Fruits and Vegetables: Healer

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I wanted to share a site I came across: www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov Its full of great information about fruits and vegetables with tips on incorporating more of these amazing sources of nutrition into your diet. I especially like the subcategory Fruit and Vegetable of the Month because I want to try new and different healthy ways of eating my fruits and veggies. My plan is to try something new each week. I challenge you to do the same!

I had a delicious and healthy treat with my lunch yesterday…

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Peaches and Cream! One small peach halved (skin on)* pit removed, 2 heaping tablespoons of Nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt and one crushed Vanilla Wafer. 80 Calories!

I cannot tell you how delicious this is. I usually sit outside in the warm sunshine to eat my lunch and this cold and refreshing fruit treat was perfect for a healthy summertime snack.

*Always eat the skin of fruits and vegetables when they are edible. The skin is full of nutrients that are beneficial to your health.

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What’s for Lunch? Chicken Club Sandwich, Baby Carrots and Grapes

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My delicious lunch today was a chicken club sandwich with lettuce and tomato, 1/2 cup black grapes and 3 oz. baby carrots with 1 tbs. green goddess dressing for dipping. Who said eating healthy was boring and bland? The nutrition facts I recorded at Livestrong are below.

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This meal is heavier on the sodium than I would like it to be, but I’m not going to worry about it. I’ll just make sure to eat less sodium for dinner to make sure I stay within my daily allowance. You can figure your individual daily nutritional allowances at Livestrong. Go create an account now. It’s free!<

Resveratrol: Healer

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Black Grapes?! I’ve never eaten them before yesterday, and honestly, I don’t remember ever seeing them before yesterday. I’ll admit that I plucked one from the bunch and tasted it before I purchased. They are delicious! They pack a little more punch than their purple sisters. I was excited about that because they have more Resveratrol than the purple grapes I have been eating. In the future, I’ll definitely choose black over purple when available.

I’ve been reading this book. The author, along with other resources, made me realize how important dark skinned fruits and vegetables are to our health and wellness. I highly recommend grabbing a copy for yourself.

Go grab a handful of grapes. Here’s 5 good reasons why:

1. They are delicious!

2. They are packed with Resveratrol.

3. They have been linked to lowering LDL Cholesterol and preventing clogged arteries.

4. They have the potential to stop the spread of cancer cells and aid in the prevention of a whole host of other health problems due to their Quercertin content.

5. Your kids will love them too!

It is what it is!

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I’m not completely comfortable posting this “before” picture. But, as the title of this post says, “it is what it is”! Here I am, at my all time heaviest. A whopping 262 pounds. This photo was taken in January 2011. I had to swipe it from the Facebook page of someone who took the photo because I simply did not have a photo of myself (at least not a full body shot). I was always the one behind the camera, and I liked it that way. I remember feeling horrified when I realized that this photo of me had been tagged on Facebook. I was embarassed that I had allowed myself to become so out of control and everyone I knew was going to see it. Now, I find that sort of thinking silly because people can “see” me. They know what I look like and how big I am. What difference is it going to make if a photo of me weighing 262 pounds is floating around on Facebook. For Pete’s sake, I was 262 pounds. Who was I kidding? I guess I was giving my black, size tent, clothing more credit than they were due.

Here’s a side by side Before and Now. I’m not going to use the word “after” because to me, “after” means “at the close of” or “finality” and I am never going to be finished. I have the responsibility of being as healthy as I possibly can be for the rest of my life. Plus, I have some seriously jiggly arms and a wiggly hiney to work on. More on that soon!

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