Eat your vegetables!

Remember what your mother said?  “Eat your vegetables!”  She knew what she was talking about.   Half of your plate should be vegetables but few people in the United States eat more than one token vegetable with lunch and dinner, and that’s usually something like corn or French fries.

The problem is that we don’t give our bodies the nutrients needed to repair and maintain health.  Without these nutrients, the body has to compensate.  Eventually health declines and degenerative disease takes over.

I have been doing a lot of reading lately trying to identify several health issues.  All the sources recommend eating whole food rather than “fake” food that has been created or manufactured by man.  I know first hand that it isn’t easy to change one’s way of eating.  I am still working on it, but I would like to share some of my new-found knowledge.  As I continue to learn, I may update my posts.

What to eat:

  • All the vegetables you can get your hands on, especially greens.
  • Fruits in moderation.
  • Whole grains in moderation.
  • Legumes.
  • Healthy fats–almond oil, virgin coconut oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil.
  • Nuts and seeds.
  • Eat meat, fish, and poultry sparingly, if at all.

What to avoid:

  • Anything white–white flour, sugar, white rice.
  • Sugar–all kinds.
  • Dairy products, especially milk and cheese.
  • Processed cooking oils containing mostly omega 6 fatty acids, such as canola, peanut, sunflower, etc.  (As a culture we eat way too much omega 6 oil and not nearly enough omega 3 oil.  The ideal ratio would be 1:1, and it is actually about 15:1).
  • Soft drinks.
  • Alcohol.
  • Tobacco.
  • Caffeine.
  • Artificial sweeteners.
  • Food preservatives.

Now lest you start whining that there is nothing left to eat, let me remind you there are many cultures in the world that survive very well without any wheat, milk, or sugar.   Once you conquer sugar withdrawal (about 2 to 4 weeks), you will  begin to feel much better, and you are likely to lose weight.

Start with small changes by just adding more vegetables and eating smaller servings of starchy food.  Have fruit for dessert.  After an hour, if you are still hungry, eat more.  Never mind counting calories.

Stay tuned for more suggestions and recipes. . .

**Please feel free to add your comments and/or suggestions.**


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