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10 reasons why you want to increase your greens!

10 reasons why you want to increase your greens!

by Ines Festini ines festini
Nutrition | Personal Story | | Healthy Eating |

I have a confession to make ...are you ready? I am a SALATARIAN! A salatarian? Well, here is the thing, within the last three years I totally transformed my life and especially my eating habits. Instead of mindlessly eating food like bread and pizza; I started to question what impact food has onto my body and how it makes me feel. 

The story behind...A couple of years earlier I have been trapped in very self destructive behavior. I never really learned to take care of myself and my body, haven’t been very caring and nice to myself. No confidence, very dissatisfied with my body and a huge emotional eater, I declared food to my personal enemy. I reached a certain point, where I realized that I am rarely living, rather I was only existing. This was the turning point. It was time to take my power back! It was time to take responsibility and to change my life!

If the student is ready, the teacher appears. Always having been a bookworm, I devoured everything related to health, nutrition and fitness I could get. I started my own little revolution, with a huge impact on my day to day life. To be honest, it wasn’t that difficult after all. The fresher and greener the food, the better I felt. Slowly, but surely I incorporated more greens, healthy fats, like coconut oil and butter, in my diet, skipped gluten and sugary containing food and started juicing. 

Furthermore I discovered the magic of a daily bowl of salad and this insight literally changed my life. Greens strengthen our respiratory and circulatory systems  and are essential for creating lasting health. Nutritionally, greens are high in magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are packed with folic acid, fiber, chlorophyll and many other phytochemicals and micronutrients.

Here are the ten top reasons why you want to increase your dark leafy greens intake:

• Improved kidney, gallbladder and liver function
• Immune strengthening
• Blood purification
• Improved circulation
• Cancer prevention
• Light and flexible energy
• Elimination of depression
• Promotion of healthy intestinal flora
• Increases red blood cell count
• Anti-inflammatory

Be adventurous and try greens you have never seen bevore like wild greens, arugula, mesclun, kale, chicory, endive, lettuce and other leafy greens.

To deversify the salad you can add olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, mozarella, chickpeas, lentils, quinoa, millet and all different sorts of herbs. There are no limits to imagination!

Nourishing yourself with greens will crowd out foods that make you sick in the most naturally way. See how it makes you feel and try it for the next 30 days.

Resources :
Rosenthal, Joshua. Integrative Nutrition: feed your hunger for health and happiness, 2007