I recently re-subscribed to the Nutrition Action Healthletter. To thank me, they sent me a nifty little booklet with a rating system for fruits and veggies, and a few other foods. Interesting. Guess what vegetable was at the top of their list (rating fiber, potassium, vitamin C, Lutein, and vitamin K.) Kale! I gotta try that stuff again! Spinach was right below it, and guess what! Canned pumpkin was way up there at the top of the list! Romaine lettuce had a surprisingly high score–above butternut squash and tomatoes and asparagus. And believe it or not, a potato with skin was above my beloved beets!
Then on the fruit list, guava was far and away the highest scorer (scoring fiber, folate, potassium, vitamin C, and carotenoids.) Never had one. Guess which one was second. Watermelon! Wow. I be eating a little more watermelon this summer. Plus, it only has 80 calories per two cups diced. Orange, strawberries, mango (my latest love) and pineapple were all high on the list. They were all above the mighty apple. Hmmm. Oh, and blueberries were farther down the list. Raspberries and blackberries had a considerable higher score than blueberries. All this just served to remind me to stock up on a variety of fruits and vegetables, and to try to get more of them into my daily food choices, especially the vegetables.
About the same time I checked Georgie’s blog, and she had a most excellent article on ‘losing weight on a vegetarian diet.‘ But it was just a very balanced overall view of the best way to eat. And she had that reminder in there to have fruits and vegetables filling half your plate! Well, I’m not there yet. But I’m trying. This week I’ve had apple, orange, mango, strawberries, and pear. On the veggie side, I’ve had green beans, asparagus, artichoke, brussel sprouts, beets, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and carrots.
On to other stuff. Well, truth is, not much other stuff to report. I’ve had a very uneven week of eating, starting with the ‘super bowl of dog shows’ last week. One day, I eat just ‘perfect,’ and the next I overeat a bit. I do not like it when I overeat. Sunday I took a quick trip to the bay area to visit my mom. And of course I ate too much. But that I expect. I did visit a farmer’s market, and paid $6/pound(???) for some brussel sprouts. Good grief people. Good luck on that farm. Personally, I do not think that is sustainable. They were good though. Of course, the trouble with farmer’s markets is THE OTHER STUFF. I also got a giant chocolate chip cookie, and some kettle corn, which I shared with my mom.
On to good news. I am continuing to be very consistently active. I am very happy with that. Getting to the gym 3X/week to work out on the weights, and if there is time, I do a little bit on the stationary bike. Working out consistently, I have been able to increase some of the weights I am using.
The other day I was grousing about how I had overeaten the day before, and that famous line from “City Slickers” came back to me–“today is a do over.” I don’t have to get stuck in that mode of overeating and making poor choices. I can just start from today and get it right. I think that is a key to continuing on a healthy life of good food and exercise. It made me feel better, anyway.
And now, I have to get a going, because it is ‘sewing day,’ and I am going to stop at the gym before I head over to join my friends for a day of sewing and quilting together.