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Small Changes, Big Rewards

June 10, 2009

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According to a recent study, millions of middle-age Americans find it difficult to follow the recommendations to eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise more. In fact over the last 20 years, middle-age Americans who eat the daily recommended fruits and vegetables has dropped from 42% to 25%! You won’t be surprised to hear that the obesity rate has gone up from 28% to 36%.

Eating well should be a lifelong practice, but many people find it challenging to keep up with all of the “rules” of how many fruits and vegetables to eat. It really isn’t that complicated. Telling someone who eats only processed foods might find it difficult to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. Instead, they can start slowly. If eating an apple or broccoli is unappetizing, there are hundreds of recipes that incorporate more whole foods and might sound more appealing to the non-fruit or vegetable eater.

The important thing is that people realize that a diet high in chemicalized artificial junk foods increases one’s risk of developing heart disease or other chronic ailments. Why wait until you get sick to fix the problem? It seems that many people live by the quick fix mentality. They take a pill and eat whatever they want. Sure the pill may reduce the symptoms, but it’s not doing the other 100 things that proper eating and exercise can do for you.

Have you recently revamped your diet to incorporate more fruits and vegetables? Have you worked with someone who was completely resistant to this change, but eventually saw the light?

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.