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Posted by Chris A on November 15, 2008 under Health, Nutrition
Many people know that they should keep it up when it comes to eating both fruit and vegetables, but many don’t do it. These are both natural foods and should be a huge part of our diets. However, now that we are busier, we tend to reach for foods that are easy to make and don’t require a lot of thought in regards to preparing for meals. This is a mistake, as people are getting fatter and fatter as the years go on. We have been eating natural foods for centuries, but only with the upswing of prepackaged and preservative full foods have we seen an epidemic of obesity.
You are going to have a hard time finding someone who eats enough of either fruit or vegetables. They should accompany each meal (especially vegetables), and should be the majority of what people snack on when they are hungry between meals. The problem often starts as young as six months. Moms are busy, and they mean well, but they don’t seem to find the strength to change their own eating habits enough to include fruit and vegetable dishes, and the children then learn what they should eat by watching their parents. If they don’t see these things, they don’t learn to love them. However, it is never too late for any parent to introduce the amount of fruit and vegetable needed into anyone’s diet. Parents may have a hard time doing this, but the children will eat what they are given. They may resist, but they will eat when they are hungry. If you have plenty of fruit and vegetable items on hand, they are going to find them when they are hungry. They may look for chips and sweets first, but they will eat an apple or carrot sticks if they can not find anything else. After a while, they will learn to go for these first.
You cannot find another food group that is denser with vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and antioxidants than vegetables. The majority of the carbohydrates in your diet should come from fruits and vegetables. They also contain important phytonutrients that you just can’t get from processed foods. These phytonutrients help the body repair and build healthy cells, tissues and organs. On top of this, you’ll get important fiber (which most people don’t get enough of) and vegetables also alkalize the body which is very important in disease prevention and helps reduce the acid load on the body.
It might seem that serving fruit and vegetable items is more expensive, but you have to look at it in regards to your health, and the health of your children. Spending a few more dollars each week might add up, but think of what it can do for your life. Besides, those few extra dollars may be saved from your frequent copays to the doctors office in the long run! Maybe the saying “An apple a day will keep the doctor away” was true afterall. You will look and feel better, and your children will remain healthy and lean. You can grow your own fruit and vegetable gardens if you want to. You may find that you are eating healthier, and you may have also found a new hobby that you love.
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