Habits to improve calorie control, nutrient timing, and food selection – Habit 3
HABIT 3: EAT VEGETABLES WITH EACH FEEDING OPPORTUNITY
Science has demonstrated that in addition to the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) packed into veggies; there are also important plant chemicals (phytochemicals) that are essential for optimal physiological functioning. Even more interesting: vegetables (and fruits) provide an alkaline load to the blood. Since both proteins and grains present acid loads to the blood, it’s important to balance these acids with alkaline-rich vegetables and fruits. Too
much acid and not enough alkalinity means the loss of bone strength and muscle mass.
Here’s how to ensure that your are getting enough vegetables:
alkaline load: A food intake that presents itself with a slightly higher pH value in the body, base forming.
- you have to include at least 2 servings of fruits and veggies per meal.
- You have to know that 1 medium-sized fruit, ½ cup raw chopped fruit or vegetables, and 1 cup of raw, leafy vegetables each equal 1 serving.
- Strive to eat 5 meals a day, they should get about 10 servings of fruits and veggies a day.
Stay tuned for the next habits!!
By Hadeer El Harery
Nutritionist & Fitness Trainer
Head coach at She Fitness Company