Eating a diet that has a variety of whole foods including fruits, vegetables and fewer processed foods has been proven to be a great way to lose weight. BUT there are so many other benefits of eating healthy foods than just looking better.
To be honest, I don’t care if you just start eating vegetables to lose some weight, but if you keep at it, I promise that you will start to notice a change in the way you feel and will therefore continue to eat vegetables in order to feel that way more often. You will also want to keep eating healthy foods in order to keep the weight off, but by the end of this post, you shouldn’t even need that motivation!
Eating a a variety of fruits and vegetables provides you with different vitamins and nutrients that will help your body feel good and perform it’s everyday functions optimally. Different vitamins have different functions in helping your body to work better. Including providing you with energy (B12), protecting and repairing your bones (Calcium), helping with recovery and better sleep (magnesium) and so many more!
You may be thinking, how will I know what foods have which nutrients?! Well, you can easily google it – but one of the best ways to ensure you are getting a variety of vitamins and nutrients in your diet is to eat a variety of colours! Did you know that different colours of fruits and vegetables contain different vitamins? This is why they say that variety is one of the main keys in maintaining a healthy lifestyle!
Not only will they help with weight loss, maintaining your weight loss and better functioning in your body, but mineral and nutrient deficiencies are also linked with fatigue, chronic headaches and yes, you guessed it, weight gain. Therefore, by adding the nutrients that your body is missing through whole foods, you will notice more energy, fewer and fewer headaches, and YES, weight loss!
So eat the veggies, because you know your body will thank you for it today, tomorrow and every tomorrow after that. Eating a nutrient dense diet (foods that are higher in nutrients and vitamins and not packed with sugars, fats and chemicals) is the best cure and preventative medicine for practically any illness or disease.
You all now by now that I also believe you should eat the pie on family holidays and the pizza every now and then. BUT it shouldn’t be an every day occurrence… This is the problem with these foods being so accessible. Yes, they are a huge part of the obesity issue in our country, but eating these foods daily is a cause of lack of energy, heart problems, diabetes and just plain ol’ feeling like crap.
Did you know, that the less you eat sweets and high fat foods, the less your body craves them! They are sort of like a drug in the sense that they are addictive and your body thinks it needs them, but once you kick up your will power and decrease your number of “treats” a week, you will see that you truly do not need them!
So I challenge you, take note as to how your body feels when you start regularly fuelling it with whole, nutrient dense foods.Then if you are doubting the magic it is doing for you body, take note as to how you feel when you eat processed/ “junk” foods.. Chances are you will feel sluggish and like crap, which then leads to craving healthy foods!
Final Note: it’s not about starving yourself to fit in your old jeans. It’s about fuelling your body with the right nutrients in order to optimize your health, so that you will live a longer and more fulfilling life!