The more people I get to know and work with the more I realize how prevalent lifestyle diseases are becoming. Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease are lifestyle diseases and simply changing your lifestyle with some very easy swaps can help get you or a loved one away from this disease. I am not here to recommend a specific diet for these diseases, but we can actually all benefit from these tips!
Increasing our vegetable intake increases our vitamins and minerals, which means our over all health. Vitamins and minerals work on a cellular level to enhance the inner workings of our bodily functions. When we increase this we are able to allow our body to work to the best of its ability, which means reduces your risk for lifestyle diseases like Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure.
Are you sensing a trend here?!? More vegetables means more fiber. Yes if you purchase a whole grain pasta there is slightly more fiber than the white pasta. Nonetheless not enough fiber. When we make a dish mainly vegetables we are able to really increase our fiber intake while keeping our caloric intake down. Fiber really helps our digestive system move things along, aids in reducing our bad cholesterol levels and helps to keep us fuller longer by consuming less.
Okay I think you got the point now! Vegetables add so many different colors and flavors. We really don't eat enough and we should find ways to increase them in our diet. Vegetables are packed with water. Water is a vital part of our health and beauty. The more hydrated we are the better our cells can perform their work and the more youthful we look.