Our first challenge has been upping our intake of fruits and vegetables. And it’s been easier than I thought it would be. Just by adding spinach to my eggs or making sure with each meal we have a fruit or a vegetable has been pretty simple. We are not adding too many additional calories but we’re gaining so much more by way of nutrition.
One of the best payoffs: I feel better than I have in a long time. I have more energy at the end of the day. Usually by the time we’re home from work and have family time, I’m tired. Now I am gaining the strength to play with my kids, help them with their school work, clean the house and have quality time with Andy once the kids go to bed.
I’ve learned the importance in making sure what we eat is not “diet” foods but foods that are filling and full of nutritional value. It’s not about eating just foods that are marketed for those of us trying to lose our waist. It’s about packing our day with good-for-us goods that are lower in calories, higher in fiber and protein so that we’re satisfied and happy rather than hungry, burnt out and frustrated.
In this process we have been fortunate to find about all the different fruits and veggies out there and how yummy, good and filling these can be. We have been given some great recipes from Chef Mikki with Melissa’s. They’re shipping new types of fruits and vegetables to our house once a week. This week we got a package filled with black cherry tomatoes, champagne mangoes, red Caribbean papaya, peeled baby beets and more.
Thankfully we are not picky eaters so anything you put in front of us, as long as it’s seasoned–well, chances are we’ll like it!
Leave a comment and tell me about a new fruit or vegetable you and your family tried this week.
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