I joined a Facebook group with a few friends in March for a “10-day veggie challenge.” I like vegetables, but I like fruit more. While I eat fruit every day, I might go a day or two each week without eating any vegetables.
In the 10-day challenge, we committed to eating four servings of vegetables a day. At the end of each day we’d check in. It also was a great way to share tips, ideas, and recipes.
I normally don’t join group efforts. Health and exercise have always been a fairly solitary venture for me. I’m not one to run with others. Occasionally I’ll cycle with others but most of my cycling also is solo. Exercise is a way for me to recharge and think through my day.
But I came to enjoy the veggie group! Each day I was thinking about my check-in and that helped me eat more servings of vegetables than I normally would. I didn’t want to be the one who every day said she was falling short. I did fall short on many days, but I was happy when I consumed my four servings.
Here’s what helped me:
- Liquid vegetables. I like V-8 so I had plenty of that on hand. I also found a “healthy greens” V-8 which isn’t too bad.
- Buying my favorite vegetables. Duh, I guess. But I had been getting lazy about this and hardly buying vegetables anymore, especially in the winter. Each week I stocked up on carrots, sweet potatoes, and green and red peppers.
- Steam-in-the-bag vegetables. So easy and quick! I prefer to roast my veggies in the oven but that takes some planning. I like popping veggies in the microwave for 5 minutes and then they’re ready to eat.
- Seasoning. I’ve discovered Trader Joe’s “Everyday Seasoning.” I prefer to butter my vegetables, but with the seasoning I don’t miss it.
The challenge has been over for a couple of weeks, but I have now formed a habit of incorporating more vegetables into my diet. This was my first experiencing of joining a healthy living “support group” and I would definitely do it again.
Now if I can get my other bad habits under control…