Challenge Yourself To Eat Well

Boy, it’s been a while since I posted anything!  I guess the holiday hoopla took over and I got busy with other stuff.  But I’m back…

Today is the official start of our Food Rules and Fitness Challenge. The idea is to encourage everyone (me too!) to eat more vegetables. I often refer to veggies as disease preventers because they’re so loaded with nutrients. When I stop to read the nutrition information of leafy greens like kale, swiss chard and romaine I suddenly have an urge to eat as much of this stuff as I can! Of course we cant’ live on leafy greens alone but we should try to build our meals around vegetables and use meat (if you eat it)  and other animal proteins as a side kick.


swiss chard

For dinner I like to have a small serving of animal proteins like fish, chicken and two vegetables.

But what about the rest of the day? What else should we eat? There are  as many nutritional theories as there are days in a year so it can certainly be overwhelming to figure it all out. We know the best place to start is to focus on eating whole foods from the earth and avoid stuff that comes in packages made in a factory somewhere. Here’s what I’ll eat today:

Breakfast: Oats prepared with chopped apple, ground flax, a few raisins for sweetening, cinnamon and a bit of coconut milk.

Mid Morning Snack: My new favorite shake is made with 1 kale leaf , 1 swiss chard leaf, 1 cup coconut water, 1 frozen banana and 1 tsp of Spriulina.

Lunch: homemade tomato soup made with onions, carrots, fennel, garlic. Maybe a few  whole wheat crackers and a small salad

Afternoon snack: 10-12 almonds and a piece of fruit. Green tea

Dinner: grilled lemon chicken over salad with tomatoes, avocado, red onions, shaved carrots and some wild rice

Dessert: I’m going to make the bar I wrote about in a past blog.  Just combine a cup of each: oats, walnuts, dates or raisins and a tablespoon of chia seeds in a food processor.  Its sweetly satisfying without added sugar.

So there it is…..a day of whole foods. Pretty simple, right? Did I earn all my points? All I have to do is drink my water! What are you eating today?

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