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There is no doubt that nearly every single person on this planet could benefit from increasing the servings of raw or gently cooked fruits and vegetables eaten daily. In fact I recently went hunting for this topic online and found that there are over 2.6 million discussions on Google alone. 
Experts encourage us to eat five to nine servings of fruits and veggies per day and have for over thirty years. Recently, however, reports reveal that many choose ONLY fruits and vegetables as more and more people understand the health benefits of a diet loaded with rich vitamins and minerals.
Veganism has grown 500%-600% in the last three years according to one source and yet another article reads: 3.7 million people are vegan, 4.3 million are vegetarian and that number is growing. With more and more hospitals and quick medical care clinics popping up all over, it's little wonder millions of folks are seeking super healthy food and exercise to a greater degree. 
I was duped in my youth as I chose easy over nutritious for myself and my family. I became part of this ever growing micro-wave generation. I wanted food for my family and quick. This path of ignorance resulted in surgery removing two feet of diseased colon in 2007. 
I spent so much time and money at packed restaurants and fast food drive through windows after waiting in a line of cars. I was also caught up in a couple hundred dollar a month habit as one of the crowd lined up for those sugary treats at the local coffee shop. Through experience I have come to the conclusion that all of this is well and good in moderation, but it seems way too many of us make this a daily part of their lifestyle. And unfortunately, people are getting sicker; physically, emotionally and financially because of it. Changing our lifestyle is a process; a journey. It won't happen over night but over time we can all live healthier lives. 
The following are a few ideas to assist in converting to a healthy diet.
  • Shop on the outer perimeter of the grocery store to find fruits, vegetables, bread, dairy, and milk. All the food groups found there. (The additives and pesticides and hormones found in many of those foods is another discussion) Stay clear of the inner isles pack with food-like products laced with corn-syrup and denatured beyond recognition. Yes there are many choices offered at a low low prices, but shoppers beware. 
  • Read labels. Get educated! I suggest reading labels. If I can't pronounce an ingredient, I don't want to ingest it until I research it. There are many dangers found in tiny print right on the food you are about to purchase including; sugar and more sugar, undesirable oils, dangerous chemicals, unhealthy preservatives.
  • Supplement. Get your lab work done. Add supplements that offset environmental hazards in our water and air and food while enhancing the vitamins and minerals our body desperately needs to function properly. Get the nutrients needed for a healthy body and mind. 
  • Eat at home more often. Consider the wait and the money spent on top of the fact that we don't know what is used in the food at most restaurants; where the meat comes from, or how many chemicals are used on the fruits and vegetables. We have more control of what we ingest if we choose wisely from the start.

It will take some thought and discipline to step into health. But it will be well worth it for you and your loved ones. 

Reference:
  • http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/Polls/2016_adults_veg.htm
  • https://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/experts-recommend-5-9-servings-of-fruits-and-veggies-daily
  • https://www.riseofthevegan.com/blog/veganism-has-increased-500-since-2014-in-the-us
  • http://www.myhealthwire.com/news/diet-nutrition/307