Are You Eating Your Veggies?
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Are You Eating Your Veggies?

For a number of years, for all practical purposes, I was a vegetarian. This simply happened as a weight loss plan, plus the fact that I really love vegetables, especially raw. This helped me lose weight, and I believe, stay healthy.

This is because vegetables play such a vital role in proper nutrition. Along with a diet rich in whole grains and fruits, veggies can deliver all of the essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals you need for excellent health.

Unfortunately, today's Standard American Diet (its acronym is 'SAD' for a reason) is lacking in healthy vegetables. This is the same basic processed and sugar-filled diet that is prevalent in most modern societies and cultures.

There wouldn't be a problem if processed and fast foods delivered nutrition. However, they are lacking in most of the natural components and compounds your body needs to function properly. If any of the following signs sound familiar to you, you probably aren't eating enough vegetables on a day-to-day basis.

1. You have heart problems

This could be due to family history and heredity. However, if your doctor tells you heart disease, stroke and heart attacks are on your horizon and there is no family history of these events, you need to begin eating more vegetables.

2. Problems with body weight

If you are eating more processed foods than vegetables, you could be underweight, overweight or obese. Those conditions lead to more serious health problems, and can often be alleviated by eating more vegetables.

3. Digestive issues

Vegetables are high in fiber. Because of this, they help to regulate your digestive system. Chronic bloating, upset stomach, gas, hemorrhoids, constipation and pains in your midsection can all be corrected with a healthy and steady dose of vegetables.

4. Tired all the time

If your body does not get the wonderfully healthy phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins vegetables provide, your sleep cycle can be thrown off. This means you have a problem sleeping at night, and staying awake during the day.

5. Frequently sick

A healthy immune system, your body's natural defense system against infection and sickness, depends on a steady diet of the nutrients found in vegetables.

6. Unhealthy skin, hair and teeth

A vegetable-rich diet leads to overall body health. Outward signs of a diet devoid of enough vegetables can include dry and damaged skin and hair, hair loss, scurvy and a multitude of dental problems.

7. Stressed out, anxious or depressed

Hormones regulate your moods and emotions. These hormones start acting up when you don't eat right. A diet rich in vegetables gives your body all of the hormone-healthy nutrition it needs to help you handle stressful and high-anxiety situations correctly. You will also find you suffer fewer erratic mood swings when your diet includes a lot of vegetables.

Conclusion

The obvious conclusion is that the well know advice "to eat your veggies" is right on the money, and it's not just advice we should give our children, but it should begin with our own healthy eating habits as adults.


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Eating my veggies! Thanks for sharing details as to why these are healthy eating habits.

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