Our expert says:
I think this is one for the dietdoc to answer - I'll make no claims about being an expert on diet. I will say that for endurance and stamina and cardiovascular benefits, its not so much about the vegetables as it is the total energy that you take in from your food. And that means you have to eat enough. Obviously, you must eat the RIGHT foods, but it sounds like you are doing that already. For the vegetables, a lack of anything is noticeable, but it's not as though you benefit by having more, if that makes sense? In other words, it's having too little, not too much that is the risk, and I don't think you are in danger of that. Where your risk lies is not taking in enough, because you're obviously very active and so that means your energy requirements per day will be very high.
So what I would do is check that your diet is providing enough overall energy, and then worry about the nutrients later, because unless you don't eat a specific food group (like red meat, for example), there's very little chance of being deficient in anything.
But it's a diet Doc question, for sure!
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