Drive to the grocery store. Buy groceries. Make sure you follow the dirty dozen organic list. Also, make sure you have enough to feed your family. Recommended serving size is 7-13 servings of a variety of raw, whole, fruits and vegetables every day (14-19 for people who work out and 20+ for pregnant, breastfeeding or people with illness such as auto-immune disorders, cancer, fibromyalgia, MS, allergies; just to name a few). Make sure to buy something besides carrots, apples, celery and pears! Throw in some elderberries, bilberries, cabbage, parsley and papayas. Spend over $100 on just fruits and vegetables. Get home. Unload them. Find yourself eating MAYBE one apple a day and a salad for lunch because chopping, prepping, and cooking is exhausting and there is no time for that. After a few days, throw out the food that has gone bad. Do it all over again the next week!
Is this you? This is me. Don’t get me wrong…we ALL try and do the best we can, but sometimes it’s just not possible. I have my favorites (apples, broccoli, cauliflower, pears and bananas). I don’t even know where to buy Elderberries here in Chicago, let alone raw! It’s hard to branch out when you have a good rhythm going and you just like what you like! Eat the rainbow…and I’m not talking about skittles.
Were you aware that the nutritional value of eating one peach in the 1950’s is equivalent to eating 8 peaches today? Or that the iron levels of one bowl of spinach in the 1950’s is equivalent to 43 bowls in the 90’s? Soil depletion, in addition to the use of pesticides and herbicides.
Or where do your oranges come from? Florida? In order for that orange to be at the peak of ripeness when it arrives in Chicago, it needs to be picked early so that by the time is takes to transport here it will be ready to be eaten. Hence, we lose nutrition by picking it too early.
Last, do you eat an entire pineapple? Or just the inside? Did you know that if we cut up a pineapple we lose 10% of its vitamin C value after 6 days? Are you aware that the rind is actually the primary source of bromelain which is a natural digestive enzyme and also a natural anti-inflammatory? Do you eat that?
Variety, color, amount, location, parts of the produce all play a part when eating fruits and vegetables. Do we ever think about this? Nope. We just eat as much as we can. I don’t blame you, especially when not only trying to feed yourself, but your family too! But there is a better way.
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