The other day, one of my clients asked me why I eat so many fruits and vegetables, and why I tell him to do the same. After all, neither one of us is trying to lose fat.

I told him that eating well isn’t all about fat loss. For example, when researchers from the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California studied the food records of over 193,000 men and women, they found that an increase in fruits and vegetables in the men’s diets, specifically, helped to reduce the incidence of colon cancer.

I don’t know any men who are eating too many fruits and vegetables, do you? Here’s how I increased my intake (and I encourage you to do the same)…

First, I started eating raw broccoli and peppers alongside my morning omelet. Second, I have fruit for my mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks (blueberries, apples, bananas, and even watermelon). Third, I added spinach to my lunches by taking a can of Amy’s Organic Chili, heating it, and pouring it over the spinach leaves. And, finally, my dinner revolves around a piece of chicken or steak surrounded by asparagus, broccoli, and avocado.

[Ed. Note: You don’t have to eat bland, boring food to stay healthy. But you DO have to make smart choices when it comes to your eating habits. For healthy and delicious meals you can make at home, check out ETR’s natural health e-letter.

The other component to staying healthy is a a fat-blasting resistance-training regimen like fitness expert Craig Ballantyne’s Turbulence Training program.]

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com

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