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This fruit and veggie thing.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

As you may know, if you're following my blogs, I've been tracking my fruits and veggies only. When I honestly manage more than 5 of them in a day, I see a loss. When I am close to the 5 or less in a day, I'm eating more things that are not as healthy.

I'm still not back over 180, so that's good, but this week I saw a couple of pounds back from where I was last week. Even with my once a week eating out, I manage to basically maintain my weight. I'm not sure if I'm annoyed with not being able to drop the weight as easily as when I loge every single bite, but I'm liking being more relaxed now that I'm out of the obese category. I'm not gaining and am still down the 50 pounds from where I began.

Since it's growing season, produce is in abundance and cheap. It's flavorful and at it's most nutritious. I may not ever be able to stop the damage I did to my body for years of eating mostly processed foods, but I will go down kicking with the fruits and veggies (and other whole foods).

When I eat whole foods and especially the most nutritious ones, I have more energy. I feel better in general. I'm happier and less prone to bouts of arguing with the kids. I'm calmer.

When I eat whole foods, the kids are more likely to eat them too. I've bought at least 15 nectarines this week and have only gotten 3. I'm glad that everyone else enjoys the whole stuff. Grapes sit out on the table, ready to be eaten by all. I always have fruit bowls out in reach, so as long as we see them, we eat them. Everyone loves English cucumbers. Once my tomatoes start growing (I see at least 6 plants on my balcony) we'll have plenty of daily treats.

I start my day out with a cup of berries in my yogurt. Since I switched brands of yogurt last week, I'm having to use a bowl, so it's like having dessert for breakfast with a little organic vanilla yogurt poured over frozen mixed berries. It's still yogurt for breakfast every day, and my berries are probably not organic, but it's a step in the right direction for me seeing that I cut out my every morning probably GMO laced breakfast. One switch at a time, great colors to each morning.

By the end of the day I've eaten my whole rainbow and it's tastier than any petroleum laced lake colored foods.

Even if I never lose another pound in my life, I know that I'm creating a great environment for my body to handle everything that's thrown at it. I know I'm passing down good food choices to my children and since I'm no longer weight obsessed, I'm not passing down any bad habits to my children (especially my daughter).

Today's Holidays: Log Cabin Day, Color TV Day, National Catfish Day and National Strawberry Parfait Day.
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  • MISSG180
    Great attitude! We are partaking in a CSA this summer, so there is a lot of fresh produce in the fridge. Using it fast enough means I'm cooking lots more veggies than I generally do. It's wonderful. I hope the habit will carry on even after the summer is over.
    1727 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Your children are getting a good educatoion form their mother about healthy eating, fruits and veggies. Some day they will thank you for doing so. I love fruits and veggiea, but as a diebetic I'm allowed 2 fruits a day. However, there are times when I just have to have a third fruit. Enjoying the abundance of fresh and veggies that are available, although everything here is late blooming. Sorry for the farmers who still have way to much water in the fields and can't plant yet. I heard that if the can't plant soon---they may not be able to plant this year. Our season in Mn. sure is alot less time that the warmer states. Enjoy the fruits and veggies.
    1727 days ago
    Keep eating the rainbow! Remember, that's where you'll find the proverbial pot of gold. :D
    1727 days ago
    I know what you mean about produce. It really makes a big difference in how my body works too. Whole foods are so important and rare in our culture! How did this happen? Thanks for the post.
    1727 days ago
  • BEBARB149
    Don't know that I would be able to keep my calories down without tracking everything yet, but I'm finding that I don't have to be as diligent as I was in the beginning. Glad to know that eventually I might be able to do without the tracking. You're kids may never thank you for setting such a good example but you'll know you did good! :-D
    1727 days ago
  • KAREN608
    You made me think about my end goal. I remember being 170 lbs ('they say I ought to be 132 lbs, who ever made up the healthy weight categories) and feeling fit & fine.

    So thinking my goal may have to change as it might not be doable for me especially with a thyroid that is on again off again.

    I do watch the thin ladies at church and they eat healthy things and very little of them. But I can not imagine myself that thin ever.
    1727 days ago
    I always enjoy your great blogs and your positive attitude about fruits and veg. Now that Summer is here (?????) I'm enjoying the abundance of salad items that are available.

    1727 days ago
    Awesome blog...

    You are doing great.....

    Like this fruit and veggie thing...

    1727 days ago
    AWESOME goal to track fruits and veggies! We have so much squash, green beans, and carrots:)

    Love your holidays at the end of your post!
    1727 days ago
    I don't know if I would be able to maintain without tracking. Even though it's still a pain sometimes, I feel like it's a habit that keeps me mindful throughout the day. I worry that if I remove that habit, I might fall into old, bad habits. Even when I splurge and have my crazy days now, I still feel reined in and somewhat in control because I still track it. I do agree with the fruit and vegetable tracking. I think if I did take a break from full-on tracking, I would still track my fruit/veggie and water servings. I can see that working out, but I'm still wary because I know I can get through a day and realize I haven't had enough of this or that nutrient, and the full tracking allows me to fix that.
    1727 days ago
    Great blog and great attitude. Keep up the good work and hopefully you will instill in your children the importance of eating well. Keep up the good work!
    1727 days ago
    emoticon Well Done on changing the Food Environment and the Legacy that you are passing down to your Children!! that is beyond Fabulous!!
    emoticon Maybe we should Celebrate Ntl Strawberry Parfait Day with some Strawberrys!! I will add them to my Spinach Salad for Lunch!!
    1727 days ago
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