Eat More Vegetables

Eat more vegetables - Kristin BayerI needed to eat more vegetables. It’s one of those things we all know we need to do. But do we do it? Meh.

There are plenty of reasons to cook and eat healthy food. I’m sure you have a list. As for me, I have a child who needs to eat nutritious food as she grows. I have a husband I love and want to keep around. I have my own health and fitness to think about. So, what was it that finally got me to make a move? It’s the time I went for a physical and my doctor kindly told me that my blood pressure was too high, my cholesterol was too high and my blood sugar was too high. None of them were at dangerous levels (yet), but none of them had been in the red zone before, and now they all were. And none of them were going to get lower on their own. And, oh yeah, I could stand to lose a few pounds, too. Thanks.

That appointment was what finally lit my fire.

The doctor recommended a Mediterranean diet, so I stopped at the library on the way home and checked out all their Mediterranean diet cookbooks. It was a decent first step to breaking out of my cooking and eating ruts. Some of the recipes looked great, and different from what I’d been making, and I was excited to try them.

Then I signed up with Imperfect Foods to have boxes of organic vegetables brought to my door on a regular basis. With vegetables coming into the house every week, we’d have to eat more of them or let them rot in the refrigerator, which would waste food and money, both of which I hate to do. And by letting someone else choose my produce, I’d be forced to expand my repertoire, and try new dishes.

And, let’s face it, they’d have to taste good, if I was going to stick with this.

I’m not a chef. I’m not even a great cook. But I can read a recipe, and I love my family. And this is my journey to eat more vegetables. Thanks for joining me!

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