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New week, new plan


Monday, October 14, 2013

My personal challenge of eating more fresh produce and limiting the processed foods have clocked yet another week. And I did OK, I really did. 5 out of 7 days I prepared dinners at home using mainly fresh produce. (Well, if we look past the one tin of canned tomatoes, the canned chick peas and the dried and salted codfish..)

Even on my cheat days I made what I consider acceptable choices. Chinese chicken both days, one take-out, one frozen. The take-out was packed with fresh veggies, and to the frozen I added a red pepper and some scallions.

To my surprise my greatest accomplishment this week was that I ended up eating even more fresh fruits and vegetables than last week! I did not even give it much thought or effort.. AND I hardly missed my bacon!
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Today is the first day of a new week, with new possibilities and a new plan. This week I plan to keep up the good work. I'll still aim to have at least some fresh fruits or vegetables with every meal and snack. Still prepare our dinners focusing on using as much fresh produce as I can.

I have realized that there will be days where spending hours in the kitchen is just not practical, and I see the need to plan ahead for those days. Also, for certain fruits and vegetables fresh is not always the best option. I'll probably cut some corners. Regardless my goal stays the same; more fresh whole foods, preferably organic, while consuming less of the processed ones.

And I have saved the best for last, this week I plan to not eat ANY candies packed with cornstarch, colorings, preservatives and other yuckiness. I just won't. If I feel like I must have a treat I can pop my own popcorn, make my own treats or indulge in a few squares of dark organic chocolate. Wish me luck, cheer me on or join in!
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ASMARTERWAY 10/14/2013 2:58PM

    You're a gem and you know how to cheer a person up!

I fancied a snack on Saturday so I ate raw, frozen broad beans. I love sucking them like boiled sweets until they soften, then chewing them. They're awesome; you should try it one day.

But tonight I'm going to stuff my face with Liquorice Allsorts and chocolate!

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GYPSYGOTH 10/14/2013 11:19AM

    I buy a lot of frozen fruit (for smoothies) and frozen veg to throw into pasta dishes, etc... I don't think they're any less good (flash-freezing preserves some extra nutrients!) and I also think canned beans and such are a great convenience with little lost nutrition.

On days when I really don't have time or feel like cooking, my go-to meal is a big salad of mixed greens with some chopped roasted peppers (from a jar) and a can or pouch of fish (herring, smoked oysters, salmon). Add a little sesame or olive oil, some balsamic vinegar and some spices, and you have yourself a delicious, filling, super-healthy meal!

Sometimes I'll take a frozen dinner (I know, processed, blah) or leftovers and add a half or full bag of frozen broccoli florets or similar to bulk it up.

Great job on getting in tons of fresh produce this week. Best of luck keeping it up and cutting out other processed foods too. emoticon

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CHERYL_ANNE 10/14/2013 7:04AM

    Good for you in doing what you set out to do!


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HABITATVITALITY 10/14/2013 4:24AM

    Wow, that is awesome, I'm impressed with your plan and I like the new focus in the last paragraph - no more of those hidden yukkies! A thought did come to me as I was reading your blog. I have been getting 2 serves of fruit and 2 serves (or more) of veggies just in green smoothies which I make up in my little wizzer every day (makes 2 large glasses). I drink one for morning tea and the other for afternoon tea, along with other snacks, so it is like an additional daily snack and usually only around 130 or so calories for those 2 huge drinks full of vitamins and minerals. If you want to beam give it a go! I also eat vegetables with meals so this is in addition to. One of my October personal challenges to self was to drink 2 green smoothies a day and now I am addicted !! emoticon

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