Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Eating More Fruits and Veggies
Forget January resolutions. Back-to-school August has always felt like the new year to me, automatically signalling time for me to reorganize and reprioritize as I get back on a schedule. Summer was great--lots of time to read (and blog), but just as my daughter was ready to get back to school (friends) and begin the third grade, I also have been gearing up for the routine that her schedule will impose upon me.
In addition to cleaning out clutter, and cracking down on discipline, one of my resolutions is to eat better. Reading The Color Code last year really helped me get excited about eating fruits and vegetables for the health benefits that they provide. The plan includes eating fruits and vegetables from different color groups (red/orange, yellow, green, and blue), in addition to striving for ten vegetable servings a day. Yes, ten. Now when I was trying to follow this plan, I rarely actually hit ten servings. However, I did often get over the five which is commonly recommended and seldom reached by the population in general.
So, the way that I managed to encourage myself to eat more fruits and veggies, and to encourage my family to do the same, was simply to make a chart and post it on the fridge. I'm all about a little friendly competition, even if it's just with myself. Keeping a piece of notebook paper on the fridge, and simply putting tally marks on it, totally works for me when I'm trying to decide what to eat. So, the chart's going back up, and hopefully I'll be making wiser food choices. When you are trying to eat 7 - 10 servings of fruits and vegetables, there's not as much room to eat chips or candy or other things that I probably shouldn't be eating as much as I do. It also helped my daughter make her own good choices (another lover of the competition), because the two tally marks would be right there staring at her telling her that she really should eat an apple instead of a chewy granola bar. I also use it for my toddler, because it was convicting to me to see the lack there (since pretzels and graham crackers do not count as vegetables).
You probably know the saying that if you don't have a target, then you're sure to miss it, and a simple piece of paper with tally marks is my target. The book really made those foods something I wanted to eat, as opposed to what I should eat, so do think that another book skimming is in order as well.
Go over to Rocks in My Dryer to see what works for everyone else this week: