Can You Eat Too Many Vegetables? Yes, You Can!

4248987_mI love vegetables!

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.

Carrot Ginger Puree

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  • Mindbodysteph

    While this is interesting info, it is frustrating. There is so much contradicting information out there and I thought at least everyone could agree on veggies. This just makes me want to throw the towel in.

    • Holli Christine (Practice Joy

      I know what you mean (see my comment above). My path has been to take this info internally and listen deep to my own body wisdom. Trusting our bodies to tell us what they need when is not something we are told to do…we are told to trust the outside authorities and experts. Hogwash. I work with women like me and you to help us re-learn our own body language. For me this looks like somedays I eat mostly raw (live in NorCal)…but other days I need the hearty heavy meats and fats. I don’t worry about sticking to any plan, diet or expert advice. I simply listen deep. Visit me if you want to learn more about how to attune your internal ears and relearn your body language http://www.hollichristinemccormick.com

      • @disqus_2Tom5UbkPt:disqus – yes! I love that you listen to your body and listen deep. Very wise. Keep up the great work!!

    • @Mindbodysteph – yes, of course it’s all conflicting. No need to throw the towel in. Start listening to your body, it’ll tell you what you need when you learn to tune in.

  • Holli Christine (Practice Joy

    Great write up and makes sense to me. A girlfriend of mine is heavily into raw and has read stuff saying we can get all the protein we need from vegetables – ESP greens. I’ve questioned that. Seems we can find about whatever info we want these days to support or thots.

  • Heather Monchik Carey

    I certainly believe that we should eat mostly seasonal vegetables and definitely preparing them in warmer ways in colder climates. But too many vegetables? Show me a person who overdoses on vegetables and I’ll sell you a pot of gold!

  • Heidi Ahles

    Hello Andrea, I am new to your site and have just registered with IIN. I too have been cool possibly due to a mostly Veg/Fruit diet. I am vegan and wonder other ways to warm up other than animal products. Should I be cooking more root veggies and eating more whole grains? Thanks, Heidi

  • Denise Osborne

    I can’t get this Carrot Ginger Puree reciepe to come up only the picture. Is anyone else having problems?

  • yuuki

    hey Andrea! i am new and your site is the first site i feel could actually help me…..its different and new from all the concepts i’ve heard before and you are totally right about eating meat and stock…..i ve been a vegetarian for three years and i turned so cold and since a few months ive started eating meat i feel so much better.Andrea, i have a yellow colour in my hands and feet unlike other people pink….but its not jaundice.I thought it was carotenemia but its been four months since i ve stopped eating food rich in beta carotene but my colour is the same….i just wonder what is it….it worries me.

    • @disqus_JRuIGDFj13:disqus – I’m happy to hear you’re listening to your body and warming up. It’ll take some time for the yellow color to go away. It probably was due to foods rich in beta carotene that weren’t being absorbed properly. Continue eating well and get into a sauna or steam room 1x per week to help your lymphatic system move your fluids around.