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Vegetable and Fruit Serving Sizes

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hearing you need to get nine or more servings of fruits and vegetables can be daunting. But consider the definition of a serving, below (from the National Cancer Institute). All varieties of fruits and vegetables -- fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100 percent juice -- count.

Measure out some of these in your kitchen so you can see how reasonable a serving size is!

One medium-size fruit (such as apple, orange, banana, pear)

1/2 cup raw, cooked, canned, or frozen fruits or vegetables

3/4 cup (6 ounces) 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice

1/2 cup cut-up fruit

1/2 cup cooked or canned legumes (beans and peas)

1 cup raw, leafy vegetables (such as lettuce and spinach)

1/4 cup dried fruit (such as raisins, apricots, and mangoes)

Notes from Reader's Digest
Picture from our Garden

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TIME4SINA 8/12/2009 11:12PM

    I still get the servings amounts wrong... thanks for the reminder. :) But nine servings? I thought it was FIVE!? I have some catching up to do.

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KRZYKAT3 8/12/2009 9:47PM

    an awesome garden! thanks for the serving information!

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SALDRU 8/12/2009 6:42PM

    What a great looking garden!

It's still real daunting when you don't like many fruits or vegetables. Oh, if only my parents had raised me eating fruits/veges. We were a meat, cheese and bread family, is it any wonder we're all overweight.

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Yummy Treat recipe

Thursday, August 06, 2009


Here's a yummy lo-cal treat I just tried this week :-)
Surprisingly even the neighbors' kids enjoyed making and eating.

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CA2OR76 8/11/2009 10:08PM

    Sounds yummy and I think I have everything for it, except I have Honey Nut Cheerios, might try it with those. :-)

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SALDRU 8/6/2009 10:58AM

    Thanks for the recipe!

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Getting Back to Basics

Sunday, April 19, 2009

I haven't been keeping track of calories and exercise here ... or even checking in the last 2 months. Mostly work has been busy and a few other family issues.

Thanks to good habits I have managed to keep my weight consistent. So now is the time to get back here and lose these last few pounds. I bought two bathingsuits this week. And that has given me just the right level of motivation


Goals for November

Saturday, November 01, 2008

I've been stuck at 137 for a few weeks now. And, I guess, the good news is, I went on vacation for 10 days and didn't gain weight.

I want to start losing the last 12 pounds and several inches from my middle by March.

Starting this month, I am going to:

try the Leslie Sansone videos that a few people here have suggested are GREAT!

I will not miss any more group exercise classes between now and the end of December -- and WILL sign up for January.

And I will increase my fruit/veggie intake to 8 servings per day.

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CINDYSUITT 11/1/2008 10:32PM

    Great goals!!! You can do it!!! WE CAN DO IT!

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MICHELE0329 11/1/2008 8:21AM

    I am proud of you!! I just KNOW you CAN do this!! Take one day at a time!! Push hard, and you will reach your goal, in no time!! if there is ever anything I can do for you, just let me know!!

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New Kitty

Thursday, September 04, 2008

We brought home a new kitty ~~ What a cutie!
A friend's cat had kittens, and we couldn't resist.

She's fitting right in around here.
Her name is KC (For Knight's Cat) since my black lab has become quite protective of her.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KYRRDIS 6/16/2009 9:15AM

    How cute! Adorable picture!

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RHIANNON_ 6/16/2009 4:17AM

    Aww!! How adorable is she!!
I have black lab too, she is an utter softie.

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SERRAANGEL 9/12/2008 5:14PM

    Oh. My. Cute! What a sweetie.

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PURPLE0906 9/6/2008 9:52AM

    Awww, she is so cute! She looks like she will fit right in with everyone and steel your heart away, lol


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