Help Wanted: Eating Good Can Be Hard
Why is it so hard to eat well? It may have a lot to do with our taste buds. Flavour has propelled us for centuries to do extreme things such as explorations to the east in search of mouth-watering spices and wars over coffee and sugar. Flavour affects our brains. Scientists have discovered flavours stimulate sensations in our brain we enjoy. 
As such, the flavouring industry has found how to use the perfect blend of fat, sugar and salt in processed foods to make them taste irresistible. We crave processed foods because their flavouring makes us feel satisfied, happy and rewarded. Otherwise, processed foods wouldn’t sell – processed foods have a bland flavour after its dehydrated, frozen, pasteurized and so forth. According to Eric Schlosser, author of the bestselling book Fast Food Nation, “The American flavour industry now has annual revenues of about $1.4 billion U.S. dollars.” 
Let’s face it, turnips just don’t stand a chance against these scientifically manipulating “natural” and “artificial” flavours added to almost every processed food in your pantry and freezer. The extremely delicious taste of processed foods lures us away from our healthy diets of fresh, natural food. Changing our palates to appreciate and desire healthy foods can help. 
How to Change Your Palate 
First, believe you can. Your palate has changed before – as a toddler you probably twisted away from strong flavours like olives and onions, yet as adults we enjoy these bolder flavours. Second, reduce the accessibility of processed foods. Clean out the pantry – if processed foods aren’t easily found, you’ll reach for a healthier option. Third, get your palate excited about healthy options. Stock up on local produce at the market – seek out your favourite fruits, vegetables, spices, cheese, nuts, seeds and fish. With lots of natural healthy food around you’ll be inspired to eat healthier. Just think about how delicious tonight’s salad could be? Mmm, your favourite salad dressing drizzled over juicy tomatoes, crunchy carrots, crisp snap peas, leafy green lettuce, salty olives and feta cheese, sweet peppers and tangy onion. It’s mouth watering!
The Time Factor
Hurry! Rush. Phew, life is busy. As such, many of us find our stomachs growling and reach for a convenient, processed item. Eating healthy is easy when you take a moment to pre-plan each morning: pack a lunch for work, toss an apple in your briefcase for a snack or start a vegetarian chili in the crockpot for your busy family evening. 
It is so easily said: “Plan ahead”. But, reality is that sometimes we just don’t have time to eat well. As such, we eat unhealthy foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt; and low in fiber, essential oils and vitamins/minerals. The consequences of poor eating include constipation, fatigue, moodiness, decreased immunity and an increased risk of disease.
An All-in-One
Everything you consume has an impact on your body. Eating healthy can be hard – luckily there are all-in-one powders to help your body get the nutrients it needs to enjoy health. An all-in-one powder contains all of nutrients a body needs: fiber, essential oils, vitamins, minerals, protein and probiotics in a single glass. 
Progressive’s VegEssential™ All-In-One
Progressive’s VegEssential™ All-In-One also includes digestive aids to enhance your body’s natural enzyme production to improve digestion and absorption of nutrients; plus, kidney and liver supporting botanical extracts.
Needing More
Do you need to take other multivitamins? The beautiful thing about an all-in-one powder is it offers the average body all of the nutrients it needs to maintain health. However, everyone has unique nutritional needs that may require more than the basics: the elderly at risk of osteoporosis may benefit from additional calcium intake, pregnant women need more folate. If you require therapeutic dosages of a particular nutrient (e.g. fish oil for cardiovascular disease prevention) you may need additional specific supplements.
Multivitamins and You
Media coverage of an editorial published late in 2013 in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that multivitamins should be avoided. Sometimes when media attempts to simplify science, they make the story inaccurate. The editorial and the three studies it discusses claim that multivitamins do not appear to have a significant ability to prevent some serious diseases such as heart disease and cancer. It is important to note, that other scientific studies argue multivitamins do offer beneficial effects against such diseases. For many people, a multivitamin helps reduce nutrient deficiencies and offers beneficial effects in disease prevention.
All-in-One Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
In a blender combine, juice, banana, two scoops of VegEssential™ All-in-One, frozen fruit of choice and blend for 10 seconds. Add in yogurt and blend for 30 seconds or until desired consistency. 
1 cup organic orange juice
1 banana
2 scoops All-in-One VegEssential™ powder
1 cup frozen fruit
1 cup organic yogurt
People at Higher Risk of Nutrient Deficiency
Age – infants and elderly
Alcohol intake
Chronic disease (diabetes, cancer, renal disease, liver disease)
Disordered eating
Menstrual blood loss
Persistent diarrhea or vomiting
Prescription drug use
Socioeconomic status
Swallowing or feeding disorders
Vegetarian diet
1. Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation: Why the Fries Taste Good (Excerpt). PBS Online.
2. Surya M Artham, et al. Fish Oil in Primary and Secondary Cardiovascular Prevention. Ochsner J. 2008; 8(2):49-60.
3. Annals of Internal Medicine