I love vegetables. They are a wonderful component in a traditional, nutrient-dense diet.
Many mainstream “health-conscious” folks swear on their holy China Studies that a plant-based diet is ideal for their health and the future of our earth. Based on so much that I have read and studied*, this doesn’t seem quite right to me.
The rest of the modern world is still stuffing themselves sick with toxic, industrial food substitutes – fast food, processed foods, conventionally raised meat and dairy, chemicals, additives, etc. – eternally overfed and undernourished. Not good.
Despite the mixed messages out there, I do agree that most folks should be eating more veggies.
Here are five reasons you may not have considered for why you should eat your greens:
#1 – You are fat.
Please don’t take this personally. Perhaps you are happily plump, and that’s wonderful. But the majority of Americans are alarmingly overweight and on the road to serious obesity-related health issues.
Many are desperately seeking the next fad diet instead of opting for a simple, long term solution for their health: Most vegetables are not calorically dense, so if you are carrying around extra pounds and are not currently eating veggies in an 80/20 proportion to other foods, try filling up at mealtime on a plate of greens or spaghetti squash topped with a generous pat of butter (and perhaps some grass fed meat or cheese).
A meal like this will leave you satiated while gradually trimming off excess weight over time. (An extra tip: Include starchy veggies like potatoes and yams and bread, grains, and pasta in the 20% for best results.)
#2 – You eat too many processed foods.
Processed, packaged, and fast foods which are a mainstay of the Standard American Diet are both replete of usable nutritional and packed with harmful additives.
Eliminating or reducing these processed foods and adding a big handful of veggies to each of your meals will help detoxify your body from toxic chemicals from food, environment, and stress. For those with health conditions caused or exacerbated by poor diet, drinking juiced greens may be a beneficial therapy to explore with a qualified health practitioner on your road to healing.
#3 – You need or want to save money.
Buying produce in season is cheaper than buying grass fed meats, so balance out your budget by filling your plate with local seasonal veggies! You can save money for high quality grass fed beef and dairy, pastured chicken and eggs, forage fed pork, and wild caught seafood from a local, trusted source.
#4 – Vegetables are easy to grow yourself.
Increasingly, more and more produce is being grown abroad or at least very, very far away from the store in which it is finally sold to you. This results in fruits and veggies that are expensive, tasteless, and nutritionally void.
Luckily, there’s a whole array of garden delights you can grow with the tiniest amount of space, giving you the satisfaction of delicious homegrown food.
#5 – You eat grassfed meat and dairy
Seasonal vegetables are full of wonderful nutrients and flavors that can be unlocked with proper preparation and a dollop of good fat to maximize the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
So, steam your garden kale and toss it with a scoop of butter from grass fed cows. Chop up some broccoli and fold it into the dark yellow liquid of eggs from pasture raised hens for a simple breakfast omelet. Puree some flavorful seasonal veggies and herbs into bone broth for a nutritious cup of comfort food. And serve up your spring greens with a homemade dressing aside a juicy grass fed cheese burger.
Do you eat a lots of veggies (or think you should) for a reason not listed here?
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