Fitness Friday – Eat Your Vegetables!

Are you this excited about eating your vegetables?

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Miss Sadie Mae loves her some carrots!

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Every time I open the vegetable drawer she’s right there anxiously awaiting a carrot treat.

by LN by ekhum, on Pix-O-Sphere

I made her patiently wait here, as she gave me her puppy dog eyes.

by LN by ekhum, on Pix-O-Sphere

Ahhh! Finally, her reward! I certainly don’t give puppy dog eyes for carrots or eat them as voraciously as Sadie–maybe a cookie, or some dark chocolate but certainly not carrots.

However, we should aim to eat a minimum of five servings (average of 1/2 cup) of fruits and vegetables a day. I ate four servings today. And I caved on my chocolate Lent fast as well, and ate a couple of chocolate chip cookies.

Confessions, confessions.

Another health habit to aim for when determining true hunger and cravings is to put your craving (i.e., a candy bar) next to an apple or other healthy option. If you’re truly hungry, the apple should seem good for eating. If all you crave is the candy bar, then you’re probably just giving into a craving and not true hunger. Drink a full glass of water and move on. If you think you’re truly hungry but still want the candy bar over the apple, you’ve probably trained your taste buds to choose sugar over natural foods even in hunger.

Try this exercise, begin to choose the healthier option, and retrain your taste buds.

Tomorrow’s a new day and I believe the more I eat fruits and vegetables, the more I’ll beg for them, like Sadie Mae.

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