Healthy Family Challenge

Tiffany, Week 1: “How I Got More End-of-Day Energy!”

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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.


Challenge Yourself: Get Your Daily Fruit and Veggie Servings

The average adult should have two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables a day–but according to the CDC, only one-third of Americans actually do.

An easy way to up your intake? Sneak a little fruit or veggies into every meal.

For breakfast, toss a 1/2 cup spinach, mushrooms, broccoli or onion into an egg-white omelet. Or top whole wheat cereal with 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries, strawberries or raspberries.

Get ideas for lunch, snacks and dinner here.

How do you incorporate fruits and veggies into every meal? Share your tips in the comments below.


Challenge #1: Eat More Fruits and Veggies

For the next six months, Family Circle will be giving the Lehmans and Avaglianos a number of challenges to help them lose weight and get in shape.

First up: Incorporating more fruits and veggies into meals to meet their daily requirements. 

Check back in every day to see how they try to hit the mark.


Win a FLogg Daily Food and Fitness Journal!

FLogg Journal

The Lehmans and Avaglianos all received FLogg Daily food and fitness journals to track their habits in their quest to lose weight and get in shape.

Want one of your own? Go here to enter to win one of five.


The Resolution That Changed Everything

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Like millions of people throughout the world, I make a New Year’s Eve resolution to lose weight and eat healthier. When I tell my four kids, they roll their eyes believing that the resolution will only last a few days to weeks, as it has in the past. While I was still on the health kick this year, a friend emailed me Family Circle’s Healthy Family Challenge entry form. I entered, pausing only briefly to consider what it would mean if our family was chosen to be in the challenge; after all, it was Family Circle. So many people would enter. Why would they chose us?

A few weeks ago, I received an email saying that my family was a finalist! Wow! Before I spoke to anyone, I had to tell my family. Responses included:

“Why didn’t you tell us about this before you entered?”

“Do we have to?” and

“I am not giving up my cookies at lunch.”

I told them that we were finalists, and nothing was decided. We would not do this unless everyone was willing to try. Bottom line. They all agreed. Even my two daughters in college (Katie and Christina) said they would try and follow the challenges. We would do this as a family.

We were told that the challenges would not be “too hard” and we could win “fabulous prizes.” The first challenge would begin on Ash Wednesday! It was perfect. Lent has always been the Catholic excuse to diet. Throwing 2,000 years of guilt on top of any resolutions you want to make sure helps. As a good Catholic, post Vatican II, you need to give up something and do something. I gave up chocolate, and will try to do the challenges. Okay, maybe that is a little too self-serving. I’ll give up chocolate (not an easy thing for me), and try to get other people to join us in this challenge—and improve their health along with us.

I’m happy my family is to be a part of this challenge. The one thing I feel I have not given my children is a good role model for proper nutrition, and now Family Circle is going to help me fix that.

If my family, friends, co-workers—and anyone who happens to see this blog, loses weight and gets into better shape, we will have won—even if we never get one of the “fabulous prizes.”

Leave a comment and let me know if you’re on board!