Hi Three to Five a Day Tribe! I have tried a lot of crazy food fads in my life, some crazier than others (I am looking at you Dukan Diet), but I have found a way of eating that I never thought would work for me and no, I am not talking about Whole30.
I have never been a huge fan of vegetables. Growing up, I enjoyed starches at every meal. Cereal for breakfast, bread at lunch, pasta, rice or potatoes for dinner with a small side portion of protein. If I had to eat vegetables it was a few spoonfuls of peas or corn (at most). Carrots if I was feeling like living a little. However, after adapting a whole foods lifestyle over the past two years and with the help of my good friend and neighbor, I have fallen in love with vegetables, specifically roasted vegetables. Asparagus, carrots, Brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, broccoli, turnips, parsnips, you name it, if it’s roasted, I will most likely eat it. (Thank you Kelley!)
I have also read multiple articles and listened to countless podcasts interviewing nutrition experts like Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Frank Lipman praising the power of plant-based living. Not to mention the cultures who commonly yield Centenarians (referred to as the Blue Zones) all practice plant-based lifestyles. This recently inspired me to incorporate more plants into my daily meals.
Over the past two or three weeks, I have started to replace one meal every day with nothing but vegetables. It was odd at first to not make a meal without any source of protein, but I couldn’t deny the difference my body felt with one simple switch. It took about a solid week for my body to acclimate to the dietary change, but it was well worth it. It’s no longer odd for me to be enjoying a plate of parsnips for lunch or a tray of roasted broccoli sprinkled with nutritional yeast for dinner. (How did I only ever like just peas?!) I have even started picking one day to go completely Vegetarian and have been eating all three of my meals with nothing but vegetables.
I can’t help but think these Vegetarians and Vegans may be on to something here. Now I am not saying I am completely going Vegetarian or Vegan, nor should you, well unless you want to of course, but consider incorporating more vegetables into your daily meals and maybe even replace one full meal with just vegetables or maybe even one whole entire. Look at you, you nutrition rebel you!
Incorporating more vegetables three to five meals at a time,