Monday, May 5, 2008

Weekly Challenge: Spring Cleaning

I am still looking at the title of this post and thinking maybe it isn't quite right. I want this week's challenge to be about nutrition, and maybe that title is misleading. Maybe it seems too closely related can I put this politely...high-fiber diets? This challenge is diet-related, but not necessarily fiber-related. What I am really aiming for is a feeling of 'cleanliness'. It's a bit hard to describe. I just don't want the junky, weighted-down feeling I get from eating too much of what is wrong and not enough of what is right. So I think it is time to get things together nutrition-wise.

After my diet debacle, I decided it was time to just get back to regular eating. Call me crazy, but I feel like not feeling totally drained about midway through the day is a good thing. Plus last week, when I was no longer on the diet, I felt better while running. Hmm....At any rate, this week I would like to challenge myself to eat more balanced meals, but in a concrete way. What does this mean, exactly? 5 fruits and vegetables a day! From what I understand, 5 servings of fruit/veggies is the recommended minimum, and as I have a tendency to leave those things out of my diet (buying produce in NYC is a pain in the b-u-t-t), I am going to make a point of getting my minimum.

I am hoping to weight things a bit more heavily on the veggie side (3:2 veggie to fruit ratio), and surpass my minimum when possible. As usual, this is a challenge that I am hoping to stick with even after the week has ended.

Hopefully this one goes better than my early wake-up call...maybe once I have left the indulgent life of the graduate student behind I will try that again :p


Susan said...

It's surprising to me that you can't find good fruits/veggies in NYC with all those produce vendors and markets. Maybe you are just looking in the wrong places. Or maybe I just don't know what I'm talking about which is more likely since I live in suburban Washington DC! But it sounds like you are definitely on to something by adding more fruits and veggies to your diet. And yes, more veggies than fruit is best, I agree.

Anonymous said...

Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition.... For me that's the hardest thing to balance right now. To eat enough of everything, in the right quantities, enough to have energy for all the exercise, but still be able to loose some body fat... It's all too complicated to balance out for me. I can completely relate with your post, and don't have any real advice to give you on this one.

Irish Cream said...

Ooh, I know this one! Go to

It has a listing of a ton of farmer's markets in New York state (but you can search by area/county), including dates/hours of operation. I have no experience with any of them (I go to the Grand Army Plaza Green Market in Brooklyn) . . . but it might be fun to check them out!

Rachel said...

Great goals to have. I probably fair a little bit on the extremist side when it comes to veggies and fruit because they are my faves. Apples are actually a GREAT source of fiber. So they kill two birds with one stone.