Why You Need to Eat Your Veggies

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There are several reasons people embrace the vegetarian lifestyle. For some, it’s a matter of morals and a desire to protect all life. Others, however, recognize the key health benefits associated with eating more fruits and vegetables. Or, like my daughter, just prefer the taste of fruits and vegetables over meat.

Our meals then, end up being heavy on non-meat items to accommodate my daughter’s preference. She is not a vegetarian, she just prefers more vegetables than meat. My husband, on the other hand, is a die-hard carnivore. He can’t have a meal without meat and preferable meat in big slabs. He’ll go for an occasional stirfry, but he claims to always be hungry again an hour later.

There are numerous reasons  to switch from heavy meats to the lighter side with colorful fruits and vegetables. I just have to convince my husband gradually 🙂

Here are three reasons why you should consider incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet.

Healthier Lifestyle
Vegetarians are better able to ward off diseases, and a vegetarian diet is particularly valuable for those with heart disease. Researchers also believe that it may reduce the risk of cancer. The diets are inherently healthier because they eliminate the animal fat and cholesterol.

Lower Weight
If you’ve been struggling to lose weight, vegetarian recipes can be the right choice. They’re low in saturated fats, so it’s easier to keep the pounds off and even lose weight. Not only does the weight come off more quickly with a vegetarian plan, but it also stays off in the long-term.

Longer Lifespan
Diets rich in meats and fat aren’t good for your health, but scientists report that you can add more than a decade to your life by embracing vegetables and healthy fruits. The proof of this can clearly be seen in Okinawa, Japan, where residents have the longest life expectancies in the world. Their success is no longer a secret, either. The medical community attributes it to their low-calorie diets of unrefined complex carbohydrates, soy, and fiber- rich fruits and vegetables.

If you’re trying to improve your health, live longer or lose weight, then you may need to do more than just cut calories and exercise. Consider eliminating meat and embracing a vegetarian menu plan to help you reach your goals.

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About Jeanette Moore (JMom)

I am a terrible housekeeper but I do love to cook so it all evens out in the end. I like to try new recipes that I think my family will like. However, I am not one to follow all recipes to the letter. I tend to tweak and change the recipes based on what I have on hand and how I am feeling at the time. Feel free to share your versions, I just might try it out next time I make the dish again.

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