You have probably heard the saying that ... "An apple a day will keep the doctor away"
What if it were true? Could it be that simple? How hard is it to eat an apple a day?
The Abilene Reporter News reported that the new school lunch guidelines now require a fruit OR a vegetable on the school lunch tray. I was amazed at this-- ONLY ONE! When did we lose the one fruit and vegetable? I never knew the fruit and vegetable were missing!
Studies of the American people show we don't come even close to eating the recommended minimum "5 a day"
A big 2005 study showed that only a third of Americans actually eat 2 or more fruits and only a quarter of Americans eat 3 or more vegetables in a day. (French fries DID NOT count! )
Thus, there is a shortage of fruit and vegetable consumption for most of us.
In 09/2010, I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast disease, which is an agressive type and only 1 percent of breast cancer cases. The statistics then were that only one of four live past five years. This September is the 2 year mark for remission and I hope to be a cancer survivor for a long time to come.
This makes me motivated to be healthy and as having been previously employed as a nutritionist, I knew it was time to be serious.
In January 2012, I rejoined Weight Watchers and have lost 30 pounds todate. I started reading the current research on fruits and vegetables. Both fruits and vegetables contain a class of chemical compounds called phytochemicals and various ones have been correlated with having positive health benefits.
THE ABC'S OF GOOD NUTRITION
A. Apples have phytochemicals as well has being high in fiber that makes them very nutritious for you including the peel. Wash the peel and/or buy organic as well.
B. Berries have been shown to be high in antioxidants and have health preventive benefits.
Raspberries have a particular acid in them that has been isolated and shown to kill tumor cells in the lab. Reading that was enough for me. I love raspberries and now buy them every time I go to the grocery store and am eating about a cup every day. When fresh are not available, look for them in the frozen section.
C. Cruciferous Vegetables - These are members of the cabbage family thus C is for Cabbage or Cruciferous.
Examples are broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, Those who eat 1-2 cups of cruciferous vegetables have been correlated to less incidence of heart disease. Heart disease is the #1 killer in America for both men and women. Could it be as simple as eating some cabbage?
After studying the research and watching a few too many Dr. Oz shows, I distilled what I had learned information into what I call the ABC's of Good Nutrition and that is:
1) Eat an apple every day.
2) Eat one cup of berries everyday. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries are still fresh in the store right now. When they are not fresh, look in the frozen section.
3) Eat one - two cups of a cruciferous vegetable every day. Cabbage is almost always available fresh as is broccoli, cauliflower and sometimes brussels sprouts. Otherwise look in the frozen section.
My challenge for you is to to include the ABC's of good nutrition in your diet and YOU will be in the top percentage of Americans who actually eat 2 or more fruits AND eat 3 or more vegetables a day. The best news is that current nutritional research shows that you may very well live longer.
TO YOUR HEALTH!