Most doctors and health professionals will agree: there are no foods that are healthier than vegetables. Trouble is, most people find that eating vegetables on a daily basis is challenging.
Think back to when you were a child, slapping the broccoli out of your parent’s hands. You weren’t into veggies in the first place. Getting into it now, when no one is forcing you to eat it, can be even harder.
Truth is, vegetables are essential to your health. Let’s break down some of the best ways to motivate yourself to eat more veggies.
Juice Your Veggies
Juicing machines have become very popular in the past couple years for good reason. Many people don’t like to spend the time to cook and eat their veggies. Why not juice them in a snap, drink a glass, and get 3-5 servings in a couple gulps?
Juicing your veggies with fruit will help to make the drink taste sweeter and still enable you to get much of the essential nutrients needed for healthy cell maintenance and growth.
Keep in mind that juicing your vegetables limits the amount of fiber that you get from them. You’ll need to get your fiber from grain-rich foods when you use the juicer.
Understand They’re Essential
Unless you’re willing to supplement with a multivitamin each day, veggies are essential to your diet. Not only do they provide the bulk of your fiber, but they also contain critical nutrients like vitamins and minerals to balance hormones, enable growth, and strengthen hair, skin, nails, and much more.
Skipping your veggies means skipping a great source of low-calorie fuel to help your body maintain growth and performance.
They Reduce Onset of Disease
Many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes have a treatment option of increasing your intake of fruit and vegetables. They’re no substitute for medical advice but eating your veggies could be one of the best preventable measures you can take to ensure you are always getting the best spectrum of nutrients for optimal health.
Don’t like broccoli? No worries, there’s an endless variety of vegetables. From Asia to North America, vegetables are plentiful at any local supermarket. You can enjoy a different set of vegetables each day, so you’ll never get bored with the same ones.
On a tight budget? No problem. Vegetables are likely the cheapest addition to your grocery list. It’s no wonder many people go vegetarian for this reason. Research shows that you can save around $1000 a year on groceries by swapping meat products for more veggies.
We’re not saying take meat out of your diet – this is your choice. But if you’re on a budget, vegetables are a very inexpensive and an economically sustainable way to get your calories and nutrients.
At the end of the day, eating veggies comes down to a personal choice and your own motivation. If you consider all the health and cost benefits, surely, you’ll choose to take some time to get your daily dose of kale in.
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because your natural health and wellness is important. You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of poor health, including chronic disease, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some chronic diseases (if you suffer from them). In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
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