In case you missed it, this month I’m challenging you to #EatYourDaily10. That’s 10 SERVINGS of fruits & veggies per day! It is my hope that by focusing on eating an abundance of fresh produce, you’ll naturally “crowd out” foods that don’t leave you feeling as good– without any restriction.
You won’t eliminate ANY foods (really!!), because in my experience, restriction leads to feelings of failure and deprivation… and that often leads to binge eating and yo-yo dieting. (Trust me, I’ve been there too many times to count.)
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, so if you keep finding yourself on a diet or detox rollercoaster, please do yourself a favor and GET OFF. Remember, your body already has the organs it needs to detox effectively, we just need to feed them lots of nutrients to keep running smoothly.
We’re keeping each other motivated and accountable over in our Facebook Support Community. If you’d like to join in, simply share how you’re eating your “Daily 10” by using the hashtag #EatYourDaily10 so I can find you and cheer you on!
If you don’t have social media, you can find the Daily 10 Guidelines here and check-in by leaving a comment here on my weekly “What I Ate” posts, where I’ll be sharing a peek at how I’m meeting my own Daily 10 goals.
Let’s get to it!
Morning: As usual, my family started our day off with a green smoothie. This is the Chocolate Superfood Shake (from my first preorder bonus), which we enjoy several days a week. I’d say this shake only has 2 servings of fresh produce per serving– from dates and spinach– but it’s also loaded with healthy fats, protein, and fiber. My son is a little smoothie thief and tries to drink mine most mornings, too! (2 servings)
Snack: The shake kept me full until 11am, but I needed a little something extra to get me to lunch so I reached for a banana and a couple of my Date & Oat Lactation Energy Bites. (1 1/2 servings)
Lunch: I experimented with a vegan Cauliflower “Rice” Risotto recipe loaded with onion, mushrooms, and asparagus for a veggie-packed meal. (Recipe to come!) (3 servings)
Snack: I didn’t have time to make my own salad dressings or dips this weekend, so I grabbed a HUGE tub of roasted red pepper hummus on a visit to Costco. The ingredient list isn’t perfect, but overall it’s pretty good. I’ve been keeping a glass container of sliced cucumbers in the fridge as an easy alternative to crackers. (1 serving)
Dinner: I made a HUGE batch of Lentil Chili (from Everyday Detox) this weekend, so I’ve been enjoying the leftovers all week long. On Monday, I baked a few sweet potatoes, so that I can easily pull one from the fridge, slice it in half and top it with leftover chili. It reheats in the oven in just about 15 minutes for an easy and comforting dinner. We bought a 3-pound bag of broccoli from Costco, too, so I’ve been roasting it as a side dish. My son actually prefers to eat broccoli raw, so I save some on the side for him before I cook the rest. (3 servings)
Dessert: I felt the need for something sweet later in the evening, so I dipped a piece of 73% dark chocolate into some cashew butter for a make-shift “peanut butter cup.” Pretty delicious!
Overall, I think I ended up with roughly 10 1/2 servings of fruits and veggies for the day! So far, I’m really enjoying this challenge and hope it will continue to feel pretty easy for the rest of the month, while also keeping me mindful of choosing vegetables, particularly when I’m in a “snacky” mood. Having cucumber slices ready-to-go in my fridge has made it really easy this week, and I love that I haven’t eliminated anything from my diet so that it doesn’t feel like a “diet.”
Reader Feedback: What are YOU eating this week? Are you joining in on the challenge?