Vegetables really are the key to weight loss, disease prevention, and health — but there are a few times when it is more than okay to cut back these superfoods. Vegetable consumption is one of the behaviors most associated with long-term weight management, health, and longevity. Still, there are times when you can skip the salad bar. Certain medical conditions affect the way you digest and absorb food.
1. Runner’s Trots
As any endurance athlete knows, prolonged periods of intense exercise can cause more than muscle fatigue. “When you start to exercise, the blood is flowing to the muscles that are working, and less blood going to your stomach that can help digest your food,” explains Alissa Rumsey, RD, of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center. “So if you’ve eaten recently and the food isn’t really digested, it could cause stomach discomfort and diarrhea.” The best fix is to avoid high-fiber roughage such as broccoli in the hours before an endurance event.