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Is It Better To Eat More Vegetables Than Fruit
Can you eat raw frozen and raw fresh vegetables as long as you rinse them first? I don't see the issue since we don't cook our raw fruit.
OK for most BUT...: Many people eat only raw vegetables (and raw food) for health benefits, but many nutrients in vegetables are better absorbed when cooked (esp. if boiled or steamed) while others are degraded by cooking. Cruciferous veggies have chemicals that suppress thyroid function if eaten in excess that are deactivated by cooking. See http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/raw-veggies-are-healthier/ ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good foods: We all need protein in our diet, so dairy or lean meats and nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, pecans) are good sources of this. Also, whole grains add nutrients and fiber to the diet, so these are good to add to diet as well. The key is variety - use things like color to get that variety. The more different colors on your plate, the better the diet!! ...Read more
Yes, but...: If you're trying to lose weight, try to keep the fruits to a minimum at night. Especially high sugar (high glycemic) fruits like bananas, apples, oranges, pineapples, etc. I generally recommend a cup of low sugar fruits like berries or melons at night or 1-2 cups of green veggies at night.. Fructose in fruits is a major cause of weight gain and diabetes. ...Read more
Imbalanced: You will lack essential nutrients. There is nothing wrong with a heavily plant based diet, but you need to have a good idea of where to get all of your nutrients, I suggest reading a book on plant based diets. You will most likely also have diarrhea multiple times a day if this is all you consume. ...Read more
Offer Variety: Kids often need to try a food several times before they tolerate it and even like it. Offering a variety of foods at meals allows them to experience seeing new food and then tasting new foods. Sometimes, they enjoy eating off an adult's plate. A different appearance can help them get used to the taste (in a smoothie or dipped in ranch for example). Be patient and persistent! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do I get the cold so easily?
I always seem to get the common old easily than others... I eat fruit and vegetables and I have a balanced diet.
Check thyroid: The common identifiable cause of cold intolerance is hypothyroidism, which your physician will probably screen for if you mention it to him/her. Many people develop cold intolerance without any identifiable cause, and a few people develop visible skin changes due to cold allergy or proteins and precipitate in the cold. ...Read more
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