Vegetables

Health professionals and nutritional experts recommend choosing vegetables and fruits as the cornerstone of a “Nutritional Lifestyle”. The reason for these recommendations is the compelling scientific studies which show the incredible benefits from including vegetable and fruits as part of a Nutritional Lifestyle.

Vegetables are the most nutrient-rich foods. This means they are the foods that provide the most vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (plant nutrients) for the least number of calories, so they keep you slim and energized.

The Nutritional Lifestyle message is to choose more vegetables and fruits and include a mix of color and variety - dark green, yellow, orange and red.

We Need Vegetables Everyday

We need to eat vegetables every day because they supply an incredible amount of water-soluble vitamins. Our bodies require these nutrients daily because, unlike fat-soluble vitamins (such as vitamin A, E, and D) that our body stores for future use, the water soluble vitamins can only be stored in small amounts or not at all. Vegetables also provide many minerals such as potassium, fiber, and folate.

Through our coaching sessions you will discover that people who make fruits and vegetables an essential part of their daily diet are less likely to develop conditions such as stroke, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and bone loss.

Vegetables also Help to Control Weight

Diets high in vegetables and fruits meet vitamin, mineral and fiber needs without adding a lot of calories. Most vegetables and fruits are rich in nutrients, low in calories and high in fiber.

The fact that vegetables are rich in nutrients and low in calories is especially important today with obesity as the fastest growing cause of disease and death in the United States. Eating foods high in calories and low in nutrients is a leading cause of obesity and poor health. Eating a variety of vegetables as a regular part of your meal helps to keep you slim and provides the energy and vitality necessary to really enjoy daily life.

Best Choices of Vegetables

There are two types of vegetables: starchy and non starchy. Both types are part of a proper diet, but whereas non starchy varieties can be eaten in abundance, starchy selections contain more sugar, hence portion size need to be kept in check.

The best way to get all of the health benefits of these nutrient powerhouses is to eat a variety of colors. Yellow, orange, and red choices provide vitamin A, green provide folate, vitamins, and phytonutrients, which are compounds found only in plants that provide great health benefits, such as reducing the risk for cancer and heart disease.

Choose dark green and dark yellow vegetables most often, such as romaine lettuce, broccoli, spinach, peppers, chilies, and carrots. When at the supermarket or produce stand, choose darker veggies over lighter ones. Color can vary vegetable to vegetable, so look around before choosing the piece that you want.

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IMPORTANT: This website is not intended to be a substitute for consultation with your personal physician and/or health care provider. Before you engage in any program of wellness, please consult with your physician. I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, but a wellness coach. The information that I provide you is from my years of experience as someone who has changed their health for the better through living a wellness lifestyle.
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