The obesity epidemic is growing out of hand with its constant growing numbers in not only the United States, but all over the world! People are resorting more to fast food, highly processed, high fat meals that offer very little nutritional value and very high calories. Ether it is a financial excuse, lack of time or energy, or even lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Every population has a different excuse based on numerous factors that impact their food choices. However, it is important to note that we LIVE in our bodies! Just like we all live in houses that we must maintain in order to keep using on a daily basis, our bodies are essentially our house where WE live, grow, and thrive! Our health is priceless and when I hear people complaining about the high price of food and I even sometimes do this, I remember that where else am I going to be spending my money. Your income should go to the most important and crucial aspects of your life that can sustain your living. Living utilities, rent, schooling, insurance, taxes, and food. If money is an issue for you, than I suggest making sure that the food you buy is the best quality and skipping on other things like expensive clothing/technology because these things can all go away but your body stays with you forever. Once you have hurt you body and diminished your health, then it is extremely difficult to get it back to where it was originally.
There are many studies that suggest that eating 5 or more serving of fruits and vegetables everyday can promote longevity for your health, decrease your chance of developing cardiovascular disease, and decrease your chance of obesity. Not only do fruits and vegetables contain many essential vitamins and nutrients for the body, the are also full of fiber and simple sugars that are easily digested by the body to cleanse it and provide it with sustainable energy. According to a study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the sugar found in fruits can actually help those with diabetes!
There are many studies that also suggest that the antioxidants found in berries are linked with properties that help fight cancer cells in the human body. The phytonutrient that gives blueberries their blue color and its health benefits is called anthocyanin and its is known especially to improve memory, motor skills, and age related degenerative diseases. In addition, berries are bursting with vitamins A, K, manganese, and C. Raspberries contain a ketone called capsaicin which inhibits the growth of cancer cells. So eat up those red rubies 😉
There are many ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet. YOU must be willing to change the way you eat. Once you cut out the unnecessary junk in your diet, you will start to appreciate natures most valuable possessions, the pure tastes of fruits and vegetables. Once you reduce your intake of added sugars, you will appreciate the fragrant sugars present in fruits and the tender crispness of a broccoli. Drinking smoothies and juices, eating fruit salads, raw fruit, cooked or raw vegetables, any way consumed, the benefits of fruits and vegetables are countless.
I suggest checking out FullyRaw Kristina, a fruit and vegetable “celebrity”. She is a raw vegan, meaning she ONLY consumes raw fruits and vegetables. No meat, dairy, grains, or anything cooked. She is truly inspiring and encouraging people everyday to consume more of the colorful beauty nature has to offer. She is simply BEAUTIFUL! ❤ Check out her YouTube channel where she talks about how she does this, how to overcome obstacles while consuming this kind of diet, and for AMAZING recipes!
Here is her FullyRaw Sunburst juice that is packed with vitamins A, K, C and helps with inflammation, arthritis, acne, digestion, and migraines.
1-2 Large Pineapples, Sliced
5-7 Pink Lady for Fuji Apples
Juice of 7 Oranges
Juice of 1 Lemon
3-4 Leaves of Kale
Run all ingredients through your juicer, strain, and enjoy!
Check out the chart below for all the wonderful benefits of fruits and vegetables!
|Pineapple||Speeds post-surgery||Promotes joint health||Reduces asthma inflammation|
|Blueberries||Restore antioxidant levels||Reverse age-related brain decline||Prevent urinary tract infection|
|Spinach||Helps maintain mental sharpness||Reduces the risk of cancers of the liver, ovaries, colon and prostate||Top nutrient density|
|Red Bell Pepper||Reduces risk of lung, prostate, ovarian and cervical cancer||Protects against sunburn||Promotes heart health|
|Broccoli||Reduces diabetic damage||Lowers risk of prostate, bladder, colon, pancreatic, gastric and breast cancer||Protects the brain in event of injury|
|Tomato||Reduces inflammation||Lowers risk of developing esophageal, stomach, colorectal, lung and pancreatic cancer||Reduces cardiovascular disease risk|
|Apple||Supports immunity||Fights lung and prostate cancer||Lowers Alzheimer’s risk|
|Artichoke||Helps blood clotting||Antioxidant Superfood||Lowers “bad” cholesterol|
|Arugula||Lowers birth defect risk||Reduces fracture risk||Protects eye health|
|Asparagus||Nourishes good gut bacteria||Protects against birth defects||Promotes heart health|
|Avocado||Limits liver damage||Reduces oral cancer risk||Lowers cholesterol levels|
|Blackberries||Build bone density||Suppress appetite||Enhance fat burning|
|Butternut Squash||Supports night vision||Combats wrinkles||Promotes heart health|
|Cantaloupe||Bolsters immunity||Protects skin against sunburn||Reduces inflammation|
|Carrot||Antioxidants defend DNA||Fights cataracts||Protects against some cancers|
|Cauliflower||Stimulates detoxification||Suppresses breast cancer cell growth||Defends against prostate cancer|
|Cherries||Alleviate arthritic pain and gout||Lower “bad” cholesterol||Reduce inflammation|
|Cranberries||Alleviate prostate pain||Fight lung, colon and leukemia cancer cells||Prevent urinary tract infection|
|Green Cabbage||Promotes healthy blood clotting||Reduces risk of prostate, colon, breast and ovarian cancers||Activates the body’s natural detoxification systems|
|Kale||Counters harmful estrogens that can feed cancer||Protects eyes against sun damage and cataracts||Increases bone density|
|Kiwi||Combats wrinkles||Lowers blood clot risk and reduces blood lipids||Counters constipation|
|Mango||Supports immunity||Lowers “bad” cholesterol||Regulates homocysteine to protect arteries|
|Mushrooms||Promote natural detoxification||Reduce the risk of colon and prostate cancer||Lower blood pressure|
|Orange||Reduces levels of “bad” cholesterol||Lowers risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, breast and stomach, and childhood leukemia||Pectin suppresses appetite|
|Papaya||Enzymes aid digestion||Reduces risk of lung cancer||Enhances fat burning|
|Plums & Prunes||Counter constipation||Antioxidants defend against DNA damage||Protects against post-menopausal bone loss|
|Pomegranate||Enhances sunscreen protection||Lowers “bad” cholesterol||Fights prostate cancer|
|Pumpkin||Protects joints against polyarthritis||Lowers lung and prostate cancer risk||Reduces inflammation|
|Raspberries||Inhibit growth of oral, breast, colon and prostate cancers||Antioxidant DNA defense||Lower “bad” cholesterol levels|
|Strawberries||Protect against Alzheimer’s||Reduce “bad” cholesterol||Suppress growth of colon, prostate and oral cancer|
|Sweet Potato||Reduces stroke risk||Lowers cancer risk||Protect against blindness|
|Watermelon||Supports male fertility||Reduces risk of several cancers: prostate, ovarian, cervical, oral and pharyngeal||Protects skin against sunburn|
|Banana||Increases Fat Burning||Lowers risk of colorectal and kidney cancer, leukemia||Reduces asthmas symptoms in children|