We all know that fruits and vegetables are an important part of a balanced diet. Also, we tend to choose fruits and veggies over processed foods, especially when we want to lose weight. But is it true that we should avoid certain fruit and vegetables because they are fattening? And then, is it safe to go on a 7 day/10 day/30 day fruit and vegetable diet? Can this compromise our health, as some specialists warn us? Read the answer to all these questions below.
Best fruit and vegetable diet
Eating more fruit and vegetables are both good for your health and can help you lose weight. What is more, according to recent studies, an increased vitamin & mineral intake can make you happier. Who could ask for more?
But what about nuts and seeds, bananas, avocados, beans, sweet corn, pears, carrots and peas? Should we avoid these foods because they have higher calories? Definitely not, we can opt to plan our meals in a smart way and consume these foods preferably in the morning. Or, we could associate them with low calorie foods, to keep the balance.
It is true that avocados are higher in fat than most other vegetables, but not all types of fat are unhealthy: this fat is heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which comes with a high dose of vitamin E.
Bananas, avocados, carrots and pears won’t make you fat, just like celery and grapefruit won’t make you slim, even though they are certainly very low in calories. It is making the right food combinations that will bring you the best results. Go for five fruit & vegetable servings daily and choose make sure your plate contains a beautiful mixture of colours (and nutrients).
Will my strict diet affect my health?
Referring to a strict diet basely solely on fruits and vegetables, opinions vary. Some say you should go for it for health and beauty reasons, some declare it unhealthy and dangerous. It’s clear that such a change in your diet should be carefully prepared and documented. First of all, refrain from alcohol, caffeine, salt, sugar and all animal foods (meat, eggs, fish, dairy, shellfish and poultry) a few days in advance.
Step number two: pick a large variety of fruit and vegetables, avoiding overeating starchy fruits and vegetables like potatoes, corn and bananas. Opt for avocados, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, asparagus, cabbage, mangoes, melons, grapes, onions, citrus fruits and berries. A lot of cleanse diets suggest that eating fruits and vegetables raw is better for your health. But that doesn’t apply all the time. While high-heat methods like frying can destroy some nutrients and increase your fat intake, steaming vegetables is the best cooking method to adopt.
Carefully plan your meals in advance to avoid getting starved and random eating. Go for a smoothie in the morning, a salad at lunch and steamed vegetables at dinner. Raw veggies dipped in guacamole can make a perfect snack between meals.