Even Bonnie's eating more vegetables...

Since I began picking the first vegetables of my Summer crop a couple of weeks ago, there has been a notable side effect – I’m eating a lot more vegetables than I normally do. And without even realising it, I’ve started to look better. Only the other day one of my good friends commented on how much plumper and fresher my skin was looking. So no need to spend all that money on the latest anti ageing products, ladies. Just do what your mother says and eat your vegetables!

It’s exciting to go out into the garden every day in anticipation of what will be ready to harvest. Whatever is there, I pick and put into a really big salad both for lunch and dinner. This is an amazing change in behaviour for me. I’m not normally big on salads. I usually prefer my food warm and cooked and think of salads as a bit bland and boring  – that was until I discovered a few choice ingredients to put in my salads that make them taste out of this world, like grilled eggplant and zucchini, crumbled Tasmanian (or Danish) fetta, sliced kalamata olives, roasted pine nuts, pepitos (pumpkin seeds) and sunflower seeds, roasted pumpkin, sweet potato and capsicum, chicken breast baked with lemon pepper seasoning, chick peas, cous cous and lentils. Of course, not all in the same salad…but you get my drift. What’s more, these ingredients add so much flavour that you don’t really need to add anything else like oil or salt (and I luuurve my salt). I’m salivating just thinking about it.

I have a theory that if you eat enough fruit and vegetables, any unhealthy cravings like sugar and fat for example, slowly dissipate because your body is not starving for nutrients. And if you’re no longer craving nutritionally poor foods, your body naturally returns to its optimum weight. So weight loss becomes more of a side effect than a struggle. Who knows, growing your own vegetables may become part of a new weight loss revolution.

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