Better Health, Weight Loss and Longer Life Eating More Fruits and Vegetables

There is so much misinformation about diet and health out there, it’s really hard knowing what’s true and not. But, you have to see for yourself to really know what works and what doesn’t. What I mean by this is you have to trust in how food makes your body feel after you eat it.

We only have so much time on this earth to live, and we surely want to extend it as much as possible. But, we don’t want to live a long life in pain or in a wheel chair. I have had trouble with inflammation probably since my mid forties. I am a ‘do it yourself kind of guy’, so I am my own test rat.

I don’t place all my faith in doctors who don’t think what you eat plays an important role in the outcome of your health. I have educated myself through many different sources over the years. Therefore, I have become my own counsel in health matters.

With a little study, you can learn the healthiest foods to eat. For example, you could check out health videos on YouTube. But, be careful, there’s a lot of stuff you need to weed out!

Through my own experience and self study in nutrition, I have discovered what works best for me. Nevertheless, it has been proven that to lose weight down to your healthiest weight, we need to eat more fruits and vegetables.

‘Research has shown that the foods you eat influence your health. Eating certain foods, such as fruits and nuts, has been associated with reduced death rates, while other foods, such as red meat and processed meat, have been linked to increased mortality [1 nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/vegetarian-diets-linked-lower-mortality]’.

Fiber is an essential nutrient we can’t do without. And, you will get all your body requires when you increase your consumption of plant based whole food. I have listed below what has made me become trimmer, healthier and feel much better than I did not too long ago. The way I eat eliminated my own inflammation.

What I ate that made me lose weight, keep it off and feel much better…

  • I eat a fried potato (no oil) and fruit for breakfast
  • I eat greens for lunch and dinner in the form of two large salads
  • I add a few seeds and nuts on top (this is the only way I eat seeds and nuts, as I will eat too many otherwise)
  • My wife makes our daily smoothie with black currants, cashews, spinach, kale, pineapple, bananas, strawberries and green tea (adding about a cup of Japanese organic sencha loose leaf tea I brew earlier every day)
  • I eat beans for lunch and dinner, sometimes with rice
  • I eat fruit in the form of pineapple, mangoes (in season) and various berries

‘A well-balanced, plant-based diet is composed of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, herbs, spices, and a small amount of nuts and seeds [2 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4991921/]’.

Foods and ingredients I especially avoid eating…

  • Oil added to food or cooking with it
  • Animal products like meat, eggs and dairy
  • Sugar and honey
  • Corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup
  • Most grains like wheat and corn, except for no more than about a cup of rice (not every day)
  • This means I don’t eat bread or tortillas
  • No restaurants or take out food
  • I don’t eat snack or junk food anymore
  • I don’t eat processed and refined foods either
  • I cook and prepare everything myself
  • It’s not so bad. You get used to it. And, as a reward, you most likely will lose weight, get healthier and live longer

‘Vegetarians miss out on lots of foods. No grilled burgers or franks at picnics. No holiday turkey or fries cooked in animal fat. Strict vegetarians may even forego honey made by bees. But vegetarians also tend to miss out on major health problems that plague many Americans. They generally live longer than the rest of us, and they’re more likely to bypass heart-related and other ailments [3 newsinhealth.nih.gov/2012/07/digging-vegetarian-diet]’.

To conclude, you  might not know that we don’t really have to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables each day to get healthier and lose weight, with a likely increase in our lifespan. Go check out my article Good to Know Our Daily Nutrition Requirements: USDA Quick Guide.

Source-

1  URL nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/vegetarian-diets-linked-lower-mortality
Website Title National Institutes of Health
Article Title Vegetarian Diets Linked to Lower Mortality
Date Published March 31, 2016
Date Accessed October 07, 2018

2 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4991921/
Website Title Current neurology and neuroscience reports.
‘Plant-Based Diets: A Physician’s Guide’
Publication Year2016
Date Accessed October 08, 2018

3 URL newsinhealth.nih.gov/2012/07/digging-vegetarian-diet
Website Title National Institutes of Health
Article Title Digging a Vegetarian Diet
Date Published June 27, 2017
Date Accessed October 08, 2018

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

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