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food art watermelon tea pot with berries Memorial Day, the traditional gateway to summer.

Having just reveled in the profusion of spring berries, we now enter the botanical bliss offered by summer fruits and the tender recollections they evoke.

Who is not transported to a happy family picnic or balmy night outing with your first love when you smell the soothing aroma of a sun-warmed peach, or bite into the juicy, sweet-yet-sour bouquet of a plum?  Each summer we revisit the garden of earthly delights and celebrate warmth and sunny days.

Memories resurface of tracing rivulets of ice cold watermelon juice running down a loved one’s chin or seeing the telltale stains of sweet cherry nectar on lips and fingertips.

Buy local whenever possible

Local farmers markets, fruit stands and perhaps our own gardens offer a veritable feast of nutrition and nurturing, yet how often do we stop to appreciate and luxuriate in the full sensory blast of nature’s perfect food?   As a raw foods enthusias, a high percentage of my daily nutrition comes from fruits and vegetables, power-packed with phyto-chemicals that charge my cells and fill my mind, body and spirit with confidence, exuberance and vitality.

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Pitfalls of the pitted fruit

Most of the most beloved of the summer fruits — peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, apricots — fruits that have pits, are also high up on the “Dirty Dozen” list of the fruits and vegetables that have the highest levels of trace pesticides.  You can visit the website of the Environmental Working Group‘s informative website to learn more or peruse this handy chart below, which also lists the “clean fifteen” fruits and vegetables showing the fewest trace pesticides.  Sweet corn may be on this list, but be aware that about 85-90% of the corn in the U.S. is genetically modified.

2013 dirty dozen clean 15

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LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

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