Eat your veggies!

Thursday, October 14, 2010 • Greentown, OH 44630

"I just can't seem to eat all my fruits and vegetables!" 
Trainers hear this all the time.  Especially when we are drilling it into our clients that if you eat more fruits and veggies that it's easier to lose weight.  But it's not typically because they can't eat them... it's usually because they aren't available!  The last time you went grocery shopping did you have over 100 servings of fruits and veggies in your cart? Probably not, but I'm guessing you should have.
To make it easier to eat more fruits and vegetables you must have them in your house.  Seems simple enough, but most of us don't have enough to get us through the week.  To know how many you need, figure it out! 
For example:  There are 4 of us in my family, my husband, my two kids, and myself. Every child needs between 5 & 9 servings a day (total) and every adult needs 7 to 9 servings a day (total).  So let's take an average.... 7 a day for all of us.  Seven multiplied by 4 people = 28 servings.  Take that for 7 days a week and you have 28 multiplied by 7 = 196 servings of total fruits and vegetables each week for my family. 196!  That's a lot!  Now there are those times when we eat out, or some of us are not at home.  So even if you take a few off that total, we are still talking about a large amount of fruits and vegetables. 
So try out this equation for your own family... take a look and see what you may already have in your freezer, fridge or pantry and work on having enough fruits and veggies available so it's easier to get in all of your nutrients.