Recently an old friend called me on the carpet. He’s someone I’ve known since childhood who knows how much I hate veggies. Being that I’m blogging about diet and fitness, he thought he’d ask me to write an article about my epiphany to finally start eating vegetables. Knowing that I hadn’t had that epiphany, he was consequently calling me on the carpet to practice what I preach.
When I was a kid my mom would always say, “You’ll grow to love vegetables.” Sorry, mom, it never happened. As healthy as I am, I seldom eat vegetables. Thanks to a childhood friend, Bobby Wilson, I’m making a pledge.
I pledge to add tomatoes to my sandwiches, broccoli to my pastas, and a few more veggies here and there (hopefully no one realized the blatant lack of commitment in the previous statement). But it’s a start… right?
The benefits of having vegetables with every meal are unrivaled. Meats, whole grains, and dairy, all have their benefits but excluding vegetables puts one at risk of many illnesses such as:
Cancer– Studies show that 35-50% of cancer cases are related to diet. Most of us feel so young and resilient that we don’t consider what we are doing to our bodies in the long term. Doesn’t knowing you can reduce your risk of Cancer by adding veggies to your diet make you want to eat a little broccoli right now?
Cardio Vascular Diseases– People who eat or snack on vegetables are less likely to develop Cardio Vascular Diseases due to the fact they are less likely to eat or snack on fattening foods.
Stroke– For the same reasons Cardio Vascular Disease probabilities are decreased with increased vegetable intake, so are Stroke probabilities. Since one’s arteries are less likely to have plaque buildup, blood will flow freely to the brain.
Although I Hate Veggies Too, I pledge to eat more of them, do you?
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