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I Can’t be Everyone’s Personal Chef/Are Our Fruits and Vegetables Nutritious Enough?

I am working on a post right now about simple ways to incorporate more vegan meals into your life/make the transition completely if one so wishes. I have had so many friends and acquaintances tell me they would be vegan if they had a personal chef or if I cooked for them. Ha! Well, it’s easy enough to do it all on your own and I’ll tell you how. No more excuses then! I am still working on blogging regularly and having some sort of aim to it all. But really, I think it’s posts like the one I’m writing that meet my desire to help people where they’re at to make changes toward a more healthful, plant-based diet. That’s the drive behind me pursuing nutrition as a career, but if I can be of help now while I’m going to school, why not start? There are already tons of vegan nutrition/recipe resources out there, but hopefully I can still offer my perspective and reach some people without being totally redundant. If there is anything YOU would like to see here, please leave a comment and let me know!

This op-ed article, Breeding the Nutrition out of Our Food, has been making the rounds in my Facebook news feed. The basic rundown of it is that our current fruits and vegetables are lacking in nutrition and we have to choose the very best varieties in order to get the most nutrition benefits from plant foods. While I think this has some merit, Americans are already not eating enough fruits and vegetables as it is. I learned in my Nutrition of the Life Cycle class via the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) that 27% of American toddlers and preschoolers are not even eating a single serving of┬ávegetables per day. I’m not sure making it more difficult and restrictive is the best thing we can do for public health. This article from the American Institute of Cancer Research sums up how I feel in response to that. So yes, eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, seek out high nutrient foods when possible, but really, just make sure you are getting the minimum 3-4 cups servings a day and you’re already doing better than most and increasing your health! Don’t get discouraged and don’t make it harder than it has to be to shop for and eat your fruits and veg.

 

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