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2 Fruit and 5 Vegetables as a diet

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We’ve discussed now the basic principles of what it means to eat a healthy, balanced diet. It is time to step up a little and address the way we look at food from a range of beneficial angles.

To clarify my usage of the term ‘diet’ is as follows:

The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats: a vegetarian diet

The Oxford dictionary

I do not speak of a diet as a short term solution for rapid weight loss or body detoxification. So when you endeavor to change your diet you must enter with the honest intentions of lasting on the changes in a long-term capacity, not until you achieve certain desirable outcomes. The very simple reason for this is that the achievement of these outcomes and how long they last in the body may very well require your commitment. As in, they only work while you stay that way.

There is a lot of evidence to support the fact that these changes need to be at a slower rate than some would like. I am a person that likes to dive in and makes all the changes at once. It never lasts longer than a month. That is typical of many people from what I understand. The best way, according to experts and people that have made their life changes effectively is to do them one at a time.

Now we have learned about the basics of nutrition and how to approach a change, let’s look at a practice or two. What I am about to suggest is a change you can make without worrying about drastic changes. It is a nutritionist supported diet and in fact we all know this one…

Two Fruit and Five Vegetables Every Day
It is such a genius diet that nutritionists and the individual governments of many countries feel confident to tell their citizens to self-implement and self-regulate.
It is so simple,it seems ridiculous.
Yet somehow it is one of the most difficult tasks for a big percentage of the population. For a long time I ate in this manner. I actually went one step further after I found out that Australia and many countries are offered this weak option when really we should be eating closer to 3 or 4 fruit and 6 or 8 vegetables. When I only ate 5 & 2 I would have whole cup servings, so as to ensure I definitely had my fill.

The most interesting thing I found? How much of the day is taken up with the consumption of these foods.
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In front of you is a daily serving, plus a bit of extra cauliflower and pumpkin. You also need protein and fat. (This is where your meat, mushrooms, nuts and grains come in). I love avocado as it is a fruit with great natural fat. Mushrooms are incredible as they are so subtle in favour you really need to use herbs and spices to season them, which brings in so many untapped favour and nutrient resources.

It takes all day to much this food at the appropriate interval of 3 times daily, or 4, or 5, or whenever. You can explore taste mixes like rhubarb and strawberry, pineapple and pumpkin, cauliflower and capsicum. You become regular in the intestinal tract with all the fiber and maybe even bring some good bacteria into it too! When I ate this way I was in remission, as in I went into remission a month or so after I began on this diet regime. I ate the appropriate amount of the right fats and proteins at lunch and dinner. I mixed seeds and nuts in my cereal, yoghurt (or stir fries as well as meat and egg). I didn’t gain weight, overeat or lose weight (my weight was appropriately stable then). To be honest some days I had to force myself to get through the food!

If you can get through 2 & 5 fruits and vegetables, as well as recommended amounts of proteins and natural fats, each day I say if you want a piece of triple chocolate mud cake you can flipping well go for it.

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Author: Chevron Spots

I am in my mid twenties and fighting my battles to discover who I am and where I fit in to this zany, beautiful world. I was diagnosed with Lupus in in 2008. This takes up most of my focus, as I want to share the experience of trying to live with and rise above chronic invisible illness, so to speak. I would like to stress very much the information regarding medications, medical procedures and illnesses are discussed from my point of view, and with my understanding, colloquialisms and metaphors. I do not attempt to be legally and precisely accurate for the general population, rather I try to be emotionally and descriptively true to my experiences. I hope I can help in understanding others with chronic illness by providing one more personal recount of just how spontaneous and difficult these lives really are. One day I hope to visit every continent, climb some pretty high mountains, sleep in an ice cavern, marry a wonderfully understanding man, have children and teach more children. Mostly, I just want a simple life, you know the house with a husband and kids. Oh, and no pain.

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