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Saving Dinner

by Leanne Ely, Certified Nutrition Counselor

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Did you know that if you eat more fruits and vegetables, you are HALF as likely to develop cancer as those who eat the least amount of these foods?

There are irrefutable facts to support this statement. It’s not just pie in the sky dreaming; it’s a true promise. Eat more fruits and vegetables, and increase the odds in your favor of living a cancer free life! Is that not incredible??

I know I am constantly beating the fruit and vegetable drum to y’all. I can’t help it when I read as much as I do. The amazing thing to me is that bazillions of dollars are spent on researching chronic diseases and for all the pills and treatments out there, nothing is as effective as being preventative by doing a simple thing like eating more fruits and vegetables.

Wouldn’t it be incredible if we were to actually take seriously what we KNOW to be true and actually EAT the amount of produce we should each and every day? How do you suppose we could affect change in those statistics?

Here’s some scary stuff to ponder:

*More than 125 million people have some sort of chronic illness.

*About half of chronically ill Americans are under the age of 45 and 15% of that number are CHILDREN with chronic conditions!

*It is estimated that 300,000 to 800,000 preventable deaths per year in the United States are nutrition related. Did you see that?? NUTRITION RELATED DEATH! That means the junk you eat can literally kill you!

It’s time for a revolution, people! Are you ready for it? Are you with me?

Count how many fruit and veggie servings you’re getting each day. If there is a direct correlation between good health and doing this ONE thing â€" eating plenty of fruits and veggies each day â€" why WOULDN’T we do this?

I am going to challenge each and everyone of you to do what you can to get more green, more yellow, more orange and more red in your meals, each and everyday. Eat by color. Green for beans, broccoli, spinach, kiwis and lettuces. Yellow for squash and bananas, orange for oranges and sweet potatoes and red for apples and peppers. Yes we can do this!

Let’s NOT be statistics, let’s buck this scary trend and begin to count the good stuff going in. Don’t beat yourself up for the past, get busy and get shopping this week for the RIGHT stuff.

I’ll have more on how to get more fruits and veggies into your life, so stay TUNED!

For more about The Dinner Diva, Leanne Ely, please check out her www.SavingDinner.com website.

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