For the love of veggies!
Can you eat five cups of vegetables daily for five days?
As I tap and scroll my way through the ‘gram, my feed is feeding me images of beautifully plated breakfasts, dinners, and desserts – but just one thing seems missing: vegetables! Our plates are so full that nutrient-rich produce seems to shrink away to the side, or fall off all together… What gives?!
It’s true what they say, “you are what you eat.” Down to a cellular level, the nutrients we consume contain information that dictates how our body looks, feels, and functions. Based on the CDC’s report that less than 10% of Americans meet the bare minimum daily recommended vegetable intake, it’s no wonder that the leading cause of death and disability in the United States is chronic illness.
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Consuming a minimum of five servings of vegetables per day is an essential dietary practice for a healthier life. Research has demonstrated the incomparable disease-prevention capacity and long-term health benefits of consuming a colorful variety of vegetables each day.
Compared to people who miss out on vegetable intake, people who eat higher amounts of veggies as part of an overall nutritious diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including obesity, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
For five days (and beyond), we’ll plate up five portions (cups) of veggies each day.
Mo’ veggies, less problems: What can you expect?
- You’ll be happier: Increased vegetable intake is linked to higher ratings of life satisfaction, and improved mental health.
- You’ll boost brain health: Veggies contain antioxidants that are known to help reduce inflammation and have the ability to protect your vital organs such as your brain.
- You’ll have increased energy: Veggies contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber that balance blood sugar and support the feeling of energy throughout the day.
- You’ll have improved digestion: Fiber fuels the good bacteria in your gut. If you don’t eat enough vegetables, you’re more likely to experience bloating, constipation, and other digestive issues.
- You’ll save money: Fill up your cart with veggies instead of processed foods and watch your grocery bill go down, while your health goes up. Plus, you’ll save long term as vegetables contribute to overall health in a way that processed foods will never be able to.
Healthy Habit How-To: How do I participate?
Easy! Consume five cups of veggies daily for five days.
Bonus Habit Stackers:
- Make at least one of these days a weekend.
- Eat the rainbow! Aim for one cup veggies from each color group (red, orange/yellow, green, purple, and white).
- Get a fresh start – the average American doesn’t consume their first vegetable until dinner-time. Break the mold and start the day savory!
- Spread your roots – an even distribution of veggies throughout the day will provide the most benefit.
- Branch out – try atleast one new veggie or preparation method.
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