Ever since the Human Nutrition class I took two summers ago I knew I was severely lacking in the Veggie department. I kind of shoved it under the bed for a while and moved along but lately I've been wondering how many veggies should I really be eating? So I did some research.
A Harvard: School of Public Health article spelled it out clearly. It didn't just show that the average American including myself does not even get close to the proper amount of veggies. It also showed the numerous, valid reasons and studies to explain why the required serving of vegetables and fruits are so vital to our well-being now and in the future.
Fruits and Vegetables have proven to aid in prevention of;
- Heart Disease
- Some types of Cancers
- High Blood Pressure
- Macular Degeneration
As much as I wanted to shove my veggie issue back under the bed I knew I had to face my constant deprivation of them at once. Cancer runs like a wild fire in my family. I hit the big 2-5 this year and it really hit home about wanting to take care of my body in the best way possible. All things considered the decision was made that my goal this year is to everyday get the required amount of 9-13 fruits and veggies per day (this is for a 2,000 calorie diet) including slightly more vegetables than fruits as recommended in the food pyramid.
So far I've managed ways to get creative and include veggies wherever possible. I'll be including vegetables in many more meals this year, so don't be surprised! Eating fruits has never been an issue so that's why it's not part of the goal.
Last night dinner included my Father-in-laws homemade Persian Eggplant dish.
Teriyaki with a side veggies for lunch.
Red Peppers and mini peppers have been a snacking staple lately.