Habits for Proper Nutrition Tip 3 of 5 – (Eat Vegetables with Each Meal)
This is something that your mother and grandmother have been harping on for years, so it is about time scientist finally caught up. Science has demonstrated that in addition to the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) packed into vegetables there are also important plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that are essential for optimal functioning.
Another interesting element of vegetables is that they, along with fruits, provide an alkaline load to the blood. Since both proteins and grains present acid loads to the blood, it is important to balance these acids with alkaline-rice vegetables and fruits. Too much acid and not enough alkalinity means the loss of bone strength and muscle mass. To ensure that you stay balanced and get enough vegetables:
- Aim to eat at least 1-2 fist-sized servings of vegetables with every meal
- Women should aim for 1 fist of vegetables and men should aim for 2 fists of vegetables with every meal
- Aim to get about 1 cupped handful of fruits at many meals as well
- If this is a lot more vegetables than you currently eat, slowly work your way up from where you are now. Add a fist here and a fist there until you reach your new gall of 1-2 at every meal
By developing the habit of eating vegetables at each meal, you will be much more likely to get your full 5-10 servings of cancer-fighting, free-radical-destroying, acid-neutralizing and micronutrient-rich power each day. Looking at things from this perspective, this is one habit with which no one can argue!
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