Everyone needs a little self-improvement, right? That’s why I’ve set a personal challenge for the month of July to tweak here and there areas in my life that need some extra attention. Nothing radical mind you. Just little things I can do to bring more clarity, more joy, and more vitality to improve my daily routine.
Day 18: Eat Fresh. Eat Organic.
My Problem: Nine servings a day of fresh fruits and vegetables? That is the current food guidelines. No way do I even come close. If I’m lucky, maybe four or five servings are my norm. My Goal: Eat a minimum of six servings a day of fresh fruits and vegetables. (Notice I did not say NINE. I am looking for success here)
My Plan: Incorporate fruits and vegetables in to every meal and every snack. Since fruits and vegetables are naturally filling and low in calories, if I consciously do this, it should also help with my weight loss goal from Day 1 of 31 Days To An Improved Me. And no excuses on variety; summer is the best time to get in this fresh, healthy habit Ways to make sure I get those six servings: Breakfast: Fresh berries in my muesli or on my waffles; a green smoothie; sliced fruit with a piece of toast or just eat an apple with peanut butter.Lunch: A piece of fresh fruit with every meal; veggies on my sandwich; raw vegetables with dip or humus at every meal; a salad Dinner: A side salad, baked potato, fresh, steamed or stir fried veggies, add vegetables to a casserole, a main dish salad, a fruit salad Dessert: Fresh berries with whipped cream or on top of pudding or ice cream; fruit cobbler or pie Snacks: a piece of fresh fruit, a handful of dried fruit, veggies and dip or humus
Should I go organic? Organic might be safer, healthier, and better for my system, but it can also be costly. I came across the Dirty Dozen – Twelve fruits and vegetables that you should always buy organic. Why these twelve? Because they either have thin skins, grow high in a tree, or close to the ground, making them more susceptible to harmful pesticides. I don’t mind always spending a little more for these fruits and vegetables. What are the Dirty Dozen?
Celery Peaches Strawberries Nectarines Bell Peppers Spinach Cherries Potatoes Grapes Leafy Lettuce Greens Carrots Pears
While splurging on the Dirty Dozen is always a good investment, there is also a list of items that you don’t have to worry about whether or not you buy organic. Due to their thick skins or hardy growing environment, these foods really are not bothered by chemicals: Onions, Avocados, Corn, Pineapple, Mango, Asparagus, Peas, Kiwi, Cabbage, Eggplant, Papaya, Watermelon, Broccoli, Bananas, and Sweet Potatoes. I’m not going to fall for these organic traps. Instead, I’ll save my money for the Dirty Dozen.
Day 18: Eat Fresh. Eat Organic. .