Isabel De Los Rios, the worldwide nutrition expert and author of the Diet Solution Program, gives you solid advice on the diet solution vegetables that are best for you. According to Isabel, the more natural the better―that’s the way to go with vegetables, or with any other food for that matter! Aim for fresh and unprocessed fruit and vegetables―avoid the processed and refined.
The healthier option is organically grown
Have you ever tried growing your own tomatoes? Compare them to store-bought ones and you’ll notice an immediate difference! That’s why Isabel urges you to buy organic―produce grown in this way is both much tastier and healthier for you! Organically grown vegetables are not subjected to the pesticides that conventional farmers often use. Isabel points out those vegetables that tend to retain the highest levels of pesticide residue, so be especially careful to buy the alternate, organically grown, variety whenever you can. Such vegetables are, most notably, spinach, bell and hot peppers, celery, and potatoes. The vegetables that tend to retain lower levels of such residue are cauliflower, brussel sprouts, asparagus, radishes, broccoli, onions, okra, cabbage, and eggplant. Isabel says that when you have no alternative, you can buy these vegetables commercially grown. She still always prefers organically grown produce, though―and who are we to argue with an internationally renowned expert in the field of nutrition?
Fitting your vegetables to your Metabolism Type
Whether you are a protein, carbohydrate or mixed metabolism type, Isabel says you need vegetables to stay healthy and to keep your energy levels up. If you are a Protein Type, you can take some of your carbohydrates in the form of vegetables, as long as you balance them with enough proteins and fats. If you are a Carb Type, you might find that your high tolerance for starchy vegetables makes you think that you can get away with eating as much of them as you like. But take care, overeating carbs can lead to the development of a range of unhealthy conditions, including hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, and diabetes. It makes good sense that overdoing anything can ruin your health, doesn’t it? You can bank on Isabel’s advice being sound, practical and knowledgeable―isn’t it a relief to have her rooting for you?
The role of EFAs in your diet
Essential fatty acids that are key to your well-being consist of omega-3 and omega-6 fats, with the balance between the two fats being 1:2 or 1:4 for optimum functioning. However, the typical American diet includes much more of the omega-6 fats than it should. To get around that, Isabel recommends that you eat more leafy green vegetables containing omega-3.
Benefits to be gained from boosting your vegetable intake
Boosting your brain power is only one of the many benefits that you can gain by including more vegetables in your diet―others are helping to satisfy your hunger pangs and contributing towards your weight loss. Aren’t those all great reasons for consuming more on a daily basis? Isabel De Los Rios thinks so―and she’s an acknowledged expert in the field!