Increasing the Amount of Greens & Water in Your Diet are the Top 2 ways to see quick changes in your health,energy levels,physique & skin.
So, how do you go from eating a side salad with dinner to eating 6 servings of greens a day? Good transition steps include:
1.Add one more serving to your diet every other day than you eat now.
2.Start with more cooked veggies and vegetable soups to aid in digestion. Sometimes increasing the amount of raw greens in your diet too quickly can be hard to digest. Try papaya enzymes with meals
3.GREEN SMOOTHIES: 1x day can get you 3 cups of raw greens that taste delicious and go down easy. Its truly the secret! See Recipe section
4.Don’t get stuck in the broccoli or sauteed spinach rut! You will tire of it. Spend some time looking up recipes online for greens. Better yet, buy a great, easy to use cookbook that focuses on vegetables.
Recommended Fun and Easy Vegetable (Greens Focused) CookBooks:
The Versatile Vegetable by Miranda Barrett
Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Romero
Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko
How to get 5-9 servings in as painlessly as possible
I am sure I am not the first person to tell you that eating your vegetables is the path to good health! Why is it that we all know this and yet it is SO HARD to do?
Did you know that the typical american only reports eating 1.5 servings per day of fruit and vegetables? And this of the 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables that are recommended by the government. I recommend that we actually keep that number at 9 servings, minimum, and that 5 or 6 of those 9 servings need to be green vegetables.
What exactly is a serving?
A serving of anything leafy and green= 1 cup.
1 cup of lettuce or spinach or kale is really not a lot, measure it some time
A salad can easily have 3 cups of greens in it A serving of anything green but not leafy (broccoli, asparagus) = 1/2 cup
Again, this is not a lot when you look at it. The size of half a tennis ball.
So, if 5 of the 9 servings are green vegetables, what makes up the rest?
I recommend 1 starchy vegetable and 3 fruits, as long as you are not facing candida issues (yeast overgrowth), diabetes or reaching a plateau with your weight loss goals. (If this is you, temporarily cut back to only 1 starchy vegetable serving and 1 fruit and UP YOUR GREENS my friend!)
So to recap, if you dont have those conditions, daily that would be:
5 servings of green vegetables (minimum–more is OK! extra credit!)
1 starchy vegetable
Recommended Starchy Vegetables
Yams/Sweet Potatoes (vs. Regular Potatoes or Parsnips)
Peas (vs Corn)
Butternut, Kabocha and Acorn Squashes