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, like many other things in this world.
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 phytonutrients, antioxidants, or vitamins and minerals, it’s best to eat seasonally and locally grown produce. This helps you create a more balanced body and it feeds your microbiome exactly what it needs.
When your internal environment (the body and organs) is in harmony with the external environment (where you live), your body will feel stronger and heal 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 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 you.
Thanks to the nutritional science, we have been led to believe that 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.
Here’s a great example.
I worked with a client that lived in Canada. She was suffering from 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 during the fall and winter. I also told her that the best food for her 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 many years. And, she even dropped 10 pounds in the first month!
Now… this doesn’t mean she can never have a piece of fruit or a raw fresh crunchy salad during the cold winter season – it just means that in the frigid environment where she lived (Northern Canada), especially during the fall and winter when there was six feet of snow outside her window, she needed to alter the foods 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.
If you are feeling cold and depleted, try this delicious Carrot Ginger Puree to warm your belly. The rest of the body will be sure to follow.
Do you want more insight on what to eat and why?
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.