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thinpossible
06-20-2009, 01:13 PM
Anyone here need to get more color in your diet?! I do! For the next month my plan is to focus on getting 3 additional servings of fruit or vegetables a day. Right now I usually get one or two (but sometimes none :eek:).

I'm going to log all the produce I eat here everyday for the next week to keep myself accountable. Want to join me? I hope you do! The general consensus seems to be that a serving of veggies or cut fruit is a 1/2 cup. A serving of whole fruit about the size of a tennis ball. Of course you can gage it however you want, the point is to eat more of the green stuff! I'm starting off with a bang! Right now I'm sitting here with a giant bowl of veggies mixed with cottage cheese.

Vegetables: It's what's for (a weird) breakfast :lol:

So tell us what your fruit/veggie related goal is. Tell us all about the fruits and veggies you're eating! Let us know if you try something new! Share those delicious recipes you are about to discover! Ready, set, go green!


thinpossible
06-20-2009, 01:14 PM
Sat. 6/20
Breakfast: 1.5c. broccoli, carrot, cauliflower medley = 3 servings
Lunch:apple
Dinner: salad

Sun. 6/21
Um, do coffee beans count as a vegetable? :lol: OOPS! I'll do better today.

Mon. 6/22
Breakfast:
Lunch: Darn, I'm behind again today. Small salad with lunch so far.
Dinner: Wow, I really suck at the fruit/veggie thing. Plus I just started my period so I'm craving carbs. And I need to go to the store...

Tues. 6/23
Breakfast: :?:
Snack: Look! I'm eating an orange! This may be no big deal for you, but for me it's big! An orange, which I am eating!
Lunch: pineapple and carrots!
Dinner: :?:


Weds. 6/24
snack: apple
lunch: apple
dinner: salad on the table. did not eat it :rollpin:

Thurs. 6/25
apricot w/ breakfast, carrots with lunch

Fri 6/26
Shoot, I didn't log, and now I can't remember

Sat. 6/26
carrots for lunch, salad for dinner

Alana in Canada
06-20-2009, 02:57 PM
Thanks for this, Thin.
It was just the little push I needed to chop and throw some veggies in my omelete.

Saturday,
Breakfast: 1/2 cup chopped red pepper, onions and mushroom sauteed in 1/4 teaspoon olive oil, with egg.

PS They have so much more flavour using olive oil than just pan spray. Well worth the calories--and besides, it's "good" fat!

Lunch: Pasta salad with red pepper, carrots, kidney beans, corn, green pepper, onion.

Dinner: Shrimp Stir fry with onion, red pepper, sugar peas, carrots, broccoli, and I'm not sure what else. Hubby made it.

Snack1: Wrap with roast turkey breast, shredded carrot, cucumber, mushroom, and 1 cup spinach.

Snack2: 1/2 banana

Snack3: 1/2 cup yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries

--and even with all that, I was 1/2 serving of fruit under what I should have eaten today.


Trazey34
06-20-2009, 03:50 PM
my goal is to have more veg (now that i have a garden, should be easier!) and to eat LESS fruit - sounds weird I know, but the stuff is like frickin' candy to me!! HALF a WATERMELON is NOT a serving!!! LOL

thinpossible
06-22-2009, 10:28 AM
T--and even with all that, I was 1/2 serving of fruit under what I should have eaten today. Wow, you're still doing really well. I'll eventually work my way up to the FDA rec., but for now, I'm just working on 3 extra. As you can see by yesterday, not so much. I usually eat my veggies at dinner, we were out of town and DH wanted Mexican for Father's Day, and they aren't really big on the veggies, unless you count the garnish :lol: I'll do better today!

my goal is to have more veg (now that i have a garden, should be easier!) and to eat LESS fruit - sounds weird I know, but the stuff is like frickin' candy to me!! HALF a WATERMELON is NOT a serving!!! LOL Tell us how your garden is going and I can't wait to hear how much better your veggies taste than the store bought variety!

Trazey34
06-22-2009, 10:43 AM
Tell us how your garden is going and I can't wait to hear how much better your veggies taste than the store bought variety!


it's crazy good! the radishes are so HOT and fresh it's heavenly LOL the tomatoes aren't anywhere near ready yet, but we've had a few potatoes, tiny new ones soooo goooood!!! one thing i do notice is that you pick it you better EAT it that day or it doesn't last long -- makes me wonder what the heck they put in it at the store to make it last so long??? There's a documentary coming out called FOOD, INC. that talks about all the crap that's in our food supply - not just the packaged things, but meat and veg and fruit everything! i'm kind of afraid to watch it tho, yoikes!

WarMaiden
06-22-2009, 05:07 PM
I have challenged myself over time to raise the quantity of vegetables and fruits in my diet, usually tweaking one meal at a time rather than trying to drastically change my habits all at once. At this point, a typical weekday menu includes 8 to 12 servings of veggies and fruits, and it looks like this for me:

Breakfast: 4 oz blueberries, 4 oz nonfat yogurt, 4 oz nonfat cottage cheese, ground ginger, fish oil supplement

Snack: 8 oz asparagus, 3 oz baked chicken

Lunch: 3 oz canned salmon, 3 oz carrots, 3 oz spinach, 3 oz tomatoes, 2 oz avocado, 1/2 grapefruit

Snack: 4 oz cherries, 1/2 oz almonds

Dinner: Onion-mushroom-sausage gravy and chicken on whole-wheat toast, 10 oz salad of romaine lettuce, green pepper, cabbage

Treat: Hot chocolate made from nonfat milk, cocoa powder, agave syrup, and cinnamon; and a spoonful of peanut butter

Beverages throughout the day: Coffee, green tea, black tea, water with lemon juice


That's more veggies than I was getting even three months ago, because I used to have oatmeal and milk at my morning snack, rather than veggies and chicken. But I changed my routine because I specifically wanted to get more veggies in, even though I was already in the 6 to 10 servings a day range then.

It's been helpful for me to try to change my perspective about meal planning. It used to be that my basic question was, "What am I going to have to go with my carbs at this meal?" Now I am trying to start from, "What vegetable is the centerpiece of this meal?" Thinking about veggies as just side dishes that I "should" eat leads to me eating them less often, or in smaller quantities. But thinking about vegetables as if they are the real food, and everything else is just a condiment, leads to me eating them more often and in larger quantities.

synger
06-22-2009, 08:38 PM
It's been helpful for me to try to change my perspective about meal planning. It used to be that my basic question was, "What am I going to have to go with my carbs at this meal?" Now I am trying to start from, "What vegetable is the centerpiece of this meal?" Thinking about veggies as just side dishes that I "should" eat leads to me eating them less often, or in smaller quantities. But thinking about vegetables as if they are the real food, and everything else is just a condiment, leads to me eating them more often and in larger quantities.

That's a really good point, WarMaiden. That's how I began increasing the protein in my diet. I started saying "what will go with my protein at this snack/meal?" So I no longer eat just oatmeal or toast for breakfast, for instance, because they don't have much protein of their own.

You inspire me to do the same with veggies. "What veggies will I have with my protein?" is a good question to work with. Thank you for this inspiration.