It is commonplace to hear a parent tell his/her child to eat their vegetables when at the dinner table. Since vegetables are an important part of the Personal Trainer Food™ program, I felt it prudent to delve into the significance of these foods in your daily diet. And what better place to find those fresh fruits and vegetables than the Southside Farmers Market.
Have you Eaten your Veggies Today?
Last week, I discussed the importance of water, as well as how crucial it is to keep hydrated. I hope you were able to take stock in my words, and added more drinking water into your daily diet. In doing so, you are changing your lifestyle for the better. Vegetables are just as important.
When you enroll in the Personal Trainer Food program, your main concern is to lose weight. As my Personal Trainer Food coach said, “weight loss is all about consistency and habit. It is “making something sustainable for yourself long term.” It is adapting a new lifestyle for yourself as you learn what foods burn fat, so you take off those extra pounds, as well as which foods you should eliminate from your diet all together. Vegetables play an extremely important part in your diet. On the REV plan, I eat three portions of vegetables a day: one for lunch and two for dinner. However, federal dietary guidelines recommend that you eat at least nine servings per day. Now, I care for most vegetables, okay not really most, but a lot, but to eat nine servings of vegetables a day would mean that I would be eating all day long. I do not find those guidelines attainable for the majority of American families.
I have heard it said that variety is the spice of life, and it is definitely true with vegetables, as you have a choice on a daily basis. The majority of the day-to-day used vegetables are very low in calories, and saturated fats. These low-calorie but nutrient-rich foods help the human body stay fit, and free from diseases.
Did you know you should always purchase small quantities of your vegetables, so they will keep their freshness for a day or so? Of course, you want to buy your vegetables that are bright in color and flavor, and feel heavy in your hands. Look for blemishes, spots, fungal mold and signs of insecticide spray. Buy whole vegetables instead of sections of them, also. Buying your vegetables fresh ensures you receive the health benefits.
BENEFITS OF ADDING VEGETABLES TO YOUR DAILY DIET
- Reduced risk of many chronic diseases;
- Dietary fiber from vegetables helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease;
- May reduce risk for stroke, cancer, and type-2 diabetes;
- Vegetables have generous amounts of vitamins to regulate metabolism as well as used to convert the fats and carbohydrates into energy;
- Green vegetables have health-promoting benefits;
- Can help to reduce high blood pressure and protects against cataracts and macular degeneration, the major cause of loss of vision among people over age 65;
- Vegetables also have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check;
- A vegetable rich diet can help protect you from arthritis, dementia, and can even help slow down your body’s aging process;
- Your yellow and orange color vegetables are rich in Vitamin A, whereas dark-green vegetables are a good source of minerals, as well as anti-oxidants;
- Vegetables hydrate your skin, helping to reduce wrinkles.
The aforementioned list is just a sample of the reasons why you need to eat your vegetables daily. Vegetables provide a lot of the vitamins and minerals you need in your daily diet.
This program is simply terrific! I am so happy, even though I lost less weight this past week than in former weeks. I learned from my Personal Trainer that this process is normal since my body needs to adjust to being at a new weight. He stated, “weight loss is a nonlinear descent that requires necessary periods of equilibrium.”
Although I have not taken any measurements throughout the program, I know I have lost inches, especially in my upper body. I am able to detect this easily when selecting a blouse that I have not worn for a while, and after trying it on, I find the sleeves are loose on my upper arms. My lower body is the hardest area for me. This is the area where I usually gain the weight or inches first, and always the last area to lose the weight, or inches. For health reasons, I cannot do any strenuous exercises, but I believe the more exercise that I can receive on a daily basis, the more toned my body will become. Therefore, I am continuing to exceed my required 20-minute walks, or 2000 steps daily, when possible.
I am pleased that I have lost a total of 13.8 pounds to date, which is a great start to my new lifestyle. I feel good, and best of all, I think I look better, as well. I contribute my great stride to the information that I am learning to live a healthier lifestyle from the Personal Trainer program, as well as the delicious food I received at the start of the program. I would be remiss if I left out my Personal Trainer Coach, who has been a tremendous help, also. He is always available by email to answer any questions I might have, as well as taking a genuine interest in my progress.
For my dinner or the supper meal, I have 2 serving of vegetables. Two of my favorite vegetables are Green Beans and Lima Beans, although I find it hard to resist the Broccoli and Cauliflower, as well. The Personal Trainer Food has a good selection of various vegetables from which to choose.
The Garlic Butter Sauce that I received along with my food shipment from Personal Trainer Food spices up my plain vegetables. Since I am not a gourmet cook, I just sprinkle a bit of the Sauce on my veggies for a change of pace.
Keep positive. If I can lose the weight, I know you can. Check out the Personal Trainer Food website today, and take the first step to becoming a new you and living a healthier lifestyle. In addition, do not forget to eat your vegetables today for all the health benefits they offer.