Issue 43, February 2015, London

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Organic food consumption is on the rise, and the availability out there has changed drastically in the last decade alone. No longer do you have to trek out to the middle of nowhere to get organic produce, and that has to be a good thing. The question is, should you be eating it exclusively?

I know many of you are strong believers in organic produce but for many others it isn’t as important but should it be? Nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix raises some interesting points such regarding the organic vs conventional debate such as are they actually healthier options? She brings up the subject of locality and the fact that some organic produce get flown half way around the globe to reach you. Of course, local food should retain more nutrients but could be full of pesticides.
I once asked Nadia Brydon, senior therapist at The Haven (a breast cancer support center in Fulham, London) on her thoughts about organic food and her main concern was that sometimes organic produce available to buy may be a lot less fresh than the conventional ones, just because fewer people buy it so stores may stock less frequently.

Ultimately we all agree on one thing, it is much more important to eat fresh fruit and vegetables than to not eat it at all. Taub-Dix suggests you choose organic with the “dirty dozen”, a list of fruit and vegetables that was shown to have the highest levels of pesticides.

And regarding that organic dessert, a treat once in a while is probably better than eating the whole cake.

+ Here are the dirty dozen.

Four Ways to Wake Up Feeling Better in Winter

Some lucky people have no problem with early mornings but now new research promises a new dawn for the rest of us.

Too Much Sitting Can Be Bad for You, Even if You Exercise

Even if you get regular exercise, spending too much time sitting can increase your risk of developing chronic diseases and dying prematurely. And, the data show, the longer you sit, the worse your possible outcomes, regardless of how much physical activity you get.

+ A few years ago I wrote about this very topic and ways to incorporate less sitting in your routine.


If you have been kind enough to refer someone to me – I want to say a big THANK YOU. That is the highest compliment and it’s warmly appreciated every time.

Other (Exciting) News:

As some of you already know, I will be having my first baby in June. I am absolutely delighted and doing very well.

And Finally...

This year, Chinese New Year is on February 19th. Red is considered a lucky and auspicious colour so have some fun wearing it, fill your fruit basket with juicy clementines (find ones with the green stalks and leaves still on) and have a lovely dinner with family and friends.

Ka Hang Leoungk
Managing Editor, Pointspace

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