It is a never ending quest I am on to find products, materials, gadgets, and strategies that improve health. Most recently I purchased the magic nutribullet to assist in smoothie making and vegetable drinking. The actual device is quite convenient, intelligent and user-friendly, and does the job well, aiding me further in my mission to eat more fruits and veggies.
While living in Los Angeles I would commute hours each day to work, sometimes up to three or four depending on the traffic patterns. In order to cope with the hours sitting in traffic, I researched nutrition programs where I could gather all of the course information while listening on an MP3 player in the car. When I found one, The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I immediately enrolled and received my 400+ hours of instruction loaded on a bright red ipod. The hours of commute flew by as I absorbed countless different expert opinions on what to eat.
Most of the experts, even from differing areas of the world and all cultures, made two similar recommendations, the first being utilize food as fuel and the second being eat lots of fruits and veggies. When I graduated from that program and could not manage the commute without something to do, I pondered Rosetta Stone but instead transferred jobs closer to home. Since that time, after digesting the advice, I have been on my quest to eat more fruits and veggies.
But this mission, at times has been challenging, it just doesn't come naturally to me. The veggies that we consumed in our household growing up were mashed potatoes and peas from a can, and truthfully those were just there support the steak. Steak, peas, and potatoes. That was most every night. I was never exposed to brussel sprouts, beets, kale, brocollini, leeks, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower. We sometimes, albeit rarely, ate corn and broccoli. Looking back on it, I imagine this food pattern was because my father, the one that put food on our table did not enjoy vegetables. When I think about it I wish there had been more leafy greens on the table, I can't help but ponder whether that would have prevented his development of cancer.
The nutribullet helps because cooking vegtables can be time consuming and can zap some of the nutrients. Eating raw fruits and veggies is ideal but certainly very few of us have the time to chew several portions of fruits and veggies, let alone prepare them. The juicer that I own is wonderful but it does not juice leafy greens well. The more tools we have in our toolbox to chug along at this life long mission of keeping our bodies healthy, the better. The nutribullet has become one of those tools for me.