Most of us grew up hearing, “Eat your vegetables!” And when we asked why? All we got was, “Because they’re good for you!” I don’t know about you, but that wasn’t good enough for me. If you couldn’t give me a better why, then I wanted to stick with what tasted the best.
And I had the come back of, “ Well if vegetables are so good for me, then why don’t they have them at McDonalds?” Boy have I come a long way! Come to find out, the power of vegetables is greater then Mom ever knew. We should have listened to her more.
The crazy thing is, with all of my nutrition and fitness education and experience, I have learned that one of the simplest and most powerful things you can do to improve your health, have more energy, and speed up weight loss, is to add vegetables to every meal.
Most of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs are packed into vegetables and fruits. Vegetables also contain a high amount of soluble and insoluble fiber, both of which will help keep your digestion on track. This is very important for good overall gut health, which is responsible for 80% of our immune system function. The health benefits of vegetables are simply through the roof.
For those of you trying to lose weight, there is so much focus on what to avoid, what not to eat. This focus on restriction is a negative mindset that eventually will back lash. But if we focus instead, on the idea of ADDING, in this case vegetables to every meal, we now have a more positive mindset about our food. Not only are we adding in so many more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to our diet, but we are also setting ourselves up for better sustainability in the future. The “simple” power of vegetables!
But don’t take my word for it. If you want to read more about the simple power of vegetables, click here. Here you will find the nutrition facts on over 50 different vegetables as well as more information on the benefits of vegetables, and some great tips on incorporating them.
Check out my next blog on some of MY best tips for heading into the holidays in a healthy way.