I love them raw, steamed, sautéed, roasted, fermented… you name it I love em’.
Vegetables contain a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants.
Unfortunately, the scientific information regarding the importance of these vitamins and minerals in vegetables has been exploited.
People revere vegetables as if they are the end all of everything. And, it’s not necessarily true.
Eating too many vegetables can ruin your health as much as not eating enough vegetables.
First and foremost, one of the keys to healing the body is that beyond any phytonutrients, antioxidants, or vitamins and minerals, it’s best to eat seasonally and locally grown produce. This helps you create a more balanced body.
When you get your internal environment (the body and organs) in harmony with the external environment (where you live), your body feels stronger and heals quicker.
Sadly, most folks do NOT know what is local and seasonal to their environment, because everything is available ALL the time.
Just because a food is in the grocery store does NOT mean it’s the right food for your body at any specific time of year.
Veggies and fruits can actually damage your digestive system, lower vitamin D levels, and throw the endocrine system out of balance when eaten IN excess and OUT of season. You can read more about that here: Seasonal Eating For Health and Flavor.
Wherever you are in the world, specific foods will flourish and grow. That food is the BEST food for your physical body.
We believe we are supposed to be eating vegetables and fruits all day, every day, all year long. But, if you are living in a cold or temperate climate, I’m going to ask you to rethink that.
I had a client from Canada that told me she couldn’t possibly eat locally and seasonally because where she lived nothing grew in the winter.
She was suffering from chronic cold hands and feet, and hypothyroidism. She was also eating raw salads and fruits every day.
I advised her to consider eating less fruits and vegetables in the fall and winter. I also told her that the best food for her hypothyroid condition, in the cold climate where she lived, was soups and stews made with bone stock, meats, hearty greens, root vegetables and tubers. Within two weeks of changing her eating routine from raw salads, fruits and smoothies, to hearty soups and stews, she started warming up for the first time in years. And… she dropped 10 pounds in the first month.
Now… that doesn’t mean she can never have a piece of fruit or a raw fresh crunchy salad – it just means that in the cold environment where she lived (Northern Canada), especially during the fall and winter, she needed to change the food she was eating.
Vegetables and fruits, although they are really healthy foods, were not supporting her body because they are generally cooling. And, she was already cold.
If you are feeling cold consider eating less RAW vegetables, until your body rebalances itself and warms up. This could take up to two years or longer, depending on how much damage (imbalance) has been done.
If you are feeling cold and depleted, try this delicious carrot ginger puree to help warm your belly. The rest of the body will be sure to follow.