When you’re trying to create a calm environment inside your body and reduce inflammation, veggies are your very best friend. They are packed full of vitamins and minerals, and full of fiber as well. Let’s take a closer look at why you should grab for more veggies during this challenge group.
1. Filling fiber
Fiber helps fill you up, and the content is much higher in veggies than in protein or fats. However, make sure you have the change to chew most of your vegetables. Studies have shown that drinking fiber, such as juices, doesn’t quench one’s appetite the same way.
Did you know that obesity is thought to be inflammation of the body (a warning sign, if you will), and that obesity can actually be caused by being undernourished? You may be eating just the right amount of calories, but if your body is starved for nutrients, it’s fighting to hold onto things you don’t actually want or need it to. Protein and fats are also sources of nutrients, but many people are lacking the wide range of nutrients and antioxidants that come from veggies. They don’t just keep your body full, they let your brain know it’s full too.
3. Water content
Vegetables also have a higher water content than meat and fats. That water content helps you stay hydrated and full. Snacking on things like celery, carrots and cucumbers with some fat- almond butter or hummus as a dip, for example- will hold you over longer than a candy bar.
Need help incorporating more veggies? Here are a few tips:
- Enjoy a veggie omelet for breakfast.
- Chop veggies on Sunday night and store in a large freezer bag. Pull out a different mix to roast, grill, steam or saute each night.
- Snack on veggies between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner- a great way to make sure you’re getting enough.
- Try soup. Soups are a great way to incorporate more veggies, and they can be enjoyed warm or chilled with a variety of veggies depending on the season.