Tuesday, August 6, 2013
August Is All About Veggies
August's challenge is going to be much easier than some of them we have already done, like July's challenge of eliminating processed sugars. August's challenge is all about veggies!
If you have been reading my blog for any time, you know I am a big fan of veggies. I do believe they are important for us and foods we need. My opinion on the amounts and reasons has changed over the years and learning more. That is one of the great things about learning, or down falls of learning, you grow and opinions change. The humbling part is you have to be big enough to realize you were wrong or misguided in your thinking, and have to admit that.
For me, I love veggies, especially in season ones. The best are from my garden. Nothing like going out and picking fresh produce and eating it. Veggies provide our bodies with many nutrients. With that all being said, I am not a fan of vegetarian/vegan diets, nor will I promote them. If you were thinking that is where this month's challenge was going to go, of being a vegetarian or vegan, it is not. I do encourage you to eat more in season, properly prepared veggies, if they are right for your body, but not to become a vegetarian or vegan. If you choose to do so, obviously it is your choice and you need to do what you believe is best for your body and allow others to do the same for theirs.
The first week's challenge:
Go to a farmers market this week(end) and pick up some fresh, locally grown produce.
The second part, try eating one to two servings of veggies a day. If you already do this, then eat more.
Remember, with your veggies, be sure to eat healthy fat with them, like butter. The reason for this, butter will make your veggies taste better, more importantly, the vitamins and minerals from veggies are best used by the body in the presence of fat. Without the fat, our bodies can not fully unlock the power of all those veggies. I heard a quote from Sally Fallon one time and it went something like this, it is not the broccoli that is healthy for you. It is the butter you put on the broccoli that is healthy for you.
Saving the world one stick of butter at a time!
God's many blessings,