Fruits & Vegetables
There are 100 different types of fruits listed above and this is by no means a complete list of all the fruits that are out there. (As a matter of fact, there are nearly 10,000 different types of apples in the world alone, so you can definitely have a lot of variety on the diet that I recommend, and I encourage you to try a fruit that you've never had before whenever the opportunity to do so presents itself.)
WHAT ARE FRUITS?
Fruits are the seed bearing (and often sweet tasting) foods produced by trees and plants. Most fruits begin their life as a flower and if they get pollinated they will then go through an incredible transformation and turn into fruits. (An apple tree for example will first produce flowers and the flowers that get pollinated by the birds and the bees will then go on to become apples.)
Like any other life-form the goal of a fruit tree is to multiply and keep the species going, so a fruit tree will usually produce multiple fruits and each one of the fruits will usually contain multiple seeds which all have the potential to grow into another fruit tree.
But because a fruit tree is stationary and can't walk, if the fruits that it produces simply fall to the ground and stay there the seeds inside will end up growing right underneath the mother tree, and the new generation of trees will likely die due to having to struggle and compete with each other for soil, water, and sunlight.
Humans and animals on the other hand are able to travel great distances, so in order to spread their seeds far and wide fruit trees will produce good looking, good smelling, and good tasting fruits to make us to want to eat them, and in return the humans and animals will plant the fruit seeds all across the land. (The seeds inside of fruits are designed so that when they get swallowed by a human or an animal they will travel through the digestive track unharmed and will come out of the body still intact and encased in the fertilizer that they need to grow!)
WHY I BELIEVE THAT FRUIT IS THE MOST NATURAL FOOD FOR HUMANS
1. HUMANS HAVE A "SWEET TOOTH"
The reason that people drink sugary sodas, eat sugary candy, and crave sugary deserts after a meal is because they don't eat very enough fruit to satisfy their natural desire for sweets, and therefore their body is constantly seeking out some kind of sugary substitute to fill that void.
If you start increasing the amount of fruit in your diet the desire to consume other forms of sugar will naturally start to decrease.
2. HUMANS DIGEST FRUIT A LOT EASIER THAN OTHER FOODS
Most foods can take hours to digest, but fruits only take a matter of minutes to digest, and it is important to know that by weight fruit is mostly just water and fiber.
If you put an apple in a juice machine and removed the fiber you would be left with apple juice and if you then took that apple juice and put it in a dehydrator overnight to remove the water all that would be left over when you opened the dehydrator in the morning would be some sugar crystals and a collection of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are so small that you would need a microscope to see them.)
So when you eat fruit you are mostly consuming water and fiber (which are the best natural remedies for dehydration and constipation) and your digestion will be a lot faster and smoother than if you were eating foods other than fruit.
Some fruits are so easy to digest that you don't even have to eat them to digest them. (For example, you can rub juicy fruits like mangoes on your skin and the juice will get absorbed through your skin!)
3. HUMANS ARE ABLE TO GATHER AND EAT FRUIT EASIER THAN OTHER FOODS
* Humans have the natural ability to easily reach up and pick an apple off a tree, but it would be very difficult for us to catch, kill, and eat a wild animal.
* Lions have the natural ability to easily catch, kill, and eat a wild animal, but it would be very difficult for them to reach up and pick an apple off a tree.
There are 100 different types of vegetables listed above and this is by no means a complete list of all the vegetables that are out there. (As a matter of fact, there are likely several edible plants growing in your own backyard that you have always though of as "weeds", so you can definitely have a lot of variety on the diet that I recommend, and I encourage you to try a vegetable that you've never had before whenever the opportunity to do so presents itself.)
WHAT ARE VEGETABLES?
Unlike fruits (which grow on trees and plants) vegetables are the edible parts of the tree and plant it's self and some examples include...
- The Leafs (Spinach)
- The Roots (Potatoes)
- The Flowers (Cauliflower)
- The Stems (Asparagus)
- The Bulbs (Onions)
- The Bark (Cinnamon)
- The Grass (Wheatgrass)
WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE TO EAT VEGETABLES?
Critics of healthy eating will often try to make it sound like if you become a vegetarian or a vegan your diet will be limited to nothing but vegetables (and more specifically the vegetables that most people don't enjoy eating) by saying things like "I could never be a vegetarian because I don't want to have to live on noting but broccoli and kale for the rest of my life!" or even "I could never be a vegan because I don't want to have to live on nothing but tree barks and grass for the rest of my life!"
The truth is that vegetables are only part of a healthy diet, but they are a very important part, so if you don't like vegetables my first question to you would be whether or not you have ever had really good quality vegetables before? Because if you have never had home-grown vegetables before, or if the only vegetables that you are used to eating are ones that are canned or frozen, then I would encourage you to seek out higher quality vegetables.
My next question would be how many vegetables have you tried? Because you should really explore the vegetable kingdom before deciding that it has nothing good to offer.
And if you are just really finding it difficult to get enough "green stuff" in your diet, I recommend that you try one of the following strategies...
1. GREEN JUICES
There are so many people out there who claim that drinking green vegetable juice did amazing things for their health, and making yourself a fresh glass of green juice once a day would be a great way to start getting more greens in your diet.
If you're new to juicing and you feel that green juice tastes too bitter you can sweeten it up by simply juicing some apples or carrots with it until you eventually start to enjoy the taste of green juice without the added sweetness.)
If you decide to get a juice machine you need to know that most juice machines are not able to juice green leafy vegetables like Spinach and Kale because of how thin their leaves are. (The average juicer is only capable of juicing things that are big and juicy like Apples and Oranges, so you would need to purchase a special juice machine if you are wanting to juice leaves.) However, you can still make "Cucumber Juice" and "Celery Juice" (which are actually my 2 favorite green juices) in a regular juice machine because of how big and juicy cucumbers and celery are.
2. GREEN SALADS
Most people actually enjoy eating salads, but the problem is that the salad dressings that they pour on top of them have dairy and a lot of other unhealthy ingredients in them which causes the salads to no longer really be "healthy".
Learning how to make your own salad dressings at home with healthy ingredients is so easy these days thanks to all of the wonderful people who are sharing healthy salad dressing recipes on YouTube
3. GREEN SMOOTHIES
Greens actually combine very well with sweet fruits, so if you have a blender you can take green vegetables such as Spinach, Celery, and Kale and blend them together with sweet fruits such as Bananas, Mangoes, and Berries, and the sweetness of the fruit will overpower the taste of the vegetables, so you won't really taste the vegetables but you will still be getting them in your diet.
* This is especially helpful if you have children who refuse to eat vegetables, because It is so easy to "hide" healthy ingredients in smoothies!
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