A tragedy has happened. In our country. Thousands, if not millions of Americans suffer and die every year from it. We’ve forgotten how to eat our veggies. It makes me cry a little inside every time the checkout clerk at the grocery store looks at my produce with confusion. The plain fact is, most Americans aren’t getting a healthy amount of vegetables. Only 26 percent of the nation’s adults eat vegetables three or more times a day. Most people should be aiming for at least 5 servings of veg a day.
Pregnant ladies and breastfeeding mums should be aiming for 6 – 7 servings. <<If reading about poop bothers you, skip the next sentence>> I know I’m eating enough veggies when my breastfed baby has poo with a greenish tinge to it. If you think about it from another perspective, which milk tastes better? The grass-fed cow milk? Or the confinement-corn-fed-diary milk? Be the grass-fed cow for your sweet baby, go out in the garden and graze.
Children’s needs increase with their age. But basically by the time they’re 8 years old, they should be aiming for 5 servings as well. If you’re asking yourself if fries count as veg, it’s likely your kids are not getting their needed servings.
But, Calamity, vegetables are boring, can’t we talk about guns, please? Yea, I hear ya. But, what do you think your body is going to live off of during a SHTF event? Probably adrenaline, coffee and stored reserves. If those stores are nothing but fries and hamburgers, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Plus, who wants to deal with a severe economic downturn AND prostate cancer? Bullets won’t help you with your type II diabetes. I’m thinking, if there ever is some sort of grid down situation, even if it’s just a shaky grid situation, I DO NOT want to be dependent on a refrigerated medication. The easiest way to stay healthy it to eat a lot of fresh veggies, in an array of colors. (Plus, fruits and whole grains and some dairy, yada yada.)
What exactly is a serving of vegetables?
Glad you asked.
1 serving = 75g (2.5oz)
1 serving cooked veg = 1/2 cup
1 serving leafy veg = 1 cup
one small potato
What does a days worth of vegetables look like? Well, I know when I’m thinking of servings, I think of things like a deck of playing cards for proteins/meats. For veggies, I’m thinking in terms of what I comfortably hold in one hand (for the 1/2 cup,) or two hands (for the 1 cup.) I have small woman-sized hands, it quite possible you larger men-type readers will need to adjust that to 1 hand or 1/2 hand.
Here are some helpful pictures, they show what 5 servings of vegetables looks like with some common vegetables. I didn’t take them, I felt no need to reinvent the wheel, when someone had already done such a good job. Kathryn Elliot did.
So, hopefully this has been enlightening, maybe a kick in the right direction? Try giving up the soda for 2 weeks, and eating 5 servings of veg plus 3 servings of fruit every day. I guarantee you’ll feel better.
You’ll thank me when you can outrun the zombies.
- Calamity Jane