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If I could tell you one thing you could do to start getting healthier, have more energy and improve your chances of avoiding getting sick this fall, would you do it?  Just one little change can make a HUGE difference in how you look and feel.

It’s a small change, but a powerful one.

And it’s easy!

So what is this magical change that is going to help you lose weight, have more energy and keep you healthy all winter??

Eat more fruits and vegetables!

Yes, you heard me, without changing anything else about your life, if you simply start eating more fruits and vegetables every single day, you absolutely will lose weight, have more energy and give your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy this winter.

Now don’t read too much into this.  I’m making it easy for you.  You don’t have to worry about which fruits and vegetables to eat.  You don’t even have to stress about how you eat them – raw, cooked, etc.  Just EAT THEM!

That’s right, I’m letting you off the hook.  As long as you promise me you’ll eat more veggies than you’re eating right now, I’ll be a happy girl!

Why is this so important, you ask?

Here’s the deal.  Veggies and fruits have vitamins, minerals and fiber that all work synergistically in your body to prevent all kinds of illnesses.  This includes things like colds and the flu, but also things like obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

So can’t I just take a multivitamin and call it a day?

No.

The way these things work together in your body is completely different when you eat whole foods versus taking a supplement.

Vitamins aren’t bad, but they are meant to supplement your diet, not be your main source of nutrients.  You can think of them as an insurance policy.  Just in case you didn’t get everything you needed that day, a vitamin can help fill in the gaps.  But that’s all it can do.

You need to be eating a variety of whole fruits and vegetables.

Here’s how we can make this even easier…

I suggest you start simple by adding one veggie to your day every day for a week.  Pick one meal, say lunch, and make sure that every day you have at least one veggie serving with your lunch.  Then the next week, you keep the veggie at lunch and add one to dinner.  Then the following week, you keep those two and add one to breakfast.  Keep adding until you reach the recommended 9-10 servings of fruits and veggies per day.

By doing it this way, you will make a habit out of it.  You’ll sit down to each meal and say to yourself, “do I have my veggies in here?”  Or maybe you’ll ask, “how can I add more veggies to this?”

This habit is by far the single best thing you can do for your overall health.  Don’t stress out about it.  Just do it.  Don’t worry about which vegetables are best or anything like that.  Eat what you like.  All veggies have valuable nutrients in them that you can’t get anywhere else, so just eat what you like.

Try to get some variety in there too, but again, don’t stress it.  I just want you eating more real, fresh fruits and veggies.  You can do that, right?  I know you can!  And trust me, your body will thank you for it!

So go out there and eat up, your veggies, that is!

Sending you much love and healthfulness this week and always!

Xoxo,
Nikki