Saturday, November 7, 2009
One week challenge - Starts Sunday, Nov. 7 - Eat 4 different fruits and veggies each day! Even a bite counts!
When Kirk and I were at Super Walmart on Halloween stocking up on candy (I can't have anything like that around for more than an hour before I go into some crazed candy eating monster), our cart also held bagels, cream cheese, and a box of cereal.
The man in front of me in line had a cart loaded with fruit and vegetables, including fresh pineapple which I've never in my life attempted to chop and eat, and some green leafy things I didn't even recognize. He may have been a recent immigrant and I only noted this as when I taught in Chicago, many of my students were recent immigrants from Eastern European countries, Africa and Mexico. And these student were regularly seen munching on an apple between classes. They eschewed the vending machines unlike the faculty, and whether this was based on cost or coming from a culture that ate more produce, I'm not sure. Regardless of the reason, they were making smart choices.
There are days when I will have a bagel and cream cheese and a Pespsi for breakfast, which my neighbor (not a pop drinker) thinks this is a bit disgusting;-). A cheese sandwich, chips and a Diet Coke for lunch and pizza and iced tea for dinner. Do you hear the resounding lack of fruits and vegetables here?
I'm really trying to get into the habit of sitting down with the kids for dinner and our eating at least something that came from the ground. So I thought I'd try this one week challenge of eating four different types of fruits and four different types of vegetables each day for a week. Even one bite counts. Hope you'll join me!