Tell me if the following sounds familiar: “If you are not eating at least 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, you are seriously limiting your efforts when it comes to fitness and well being.”
I can bet it does.
But how are you supposed to get in 6-8 servings on a busy schedule when you barely have enough time to take a shower?
Juicing? Maybe. That’s only a good option if you have time to marginally prepare your veggies because most still require you to wash/cut/prep things in some way, shape or form. Then there is the clean-up that you have to deal with.
Come to think of it, quickly cooking your veggies might actually be faster than the effort required to juice them.
But don’t fret, because there is a better way. Keep reading and I’ll show you.
First, is there any truth to the statement of fruits and veggies being essential for health?
Obviously! Fruits and vegetables not only provide proper nutritional support but they act as natural cleansers for your body.
You don’t need detox kits. In fact, they are complete bullshit and do not live up to any of the claims they make.
The Voice Of Young Science did a little investigation(1) on numerous detox kits by contacting the companies and asking them general questions to see if they knew what the hell it is they are selling. After some rather hilarious conversations, they came up with the following conclusion…
“No one we contacted was able to provide any evidence for their claims, or give a comprehensive definition of what they meant by ‘detox’. We concluded that ‘detox’ as used in product marketing is a myth. Many of the claims about how the body works were wrong and some were even dangerous.”
The truth is that fruits and veggies alone, with adequate intake of water will help detox all the toxins that are in your body. The hard part is to avoid the ratio of ingesting crap vs. your body naturally “detoxing” itself of unwanted horribleness.
You don’t need detox kits. In fact, they are complete bullshit.
Look, fat is easy to burn away, but the build-up of gunk and other crap inside you can’t be eliminated through workouts alone. You need to take in some of that natural fiber.
So now that we’ve established how important the intake of fruits and veggies is, what do we do about that “not enough time” issue? Because honestly, you have a better chance of surviving a lighting strike than sticking to the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables.
Fortunately, I have a little trick up my sleeve.
Before we get to that, we need to understand what they mean by one “serving”. Personally, I hate that term as it’s vague and 99% of the population has no clue on how to go about measuring it. Instead of getting tied up with too many details, a serving is usually the amount of stuff you can hold in your hand. So a large apple would be considered one serving, and so would a jumbo bell pepper.
Get 6-8 of those on a daily basis?
No thanks, I’ve got shit to do!
So what are you to do if, like me, you have no time? What do you do if you have a life and can’t prepare the required amount of servings on a daily basis?
Well you call on the supplement gods for aid.
I use something called Garden Greens. One scoop of this stuff is equivalent to a few servings of fruits and vegetables. Then to top it off, I end up having a few pieces of fruit and veggies during the normal course of the day so more often than not, I’m hitting my required serving range.
Just remember, it’s a supplement, not a substitute… so don’t start living on the stuff. A scoop a day is ok, but not at the expense of ditching vegetables all together. But I will say that if you’re having a tough time with this whole “eating healthy” thing, it’s definitely better than nothing.
FJ’s Ultimate Veggie Smoothie
- 2 Scoops Garden Greens Powder
- 1 Cup Orange Juice
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1 cup Fruit Yogurt
- 1/2 scoop vanilla ice cream
Obviously, due to my obsessive attention to detail in my workouts and general eating habits, I can get away with using ice cream and still look like this…
How is that possible? Through the manipulation of carbohydrates and hormones. More details of that method is explained in my book. But for now, if you don’t have the liberty to use ice cream, then eliminate it and increase the amount of yogurt instead. Play around with it till you find what works best for you.
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