Many of my clients have “eat healthier” at the top of their goals list when it comes to talking about their health. Even those who are very invested in their health want to know more about how they can balance their meals properly and include more vegetables. Heck, I have even met people who cook organ meats twice a week and own two refrigerators, asking for help on incorporating more fruits and vegetables in their diet. The most common question I get is how to eat more vegetables, easily. May is the perfect time to really focus on this goal because the farmers markets are opening back up. Read about my top 5 Tips to Simplify and Enjoy Your Veggies This Summer.
Eating balanced meals and incorporating more vegetables can be hard work at first- but it doesn’t have to be. It is upkeep, just like brushing our teeth or making sure we have clean laundry. It is a part of life that we need to do in order to look and feel our best, but we can absolutely eat more vegetables, easily.
Here’s the kicker. I can spend all my time writing up a list of recipes for you to try, but I want to help you get to the root of starting more vegetable based habits. I don’t know the inner workings of your life or what you already like to eat, but I do know that you are looking to eat more veg!
5 Tips to Simplify and Enjoy Your Veggies This Summer
First ask yourself:
How much veg are you currently eating?
What types of veg are you currently eating?
What are your limitations on cooking?
What kinds of foods or flavors do you like to eat?
Notice I said ‘like to eat’? Flavor is a major factor. Eating more vegetables doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice feeling full or that delish factor.
Second, Think About Storage Organization
Ask yourself: how does your fridge look and can you easily see your produce? When you go to the store, do you wrap your produce in the plastic bags provided and just toss them into the fridge, only to rot away in a desolate abyss of produce wasteland? ‘Cuz, no lie- that is 100% me.
I rearranged my refrigerator with reusable cotton veggie bags and dedicated specific areas of my fridge to produce. I have some ready to grab, rinse and eat whenever I feel bored or hungry. It also encourages me to grab a bit of ‘this or that’ when I go to whip up anything at all. Not to mention, it helps when I am cooking and need something to tide me over.
One of the hardest parts about incorporating more vegetables is first off attaining them. You must ask yourself: what grocery store do you go to, what does their produce aisle look like and how well do you know what they stock? In other words, how much of an adventure have you gone on in your grocery store?
My biggest tip in shopping is to go on an adventure. Eat with your eyes here, what colors jump at you? Don’t just grab the broccoli, just ‘cuz. Grab the beets or the bell pepper because they caught your eye. Don’t be shy to look for and try new things. We live in a time where we have cell phones and can google virtually anything. If you find a vegetable that you were attracted to, but you aren’t sure what it tastes like or what to do with it. Google: beets recipes.
If nothing sounds all that tasty to you, then move on to the next thing! You may need to try this a few times before finding your way, but the uncomfortable uncertainty of this stage is SO IMPORTANT. I can’t stress this enough. Uncertainty is a sign that you are GROWING and you are successful just by putting your mind to it!
Let’s get shopping, my friends, and always keep in mind the things you ENJOY eating. We are all always the same people even if we make dramatic changes in our life and we still have the same taste preferences. Just because we decide to eat more vegetables and get healthier does not mean that we are dramatically going to love them as much as we might enjoy chocolate cake. I mean, I am chocolate gal #1, and brussels sprouts can never compare, I don’t make them mutually exclusive because vegetables and whole foods are the best medicine.
Okay, I really don’t want to get into portion control, guys. If it grows from the earth and has a wealth of nutrients. Eat as much as you freaking want. There should be absolutely no calorie restriction on something like carrots or beets. While they may be questionable to the calorie counter, there are PACKED with nutrients that your vital organs rely on to allow you to do things like manage weight, stay beautiful and maintain energy. So, don’t be afraid for seconds on them green beans.
What I really want to stress here, is how much to cook and how much to shop for. So, say you went on your grocery store adventure and you found a new vegetable you wanted to try, and you got home and you were like holy crap, there is so much, what do I do?? It is so likely you will waste a lot of it because it is new to you and your diet doesn’t currently include one cup of kale with each meal. That’s a lot, guys.
If you pick up something new, buy the smaller bunch or package you see. When trying new things, you also don’t want to feel defeated like you wasted a lot and it’s a lost cause. No, in fact you are already doing an amazing job just by picking up something new. Considering it is the first stage, getting it home is awesome improvement. We still need to get to the cooking/preparing and then eating stage.
There is a lot to get used to in incorporating more vegetables. I mean, it isn’t getting married, but it’s also not as easy as buying another tube of toothpaste.
When I want to try something new, I always get just a little bit at first, see how I like it and if I find recipes that are low effort and delicious. If I love it, maybe I’ll make a special trip again to pick more up. If I hate it, I didn’t waste a lot and I am not discouraged from vegetables as a whole.
This tip is so important. Maybe the most important one. When I say research, I don’t mean look up what are the best vegetables you HAVE to eat. I mean- ask yourself what do you already like, and what recipes do you want or can you make? Everyone’s cooking skills vary, so I’m not going to require you to suddenly pick up complicated knife or sautéing skills if you hardly pull out the pan. We all have different habits and many of you are not chefs and have no desire to start cooking.
Wait whattt!? That’s right! You don’t have to enjoy cooking to be able to eat healthy. In fact, I know many famous food bloggers have little interest or skills in the kitchen, and they are still inspiring people to eat healthy every damn day. To each their own. So, where are you at? Maybe a cool veg salad with an awesome dressing is the way to go. Or maybe you can cut some shit up, get some oil + salt on there and roast those babies. What do you LIKE and what involvement do you want to have in the kitchen??
Once you have figured that out, research (vegetable name) recipe and see what catches your fancy and mood. Eating veg can be so easy so low stress!
Thank you for reading my 5 Tips to Simplify and Enjoy Your Veggies This Summer! I hope they were helpful and you learned some great tips to getting you started this May! I know I can always use extra encouragement to eat more veggies, so I know you could too. Don’t forget to just keep trying and explore new colors, flavors and smells. You won’t regret the adventure- now let’s have a delicious summer.
Before reviewing the Manifestation Meditation Journal Entry at the bottom of the page. Slowly read through the guided mindfulness practice. Try to imagine the descriptions below. Be present with yourself and dive deep into your mind.
When you have completed the meditation, write up answers to the Manifestation Meditation Journal Entry at the bottom. Repeat this regularly to sustain the hard work you put in to self preservation and manifesting your desires and goals.
Recordings for this guided meditation coming soon.
Take a few deep breaths and put your hand on your heart.
After a breathing and and out, fully fill your lungs.
Fill your belly and your chest, then take a last inhale before releasing.
Feel your toes. Your ankles.
Feel your back relax into your seat.
Relax your shoulders and neck.
Slowly become aware of your body.
Now begin to imagine you are in an empty room.
There is nothing significant about it. Blank.
Not white, not black but soft, and neutral.
Imagine in front of you is a wall of containers.
You keep looking at the boxes and notice how many there are.
It is in an infinite wall going on forever.
It just keeps continuing until you become slightly overwhelmed by their presence not enough to be uncomfortable, but so much that their image together begins to change.
At first, you are not quite sure what they are.
You may feel tension returning to your body.
This is perfectly normal.
Acknowledge how your body feels. It might feel heavy. Or light and free.
Accept how it feels and let that carry you.
This wall of containers is still expanding and moving past your vision.
You notice that some of the containers have a bit of color… at first you can’t quite make out what it is but then you notice something that looks familiar- it might be a quick flash of your childhood bedroom, summer nights in college, a memory of you driving for the first time.
Then you notice more colors and movement as these images keep flashing by.
Breathe for a moment and just rest here, pay attention to how your body feels
Now you notice these images are moving faster still.
Flying around like little sheets of paper
Allow these images to circle around you and envelop your body, lifting you up almost like being in a tornado.
Now think about how you feel emotionally, mentally- what do you notice with nostalgia?
Do you remember how your body felt when these memories happened when they pass by your awareness?
Try to remove yourself from your memories.
Allow the tornado to get smaller as if getting a tighter hold around your body.
Try to consider yourself a stranger to these images.Like you are just seeing and experiencing every emotion for the first time.
Try to avoid feelings of gratitude.
Consider how these feelings and new images relate to your higher self.
Try to consider these images in the afterlife.
Will you remember them when this physical body is worn down and can no longer recall everything?
Think about these images and about how they will protect and carry you forward when your soul continues past this body’s expiration.
Let these images of love, pain, sensation and knowledge completely envelop your body and soul.
Let it be like a second skin.
Let it protect you, not to ward off evil but to establish your conscious energy into a preserved, powerful and balanced energy.
Think about your future.
Don’t push past pain, hoping your armor is sealed tight.
Don’t ignore pain beneath your mask- let it be apart of your experience, body, soul and consciousness all together.
Still focusing on your memories, allow them to fly past you one after the other.
Sometimes showing themselves and sparking momentary glee or a pang of hurt… carefully breathe into this swarm.
It flows around you, moving constantly and always presenting new images, colors, smells, sounds, elevations, gravities…
Allow yourself to hear your breathing but don’t stop your awarenessSlowly start to think about your body- how are you positioned?
How is your neck
Work your way slowly down to your toes
Now don’t forget your new armor.
It hasn’t stopped moving.
Breathing, just like your organ systems, it becomes automatic.
Don’t let it stop.
Will it to continue this cycle for eternity?
Will it to continue expanding, tell yourself and tell your memories to circle around you for eternity- reach for your higher self and search for the center of your soul.
Ask yourself to continue to preserve these memories into this physical and spiritual body for afterlife.
Take a few breaths.
Put your hand back on your heart.
When you are ready, slowly begin to let your awareness of the room enter your consciousness. Return to this physical space we inhabit.
Consider your self and not just your soul when you look around.
Remember part of your soul in this physical body needs the security of your higher being.
Don’t mistake fear for intuition.
Let your higher self guide you. Remember you have protected and preserved your future. That part of you knows no fear because it is eternally safe and has seen all t needs to to reinforce your intuition and separate it from fear.
Take a few breaths and complete the following Manifestation Meditation Journal Entry:
What do you want to carry with you into the future?
Write down 5 things you want to experience in life that you still haven’t & all of the things you might need to do to achieve that.
Are you looking for answers on what is really going on with your digestive health? Doctors and specialists sometimes are not the most reliable in providing information about what your symptoms mean and what root causes could be contributing to your problems. Read this nutritionist’s account on Common Colors in Digestive Health Symptoms.
What does it mean to have symptoms?
Understanding our bathroom habits isn’t typically something we learn growing up. However, we can see the biggest changes in common digestive problems by understanding our signs and symptoms.
In learning what our bowel movements mean, we can make informed decisions about when it is time to seek out help. There are times when we should be allowed to take action in our own hands, but the important thing is making sure that decision is an informed one and we also know when it is time to get help.
Every day, we eat a large variety of foods which contain nutrients, anti nutrients, enzymes, and sometimes chemicals. We also consume protein, fat, carbs, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Food is not just what it appears to be from our 5 senses. In fact, it is almost like we have a 6th sense for what we need, and our choices can have very biological reasons. Some cravings tell a better story about what your body needs than it does of your strength and will power.
Many of the following common digestive problems and their causes can also present as nutrient deficiencies or toxicities. Because there are many possibilities of nutrient deficiencies related to each symptom, it is hard to describe how each plays their role.
Some of the more common nutrient depletions or toxicities that result in GI symptoms are: antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, b vitamins (B3, B5, B12, folate, choline), chloride, copper, iodine, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin K. In addition to these nutrients being potential causes from either a depletion and/or toxicity level, many of them depend on other nutrients for their proper absorption. Sometimes our nutrient status might not be low or high of any of these, but rather of another nutrient that is required for the use and function of these nutrients.
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Before tackling the healing process and understanding the root cause of your symptoms, read these Common Colors in Digestive Health Symptoms. Here are some of the basics, top signs & symptoms, and what to consider:
Ideal color to see in your stool is a medium brown. Very often we are not observant or checking in with our digestive health by taking a quick glance before flushing the toilet. While it isn’t exactly polite or a glamorous conversation to bring up, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t important to check. There are a variety of other colors that we can notice in our stool, and some of them might be really important to pay attention to. Some of the variations we see are:
Usually an indication of liver and/or gallbladder inflammation. It could mean that bile excreted by the gallbladder is either not effective or is being dumped into the digestive tract. Ideally, we want a deliberate stream of bile according to our diet and when we eat.
Usually an indication that bile is not entering into the digestive tract. This can be potentially dangerous for your liver and gallbladder. This is a potential sign for gallstones or liver dysfunction.
If you notice a darker color than usual, this is typically indicative of an upper GI bleed. Blood entering into the GI tract will begin to clot as it moves through, making it a darker color. There are a multitude of reasons behind this from polyps, cancer, medication, NSAIDS, diet, or food intolerance/allergies.
If you notice a reddish color, this can be caused by eating the very pigmented beets or, more commonly, lower GI bleeds. There are a multitude of reasons behind this from polyps, cancer, medication, NSAIDS, diet, or food intolerance/allergies.
If your stool appears different in color, especially if it becomes a consistent occurrence, you will want to seek out help from a well rated gastroenterologist.
What Can I Do to Heal my Gut?
Be advised that by testimonial, many Doctors and Health Professionals are rated as having done little to help people understand their actual digestive health processes and symptoms. If you are worried about your symptoms, try to find a trusted professional in your area. Doctors have the ability to order and request insurance verification for specific diagnosis testing for many conditions involved in Common Colors in Digestive Health Symptoms.
This information is not meant to treat or diagnose any symptoms or conditions. To understand what is going on with your digestive health and Common Colors in Digestive Health Symptoms, you can book an appointment with Nutritionist and Author of this blog at: www.theakkitchen.com/appointments