Wellness Brief: I just don’t have Enough Time to EAT HEALTHY … or … DO I ?
by Lorraine DAversa
Editor’s note: Wellness Brief is a monthly column that will look at all aspects of health and living well, and will offer tips on how to bring well-being into your daily life.
We come in all shapes and sizes; having different metabolisms, activity levels, and genetics. Regardless of our differences, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who eat adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables are less likely to develop chronic diseases and live longer, healthier lives. HOWEVER, many of us do not eat enough vegetables or fruits, or any at all. Instead, with our busy schedules, we find ourselves eating the immediately available highly sugared, salted, and processed foods.
Consider veggie and fruit juices and smoothies (VFs) as an alternative to those unhealthy snacks and meals. VFs are an easy way to increase the amount of vegetables and fruits in your diet. Is there a way to make something healthy taste better than fresh lawn clippings? You bet there is! Here are some tips for preparing your VF’s:
When I first met DBA President Dan McCune, he was not someone who ate vegetables, or many fruits for that matter. However, for over a year now, Dan eats vegetable and fruits every day in his watermelon-based green smoothie. "I was always concerned about not eating enough vegetables. I am relieved to know that now I am probably healthier because I eat vegetables and fruits everyday as I drink my smoothie. It’s so simple. I highly recommend everyone getting into the habit of drinking a VF every morning," said McCune
There’s no hard-and-fast rule on creating vegetable and fruit smoothies and juices. You can try different fruits and vegetable mixes. Get used to the taste and experiment with the variety of flavors and sensations. But don’t take my word for it: Grab your blender or juicer and make your very own creation. Enjoy! D
Check out Lorraine’s video downloads at bit.ly/11leRDF. In one of her videos, she makes her Glowing Green Smoothie.
Please send your favorite Whole Food, Plant-Strong Recipe to Lorraine DAversa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each month, we will select one recipe to appear in The Docket. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Whole Foods Market.
Lorraine DAversa is a nutritionist, lifestyle coach/consultant, and marriage and family therapist. She may be reached at email@example.com. Find me at www.AttainYourVision.com; https://twitter.com/LorraineDAversa; https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.daversa; YouTube: bit.ly/11leRDF