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QI don’t like veg­eta­bles. Is there any­way I can skip in­clud­ing them in my meal plans? Is there a sub­sti­tute for av­o­cado?

ATough luck with the veg­gies. There is no re­place­ment for veg­eta­bles in your diet. If you don’t like them, then you have to give up want­ing the de­sire to have great skin, good hair and a healthy me­tab­o­lism. Eating veg­eta­bles is one way you can in­crease the amount of nu­tri­ents your body gets with­out in­creas­ing the amount of calo­ries.

You get more nu­tri­ents in ev­ery calo­rie when you eat your veg­eta­bles. You don’t have to have them raw. Some­times raw veg­eta­bles can in fact cause you to feel gassy and bloat your gut. You can have them cooked, as a stir fry, as a soup, chop them up and make them into a patty and fry it in co­conut oil.

You can use egg whites to bind them or even smashed lo­tus stem. You can also chop them re­ally fine and toss it all up in a tomato-based pasta sauce with­out the re­fined pasta in it. An­other op­tion is to bake veg­eta­bles and dip it into salsa or gua­camole. Fig­ure out a way that works best for you, but ide­ally if you are look­ing to get health­ier, you must eat your veg­gies.

Eating av­o­cado gives you great qual­ity fat. Eating good fat can help you burn fat by sen­si­tis­ing your body to in­sulin and also help­ing you bal­ance your hor­mones that play a key role in fat me­tab­o­lism.

Healthy fat also has gut heal­ing pow­ers and 80 per cent of the hor­mone sero­tonin which is a happy hor­mone is se­creted in your gut! Avo­ca­dos can be an ac­quired taste and if you’ve given it enough tries and still do not like it you can try other forms of good fat like co­conut chunks, co­conut meat, or­ganic ghee, or­ganic but­ter, co­conut but­ter, al­mond but­ter, olives or tahina.

RASHI CHOWDHARY is a nu­tri­tion­ist, di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor and cre­ator of The Pro­tein Bake Shop

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