

Pilates is a mainly core-based exercise moderated based on very small movements, which affect the core, ultimately lengthening and aligning us. SPX, on the other hand, intensifies this method, evolving the art into more of a boot camp of sorts. This method is interesting because of its ability to isolate muscles due to the level of control involved. Spot reduction is no longer a myth – it just involves some pretty sore muscles and a certain level of focus and dedication. At Brooklyn Body Burn, the instructor’s pump you up using microphones and upbeat playlists, making them quickly addictive and getting you results in as little as two weeks.

The Megaformer

These beasts of machines are referred to as Megaformers, with extra handles and more heavily weighted springs, bungee cords and handlebars, along with front and back platforms for more diversity. The method and the machine were founded by Sebastian Lagree, who notes that the main difference between Pilates and his method would be that classically, the feeling of exhaustion would be avoided. However, because of the fast and efficient results that SPX provides, no one leaves class without shaking muscles. 

A peek at some moves

The moves are intense and unexpected. For instance, in a move called the french twist, you might have your two hands on the back handlebars with your feet stacked almost like a standing plank. While your legs slide the platform back and forth, it’s actually the core that’s doing all the work in this move. Another toughie, scrambled eggs, involves you lying on your side with your foot in a strap, connected to the weighted springs, kicking forwards towards your face and then backwards towards your back. While it looks like the thighs and calves are being worked, it’s actually your glutes that are doing all the work, making sitting down the next day a little more difficult than usual.

The classes are slightly more expensive than your average Pilates session, but this is economically just, as the results change your body almost twice as fast as an average Pilates class. Some bonus perks would be the area by the front desk that sells cute and functional splits 59yoga gear and Gaiam socks, which have helpful grips on the soles that prevent slippage and are more hygienic than going barefoot.

Website: brooklynbodyburn.com

Advice From A Model – You Need To Exfoliate

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By Dania Denise,
Modelling 101 – A Models Diary

In order to look picture perfect or appear flawless on the runway, it is crucial that models make it a point to develop and maintain a good, daily skin care routine.

One of the most important aspects that some of you may not know about or could be failing to include in your routine is the act of exfoliating.

Believe it or not, this seemingly little thing can make a big difference in the appearance and health of your skin–both on your face and the rest of your body. Below is a crash course into what exfoliation is all about, how it can promote healthy “model” like skin and the other benefits that come with it.

The Definition of Exfoliation

Exfoliation is the practice of removing layers of dead skin from your face and body. While that may sound painful, it really isn’t. If you currently have a facial or body scrub as part of your collection of toiletry items, guess what? You’re exfoliating!

Why It Matters

The human body is a wondrous thing, especially when it comes to how our skin functions. In case you haven’t noticed, every day our skin sheds (i.e. dry flakes of skin on the face and body). When the skin isn’t properly exfoliated, the layers of those dead skin cells builds up, resulting in a dull and dry/ashy appearance. Not a pretty sight.

Exfoliation successfully sloughs off those layers of dead skin buildup, which not only means a more radiant complexion but the promotion of healthier, newer skin cells. When you kick out the older skin cells to make way for younger ones, this process is called “skin cell turnover.” And it is those new skin cells, among other factors, that are responsible for model skin.

How to Exfoliate

If you’ve yet to add exfoliation into your skin care routine, it is best to get a jump on it sooner than later. Most facial exfoliating products require you to apply the scrub to your complexion using your fingertips and gently massage it onto your skin using circular motions. There are also foaming products and others that may come with a special applicator to use. Body scrubs are pretty straight forward and can be applied to your body using your hands, washcloth or other similar item (see below for more info on this).

However, there are some important dos and don’ts to take note of to get the best results:

DO: Purchase a facial scrub that is made for your skin type.

DON’T: Use facial scrub on skin that has open sores, scars or breakouts. Wait for those areas to heal first. Acne prone skin should ONLY use facial scrubs that are labeled as being formulated for “Acne Prone Skin.” There are medicated versions, as well as others made with ingredients that exfoliate while being gentle enough for this skin type.

DO: Make it a routine but only use it as needed. Once to twice a week is the general frequency most people use their facial scrub. Oily skin types may need to exfoliate more often.

DON’T: Just use facial scrub alone. This product is not meant to replace your cleanser.

DO: Purchase a body scrub so you can get a full body exfoliation experience in the shower or bath.

DON’T: Use body scrub on your face and vice-versa. Your complexion is much more sensitive compared to the skin on the rest of your body. Only use “facial” scrub on your “face” and “body” scrub on your…you get it, I don’t even have to finish the sentence. 🙂

DO: Use a loofah or other type of body scrub brush to get the best results while exfoliating in the shower or bath.

DON’T: Go overboard on the scrubbing. There’s no need to rub your skin raw or until it’s red and irritated. Only use a bit of pressure while using your loofah or scrub brush. The same goes for exfoliating your face…be gentle or you could cause your complexion to get irritated and even develop mini scarring and/or abrasions.

 

To retouch or not to retouch?

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By Kistopheer Frazer

As a fashion obsessed aficionado should know when you pick up a photo of anything fashion and beauty related you have to remind yourself that no one really looks that good. From Blake Lively on the cover of Vogue to Beyonce in that Covergirl ad, it is important to remember that these are women who are considerably beautiful, but before those photos were released to the masses they were lightened, retouched, cropped, edited, etc. before they were deemed acceptable. One of the biggest criticisms of the fashion industry is these unrealistic images it creates for beauty.

After all, how many women are 5’10’’ and size zero thin? Even for those lucky women who are, finally achieving that perfect hairdo and getting that Chanel foundation to be perfectly even doesn’t mean that there will be a team of editors on hand to Photoshop every photo of you to perfection. In a 2006 Dove Evolution commercial the extent to which models are Photoshopped became a hot topic.

In this commercial, the audience sees a young lady who looks like your standard girl next door; simple, but cute, and a girl that could definitely still catch a man’s eye. We quickly see how she is transformed by hair stylists and make-up artists into a glamorous bombshell, going from girl next door to a woman that was swoon worthy. While a quick trip to the salon and a strut over to the make-up counter at a fine department store could help those outside the supermodel elite achieve this look, what comes next is the reality of the unrealistic ideas of beauty that fashion sometimes creates.

The model’s neck is lengthened, her jaw line becomes more sculpted, her eyebrows are lowered, her lips are plumped, her shoulders trimmed down to be more slender, and she is given that perfect wind in your hair effect. The video ends with the message “No wonder our perception of real beauty is distorted” and then goes on to encourage viewers to take part in the Dove Real Beauty Workshops for Girls. The campaign went viral, and practically became the commercial heard around the world.

The commercial became a hit on YouTube, and also appeared on MySpace and Google Video. Dove tried another attack on Photoshopping in 2013 with another Real Beauty commercial that was a direct attack on the those responsible for retouching: graphic designers, photographers, and art directors. The Dove Thought Before Action commercial discusses how they released a Photoshop action called beautify, which took reverted images back to their original state and displayed a banner that read “Don’t manipulate our perceptions of real beauty.”

Despite Dove’s efforts, their attempts to lure graphic design professionals to download the plug-in through Reddit failed to be successful, and those that fell for their trap were few and far between. The plug-in itself did not seem to prove very useful either, as it proved ineffective in reverting images with multiple layers (which most photos in ads and fashion magazines are) to their completely original state. The only change that was guaranteed to have been seen was the banner, but a banner of course lacked the same effect.

Dove has actually been criticized because many believe that they are just playing on the fact that they realize their average customer does not look like a supermodel sized woman. Many of the brands owned by Dove’s parent company, Unilever, are clearly still big fans of Photoshop (cue any Noxzema ad almost ever), and it doesn’t seem like they plan on scaling back the level of Photoshop for advertisements in any of their other brands anytime in the near future. While Dove should is admired by many for their commitment to real looking women for the moment being, at the end of the day Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, may have had a point given the continued success of fashion, “Nobody wants to see a real person looking like a real person on the cover of Vogue.” Shulman was once quoted saying, and that might go for any fashion and beauty magazine, advertisement, or commercial except for Dove it seems.

 

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Model Stereotypes

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Just a little visual humility on what it’s like to live inside the world of model stereotypes.

If you crack even just the slightest smile, then you have probably thought it before…..

By Sasha Benz & ALL HER FRIENDS WHO ARE MODELS. 

What Society Thinks I do

What the Media Thinks I do

What My Friends Think I do

What My Agent Thinks I do

 

 

 

 

 

 

What My Mum Thinks I Do

What My Dad Thinks I do

What My Boyfriend Thinks I do

What I Think I do

What I Really Do

Top Trends For Summer Hair

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By Simi A Mira

Summer is, without a doubt, the best season for beautiful hair. Think about it – in Autumn and Winter, our locks are stuffed into scarves and beanies, and Spring is often wet and dreary. Summer, however, offers an opportunity for beautiful, wind-swept styles and mermaid-esque waves.

The last thing that we all want to do is use heated styling tools when it’s hot outside. Summer is perfect for effortless hair, so put away the hairdryer and straight iron for the next twelve weeks! Take advantage of your natural texture and make it work to your advantage.

The most natural summer hair is a wind-swept mermaid wave look. In wet or dry hair, use a sea salt spray to obtain a bit of volume, slight wave, and a tousled look that looks like you’ve spent a day at an exclusive beach. This style works great in short or long hair, and looks stylish both worn down and up in a high ponytail.






The next trend that’s really big right now are boho braids, specifically worn as a crown. To get this look, grab a 1-inch section of hair from near your right ear. Holding the piece vertically, braid so that the section easily lays across the top of your head. This braid can be worn and affixed either across the top of the hair like a headband, towards the back of the head creating a sectioned look, or towards the forehead similar to a hippie headband. With a flower tucked behind your ear, you’ll be in perfect style to head to the hottest music festival.








Inspired by Buddhist imagery, the top knot is making a major statement this season. The top knot is timeless ‘cool girl’ chic, as it looks completely effortless but totally stylish. With your fingers (we’re not looking for total precision here!), gather your hair into a high ponytail. Twist around the base until you have a traditional bun. Affix with a hair tie and separate loose pieces out for a messy look. This style can work for days running errands or nights at the club – it’s all about how you dress it up! For a very fun Japanese-inspired twist, follow the directions for a top knot but with pigtails (2 ponytails on the right and left side of your head). Twist each and affix with a hair tie for a playful riff on this style.






Finally, fringe is back and here to stay! Bangs have been seen on the runway recently and are making a big impact. The key to having stylish bangs is the length – they should be longer, touching to just at the bridge of your nose, and point-cut to give a ‘piecey’ feel. The great thing is that this style is expected to last well into Fall and Winter, so it will be a beauty investment with great payoff.






Summer can take a massive toll on your locks, so be sure to treat your hair with a hair mask at least once bi-weekly. Choose an option with lots of beautiful oils to increase hair elasticity so that it doesn’t break when you’re trying these new styles.

 

2015 Fashion Trends That Will Roll Over Into 2016

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By Calynn M. Lawrence
@fairytalefacesbycalynn

The terms “trend” and “fad” are often you synonymously. However, they ought not. Fads are popular items or ideas that quickly fade and are then forgotten. Whereas, the cobncept of a trend can last for years. This is very common in the fashion and beauty industry! In fact, this article is going to show you 5 trends from 2015 that are already rolling over into 2016!

Maximizing Your Lips

It is very likely that you have heard about the whole Kylie Jenner lip craze. After her suddenly sultry pout spiraled a potentially harmful “Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge” in attempt for avaerage women to achieve that same look, makeup artists revealed to the public a safer way to go about maximizing your lips. The process essentially entails, over lining the lips with a lip liner and using this to add definition , filling them in with a lipstick, applying a shiny gloss to attract light and sometimes applying a shimmery powder to the centers to create the illusion of a highlight! This in turn creates a fuller, flirtacious lip.

Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans have been trending for almost a decade and they refuse to lay down their crown for anybody! The extremely tapered pant stemmed from the punk rock genre and is now aloat in all fashion styles across the board. It’s not surprising that the skinny jean is so popular as it provides a fitted cut that shows off the shape of those legs, a slimming effect to keep your tummy tight and they give you that admirable shape just as leggings without all of the sheer, panty line drama!

Thick Eyebrows

It used to be that thick eyebrows were looked at as unkempt and definitely not desireable. However, after super sexy tomboy supermodel Cara Delevigne began rocking her larger than life eyebrows with an unshakeable confidence, more and more women began to embrace thick eyebrows! Some even go so far as to make their eyebrows appear even thicker through the use of makeup.

Two Piece Skirt Sets

Two piece skirt sets have been trending all year from the Kardashians to Beyonce to Nicki Minaj. The ideal look is a cropped shirt that comes just below the bustline and a high waisted, knee length (or longer) skirt that hits right above the belly button. This look is designed to show just a tad bit of skin without the undue raunchiness of a tube top and a miniskirt. Many women view this as a much classier way to display their feminine physiques without appearing tasteless.

Natural Hair

It’s a dawn of a new day for women of color and their hair care! The on going natural hair revolution has spanned into many ethnic groups including Black women, Latina women and Multiracial women alike! Before, it was all about the bone straight hair or the loose wavy look. Not anymore! Women all over the world have began embracing their God given hair texture in all of its frizz, curls and shrinkage! This has even inspired women with naturally straight textures to attempt styles such as braid outs, twist outs and bantu knots in order to give their hair more body and style!

All of these trends have already started their transition over to the new year. Have you engaged in them?

Model Maison – Molly Gay

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This is an edit from the beautiful website called Model-Maison. Model-Maison is a project of love and dedication that has seen the photographer, Cybele Malinowski shoot models in their bedrooms all over the suburbs of Sydney, LA, London, Ukraine and shanghai. Each week we will be featuring a new model from Model- Maison.

Photography // Cybele Malinowski

Model // Molly Gay @ Chadwicks

Stylist // Angela Liang

fashion credits // Limedrop Dress, Kinga Ksilla silk pants

4 Websites That Are Vital For The Up Coming Model

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By Calynn M. Lawrence
@fairytalefacesbycalynn

If you are a freelance fashion model who is looking tgo expand her career and grow her platform, these websites are vital for you!

MODEL MAYHEM

Model Mayhem is awesome for fashion personnel who are just getting started in the industry! If you are someone who does not really have the capital to invest in your career but you have the drive and the talent, this place is for you! Because of their budget friendly service exchange method, it is easy for anyone in the industry to build up a portfolio with zero cost, only time and energy. Photographers get to have free photoshoots with beautiful models, models get to get free prints and professional shots for their portfolio and talent recruiters can find free talent for their shows! The best part about it is that you get tons of networking opportunities and the chance to help other small freelancers grow their business alongside your own!

BACKSTAGE

Backstage is a website where fashion personnel can research the latest casting calls in their area. It is a great job board for talent to not only apply but to receive fast feedback! Although it is not ideal for someone with a tight budget, it is great for those who have a little bit of capital to invest in potentially sky rocketing opportunities! The pay ranges vary, however, the average job on this website is at least equivalent to that of a day’s work at a minimum wage job. When freelancing, pay should be the second factor that you look at next to opportunity for advancement.

YOU MODEL AND ACT

You Model And Act is a great website for those who are looking to get into the modeling industry at a young age. Those under the age of 18 obviously need parental consent. Because many of the modeling freelance bhoards are created with adults in mind, this website is amazing for teens and even children trying to build up their portfolio early alongside their parents! Many of the jobs are fun and small, which is perfeect for youths who likely have school and other asctivities that they are involved with! As notyed, the earlier you start your career the more likely you are to succeed.

ONE MODEL PLACE

Tired of all those long applications just to receive one call back? Well, One Model Place is the answer for those who have limited time for filling out seperate applications to various gigs. This website allows you to apply to multiple modeling jobs at once while using a general portfolio and cover letter! Talk about a time saver.

These websites are essential to building your modeling career fast and effectively as a freelancer. Check them out and see how your career advances!

You Are What You Digest & You Are What You Absorb

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A little digestion love to help you ABSORB the nutrients you eat.
Source: Jessica Sepel

In nutrition school we learn, you are not what you eat; you are what you digest and absorb.  We also learn that the gut is the 2nd brain of the body – it is so vitally important in helping us to sustain good health.  We are taught in clinic that if your unsure what to treat, just treat the gut!

Your gut is the key to good health.

The purpose of good digestion is to turn the food you eat into fuel for your body’s cells.  Many people I meet have poor digestion and what happens when we are not efficiently turning the food we eat into fuel?  We feel fatigued, foggy, bloated, experience flatulence, endure nutritional deficiencies, constipation, diarrhea, reflux, weight gain and an inability to lose weight, cravings, low immune function (because the immune system lies in the gut…did you know that??!!) and hormonal imbalances – just to name a few.

In fact, we make serotonin (the feel good hormone) in our gut, so this may be why so many people with digestive or gut problems experience low and depressed moods.

How well are you digesting your food?  If you are experiencing the symptoms above, it is most likely that your gut needs some loving!

The secret to healthy digestion and absorption lies in…

  • Eating the right foods (clean – wholefoods) and avoiding the foods that don’t make us feel good.
  • Eliminating any food intolerances.
  • We need to have good amounts hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes in the stomach to break the food down properly.
  • A healthy gut – a good balance of healthy bacteria.  Your gut holds trillions of bacteria that help process your food, produce nutrients, and fight disease.  I truly believe when the gut is repopulated with healthy flora, our health will effortlessly blossom.  Eating and drinking clean foods, supports the healthy bacteria.
  • Less bodily stress as the digestive system likes to shut down in times of stress.  A stressed body is the number one health killer.  I go on and on about this one.
  • A clean and healthy lifestyle:  less stress, more exercise and clean living (less exposure to environmental toxins and medications – such as antibiotics), to support the good gut bacteria and keep the harmful bacteria under control.

Here are my top tips that can improve your digestion and keep the health of your gut in top shape:

1.  Apple cider vinegar  – 1 tbsp in warm water on rising or use as salad dressing.  This stimulates the hydrochloric acid in your stomach for digestion.

2. Probiotics – I take a probiotic supplement everyday.  It repopulates the gut with good bacteria.

3. Eat probiotic whole foods- Sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir – found at most health food stores.  Also eat prebiotic wholefoods – these foods feed and support the growth of good bacteria such as onions, garlic, dandelion greens, artichokes and bananas.

4. Supplement with–  digestive enzymes, slippery elm or glutamine.  A nutritionist or naturopath can support you with these supplements.

5. Lemon juice in warm water on rising – which stimulates gastric juices.

6. Eating slowly in a relaxed environment – the blood diverts away from digestive path in times of stress, oh yes it does!

7. Not drinking with your meals – 20 minutes before and after.  Water dilutes the gastric juices that are vital for the break down of our food.

8. Cutting back on gluten containing foods.  The gut just does not love the protein found in gluten.

9. Drink aloe vera juice in the morning – your health stores will assist you finding this.  It is very soothing for the gut.

10. Start each meal with something raw (e.g. salad) to get your digestive enzymes fired up and ready to break down your food!  I often chomp on a celery stick or cucumber before my meals.

11. Chew your food 10-20 times…before you swallow…please!  You will put much less pressure on your digestive system by doing it.

12. Soak your grains, nuts and seeds for better digestion.  Soaking them removes the nutritional inhibitors/phytic acid that the body struggles to break down.

13. Learn to love sprouts.  You can add them to your salads.  Sprouts are rich in enzymes.

14. Alkaline your body- avoid acidic foods like alcohol, caffeine, sugar, salt and wheat.  Stay away from the processed and packaged! Sugar feeds the bad bacteria!

15. Lay off the ant acids as they decrease the hydrochloric acid in our stomachs e.g. Gaviscon/Mylanta/ Nexium.

16. Lay off the antibiotics – they effect the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut.

16. Try to eat fruit on an empty stomach – not straight after a meal as it ferments in the stomach and can irritate optimal digestion.

17. Do not eat late at night – aim to eat 2-3 hours before bedtime.

18. Drink up!  And with filtered water if possible!  Fluid helps to remove excess waste and keeps our bowels healthy!

19. Have a cup of chamomile tea at night – it soothes and relaxes the bowel wall – and aids constipation!

20. Increase your fibre intake! Eat plenty of fiber. This not only keeps your bowels moving, but also helps eliminate excess hormones.  Love your Flax and leafy greens- they are high in fiber!

 

Instagram: @jshealth

 

What Does Organic Really Mean?

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By Jessica Sepel
@jshealth

In Australia, the Australian Certified Organic ‘BUD’ logo is a great way to check whether the product you’re buying is, in fact, organic. If you see this logo on a product you’re buying, it means it’s met the requirements of the Australian Certified Organic standard.

Choosing organic produce where and when you can means that you’re making a decision that helps support the soil, animal, plants, people and the environment we live in on a day-to-day basis. The more chemicals we spray on our soil, the more chemicals that can end up in our food and water supply, and potentially in our bodies.

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ is a list of fruit and vegetables that are the best investments when it comes to choosing organic. In other words, if you’re shopping on a budget and want to know the best foods to prioritise when choosing between organic and non-organic, I think these are the ones to pick. I also choose to buy organic dairy, chicken and red meat.

– Apples
– Celery
– Grapes
– Peaches
– Blueberries
– Potato
– Spinach
– Nectarines
– Capsicum
– Strawberries
– Lettuce
– Cucumber

Eating organic is an investment in your health – you’re helping to avoid eating unnecessary chemicals.