When your mother harped on at you to eat your veggies, she wasn’t doing it only to nag you -- she may have also known that it was going to help you succeed in your career. From a longer life expectancy to more energy throughout the day, you have lots of reasons for eating your vegetables.
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Here are 10 of the top reasons why you should eat more vegetables:
1. You'll be more productive
A study published in Population Health Management in 2012 found that eating unhealthy is associated with a 66 percent drop in productivity. The flip side to that? Eating healthy foods -- including those yummy veggies -- will make you more productive.
2. You may get sick less
Eating veggies can help you prevent a host of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, strokes, cancer and heart disease, suggests the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate website.
3. You'll stay slimmer
Vegetables are naturally low in calories -- so if you fill up on them first, you’re less likely to gorge on the high-fat, high-calorie foods from the snack machines. Fewer trips to the snack machine means more time for actually working, and a slimmer body composition as well.
4. You won't miss the small details
Eating vegetables that are high in Vitamin A -- including yellow, red and leafy green veggies -- will help to protect your eyes as well as your skin. When your eyes are healthier, you’ll see better, which means you may be the one to catch that small typo that could have lost you a key client.
5. You won't sweat the small stuff
When you eat veggies that are rich in magnesium and vitamin C, you’ll be taking steps toward lowering your stress levels, which can in turn help you cope with more in the workplace. Magnesium also helps to lower blood pressure. Leafy greens and avocados are great stress-busting veggies, suggests the health website Mercola.com.
6. You'll be more amicable
When your digestive tract is filled with unhealthy bacteria, it can lead to a number of symptoms, including foul moods, depression or anxiety. Diets filled with processed foods and a lack of nutrients can contribute to that -- but one way to reverse it is to introduce healthy bacteria in the form of fermented vegetables like kim chi. With your gut in good health, you may find that you’re less likely to lose it on that annoying co-worker -- which can help you avoid problems that could stymie your career.
7. You'll have more energy
That afternoon hit of sugar might seem like an ideal treat -- but it’s actually going to make you more tired in the long run. On the other hand, a balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables and other whole foods can give you longstanding energy that will help you power through your work day.
8. You'll be at the office longer -- a LOT longer
When you eat more fruits and vegetables, your life expectancy goes up, suggests a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in 2012. So if you can’t beat the competition any other way, outlive them!
9. You'll look like you have your act together
Image is everything -- and the person who brings in the salad is going to appear much more together than the person who slaps together a bowl of noodles at lunchtime.
10. You won't be the one with the stinky lunch
Like it or not, your co-workers will judge you by the food you put in the company fridge. If your lunch is a pile of healthy fresh veggies, then, you probably won’t be accused of being the one to stink up the company kitchen with some unknown foodstuff -- and that’s going to help you get along better around the office.
If you’ve hated vegetables since childhood, it’s time to grow up and learn to love them. After all, your career success might depend on it.