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Get on Track Challenge

That's the thing that I'm doing, through work. I've been at it for four days now and things have been quite interesting.

Firstly, seriously? *EVERYONE* has to eat the same number and size of serves for fruit and veggies? How can that be right? 5 serves of veggies is huuuuge. Yesterday I physically couldn't stomach veggies by dinner time and I had dry toast. Ugh.

Also, it takes me a really long time to work my way through 5 serves of veggies and 2 fruit. It can take me several hours to munch through say three serves at night time. And then some more time to get through dessert. Tonight I made pasta sauce, heavy on the veggies, and then switched out the pasta in favour of a medium potato which equals one serve. So two things - one, I can't believe how much less chewing is involved in eating processed carbs, that seems weird to have noticed. And two, I have no time for snacking, what with all the damn veggies I have to eat. And a bonus third - it's definitely helping with the avoiding of gluten.

I've managed to exercise for 3 out of the 4 days so far. That's pretty good for me. Yesterday I was home late so I gave my CD from my yoga teacher (ashtanga led yoga class) a go and that was awesome. And I liked being able to take the class whenever was convenient for me. That will get another go or two.

Normally by Thursday, I'm knackered. the house and kitchen is a mess and I am exhausted. But today, I went to the gym, did a fruit and veg shop, came home, brought in the laundry (Benji sat next to the basket and looked at me like "WTF?") and then cooked a meal from scratch. And I feel good! And all the food I bought from the shops was healthy. I discovered gluten free muesli! Tomorrow I will give that a go with yoghurt and a banana since I have a late start because ... my toilet is getting replaced.

So in all, four days in, whilst keeping to the challenge is hard, I'm committed to it to see what happens after 8 weeks. Also, being in a team helps!



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Feb. 11th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
I have to say the best thing about the recommended fruit & vegie thing is that it's about adding good stuff to your eating habits rather than taking AWAY. Almost all diets/"lifestyle changes" (which don't work anyway) are about removing or controlling your food until you end up thinking so much about rules you forget about nutrition.

(a friend recently quit Weight Watchers after realising she was being encouraged to eat so much expensive processed food such as raspberry shortcake biscuits with no raspberry in them AT ALL)

Eating vegies is the most common piece of health info we get and yet it's so easy to let it slide!
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah I like this because it isn't a diet - i want something that is a lifestyle change but doesn't feel onerous or cumbersome or restrictive. I added icecream to my fruit for dessert so that it doesn't feel like a chore or a compromise. It'll be interesting to see how this goes.
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Feb. 16th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
i just don't think I can go a salad for breakfast! Definitely good to try an egg at breakfast, I should go back to that. I'm finding the muesli a go-er though.
Feb. 11th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
most health experts who aren't crazy calorie-counting ijits say it's better to add sugar & fat to your fruit & vegies than to skip the fruit & vegies.

If you're feeling good that's the most important thing! Separating health from weight/potential weight loss in your head means that healthy choices become more sustainable.
Feb. 16th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
it's really quite bizarre- I've been deconstructing a bunch of my eating habits and they are quite odd, and perhaps a little too convenient
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
Also, the rec fruit and vegie thing is over the whole day. Can you get more fruit or veg into breakfast or lunch?
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
See sure, that works in theory. But that's part of the thing about looking hard at what and how I eat. I can't eat cereal really for both the gluten and the too much roughage issue. So that means you either eat a piece of fruit for breakfast or ... and that makes sense - yo eat a piece of fruit for breakfast but, you know, this is part of the breaking of lifetime habits thing that I signed up for here.
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
I am finding I am examining a lot of my own food habits recently. I'm starting to be drawn to raw food, which is a surprise to me. But Jules' blog has been *awesome* and I am dying to try some of the recipes.
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
I've been reading her blog. But ... I dunno if i could completely give up my cooked carbs. That said, I've hardly eaten any this week anyway.
Feb. 11th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
I occationally have either frozen blueberries or a banana (with some powdered ginger)in yoghurt for breakfast. No cereal but sometimes sunflower seeds.
Feb. 16th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
Yoghurt is a good suggestion! Thanks!
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Also, i don't eat fruit, haven't really ever eaten much fruit, so the whole thing is this huge effort.
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
Is there any kind of fruit you do like? I didn't like fruit either but once I started to explore a bit, I found I liked dragonfruit (it's not too sweet) and I'm very picky about apples and pears. I also love grapes.
And *good* honeydew. So many of them taste like cardboard.
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
The tough thing is my allergies and also the Crohn's - too high in sugar (grapes, melons etc) give me stomach aches. The others ... hives. But as you say, exploration helps. I found fuji apples!
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
Fujis are nice. What about nashis? I'm not a fan, but they are different.
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
I'll put em on my list and try em out
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Oo, that's a suggestion I can make: it might help if you process the fruit and have it ready to eat, so for example a melon already cut up into handy chunks. Then it might guilt you into eating it since you went and got it, selected it, cut it up, and you have three days to eat it...
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
so i shouldn't admit i've been mostly eating canned fruit, huh?

I am thinking about trying smoothies - friend at work suggested juice instead of milk. I am off this weekend to get me a handheld blender stick and I might try smoothies before work next week - drink em in traffic, and get breakfast done.

But a lot of it really is about preparation and having thought ahead. So easy to live like a single person, when you are one! And just get takeaway!
Feb. 12th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
Haven't you got that blender sitting on the bench? It's not just for marguaritas you know...

Smoothies made on juice and chucking in whatever fruit you like are just awesome. If you like bananas they make the best addition because they thicken the smoothie and give it rib-stick-to-itness. A good health food shop will be able to advise about things to add for extra goodness.
Feb. 16th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
yeah so .. uh .. NOW I have the blender sitting on my bench.

Now I just have to figure out a portable vessel for these smoothies and i'll be sorted.
Feb. 16th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
Go somewhere like Target or a kitchen store. There are so many different types of insulated travel type mugs out there, in so many different colours, your main problem will be picking the right one (maybe one that matches your eyes?). *grin*.
Feb. 16th, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)

(thanks for the advice)
Feb. 12th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
That's how I get my family to eat fruit too. Noone of them bother otherwise.
Feb. 11th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
In the immortal words of When Harry Met Sally - "I'll have what she's having". Give me some of that energy girl! Seriously though - smoothies are a good way to go. Try with juice instead of milk. A friend of mine adds a bit of tahini too for taste and protein and of course yoghurt is super good. They are a little hard to prepare in advance though...
Feb. 11th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah I have a thing about drinking a lot of milk or dairy - I just can't do it. But the juice is a good idea. Some of these things do rely on getting up early aka every day - I am not a morning person and so I mostly breakfast at my desk at work. Bad habits and lack of planning ...

Still, this is about making permanent lifestyle changes and people who have healthy ones, have good tips on what to do and when. I just have to find out these tips!
Feb. 12th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
The thing to remember with juice is that it only fully counts for your daily fruit if you leave the pulp in.
Feb. 11th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
I'm having a real problem with brekkie at the moment... i was always a cereal / mueusli girl but don't seem to want it at the moment. and I can't have eggs on toast every day.

So when i'm in healthy gym mode, smoothies totally work. yes a bit of preparation, but this is what i would do.. blend your favourite fruit - banana always good - and then frozen mixed berries great if you don't mind them (better than canned) - often i dont use any milk, but yoghurt and water and some sort of protein powder (don't know if you can do whey powder or similar?) tastes much better if it is really cold - thus frozen berries - and freezing let over banana good too. I would make a big batch and freeze batches, then put one out night before and take with me to work and drink slowly on the way, as I arrived, over the first hour, adding water as the last bits got thicker. (ohh that sounds sooo tempting doesn't it?!)

In case it wasn't obvious, this was partially written as a reminder to self to get back into such healthy habits!
Feb. 11th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
Trying to have protein with breakfast without having eggs every day is tough.

And berries are the best fruit, antioxidantwise, and frozen is so convenient.

I am going to try your smoothie. I have vanilla protein powder in the cupboard from doing low-carb baking. Which turned out disgusting. But the smoothie sounds nice!

In the meantime, I'll have a slice of turkey with my fruit salad. Stupid protein. But it sure works when it comes to weight loss and not feeling hungry.

I have an awesome lasagne recipe with thinly sliced eggplant instead of pasta. It makes a great breakfast :D

Feb. 11th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
ohh - lasagne recipe pleeze?
the protein thing is really hard when you're vegetarian as well. eggs, cheese, nuts... umm?
Feb. 12th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Tofu, chickpeas, lentils, beans.
We add a can of chickpeas or beans to quite a few dishes to get the protein up.
I've also just started making protein powder shakes at work before cycling home. Couple of scoops of powder, some water, a banana, stick mixer = tastyfuntimes.

It turns out to be quite reasonably priced if you buy generic Whey Protein Isolate from a health food store instead of PowerMaxAtronicHyperBlast Protein with added Real Synthetic Chocorama flavour in the V.BRIGHTLY coloured bottle like I used to buy from the gym shop.
Feb. 13th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
I hear you! I started on the cheapo whey too!
and i meant - protein if you're doing low carb.

for a vegetarian, i have a not-good relationship with tofu. must work harder at that :-)
Feb. 16th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
so you freeze your made up smoothies? that's a brilliant idea -especially for those of us in a hurry in the morning!
Feb. 11th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
How big is a serving? This whole idea sounds exactly like what I need to help get some better habits.
Feb. 12th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
Serving sizes for the fruit and veges...

Feb. 12th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Interesting that it counts potatoes as veggies though - here those are firmly in the same box as rice and pasta.
Feb. 13th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
Have to admit I thought that was a bit odd too, but I'm guessing that was a 'political' decision to encourage people who eat no veges to view the exercise positively.
Feb. 11th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
I stew batches of apples to have with cereal and yoghurt, but they're also great by themselves of course (I never add sugar, just cinnamon and cloves or cardamom). Pink ladies over fujis every time!

If you get to smoothies, absolutely freeze the bananas first - makes the smoothy thicker, and colder, and hmmm also a bit sweeter.

Plus? You've been guilting me into eating more vegies =D
Feb. 12th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Chocolate-coated frozen bananas on popsicle sticks are good, too! Other indulgent options: frozen grapes, strawberries sprinkled with sugar and berries or stone fruit soaked in a little liqueur.
Feb. 16th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
ok - thanks for the tip, I'll freeze a couple of bananas in prep!

and yay - more veggies for all, is good!
Feb. 11th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
I give the kids V8 juice which has one serve of veg and one serve of fruit per 250ml.
Feb. 16th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
good suggestion! I've grabbed this one, gets me at least 1 serve of each on a bad day!
Feb. 11th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
Also I have started sometimes having avocado spread on toast after Dirk blogged about doing that and it tastes AMAZING! (even better with smoked salmon too)
Feb. 12th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
This is going to sound disgusting but mashed banana and avocado on toast is yummy. Even better if you add bacon, but that's not really on the healthy list, eh?

I used to feed this to my kids when they were babies, and started having it on toast myself. Don't knock it til you've tried it *grin*.
Feb. 16th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
avocado and vegemite is a personal fave!
Feb. 11th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Gluten free muesli! I have meant to make some of that, because right now I'm just eating my yogurt with banana and raisins, which is kind of meh. Though I try to eat porridge with special oats and blueberries once a day instead.

I do find I eat a lot more vegetables since going gluten free, though. And rice cakes, OMG. So much rice cakes.

And now I'm wondering how many servings of fruit and vegetables I get per day...
Feb. 16th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
the gluten free muesli is a winner.
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