The holidays seems like a good time to think about eating healthy. After stuffing myself for a week at home with family over Thanksgiving, I always tend to refocus on health in early December.
This year we are staying put for Christmas so I’ll be able to control healthy food more around the new year. When I’m with family I like to just go with it and indulge, but maybe I had a little too much pizza, and Andy’s Frozen Custard.
This is a little trick I thought up a long time ago. I’ve told a few people in conversations here and there over the years but it’s the first time (I think) I’m mentioning it on my site. Dedicating an entire post to it really.
I was thinking about how much food one needs to eat in a day, well more like how much I should eat in a day. When researching how many servings of fruit and vegetables you should eat per day, I’ve found that scientists and nutritionists don’t really all agree. I’ve seen anything from 4 servings to 10 servings (total fruit & vegetables combined). The Kitchn has a great article about this.
Personally I think if you eat a variety of fruit and vegetables 9 servings is totally fine. I don’t think you should eat 9 bananas every day, or 9 servings of broccoli every day, but a combination of different fruits and vegetables seems like you’d be able to get a lot of your daily nutrients by eating 3-4 servings of fruit and 5-6 servings of vegetables each day. I don’t know why but 9 servings of fruits and vegetables has stuck with me over the years but there’s something about 9 that has.
And here’s where my different way of looking at healthy eating comes in…
Think about eating your daily amount of food — whether it’s 1,500 calories per day or 2,500 calories per day — and think of eating 3-4 servings of fruit and 5-6 servings of vegetables every day. That’s so much food! There isn’t much room for more after 9 servings of fruit and vegetables. So instead of having to eat healthy, think more about trying to eat 9 servings of fruit and vegetables.
It’s all about changing your perspective and trying to fit in all the servings of fruit and vegetables in one day.
Just by changing your perspective on trying to fit in all those servings, might help you eat healthier in general. Try it, let me know how it goes!
Have healthy eating tricks of your own? Please share with me in the comments!