For years I made fun of guys who ate fruits and vegetables. “That’s fucking gay. I’m not fat. I eat a lot of protein, quality essential fatty acids, and low-glycemic carbs. That’s all you need to do.”
Then I learned that health is not fitness. You can be lean and physically fit while also being sick.
Andy Whitfield is a perfect example. “That is the photo of health,” you would no doubt say. Andy Whitfield died in the prime of his life – a mere 37 years of age – from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
An acquaintance of mine – and a close friend of a close friend – contracted non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The acquaintance is still in his mid-30s with a hot wife and a couple of great kids. The guy looks very healthy as he stayed in shape. Yet he’s sick, too.
No one is quite sure what exactly causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Evidence is mounting in favor of the fruits-and-vegetables hypothesis. Namely, that a diet deficient in vegetables has a causal connection to cancer:
Consumption of highest versus lowest quartile of proteins fats and sweets were associated with a significantly increased NHL risk. The inverse association was found for fresh fruits and vegetables.
More fruits and vegetables means less cancer. I will always train hard in the gym while recognizing that fitness is not health. To stay healthy you need your fruits and vegetables. If you eat them, great. You can also start juicing.