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There’s truth to what your mother said about eating vegetables

Your mother was right if she made you eat your vegetables. You probably thought she was being mean or wicked, but there was a reason she demanded that you eat your vegetables. She saw the big picture. 
 
 Dr. Timothy Moore

Your mother was right if she made you eat your vegetables. You probably thought she was being mean or wicked, but there was a reason she demanded that you eat your vegetables. She saw the big picture. She wanted you to grow healthy and live longer.

When I listen to all kinds of health-related problems that people have to deal with, I’m amazed that they find it hard to believe that eating healthy food can solve most of their problems. So why are vegetables an important part of the healing process? They’ll fortify your body to fight cancer, diabetes and other health-related problems.

Healing has to start from within. You have to believe in yourself, change your diet, and then change your lifestyle, if it’s the reason your health is failing. Also, you should believe the outcome before it actually happens. OK! Those are tidbits to get you pumped up and excited about eating healthy.

It shouldn’t be hard to believe that alternative medicine is a prescription for overall good health, and that conventional medicine – in many cases, a derivative of some sort, such as herbs – can lead to harmful side effects. You might be surprised to learn that the people who chose alternative medicine are living longer, even though loved ones may have given up on them.

I’m surprised myself at the number of people who really don’t know the benefits of eating vegetables. When I’m teaching inquisitive minds about eating good vegetables and how to prepare a healthy and balanced meal, a Q & A generally follows. For example: “I’ve never heard of that vegetable. How do you prepare it?”

Some of the basic vegetables that puzzle people are kale greens, spinach, celery, collard greens, bell peppers, purple cabbage and mustard greens. I’m often asked about the benefits of eating those vegetables. Here’s why:

Kale greens, for example, is rich in antioxidant, helps regulate estrogen, and fights colon cancer. It has more beta-carotene and lutein than any other vegetable.

Spinach is not only good for strength (Just ask Popeye, the sailor.), it also is rich in antioxidants and very high in fiber. Spinach is a dark green leafy vegetable and considered the first cancer-fighting vegetable.

Purple cabbage is a great cancer fighter as well. The best benefits of cabbage, though, are eating it raw.

Celery contains at least eight anticancer compounds that helps Detox pollutants.

Collard greens are full of anticancer agents and have the potential to block the spread of breast cancer. However, individuals with kidney stones are advised not to consume collard greens.

Bell peppers are very rich in vitamin c and also anti-oxidants.

The aforementioned are just a few known vegetables that can assist you in your quest for great health.

When eating non-processed vegetables, you’ll get a feeling of satisfaction. The key to staying alive is watching what you eat and put into your body. Cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, for example, can be controlled with nutrition, emotional balance, exercising, and love of self.

Eating your vegetables can put you on a fast healing track. Your mother was right; she knew that vegetables are the building blocks of life. But our belief system is shaken sometimes and we’re left wondering if vegetables really do the body good.  Or pondering this question: Will they work for me?

A lifestyle of joy and recovery can start now. I heard a message the other day, and what struck me the most were the words, “Lord, have mercy on me.” Do we really want the Lord to have mercy on us? Of course. But try this: Look in the mirror, and if you’re not happy with what you see, do something about it – today.  

I often ask the questions: What is the price of life if you could live just one more day and enjoy it? What would you do with your time, if it’s your last, and how would you spend it?

Listen to your mother.

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit him on the Web sites at www.cheftimothymoore.com or www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)

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