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Week 8 of 52 Small Changes

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OddSocksHighHeels Sat 13-Feb-16 21:41:25

All welcome to join at any time!

This week the challenge is to eat 4-6 servings of veg each day. A serving is half a cup of non-leafy veg or a cup of leafy veg.

Start off by including those that you like but try a new vegetable each week. Plan your meals out so that you can aim to include enough veg and remember that frozen and canned count too.

Ideas are to add veg to things like omelettes for breakfast or swap your breakfast chips (do people eat chips for breakfast?) for sliced tomatoes.

For lunch and dinner then try having a salad before your main meal, eat vegetables as a side dish, fill wraps and sandwiches with extra veg and pack extra into soups, stews and sauces.

For snacks then try chopped veg sticks with dips.

Try to eat different colours of vegetables to get the various benefits provided from them.

Previous weeks challenges to continue with are drinking more water, getting enough sleep, keeping active each day, logging your food intake, trying to be more positive and taking a multivitamin.

Last weeks thread here:

Shirkingfromhome Sat 13-Feb-16 21:50:58

Thanks for the new thread oddsocks .
Actually looking forward to this one as I'm in a bit of a meal rut so it'll force me to re-evaluate at what I'm eating.

Ememem84 Sat 13-Feb-16 21:53:37

On it. I already eat a shit-ton of veg so this should be easy.

I fell off the other threads. But am still drinking a lot of water. And am taking a multivitamin every day (did this one anyway). Sleep is good. And I'm trying to keep track of eating (again was doing this anyway).

OddSocksHighHeels Sat 13-Feb-16 22:23:16

Here's the list that's included in the book too if that helps anybody that isn't too good with veg already like me

NightWanderer Sat 13-Feb-16 23:02:55

Thanks so much OddSocks!

I make a lot of veg soups with random veges in t but this is a good chance to diversy and try some different things too.

fuzzpig Sat 13-Feb-16 23:19:41

Ooh, nice one socks thank you.

Although not the easiest week - no idea what's happening for various reasons, so can't meal plan to the letter. But will make veg (mostly frozen) a priority smile

NoCapes Sat 13-Feb-16 23:21:57

Oh I already do this one! yay me smile
So I'm going to focus on the being more positive one - how on earth do I do that by the way?

OddSocksHighHeels Sun 14-Feb-16 00:15:42

Here you go NoCapes this is the positivity thread with the suggestions of how to do it probably something I should re-read as well!

ICJump Sun 14-Feb-16 04:56:36

Loving this week. I'm pretty sure I get five serves a day but will check it with my food journal. If I am I'll try and refocus in activity.

Velocity Sun 14-Feb-16 06:20:17

I could do with eating more veg & making it a better habit with DH and DS. I've tip I learned recently was to plan meals around the veg rather than around the protein. Looking forward to the challenge smile

ICJump Sun 14-Feb-16 06:43:42

Velocity that is what I do and it really works

Frozen green beans fried in olive oil make a fab side to almost everything

DrDiva Sun 14-Feb-16 07:55:05

Thank you oddsocks - and finally a week that I am already reasonably good at! Doing the lcbc has helped that enormously. It means that DH also is eating more veg, and ain't it funny how he doesn't have such stomach problems? hmm
I have enjoyed using veg I wouldn't usually think of, like baby leeks with the roast the other night, and samphire. I love samphire! when it's not woody

everdene Sun 14-Feb-16 07:56:03

I '' in!

quirkychick Sun 14-Feb-16 08:41:43

Thanks, Oddsocks, I am usually quite good at this, but I might need to make up for yesterday when I had some fried mushrooms with my fry up and mushy peas with my fish yesterday!

I often have smoothies with my nutribullet, but it is a little cold for that atm. Veggies in soups and stews are good, and I will get out my spiraliser now I have hot water to wash it with! I have a roast planned for lunch, so will add lots of veg. Green veg generally tastes better with a little fat as it helps you absorb the vitamins, I believe. We have a tea with granny later, so will probably add some crudites.

<goes to add more veggies to the shopping list>

DrDiva Sun 14-Feb-16 08:48:45

Hooray for your fixed heating quirky! It must feel delicious. grin

quirkychick Sun 14-Feb-16 08:50:32

Thanks, DrDiva I intend to have a lazy day at home, cooking a roast, some baking and chilling out generally...

DrDiva Sun 14-Feb-16 08:58:55

Chilling out now being a metaphorical turn of phrase... grin

Pointlessfan Sun 14-Feb-16 09:02:27

Thanks oddsocks.
I'm a vegetarian and eat tonnes of veg anyway so this should be easy! I make a big pan of soup and am interesting salad to keep in the fridge for lunches so that cuts down on daily prep. I'm also making roasted squash hummus today for snacking on.

Sirona Sun 14-Feb-16 09:34:05

Thanks Odssocks. I'm very hit and miss with veg - some weeks great, some abysmal. I like them but I think part of it is dd is so very fussy when it comes to vegetables. It cancels out most soups, stirfrys, salads if we all eat together and I don't want to throw it straight into the bin. She is slowly coming round and every now and again will take a lick/teeniest mouthful of a different vegetable that isn't carrots or sweetcorn. Baby steps. I started making myself a vegetable soup or salad for lunch last week so will keep it up. Must hunt out the nutribullet too.

Glad you got your heating sorted quirky, enjoy your lazy day. So sorry to hear about your friend's husband flowers

DrDiva Sun 14-Feb-16 09:59:46

Sirona apparently my DH would only eat cheese strings, marmite sandwiches and orange juice for years when he was a kid. He's pretty good now! though DS is better

margaritasbythesea Sun 14-Feb-16 14:28:08

Ooo! I can do this one! I definitely eat about 10 fruit and veg a day, but I wonder how much of that is veg. Time to go and look up some green smoothies, I think. Will post if I find something good.

quirkychick Sun 14-Feb-16 16:44:35

Oops about "chilling out", more being cosy at home!

So far, I had avocado with smoked salmon for breakfast.
Roast chicken with carrots, green beans, broccoli and buttery cabbage. <hopes it cancels out the Green & Black's tasting box dp bought me: antioxidants? I am sharing>

I try and eat paleo/primal/low carb ish, so some protein and lots of veg generally. Pointlessfan I used to be veggie, so the habit of lots in each meal is ingrained. Dd2 eats lots of cooked veg but not raw, dd1 prefers raw veg and dp can be quite fussy too. This year I decided that I'm just going to keep giving them lots of veg/healthy food at meals, so even if they don't eat it all then what they do eat is good. Sirona I have only just been able to do stir fries and not puree stews and soups, dd1 (10) still picks stuff out but I try to ignore it.

Sirona you sound like you are doing well and trying to do the right things. 6 weeks on for my friend and she has decluttered and is exercising and seeking counselling. All the right things.

gingercat02 Sun 14-Feb-16 18:32:04

Oh no we are not good at this. Will have to make an effort, especially as it's half term crap treat food week

DrDiva Sun 14-Feb-16 18:46:40

quirky don't forget that we have a separate stomach and metabolic system for chocolate. So it's perfectly ok.

Pork fajitas for dinner. Salad leaves, red pepper and mushrooms ready to go!

Shirkingfromhome Sun 14-Feb-16 18:59:04

Just had vegetable lasagne for dinner. Have discussed with DH and he suggested adding a side salad with lunch or dinner too. Just need to stick with it.

Love this whole small changes concept - thank you odd socks

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