Fruits and veggies... The bane of eight-year-old kids everywhere at dinner time.
If your inner eight year old still hates vegetables as an adult, don't worry.
Find ways work them in here and there instead of going crazy trying to hit a certain daily allotment.
Remember, this is about long term sustainability, not short term bursts of progress.
Find your 1% improvement each day, and soon enough they'll become your friend by helping keep cravings at bay.
This leads me to one of the more under-appreciated benefits of fruits and veggies: Fiber.
Most people eat their veggies for the micro-nutrients found within, but the benefits of hitting your fiber numbers are just as significant.
By now if you haven't heard of your gut microbiome, then it's time to come out from under your rock.
In your gut, there are trillions of tiny microorganisms. They use you and believe it or not you use them.
You see, you might not be able to digest the fiber, but our tiny friends can.
When they do, they break it down into short-chain fatty acids (SCFA).
While SCFA's might not be on your wish list of stuff you want, you might be okay with getting them.
Some studies suggest that they can lower your inflammation, increase your immune health, and improve your glucose metabolism while also reducing your appetite.
Though keep in mind, research on the Microbiome is relatively young, and we still have plenty more to figure out before we draw real conclusions.
In the meantime, we know for sure that fiber promotes regularity as well as helps to lower cholesterol, so there are plenty of good reasons to include it.
My favorite way to eat more fruits and veggies:
Make ice cream of it.
I personally blend favorite ingredients beforehand (Normally with Protein Powder and Fair Life Milk) and freeze them into ice cubes for a more convenient time.
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