You hear it all of the time, that eating more fruits and vegetables is one of the best things you can do for your body. But that sure doesn’t mean we pay attention to that advice. Why aren’t we though? Why do we grab the chips over the carrots? Because though chips are simple carbohydrates and they taste amazing. Once we have them, our bodies crave them more often. We do have to re-train our body in what it actually wants/needs.
Truth be told, our bodies perform better on healthier food. The ‘food’ that’s processed, loaded with trans fat, has tons of ingredients, but tastes great, doesn’t let our bodies perform well. Odd finding, right? Let me list some of the reasons why eating vegetables and fruits is so beneficial: lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, lowers blood pressure, gives protection against cancer, can help gastrointestinal issues, and helps to prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Variety is key; you want to try and get as many different types of fruits and veggies, seeing as they all contain a variety of different vitamins and phytonutrients.
Let me ask you a question, when you go to the grocery store, get all of your vegetables (I’m hoping you do buy vegetables), do you chop them up then or later? When you’re coming home late and you haven’t eaten dinner and you feel you should make a salad, does chopping those veggies up discourage you from actually eating a salad? I find that if I don’t chop them up so I can use them in salads, in omelets, with hummus, I won’t eat them. It’s too much work (no, it’s not, I’m just a baby) for me to do it right then so I must chop and slice when I get home from the grocery store. Next time when you are running behind and you need to bring a snack, grab a Ziploc bag, throw some veggies in and grab your tub of hummus. That way you always have veggies on hand when you need to grab and go, or when you need to grab and throw into something. Have fruit out on your table so again, when you see it, you will it. Its easy to grab as you walk out the door.
You can also get in your vegetables by hiding them in foods. You really can’t taste spinach, kale, and carrots in a smoothie. Next time you’re making your protein shake with fruit, protein, flax, and water, add in some veggies! You, and your kids, won’t know the difference. But it does actually make a difference when we consume veggies at every meal. When you make eggs, pasta, quinoa, chicken, anything, add vegetables in with it.
In general, try to get more colorful, especially green, foods into your diet. Start slow by adding in here and there until your body will actually start to want and crave vegetables.
Most of the time we are still not going to get a good amount of fruits and vegetables into our diets, so what can we do? Supplement your diet. There’s nothing wrong with a little insurance policy to help you hit some requirements. Taking whole supplements like Juice Plus, Green Food powders, wheatgrass, spirulina/chlorella can make a large difference in your health, energy, and biochemistry in your body.
State of Fitness is selling Vitamineral Green, which is a green food supplement, in powder form and in capsules. Vitamineral Green™ is a superior, nutritionally dense, therapeutic green superfood powder, which nutritionally supports blood sugar, detoxification, the immune system, liver, kidneys, blood, bones, colon, regularity, circulation, and longevity. This is highly recommended to everyone. It can be costly so taking itonce a day may not be ideal. Taking it once every other day or maybe two times a week may be better for you, and that’s ok because it’s a lot more than what you were consuming before.
It’s hard to make vegetables exciting, especially to kids. You can try new recipes by using State of Fitness’ recipe of the week, checking out food blogs (shoutout to Erica Phillipich for this good one: http://mynewroots.blogspot.com/), or going on allrecipes.com and looking around for something different. You put effort into your work, into your family, correct? Now it’s time to start putting effort into what you are putting into your body, which should be rich, colorful foods. Happy eating!