The Ten nutritional Commandments – Contd
5.1 Eat Vegetables with Every Meal
I know, I know, you know you should eat more veggies. For decades, mother around the world have been lecturing, coercing, forcing and begging their children to eat their vegetables. Guess what? Mother are always right!
Vegetable are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals and all-round excellent nutrition, yet they are spare in calories. Compare this to junk foods, which are loaded with calories, sugar, saturated and trans fats, and other harmful substances, but lack real nutritional value.
Today, it’s not uncommon to be malnourished while at the same time morbidly obese. This is because the food that many people eat are so over processed and devoid of any nutritional goodness that they are not getting the bare minimum of essential nutrients their bodies require. At the same time, these foods are so crammed with calories that they provide far more than the human body actually needs. Thus some people continue to gain weight while their bodies suffer the consequences of an inadequate intake of essential nutrients. And because they still aren’t getting the nutrient they require, they never feel satisfied and they continue eating. Instead, if they just ate more nutritious foods, of which vegetables may be the most nutritious, they would find themselves much more satisfied and their hunger would go way.
Vegetable play a very important part in the body’s natural detoxification process, as well as help facilitate fat loss through this method quite effectively. This is partly due to their high fibre content, as well as the phytonutrients that support healthy cell function. What in hell is phytonutrients? Phytonutrient are what give fruits and veggies their taste, smell, and vibrant colour. You’ve probably heard that you want to have as many colours on your plates as possible ( as long as they are natural colours) and that is truly good advice. To put it in the simplest terms, the risk of every chronic disease imaginable, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, liver failure, and more, can be reduced by consuming a diet high in fresh vegetables. They support the immune system, increase your energy, detoxify your cells, alkalize your body and much more.
But Veggies for breakfast?
When I tell my clients they need to be eating vegetables for breakfast, I often get sceptical looks. Its seems strange to most people to eat veggies for breakfast, especially when they are used to cereals, bagels and muffins. But this isn’t really that out of the ordinary when you think of how many popular breakfast dishes actually contain veggies. For example, you can easily get a whole serving of veggies at breakfast by adding some peppers, tomatoes, and onion to an omelette. Use your imagination and try to get as many veggies as you can, wherever you can. It’s nearly impossible to go overboard with them, so eat up.
Juicing is a great way to get plenty of veggies whenever you need them, especially at breakfast. There are even many incredibly healthy organic veggie juices that come pre-bottled and ready to go so you are never more than a few seconds away from a full serving of vegetables at any time of the day.