Eat Your F*cking Vegetables
There is always discussion about what diet is the best. Is it high fat and low carbs? High protein and low carbs? High protein and low fat? Studies show varying results and experts give mixed ideas. But there is one “diet” that all the scientists and experts can agree on. Studies have proved over and over this “diet” promotes healthy weight loss and lengthens life significantly. It’s called eat your fucking vegetables.
This is where all of those varying results come in. A study may show that a diet works, but then another study shows the diet decreases life expectancy. The key variable is vegetables. A high protein diet may work for some but if it isn’t paired with plenty of vegetables, it is going to kill you. Vegetables aid weight loss, lengthen life, make your skin glow, and cause your whole body to radiate with good health. Not to mention the amazing and endless benefits of each individual vegetable. You can follow any diet you want, but if you aren’t eating your vegetables, you’re fighting an uphill battle.
Personally I don’t believe in any diets, but I am willing to acknowledge that they may work for a lot of people and nobody is the same. The only diet I follow is a well balanced one full of variety. Carbs? Hand em over. Protein? Yes please. Vegetables? ALL OF THE VEGETABLES. And honestly, I feel the same about cookies. Health is so important, and that includes mental health. I don’t believe we need to beat ourselves up over dessert. You’re allowed to indulge. I like to tell myself that I can fill up on healthy food and delicious vegetables AND I can have a cookie. Often just giving myself permission takes away the desire for a cookie. (Okay not that often, I really love cookies).
Now I know that it can be a struggle to add vegetables into our diets. I have heard a lot of struggles but the real reason isn’t the excuse, it’s that it isn’t a priority. If you care about your health, you need to make vegetables a priority. Don’t like the taste? Find a recipe that hides them. Don’t want to spend the money? It is cheaper to buy ingredients than it is to buy ingredients than it is to buy prepackaged food. Don’t have the time? Do food prep ahead of time. The answers are out there. If you want to make a real lasting change, you need to get started.
You don’t have to have all the answers right away. You don’t need to go buy a ton of organic vegetables and start making intricate meals that take over your life. Start small and make habits. I like to take a a baggie of vegetables to go with my lunch every day for work. At the beginning it was hard to make sure I got up and chopped vegetables before going to work. Now, I don’t even think about it. It is so ingrained into my morning routing that I can’t not do it. You don’t have to be a vegetable expert, but making a conscious effort every day to eat vegetables will help your health far more than anything else.
I know it can be hard so here are a few tips to help you get into the habit of eating vegetables.
1. Veggie Prep
Get all of your vegetable food prep done in the morning. Chop up what you will need for lunch and dinner. We have the most motivation in the morning, take advantage of it.
2. Try New Vegetables
Every time you go grocery shopping pick a vegetable that you have never tried before. Learn how to prepare and try it. You never know, you could find your next favorite thing. I never tried leeks before recently, now I can tell you what you’re missing. They are delicious.
3. Know What You Are Eating
Look up the benefits of all the vegetables you eat. It makes you feel rewarded for what you are putting in your body. For example, if you are eating cauliflower and you read that it is good for your eyes, you are going to feel proud of yourself. And you should.
4. Make it Exciting for You
Get excited, find a way to have fun with it. Look up things on Pinterest, join foodie Facebook groups, look at works of food art on Instagram. Vegetables don’t have to be a chore. If you make vegetables a core part of your life it will be so much easier.
5. Stop Believing it is Hard
You are the one creating this battle with vegetables. Choose to make it easy and it will be.
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