There’s a lot of really good nutrition advice out there. And there’s probably even more bad advice than that. And the worst part is that it’s hard to know who you can trust because of the amount of disagreement, including between doctors, nutritionists and other health professionals.
What you should and shouldn’t eat depends a lot on your goals, habits, lifestyle and metabolism. So a one size fits all model is something we always take with a grain of salt. With that being said, there are some general ideas that most experts agree on:
- We can all drink more water than we usually do. Water supports digestion, metabolism and helps maintain our energy levels.
- Eliminate sugary drinks: when you drink sugary drinks, you consume a lot more sugar than you would in food that you chew. Pro tip: most bottled and canned juices contain the same amount of sugar as sodas!
- Cut back on processed foods: processed food is often low in nutrients like fiber, protein and micronutrients but have added sugar and refined wheat. This means that they aren’t nourishing but they are addictive. Who wants that?!
- Eat more fiber: Fiber helps keep your gut bacteria healthy and plays a key role in digestion. It also helps control blood sugar levels and lowers cholesterol levels.
So which one is our favorite? What’s the best advice that we can give you? What if there was one thing we could say that gives you the benefits of all of the above tips?
As it turns out, there is such a thing! If you do this one thing, you’ll see your health transform. Not overnight — we don’t believe that’s possible. But faster than you might think.
That one thing is: getting about 70% of your calories from whole vegetables, especially green ones. If that seems like an anti-climax because you’ve been hearing that for decades, we apologize. But here’s where it gets interesting: we’re telling you why this is a good strategy and then giving you a tool with which you can make it way more enjoyable. So armed with the motivation and the support, you can make it work.
Whole vegetables are made up mostly of water, fiber and micronutrients. By definition, they are not processed and low in sugar (with some exceptions like butternut squash and roots like parsnips, carrots, radishes, rutabaga, turnips and beets). Organic veggies are even better, and with increasing supply and better regulation, the day will come when they’ll be way more affordable.
So there it is folks. The single most impactful thing you can do for your health is to eat more plants. Come see how we’re making this enjoyable with some simple, healthy but delicious recipes!