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Be not dismayed by the fruit-and-vegetable haters

Vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, nonnutrients such as polyphenols and phytochemicals. Dark leafy greens, for example, are rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and many of your B vitamins.
 Dr. Timothy Moore

The other day I was in the supermarket looking for something quick to eat – my stomach was empty and I needed something that I could enjoy in a hurry – when I ran smack into a number of shoppers wheeling their carts up and down the aisles. Most had piled their baskets with chips, cookies, ice cream and soda pops. I had to ask myself: “Why are they ignoring the produce section where healthy food can be found?”

There were a few adults with their children in the produce section looking over the fruit and vegetables. But did the adults think about the health benefits to eating the fresh goodness of green, leafy vegetables and colorful fruit? I couldn’t tell you.

Everybody is not a connoisseur of fresh fruit and vegetables. Those who are may be chided for righting the wrongs of an unhealthy eating habit. But that’s Ok. And if you’re on the verge of changing your diet, don’t be persuaded to dislike fruit and vegetables, which are good and nutritious, by the fruit-and-vegetable haters.

After my shopping experience, I was privileged to serve veggies to young children. I was amazed to discover how well the children enjoyed the vegetables, even though some of them didn’t know some of the vegetables by name. Nevertheless, they asked for more. Look what can happen if you add vegetables to your children’s diet. Try them for yourself; you’ll like them.

Vegetables are good sources of nutrients, which primarily consist of complex and simple carbohydrates, water and protein.

Vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, nonnutrients such as polyphenols and phytochemicals. Dark leafy greens, for example, are rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and many of your B vitamins. The greener the leaf, the richer it is in nutrients.  

Yellow and dark green vegetables are great sources of vitamins A and beta-carotene. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower are very rich in phytonutrients. The health benefits of vegetables are vast and varied in regards to reviving the body, and preventing sickness and diseases.

There are some health benefits from just eating Kale greens, which are known to help prevent bone fractures, arthritis and osteoporosis. If you get a headache from smelling exhaust fumes, try eating Brussels sprouts. You’ll get some relief. If you like celery, you can eat it as a snack to stave off hunger and keep weight off. These are just a few reasons why you should consume more green vegetables.

Oh, last but not least, try eating broccoli for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has been used for recuperation from general illness. Cucumbers are good for more than just eating; they possess beauty secrets for women. Cucumbers are also good as a warm tea or cool vegetable drink, and wonderful for eliminating excess fluid accumulation in body tissues, especially in chronic cases of gout and edema.

Fruit and vegetables can be enjoyed when cooked or eaten naturally. You’ll be able to lose weight too – if that’s your goal. In the weight loss program that I started some time back, my clients are enjoying the benefits of eating a healthy diet of fruit and vegetables. One has already dropped 10 lbs.; another has lost 26 lbs.

Losing the weight has been an emotional experience for both of them. During the first session, their teary eyes revealed to me the emotional pain they’d been carrying around for some time. You see, for the first time in their lives, they now believe it is possible to lose weight and feel good about it.

When you have a combined weight of over 1,000 lbs. and lose just a pound, it may seem like you’ve conquered the world. They feel that way. Now each is on the way to becoming the persons each is inside. The best part of the story is that they now believe in themselves.

The weight-loss journey is not a simple one. There will be many obstacles along the way, such as unsupportive friends and family members. But don’t be dismayed. Hopefully, they’ll jump onboard your bandwagon and make the journey with you.

When you finally reach your desired weight, you’ll jump with joy. The scale you’ve been too ashamed to stand on will reveal the new you. Then you’ll be able to prove to those fruit-and-vegetable haters that you made it despite their incessant chiding.

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit him on the Web sites at www.cheftimothymoore.com or www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)

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