Hi! This is my first blog entry. No congratulations necessary, and please hold the applause
I recently decided to get more serious about eating, exercising regularly, and my plan to get 85% of my calories. I have a friend who is a hardcore raw vegan (also, trying very hard to turn me over to the dark side
) and while I couldn't go completely raw (or vegan, for that matter; I love steak, also cheese
) I thought that I would be a little less extreme and just eat fruits and vegetables in most of my meals, leaving one (like dinner) where I would have balanced meal. So, forging ahead, I purchased enough fruits and vegetables to fill the kitchen...aaahh! This was a little over a week ago, and I managed to eat most of it (or create meals with my boyfriend) and waste little to no produce. It has been great and I have actually lost 5+ pounds, which is nice. I feel like I have learned a lot from this, and I would like to take this moment to share it with you.
*Don't stress out about the foods spoiling; just find out the shelf life of each type of produce, store accordingly (not next to anything that would make the produce spoil faster; ex. apples), and plan meals based on all that information.
*Find or make creative recipes (I had a container of 8 or so fresh jalapenos --impulse buy :) and made super delicious, healthy jalapeno poppers.)
*You cannot force yourself to eat something you don't like just because it is super healthy (case and point: I bought a large papaya thinking I would just eat the whole thing as a supremely nutritious breakfast; the problem is: I HATE PAPAYAS, and their seeds are also quite disgusting--just my opinion; if you happen to love papayas, I'm sorry if that was offensive
*A lot of fruits really acidic, (think strawberries, oranges, apples, lemons, pineapple, etc ) and they tend to irritate my mouth and teeth. Some fruits and vegetables to cut down on that feel of acidity: Pears, corn, melons, cantaloupe, greens (not broccoli or arugula), bananas, mushrooms, grapes, etc
*Speaking of: Grapes have a lot of calcium!
*Your greens have a lot of protein!
*Melons have a lot of potassium, maybe more than bananas!
*Tomatoes go bad really, really fast, so don't keep more than 2-3 days!
That is all I have; so, I am going to the store again today to replenish my produce, but now with a better idea of what I need (like I won't purchase papayas because they are EVIL!
). Getting to know how you, and your body deal with a great deal of produce, will help you spend less and enjoy what you buy!