This post was sponsored by Green Giant, but all opinions are my own.
It’s been four weeks since I began cheating on my diet with huge portions of Green Giant vegetables instead of with strawberry ice cream and I feel like I’ve really come to accept and enjoy a healthy eating lifestyle. Looking at the infographic above was also a big epiphany for me. I couldn’t believe the differences between
Here’s a recap of the goals I made for myself:
1. Start counting calories again. This means downloading the MyFitnessPal app and actively using it to track everything I eat. And I mean everything. No cheating!
2. Begin eating at least 3-5 servings of vegetables per day. This one’s going to be a challenge. I’m really not a vegetable eater. I like veggies, but I just don’t consume them as much as I should. It’s silly really!
3. Chewing sugarless gum to avoid mindless snacking while I study. This is a biggie! I just need to keep myself busy while I study or I’m a bottomless pit eating everything in site!
4. Drink more water. As much as I love coffee and Diet Pepsi, I need to slow down on the caffeine and really hydrate my body.
In all honesty, I didn’t really look at my goals the entire time and I didn’t really implement them all, either. I just really focused my energy on including more vegetables into each of my meals. I never started counting calories again and I didn’t really keep track of how many servings of vegetables I was eating. What I focused on instead was being more conscious about what I’m eating and I made sure to prepare healthier meals ahead of time to make sure I was holding myself accountable when I was away at school or clinical or for nights when I just didn’t feel like cooking dinner. I did start drinking more water and chewing more sugarless gum to curb the munchies. Drinking a full glass of water before meals helped me eat less, too. I know that’s not a new trick or anything, but remembering to do it really helped.
I didn’t do so well when it came time to study for a big exam. When it comes to endless hours of studying I really struggle with not reaching for a bag of potato chips or grabbing fast food. It’s just become a really bad habit and now whenever I study I feel like I need that crappy food. It doesn’t make much sense though, considering I should be eating healthy fruits and vegetables and feeding my body healthy food to give me more energy for studying, but I do it anyways. I didn’t give into unhealthy food temptation as much as I usually do when I’m studying, but I still didn’t eat as many vegetables as I should have and I ate a little too much crap. What’s done is done though, and I’ve been sticking to the healthy side of things more and more now!
When I first started this challenge with Green Giant and Dr. V to eat more vegetables, I really didn’t know what the outcome was going to be. I did know that I really wanted to push myself and I really wanted to teach myself to like vegetables again and start incorporating them into my diet more. I may have not accomplished all of the goals I made for myself, but I did change my eating habits for the better. I’m eating more, but more of the good stuff and I’m feeling so much better about it!
Here’s my final Rx from Dr. V:
What vegetables do you eat when you want to eat more?