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by Hannah Whittenly, The Health Advocate

 
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If you’re trying to create a more healthy environment for yourself, it’s likely your diet is one of the key areas you’re considering changing. We all know that we must be eating fruits and vegetables, however, sometimes we lack getting them in on a regular basis. To help curb this issue, we’re going to share some great tips for making fruits and vegetables a must-have part of your diet.

They’re Low Calorie and Filling
If you’re really looking to reduce some calories from your daily diet, then vegetables can be a great vehicle to do so. Fresh vegetables like spinach, celery, carrots, and salad have very minimal calories in them. For example, you can eat a 1/2 cup of cooked spinach and only take in about 20 calories. That’s a lot of spinach to fill up your stomach for a low-calorie cost. In addition, many vegetables actually burn more calories being digested than they have in them. This is why vegetables like celery are touted as zero-calorie foods. It’s not that they actually have zero calories. However, by the time your body is done digesting them, they do.

Always Opt for Fresh over Frozen or Canned
When you’re at the store, it’s easy to get side-tracked by the convenience of frozen and canned fruits and vegetables. However, it’s not a great idea. When fruits and vegetables are taken out of their fresh state and canned or frozen, they tend to lose a lot of their natural nutrients and vitamins. For this reason, stores rely on refrigerated transport companies to bring them fresh fruits and vegetables to sell. Consider shopping more often to ensure that you use fresh fruits and vegetables instead of canned or frozen ones.

Take Note of How You Physically Feel after a Healthy Meal
Deciding whether or not to eat certain foods depends on how they interact with your body. When you eat meals that include healthy servings of fruits and vegetables, you’ll notice that you feel lighter afterward. Compare this to a meal where you didn’t eat any. It’s likely you’ll feel heavier and possibly drowsy afterward. By paying attention to your body’s reaction to the foods that you eat, you can better make decisions about what you want to eat in the future. After a few times of eating fruits and vegetables with your meals, you’ll fall in love with the light feeling afterward and stick to it.

Incorporating anything new into your diet can seem like a challenging task at first. This holds especially true if you’ve tried to do so in the past and not followed through. The above are three great ways to start changing your diet to include fresh fruits and vegetables in a way that you’ll love and be able to sustain well into the future.




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