11 Feb 2013
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
"Eat your vegetables" are words we have heard the majority of our lives. They came from grandparents and parents. We still hear those words today. However, the vegetables come to us in different ways now. They come in the form of processed foods, dried foods, and, in most cases, they aren't veggies in a package, just a picture on the box.
There are great benefits to eating vegetables. They are essential for a healthy lifestyle and provide needed nutrients. They also include vitamins and minerals, plus fiber and phytochemicals that are important to strengthening the body's overall immune system.
Although it's important to choose healthy vegetables, you don't have to become a fanatic about what to eat. It's what you habitually choose to eat that makes the difference, not the occasional mishaps. So stop worrying about every little piece of food that goes into your mouth. Eating well on a regular basis is far more sustaining in the long-term than splurging once in a while on a special salad or plate of veggies on the side.
Did you know that colorful, delicious, natural vegetables are low in calorie density and have been used to help prevent several chronic diseases? As Americans, we must change our diet, and doing so will change our lives forever.
The way you eat your vegetables is not the problem. It is how you prepare them and how they're cooked that result in the majority of the nutrients being lost in the actual food preparation. If these same vegetables are eaten raw or slightly steamed, the nutrients and fiber will still be intact, which allow the body to absorb all the essential minerals required to help maintain good health.
What is causing so many of us not to appreciate and enjoy fresh vegetables? You either love them or hate them. In most cases, the love or hate stems from someone who doesn't like veggies. So you lose focus even before trying them.
What you eat today depends on your survival, because the body requires nutrition. However, when you're facing an emotional set back or when some unpleasant event is disrupting your life in some way, you're subject to eat unhealthy and unbalanced meals. That's because your eyes often decide what foods you eat.
In a recent study published by scientists at England's Oxford University, 32 percent of vegetarians are less likely to be admitted to the hospital or die from cardiovascular heart diseases than those who continue to consume a diet of meat and fish.
Too many people are puzzled and lost when it comes to food selections. With so much information in the public domain about health and nutrition, I would venture to say that some of it is very misleading and affects our overall health. In retrospect, a cancer diagnosis was once as low as one in 30. Today it's one out of three. What changed was the way food is processed.
If you're deciding on a lifestyle change or a total body makeover, you must understand this includes altering your mind, body and spirit. I'm sure a drastic change such as this can be frustrating just trying to figure out which direction to take when choosing the right foods to eat.
The hardest part individuals face while changing their diet is not seeing any results after trying so hard to get into shape. Remember, it may have taken years for your body to lapse into ill health. Now it's going to take some time to reverse your illness.
Eating vegetables in a raw or gently cooked state on a regular basis is a big step in reducing the time that's needed to regain your health. In fact, if you are able to, eat all whole foods – just the way nature intended – which comes complete with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, natural sugars, fiber and enzymes. Drink plenty of pure water too.
It's time to take back your life and start using the power that is yours to create a very healthy, physically fit body and a peaceful, stress-free life.