I know the world loves vegetables and we hear it all the time from all over, but I will say I unwittingly participated in a self experiment of not eating vegetables. in the last 30 years I have probably eaten the same amount of veggies that the average person would have consumed in 3 months. yet I have also in the past 6 years run about 15 half marathons and 2 full marathons. a good friend of mine who has done tons of research and tried many a different diet assured me that apparently one can get the vitamins and nutrients from other sources besides vegetables. I am no nutrition expert but I would suspect that my ability to run endurance events to completion would belie the argument that one must eat vegetables.