I’m about a half-a-week into my new challenge and wanted to note a few findings so far.
- I surprisingly eat enough fruits AND vegetables according to the USDA My Plate standards. This is surprising to me because I really though I lacked in the vegetable category, but I only need 2.5 cups a day and I’ve really had no problem reaching that…at least in the past few days.
- I’ve been struggling in the Dairy category though. This is surprising because I used to be all about some dairy…loved milk and cheese my whole life…and I still do, but I think I cut a lot of dairy out of my diet…so much so that I am not getting the recommended 3 cups a day. I think this is partially do to the expense of dairy items and the perceived fat that they contain. This is an area I need to work on.
- Protein, like dairy, I am not getting enough. I honestly think with a little better meal planning on my part, this will not be an issue. I usually do think I get enough protein but have not been cooking a lot of meat lately for whatever reason. Definitely not going vegetarian because I do love meats and their nutritional benefits, but have not been eating it as much. Salmon is on the menu for tonight though, so maybe I’ll get back into the swing of things!
- I love dessert! This is not a shocking revelation or anything new…I love finishing meals with a little something sweet or picking up something from the bakery any time I feel like splurging. This is not a category on the plate and is something I will probably continue to indulge in, but just wanted to be fully transparent here!
We will see how I round off the week!