Eating Healthy Seminar

Eating healthy is a daily, maybe even hourly struggle that many people face. The problem is that often, the cheapest, or easiest option isn’t always the healthiest. Sometimes, the things you think of as healthy may actually be full of pesticides. As part of our Live Healthy value, our People Development Manager, Laura Kitto, helped us address these issues.

“I am really excited to incorporate our value of live healthy into our work day here at DWC.  I kicked off our Nutrition Campaign by sending out healthy recipes each day.  One of my favorite recipes is one for Black Bean and Corn Salad,” said Laura.

To cap off the week, she invited a nutritionist to come share her knowledge with us.  We learned about the Dirty Dozen, which are  fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides. If possible, these items should be purchased from the organic produce stand.

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines (Imported)
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Blueberries (Domestic)
  • Lettuce
  • Kale/Collard Greens

Next, we learned what foods are good for you even if they aren’t organic, since these foods don’t absorb as much pesticide when growing.

  • Onions
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapples
  • Avocados
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas
  • Mangos
  • Eggplant
  • Cantaloupe (Domestic)
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Watermelon

You may be wondering, what you should be eating. According to our nutritionist, these are the superfoods that should be included in your diet.

  • Nuts
  • Leafy Greens
  • Berries
  • Beans
  • Salmon
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Barley
  • Chocolate (Yes, this can be good for you in moderation)
  • Avocado

Overall the biggest take home from learning about healthy eating was that you can eat your favorite foods, just not every day. Everything in moderation is key. We are all looking forward to less pesticides in our food and some really delicious healthy dinners.