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Wednesday, April 17, 2013


What you eat each day has powerful ramifications, influencing your mood, energy level, productivity, health and wellbeing. What to include in your diet is of such paramount importance, it is easily one of the most important decisions you face in your daily routine. When choosing what to eat at your next meal, it makes sense to eat as much of the most nutritious foods as you can, since the more of these foods you consume, the more nutritious your diet is overall, just as, for example, adding more carats to a gemstone makes it more valuable, and all-cotton fabrics are more breathable and skin friendly than synthetic mixes. Choose your own analogy if these don't suffice. The more nutritional powerhouses you eat, the healthier your diet is overall. A meat-eater is limited to the vitamin/mineral content of animal products, as a meat-centric diet is defined by these deficient foods, while a plant-eater who overemphasizes processed carbohydrates (grains) and soy products suffers the digestive difficulties, weight gain, and energy deficits associated with these foods. By adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet, you increase the overall nutritional benefit, since plant foods - leafy greens, followed by other vegetables, followed by legumes and fruits - have the highest ANDI score, a measure of overall nutrition.

Choose unpackaged, unprocessed, raw or lightly cooked versions of your favorite vegetables, fruits, and beans. If you need a vacation from this road to nutritional excellence, help yourself to a judicious serving of your favorite whole grain now and then (quinoa, brown rice, oats), but eat these in moderation since they tend to be high in calories relative to other plant-based foods. Climb the ladder each day, starting with raw fruit for breakfast, eating a mostly or entirely raw lunch of fresh fruit and vegetable (leafy green), and enjoy a lightly cooked dinner choosing from dozens of delicious vegetables and legumes. After doing this for a period of days, weeks, maybe months, it will become second nature and you won't wish to eat any other way.

A wordy way of saying eat your fruits and veggies.

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