One Week Down…and this really isn’t that challenging. Perhaps I’m at a healthier stage in life than I originally thought, or maybe I should find higher standards. There are a few questions I’d like to discuss with a nutritionist…for example: This veggie breakdown of the five categories, how critical is it to get those recommended amounts in each category? For example, the starch vegetable category (corn, green peas, white potatoes) I had none of last week but have still been meeting my daily vegetable requirements with all the other categories. Also, I do love a lot of red & orange vegetables (sweet potatoes, tomatoes, carrots) but is really reasonable to get 5 cups of them in a week? Especially in the summertime when Sweet potatoes and butternut squash, etc. are not in season. I did meet the requirement this week, but don’t think I would typically. Additionally, the “Other vegetables” category is it bad if this is where the majority of your vegetables fall (zucchini, squash, cucumber, etc.)? Also, is this where asparagus belongs?
Overall, I think I am doing well and with a little better meal planning I think I can curb the aforementioned problem areas of dairy and protein to get the recommended amount of nutrients.
New recipes that I tried and enjoyed this week included quinoa mac’n’cheese, homemade almond butter and whole wheat cookies.
This Friday we leave for vacation with my family so I know the week ahead will be a lot more challenging to stay on the healthy track. Travelling in general is difficult to stick with a routine of any kind, never mind with my family…we love to eat and unfortunately I tend to overindulge when I am with them. I’ll keep you posted on how I do on the west coast!