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I don’t eat vegetables and I lack energy, how can I get better?


Q. I do not eat vegetables at all, in fact, I do not eat healthy. I sometimes go three four days not eating. I am bipolar and I have no energy. I will sleep for two days constantly and then cannot sleep for several days after. I need help. Suggestions??


A. A healthy diet, adequate sleep, exercise, and relaxation are very important for health. Consuming fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk for heart diseases, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. That is, those who consumed higher amounts of fruits and vegetables had decreased risk for chronic diseases. See our Top 10 reasons for eating fruits and vegetables. Since most individuals do not meet current recommendations for fruits and vegetables, we encourage eating ‘more’. See easy ways to include more in your diet. To work on getting healthier, start with seeing your doctor. Discuss your concerns and your current habits so they are fully aware of how to help you. Good luck.

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