I’m ashamed to say this, but I can’t recall ever eating a salad for dinner when I was growing up. In our household, we ate vegetables like green beans and collard greens but they were cooked to a pulp to where all of the precious vitamins and minerals were all gone. I remember suffering from chronic constipation as a teenager, and having no idea that the fatigue and menstrual issues that I was dealing with stemmed strictly from my terrible diet.
I suffered from obesity and high blood pressure like my great grandmothers, grandmothers and mother. Then I saw my young daughter picking up some of my bad habits like eating too fast and craving sweets eating when upset. That’s when I decided that it was time to end the generational curse of bad eating habits in my family. The eating habits that were passed down to me was detrimental to my health and the health of my immediate family because I was the one buying and cooking food for everyone.
I noticed that my health, my husband’s health and my children’s health was at stake, and it is for you and your family also. Long story short, I eventually turned my life around by making healthier lifestyle choices like drinking plenty of water, limiting fast food and paying attention to my portion sizes. Theses small changes lead to more energy, lower blood pressure and a physically fit curvy body. I became a holistic nutritionist and life coach and I started helping other women to have this wonderful transformation of weight loss, self-confidence and personal peace.
This month I am launching a 30 day fruit and vegetable challenge to encourage you to include 2 fruit and 3 vegetable servings in you diet for 30 days. When you sign up for this challenge you’ll get a weekly email for 4 weeks giving you the most amazing tips on how to save money on groceries and how to incorporate more fresh produce in your diet. I have some great tips to share with you today… right now!
Here is some motivation to eat more fruits and vegetables
Most people are at least somewhat aware that eating fruits and vegetables is healthier for their bodies, yet in theU.S., less than one third of American adults ate at least two servings of fruit and three or more servings of vegetables a day according to research from the Centers for Disease control.
That means that roughly 80% of Americans do not eat even the most basic recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. The purpose of this article is to motivate you to change that statistic in your household. My goal is to provide you with lots of facts about how healthy it is to eat more fruits and vegetables, how to make it easy to work them into your diet, and even how to find ways to save some money on your grocery bill.
Why should I eat more fruits and vegetables?
There are dozens of really good answers to that question, but I am going to focus in just three of them here:
- Eating more fruits and vegetables (along with a plant-based diet) can prevent and reverse diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension and cancer.
- Eating more fruits and vegetables can help you manage your weight.
- Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables gives you more energy.
If the disease prevention reason did not motivate you to change, then the weight loss or improved energy and sleep should appeal to you.
What are some of the excuses that people come up with when it comes to trying to motivate them to eat more fruits and vegetables?
- I’m not used to cooking at home with fruits and vegetables.
Take a cooking class. Borrow a few vegetable cookbooks from your local library. There are tons of websites that have free, healthy eating recipes that you can try.
The Mayo Clinic’s Directory of Healthy Recipes
- I don’t really like fruits and vegetables.
You might be saying that you don’t like fruits and vegetables because of they way they were prepared and served to you when you were growing up. Be adventurous and try buying a new, fresh vegetable each week when you visit the grocery store. You are bound to find lots of healthy foods that you will actually enjoy eating.
- We eat out at restaurants a lot
Choose restaurants that have healthy eating options on their menus. Start your meal off with a healthy salad and ask for the low calorie dressing on the side. Order a side vegetable order to add to your entrée. Try ordering the vegetarian option just once and see how you like it.
- I buy produce and then it spoils before I get the chance to use it.
Plan your meals ahead and buy only what you need for the recipes you have chosen for that week.
- My kids refuse to eat vegetables when I serve them.
Try some kid-friendly recipes, and let your kids choose which vegetables they want to try. Be patient and don’t give up on getting them to eat healthier meals.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are too expensive.
There are many ways to maximize your benefit from fruits and vegetables without breaking your budget. The CDC offers 30 ways in 30 days to Stretch Your Fruit & Vegetable Budget while staying healthy!
Eating more fruits and vegetables involves developing new habits, which takes discipline and motivation to stick with. You must find a big enough “Why?” in your life that will motivate you to take care of your body and to teach your children how to develop healthy eating habits of their own.
About the Author
Bonnie Mechelle is the author of the best seller: Overcome Compulsive Overeating… Now, and the executive producer of The Healthtopia Radio Show in Atlanta, Georgia . She has lost over 120 pounds naturally on her own and now empowers women who struggle with weight gain, divorce, single motherhood, eating disorders, chronic illness and clinical depression. See her latest movie, The Inner Weigh and subscribe to her Christian Women’s e-Newsletter at www.myhealthtopia.com. If you’re ready for one-to-one faith-based weight loss coaching get started at www.victorysteps.net.