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Eat to Live with Veggies!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The biggest change to my diet has come in my comsumption of veggies. I start every morning with a green smoothie that has kale, carrots, spinach, peppers, and maybe a kiwi, banana or orange. I top off my breakfast with a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal with cinnamon after that.
Lunch and dinner always start with a bowl of salad or veggie soup. Sometimes I have both. Salads have a variety of greens with some red onion, a few beans on top, a tomatoe, mushrooms, seeds and maybe some feta cheese. I make my won dressing and add some fresh garlic.
Yes, it takes time to eat a very healthy diet. I am eating to live, rather than living to eat. I hope that you will join me on my journey. How do you eat well to live? What are your secrets?
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    emoticon That is how I roll too!!!!! LOVE my green smoothies!!!!
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  • 68ANNE
    I usually just add fruit to mine but one of these days I will get brave and add more
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  • SPARKLE1908
    Interesting smoothie ingredients...I normally add kale or spinach to my smoothie but I have to have more fruit in mine...I may try to increase the veggies though...I'm not a veggie person but I know I need them in my diet...
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  • ERIN1957
    oh my gosh me too!
    I have cut out the smoothies recently. I felt like chewing. Like Forest Gump felt like walking. I drank green smoothies for so long and know they helped me a great deal. But for now I want to chew, body says chew and chew chew I am....I sound like a train ;-)

    I love Joel Fuhrman have a few books and cd sets too...love him!
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    Thank you so much for directing me to your blog - I actually subscribed to your blog because this blog is a pleasant tune to my ears. I plan to read several as this day goes through. I so appreciate you and I feel encouraged.
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    emoticon plan emoticon
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    I am not a big fruit eater except for apples and berries, but I love my veggies! I am trying to expand my variety. Today I am going to cook fennel for the first time. Wish me luck!
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    Love my veggies! And fruit... emoticon mmm emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon m
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    Oh I am a huge van of veggies and fruits (in moderation). My morning always includes steel cut oats w/cinnamon as well! Cinnamon is so good for the blood sugar.

    Lunch and supper always include a green salad, a protein (organic peanut butter, salmon, chicken, turkey), beans (on occasion), onions, garlic, mushrooms (the G-Bomb -- greens, beans, onions, mushrooms).

    Soup . . . that's just about my favorite way to get all my nutrition in1 Or white chili. Or salmon poached. So good.

    My main rules are avoid the whites: sugar, white rice, white potatoes, white bread, junk food, processed food (same as junk food!) in favor of whole foods: beans, brown rice, frozen or fresh veggies, frozen or fresh fruits, whole grains, and nuts.. If I need sweetening, I use a small amt. of agave syrup or even honey on occasion, but not much. I really do not crave sweets, . . anymore. That was hard to give up, but now my taste buds have changed.

    Salt . . . another one I had to give up. Generally my sodium intake is about 1000 mg. max/day. Again, only possible with cooking whole, fresh foods.

    I will allow myself one cup of decaffeinated coffee/day.and I drink @ least 8 eight oz. glasses of water/day.
    1942 days ago
    Awesome. I don't have a juicer so I've not jumped on the smoothy bandwagon. My husband and I were looking at the yesterday and wondering if we would still feel full with liquid meals. It looks like you use your smoothy to augment your oatmeal. I may need to explore this juicer idea further.
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  • PHOENIX1949
    I have a daily smoothie for breakfast that includes 2 veggie svgs (usually Kale) & 2 fruit svgs (usually frozen blueberries) along with brown rice protein powder, flaxseed for Omegas with coconut milk for the liquid portion, Stevia to offset kale bitterness and a dash of Mexican vanilla. My food selections are fairly limited due to allergies & sensitivities. This smoothie gives me a tasty, nutritious start to my day.
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    JSTETSER, I totally agree with your plan. I always disliked celery now I eat it raw as a snack....who knew? Never had an avocado in my life until now...add it to my salads. Do you make your own veggie soup?
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    Comment edited on: 1/27/2013 7:28:27 AM
    emoticon Sounds like a plan for you. I cannot use ice, soup is good though! Pat in Maine.
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    It's amazing the difference I feel with a few diet changes!
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    Great going!
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