Eat More Plant Foods
I thought I was eating well. I ate low fat, low salt and sugar free. I was (and still follow a vegetarian) diet, but my knowledge and understanding of what vegetables can do for my health was simply meager! Well it was still the 90’s!
One the biggest changes I made, was to incorporate 5-6 vegetables into my diet daily. Yes that’s right, 5-6 vegetables, the fruits were a small addition.
Food is generally split into three food groups: carbohydrates, proteins and fats
Vegetables and fruits contain enzymes and phytonutrients. They are also a source of carbohydrates and proteins and in some cases contain essential fats.
Its all about QUALITY not quantity
I’m not going to talk to you about how gorillas live on green leaves or how some of the strongest animals on the planet live on vegetation – you’ve probably heard that thousands of times. I’m not here to convert you to a vegetarian or vegan, but I am here to get you to eat more vegetables and fruits. It’s the phytonutrient and enzyme content I want to focus on.
Our body needs more than just protein, carbohydrates and fats. Phytonutrients play a massive role in fighting disease, detoxifying the body and supporting healthy hormone function. They help skin glow, eyes shine and bring vitality to your body.
Plants are rich in enzymes and should incorporate a large part of any diet. Enzymes make magic happen, they help your body breakdown food to help your body produce raw materials, circulate nutrients, eliminate unwanted chemicals as well as many other functions. Enzymes function is required by nearly every system in your body.
Aim to eat 60-70% water rich foods. This is easy to do if you plan and prepare. You can easily accomplish this by making sure you have 2-3 portions with each meal. This also supports healthy hydration through live foods.
Ideally eat from what is available in your area, so seek out your farmer’s market. If you can’t find one near you, don’t stress, find the next best place…..the supermarket.
Take a Test
How many plant foods are you consuming?
- Write down everything that has passed your lips in the last 48 hours
- Look at your list of everything that has passed your lips in the past 48 hours. Circle the items that still have their living waters in them (a clue: these are fruits, vegetables, water, freshly squeezed juices and herbal teas – excluding ready made juices, teas and coffee). What percentage of your diet is made up of plant based foods? Comment below and if you need support on easy ways to do this let me know.
At least 70% of your diet should consist of water-rich foods. If it’s not then gradually start to build this into your routine.
Some vegetables can have a strong nature of their own and should be eaten in season. However, some have a strong ability to eliminate and need to be eaten sensibly with people with specific condition or medications. There are many aspects that influence the best foods for you and if you have a specific health condition then you will definitely benefit from getting a personalised plan from a qualified therapist.