Thursday, May 27, 2010

Natural Healing with Healthy Lifestyle Habits: FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Heal your body taking steps to improve your diet. Fresh, preferably raw and organic fruits and vegetables could help you achieve the level of health you desire. In fact, eating a wide variety of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables helps displace calories from less healthy food items and could even help reverse or prevent serious health conditions.

Research indicates that consuming a large portion of your calories from fresh fruits and vegetables helps reduce the risk of many diseases and adverse health conditions including many cancers. Get in the habit of eating at least five fruit and vegetable servings up to eight or ten a day. This may not be as hard as it sounds if you get some of those servings by juicing the fruits and vegetables. Be sure to drink the juice immediately after juicing before degradation begins to develop. To keep calories down, combine low calorie foods with higher calorie foods.

Add seasoning to fruits and vegetables with healing spices, healing herbs and healthy condiments. Eat fruits and vegetables raw when possible to speed healing potential. Raw fruits and vegetables are rich in enzymes. Enzymes can speed the rate of chemical reactions, which increases healing potential. Freshly sprouted seeds like alfalfa, broccoli and radish are especially enzyme-rich. Sprout your own seeds for tasty additions to sandwiches, salads and more. The practice of consuming sprouts enhances healing potential within the body immensely. Many people on a traditional American diet think, “Sprouts! Yuck!”, but what we eat is a habit. Once your taste buds get used to eating in a healthy way, you change your preferences and think, “Processed food with additives and chemicals! Yuck!” Change your eating habits and benefit from it by feeling better.

Not only can you feel better by eating in a healthier way, you will look better and enjoy the experience making and eating delicious recipes. Make the experience simple at first if that is easier for you by grabbing a fresh or dried fruit or vegetable on the run. You do not have to suffer restricting yourself from desserts either. Make yummy desert recipes with dried fruits and other healthy ingredients. Dry fresh produce using a food dehydrator; then use a good quality blender. If you blend often, I suggest a Vita-Mix or Blendtec Blender. These are two of the best blenders available and give years of blending pleasure.

Think about what bad eating habits do to your body. Eat lots of colorful fruits and vegetables. Eating a variety of colors is a good rule to follow because this helps to ensure you get a variety of healthy pigments, antioxidants and other nutrients. Consuming a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially raw, in the form of sprouts and particularly organic produce could help you heal from existing health conditions and prevent diseases from developing in the first place. Get in the habit of eating in a healthy way. You will be happy you did.

To learn more on healthy habits and things to avoid, look for other articles in this series.
Natural Healing with Healthy Lifestyle Habits: FLUIDS
Natural Healing with Healthy Lifestyle Habits: GRAINS, NUTS AND SEEDS
Natural Healing with Healthy Lifestyle Habits: EXERCISE
Natural Healing with Healthy Lifestyle Habits: FOODS TO AVOID
Natural Healing with Healthy Lifestyle Habits: AVOID THESE

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