Everyone should definitely eat more of vegetables. ALL vegetables promote health, unless you are allergic to them or they cause gas or intestinal problems; a list of “Recommended Optimal Vegetables” is available at OptimizeMyFood.com. While detoxing, we recommend low glycemic vegetables. Attempt to consume your vegetables uncooked, but you may have to lightly steam them initially or use a little organic, natural cold pressed oil. Vegetables contain phytochemicals, which are powerful natural agents to promote health.
Most people benefit more from increased vegetables than from extra vitamins. There are valuable and sensitive micronutrients that are damaged when you heat foods. Cooking and processing food can destroy these micronutrients by altering their shape and chemical composition. I am a proponent of “sneaky nutrition”, I add tons of fresh spinach and/or kale too my smoothies every day. It’s the best way to start the day! Another great way to get more raw vegetables into your diet is to juice them. This is another easy, sneaky way to reach this goal of 1/3 raw food in your diet.
Eat the best vegetables.
Remember this important principle: vegetables are generally good, but not all vegetables are created equal. For example, increasing your vegetable intake with salads is a good start, but I would advise avoiding iceberg lettuce. Why? It has minimal nutritional value. Red and green leaf lettuce, along with romaine lettuce and spinach, provide much more nutritious options. Also, finding organic vegetables is important. However, if you can’t obtain organics, any vegetable is better than no vegetable!
Take care with non-organic vegetables by washing them and removing peels and cores when possible. The “Recommended Optimal Vegetable” list (on OptimizeMyFood.com) provides a guide to the most nutritious vegetables, and those to limit for their high carbohydrate content.
Remember: the greener the vegetable, the more nutritious it will be.
- Don’t have any organic vegetables? No problem, you can rinse non-organic vegetables in a sink full of water with 4-8 ounces of distilled vinegar for 30 minutes.
- Fresh veggies – Squeeze as much air as you can out of the bag that holds the vegetables and then seal it. The bag should look like it is vacuum-packed. I do this by holding the bag against my chest and running my arm over the bottom of the bag to the top, which bleeds the air out of the bag. This will double or triple the normal storage life of vegetables.
This is one of 6 great elements to Eating Healthy and Detoxing your body. To read more about all of these elements, read the entire article, “Eating your way to Detoxed”