Today is the last day of my vegetable challenge. For the past few years my New Year’s resolution involved eating more vegetables. You can read what I did earlier this year to help myself beat this here. During the winter, steaming hot vegetables carry a lot of meals. Spring hits and I turn to salads, but they aren’t fresh. I long for garden-grown tomatoes! Funny that July tends to be one of the toughest months for me. My garden grows, but doesn’t usually produce until the end of the month.
This time, I planned a preemptive strike. I created a challenge on Face Book that forced me to stay accountable. I did a little research and found that doctors recommend 50% or half your plate be fruits and vegetables. To make it even tougher, they insist that only 10% be fruit. I outlined the rules in the group description:
Take the challenge to eat healthy. That means 50% of your food should be fruits and veggies. Taking it to the top means 40% is veggies and 10% is fruit. Tell what you ate. Pictures are appreciated!
Then I invited family and friends. Only a few accepted, though others sent recipes and commented. My little group of accountables discovered a lot of interesting things. Here are some screen shots.
Two weeks into the challenge I read an article in a recent Reader’s Digest health section explaining that taking pictures of your food before eating is good for you because it makes you anticipate eating it more and causes the food to make you feel full sooner. Another plus! And I had thought the pictures might induce hunger and I’d eat too much! Hah!
My friend saw this tote bag and had to get it for me! Thank you, Jane!
Everyone who participated one. I learned a lot about my eating habits. I did not eat nearly as much vegetables as I needed. So much more is out there than I ever thought. A little challenge had a huge impact on my eating style!