Here is a picture of my kitchen counter after grocery shopping and before I put the vegetables and fruit away. It is colourful and pretty, but most importantly, when I eat these foods, my body feels happy and healthy. It thanks me by shedding the extra weight because it knows I am treating it well. Sound nuts??? OK, maybe a little – but it’s not far off.
Our bodies need all the colours of food. Each one adds different benefits to our cells. If I was going to rank the most important, I would say leafy green vegetables like these:
-Romaine lettuce, red and green leaf lettuce
Having a small leafy green salad with chopped bright coloured vegetables such as red peppers and purple onions is an easy way to make sure those power-punched foods are working for your best health. I try to have one at each meal (even breakfast, sometimes).
Vegetables are healthy carbohydrates. They supply fibre, water, vitamins, minerals and nutrients to our bodies. They fill us up and take energy to process through our system. They keep us feeling full and will help protect us from many illnesses and diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and some cancers. All this… and a thinner, healthier body!
What a deal!
Make sure half your plate contains vegetables and enjoy. (The biggest surprise will be when you realize you actually crave them, and it will happen!)
Helpful Hint: Use ‘green bags’ to store your produce in your fridge. They are available in many places: Giant Tiger, Dollar Stores, Walmart and kitchen specialty stores. Green bags allow the gases which would otherwise cause your food to rot, to escape and they keep your produce fresh for much longer. The end result is that you can buy a larger variety of vegetables which will last longer.