I've been spending this afternoon looking at my trackers for the past few months. And I have to say, I've been doing pretty well overall! Have there been slip-ups? Sure, but honestly not that many. My monthly calories are steadily decreasing, I am generally in range on my macros, and I've not been feeling deprived or overly hungry. So this is all good, right? Oh well, I must admit, I am pretty pleased with myself. But there is a big BUT; I have NOT been consuming as much fresh produce, especially vegetables, as I would ideally like.
So, since I'd like to practice what I preach, I've decided my next step to become even healthier is to slowly weed out the highly processed foods and bring in more fresh produce. And, to make this transition manageable, I've decided to start small. Feel free to join me. I would love to have someone to cheer on and be cheered on by!
Next week, starting Monday and ending next Sunday, I plan to eat some sort of fresh fruit or vegetable with every meal and snack! Yes, every time I fetch something, anything, to eat there will be some sort of fruit or vegetable on the plate with it! I've decided It doesn't have to be the main ingredient, even a few slices of cucumber or leafs of lettuce will do. (A full serving would be even better, but I am baby-stepping into this.)
My main challenge will be mornings and when I am eating my lunch at the laboratory. At the very least I should manage to add some lettuce to my ham and rye sandwiches. I keep a secret stash of protein-bars at the lab. They are highly processed, but I am not ready to give them up yet. So, next week I plan to smuggle in some carrot-sticks or something similar in my purse to eat with it. That's improvement, right?
After all, it is autumn now, fresh fruits and veggies are bountiful and in season, so this should be easy. And tasty!