The idea of crowding out the unhealthy food on your plate with more fruits and vegetables is another of those “dieting” concepts that appear on the scene on a consistent basis.
Introduced around a decade ago, crowding out was considered to be one of the best and healthiest ways to diet. Some considered it to be a natural process that would lead to less of an appetite for junk food. By adding more of the healthy foods to your diet, you’ll eventually crowd out the bad stuff.
Like most “diet” fads, it doesn’t work for people who may eat more of the healthy stuff but do not necessarily cut back on the enjoyably bad intake: salty snacks, candy, alcohol, etc. Of course, the people referred to are adults. Adult habits are established and much more difficult to break.
Kids are different. Instructed at an early age to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables develops one of the healthiest dietary habits a human being can ever acquire. When children are given healthy food instead of junk, they crave the good stuff. It’s a valuable lesson on so many levels, especially having no dietary bad habits to break as they age.
The World Health Organization released figures linking the low consumption of fruit and vegetables to nearly two million deaths worldwide. However, adults who missed the fruit-and-vegetable boat at an early age often find it difficult to make a healthy switch to primarily plant-based food later in life.
Cut It Out!
The temptation to continue eating what people know is bad for them is hard to resist. Stocking up on the bad stuff or frequenting places that sell it makes it all the more difficult to resist indulging, whether potato chips, pizza, burgers, cookies or cake.
If there is a trick in making the switch to a healthier diet and sticking to it, it is heeding an inner voice that calmly says, “Resist!” whenever unhealthy cravings surface.
Cutting out the unhealthy stuff leaves healthy food as the primary option. Always having fruit and vegetables on hand instead of “non-food” makes it easy to make the right choices when unhealthy temptations arise. In other words, hanging out with only the right crowd means you don’t have to crowd out the unhealthy. This also eliminates the need for crowd control.
To support the healthy habit of primarily fruit-and-vegetable intake, AIM offers a wide selection of plant-based nutrition in supplemental form. Stocking up on AIM whole-food concentrates means you always have healthy nutrition on hand.
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