You’ve been reading this blog for a while now, right? Great! Now it is time for a pop quiz. Quick, what is the one thing you can do right now to help prevent colon cancer? No, it’s not get screened. Unless you are reading this in a doctor’s office, then you can’t get screened right now. Do you know the answer? Need a hint? Open your refrigerator. Got it now? Exactly! Eat more high-fiber fruits and vegetables.
I know what you are thinking. You are probably saying, “But I just had salad yesterday.” That’s great (not really). According to a 2012 study, the average American eats just one and a half cups of fruits and vegetables per day. That is well under the recommended five servings of fruits and veggies. And no, French fries don’t count. Neither do mashed potatoes. I am talking about Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, mangoes, spinach, broccoli and cabbage. I am talking about rich reds and oranges and deep greens. You want to eat the rainbow.
Quit moaning and groaning. I know you don’t like this. And your kids don’t like that. So what? EAT IT! (Did yelling work? It never works in my house either. Let me try a different approach.) Try eating more vegetables. If you didn’t like peas as a child, try them as an adult. Remember your taste buds change as you get older. Avocados have tons of fiber. But if you don’t love them, try mashing them up and use it to replace mayo on a sandwich. See that’s a easy-peasy fiber upgrade! What about sweet potatoes? Try them with cinnamon and brown sugar or top them with tiny marshmallows. My husband can’t stand spinach, but loves spinach and artichoke dip or spinach hidden in lasagna. Again, it’s an easy-peasy fiber upgrade!
Now, you see that I have mentioned lots of vegetable ideas. I have a confession: I really don’t like fruit. But I’ve made the commitment to eating at least one fruit every day for breakfast. So what are you going to eat tomorrow? Make it five fruits and veggies. Your colon will thank you for it!