Spring is Here!
Spring is officially upon us, which means more sunlight, warmer temperatures, and a bounty of spring vegetables: lettuces, wild mushrooms, asparagus, peas, artichokes, radish, and one of my very favorites tart and tangy rhubarb! As my doctor writes in one of his recent books, “The plant world is a rich and abundant supply of the many nutrients and chemicals humans need to survive and thrive”.
WHY "EAT YOUR VEGGIES"?
We all know that old saying “Eat your vegetables” and some of us resist this advice, but I’d like to present a different take on it. Rather than telling yourself you don’t like vegetables, or you don’t know how to cook them, or it takes too much work to make them, I say think about it like this: You GET to eat vegetables (with butter!) and they NOURISH every cell in your body to keep you healthy.
PART OF OUR NATIVE DIET
Traditional peoples throughout the world consumed a wide variety of wild plants and ate all edible parts (root, leaf and fruit). They ate what was available to them (in season) in regions where they lived and from what the research tells us, did not suffer from debilitating disease. Today, there are some remaining indigenous tribes living throughout the world. They still follow their native diets which include animal meats, fats, and organs, as well as the available plant foods. These traditional peoples of today also do not suffer from the diseases we see in our modern societies.
SIMPLE, EASY, TASTY
OK, so we know vegetables are a crucial part of a healthy diet but how do we get more of them onto our plates? The best advice I can give here is to make it simple, make it colorful, choose what’s in season, and use plenty of grass-fed butter, authentic olive oil, herbs and spices. In other words, don’t fuss too much with the chopping or cooking process (your veggies don’t have to be a work of art) buy local & seasonal (avoid veggies grown in other countries) and don’t ever feel guilty about eating vegetables with lots of butter, olive oil, spices and aromatics.
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Ashley Hathaway, NTP, CGP
My blogs are based on information I've learned over the past 10+ years through personal experiences, formal study, reading many books, articles and published papers, attending lectures, conferences, and various workshops.