Thursday, November 10, 2011

eat it up.

Image from Squidoo.

Yesterday I was thinking about what I had eaten over the course of the day.

At the end of the day, the contents of my stomach were as follows: two cups of coffee with peppermint mocha creamer; an apple; a bowl of cheerios with skim milk; leftover pasta with bechamel, sun-dried tomatoes, and roasted chicken; another cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer; a box of Halloween milk duds; another piece of Halloween candy that I don't remember; a cup of decaf with peppermint mocha creamer; a bowl of homemade chicken soup with extra carrots and celery; a handful of crackers; a multivitamin; and about six glasses of water.

Notice the glaring omission of anything? Aside from the apple and the vegetables in the soup (there were also onions and garlic), there weren't a lot of fruits or veggies consumed.

And, for the record, I don't normally drink that much coffee. It was just one of those days.

Then I started thinking about it, and most of my days look like that. I'm making a concerted effort to always, always serve some vegetable at dinner, and S snacks on bell peppers a lot, but I find my diet curiously devoid of produce most of the time. I should be getting 2 servings of fruit and 3 of vegetables daily. Even with the extra veggies in the soup, I probably only got one serving, and one apple is one apple.

So I'm going to try harder. I'm going to try to incorporate veggies into my lunch and dinner, and I'm going to eat fruit with breakfast. I'll also try to snack on fruits and vegetables more. My major issue with that is that S eats so much of the produce that I buy, that by the end of the week I worry about eating the last apple/pear/carrot/bell pepper. I can remedy that pretty easily by buying more produce.

What about you? Think about everything you ate yesterday. Did you get enough produce? Will you jump on the bandwagon with me and try, for the next two weeks, to get all the servings of fruits and vegetables that you're supposed to be getting?

I'm hoping that this increase in fruit and veggie consumption will help my immune system. It certainly can't hurt...and if I'm all filled up on fruits and veggies and decide not to snake two pieces of Halloween candy from Sadie's stash (I'm not even stealing my own child's candy, people. I am a rotten person.)...and if that happens to help me drop a few pounds....that's okay, too.

Seriously, who's with me? We can form a club. It can have a snazzy name.


princess pal said...

I love a veggie and a silly, but they make me feel so good. I'm sure I don't eat all the fruit I should (a banana, glass of juice, and fruit in my yogurt). Somedays I eat raisins in my oatmeal, but it doesn't feel like enough to count.

My meals usually look like this:

Breakfast-oatmeal with raisins and pecans & glass of juice

Lunch-hummus with pita and carrots, Greek yogurt with fruit

Dinner- pinto beans, cornbread and green bean casserole

today also includes coffee and a Sierra Nevada seasonal

So, am I healthy? What do you think?

Leslie said...

Dude, I don't even want to tell you what I ate yesterday because I will seem unfit to take care of myself. So YES: I am with you. I love vegetables. I but them, I even have organics delivered right to my porch every other week, but I really don't eat enough.

die Frau said...

I'm in.