Taking out a nutrition “insurance policy”

In heatlhy eating, lifestyle, Uncategorized, wellness on January 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Nutrition experts say we should get between seven to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. While I’m not one to always recommend supplements, I do suggest taking  a whole food concentrate if we need to “bridge that gap”–between what we should eat and what we actually do eat.

Let me explain.  Experts say we should eat between seven to 13 servings of vegetables and fruits per day.  That’s always important, but especially even more so now with this severe flu season.

It’s not always possible to eat that much because:
•Many of us don’t even know what seven-13 servings looks like
•We often have super-hectic schedules that don’t always allow for healthy eating, especially if we eat at our desks or have client lunches and dinners
•We can’t monitor our kids’ eating 24/7 because they are often away from us, whether in school, at camp or in places where we aren’t–so we worry that they’re not getting enough nutrition
•Some people just don’t care for vegetables and fruit

So what we we do? Here are a few strategies:
• Pulverize and hide: That’s exactly what it sounds like. Blend and crush veggies and then sneak them in soups, sauces and other foods–wherever they can hide.

•Use that one-hour “danger zone” before dinner to your advantage: People are starving while they wait for dinner, right? Serve a big plate of rawcanstockphoto3168295spinach veggies with a healthy dip, such as home-made hummus to keep them from reaching for the cookies, pretzels and other not-so-healthy items

•Serve salad BEFORE the dinner entree, not AFTER (when people will already be satiated and probably won’t feel like eating the salad) Don’t serve the salad with the entree, either, because if you had a choice between eating the salad and eating, say, pizza, which would you go for??

Finally, consider taking out an “insurance policy.” I’m not always a fan of supplements, but Juice Plus+ isn’t a supplement; it’s a whole food concentrate make up of 13 fruits and vegetables. No preservatives, no additives, just pure nutrition. Best of all, it comes in a chewable form, much like those “gummy bears” that appeal to very young kids. Actually, I had one of the super-busy days last spring when I went for over 13 hours without eating. I was starving and, while on the train, I realized I had a packet of the gummy bear-like Juice Plus+ chewables. So I wolfed it down; I got nutrition, but I’m sure anyone who saw thought I was eating candy.

About Irene

Irene Ross is a certified health and nutrition counselor who helps people get off the diet roller coaster and lives healthy, happy, vibrant lives–without deprivation or any rigid meal plans.  One of her core programs is called “The Wellness-Centered Family”–which includes everyone, including the 2-legged human children and the 4-legged furry ones because “we all absorb the energy from each other.”

Author of the e-book, Sugar’s Sour Story, and of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, her website is:  For information on Juice Plus+ please visit:





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