Here’s another oldie but goldie: eating fruit and vegetables is good for you! Could it be our parents and grandparents were actually right? They usually are, as you can read in my previous post about physical activity. So let’s get out our spoons and dig in how and why eating your greens, yellows and reds is good for you.
Forget all the trendy superfoods out there. I don’t even want to get started about farm to table kale served up on a hipster shovel. My message (and that of the World Health Organization) is a lot more simple: get your 5-a-day. That means eating 5 servings of fruit or vegetables every day. A portion is about a handful. Smoothies and fruit juices also count, but only as one serving irrespective of how much you have. Please, if you go for liquid treats, keep an eye out for any added sugar and avoid. And do yourself a favour and stay away from processed foods.
Having those 5-a-day means you will get lots of minerals, vitamins, fibre and antioxidants. These are necessary for your body to work well and stay healthy. A healthy diet can help protect you from diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Also, fruit and vegetables are usually pretty bulky in comparison to the amount of calories they contain. So while you are filling up on the good stuff, you are leaving less room for less healthy food. This helps you maintain a healthy body weight and avoid the nasty consequences that come with obesity. Along the same lines, there is an emerging body of evidence that drinking around 2 liters of water every day could help prevent weight gain. In addition, staying hydrated keeps your brain sharp and productive. Maybe give your parents a call and say thank you.
Stay healthy and engaged,
P.S: Ariana is designed to make sure you make a habit of your 5-a-day without sounding like your mom – get in touch to learn how she does it