Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fruits and Veggies

I was busy finishing up the first draft of my book that's due, oh, next Monday, last night and totally forgot to update this blog for yesterday. But I do want to share with you another Web site I stumbled upon called HealthyDiningFinder.com. You are able to do searches in your area for restaurants that have healthy dining options as determined by the nutritionists employed by this site. I don't think it's comprehensive, but it might give you some ideas if you've got the hankering to go out to dinner and don't want to blow your calorie count sky high.

Also on the site you'll find lots of tips and nutrition guidelines about topics like body fat, fruit and vegetable consumption, reducing sodium intake, and eating a variety of complex carbs. For instance, by clicking on the area about fruits and vegetables, I learned that the latest guidelines issued by the Departments of Health and Human Services suggests that we eat 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of veggies each day (based on a 2,000-calorie diet). Even those who eat a total of 2 1/2 cups of fruits and vegetables a day have only half the risk of cancer of those who eat less than a cup a day. They also combat other serious conditions like heart disease, obesity, stroke, diabetes, etc. Considering all those things run in my family, I'm going to make a concerted effort to up my fruit and veggie intake. The page linked above also has a nice chart of fruits and veggies, what they contain, and how they help your body and overall health. There are also tips about how to add fruits and veggies to your daily diet.
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Yesterday's progress:

Calorie intake: 1,200

Exercise: 35 minutes mowing

Steps: 7,693

Good news: As of this morning's weigh-in, I've lost 6.2 pounds. And that's within the month since I started this blog. Yay!

4 comments:

Michelle on August 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM said...

That was a really interesting site. I plugged in my zip code and got menu suggestions from pure fast food (Burger King) to one of the trendier restaurants in DC.

How many cups of fruit a day are you supposed to eat? I have found that often my most successful weight loss weeks are the ones where I've eaten the most vegetables. I've no problem getting my fruit in, but I do sometimes struggle with the veggies.

Congrats on your weight loss. Very exciting!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on August 26, 2009 at 4:12 PM said...

Oops, I left out that number, didn't I? I just went back and inserted it, but it's 2 cups of fruit a day.

MaryC on August 26, 2009 at 4:57 PM said...

Congrats on the 6+ pounds, Trish! That's got to be good motivation for keeping on with it.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on August 27, 2009 at 1:33 AM said...

Thanks, Mary. It certainly is!

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