2020 Prepper Health and Fitness Challenge: Day 5
by Daisy Luther
I hope it’s going well with the new habits and that you’re seeing that success is within your reach.
As a reminder…
- We’re going to drink a glass of water before every other beverage we drink.
- We’re going to increase our movement, focusing on time only.
Today’s challenge is nutritional.
Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting the d-word. Lots of folks participating in this challenge may not even need to lose weight. We all have different goals and reasons we’re undertaking the challenge.
What we’re going to do today is not taking anything away. Eat what you want.
I want you to add something.
Just like drinking a glass of water before you drink other beverages, I want you to eat a serving of fruit or vegetables before you eat anything else.
- So at breakfast, have a banana before you eat your toast and eggs.
- At lunch, have some veggies and dip before you eat that sandwich.
- At dinner, grab an apple or an orange while you’re preparing food or setting the table.
- Alternatively, have a salad as an appetizer.
The above recommendations are just suggestions. Go with the fruits or vegetables of your choice. It doesn’t matter which you have for the purposes of this challenge.
The goal here is to add extra servings of produce to your diet. It nourishes you, it fills you with healthy fiber and vitamins, and it can serve as a way to reduce caloric intake if that is your goal. Many people who eat a plant-heavy diet also find that their immune systems are boosted immensely.
I suggest fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, as they’ll have more nutrients than canned or dehydrated.
Why before your meal?
It is too easy for us to push aside the stuff we “should” eat for the things we “want” to eat. If you grab your extra fruits or vegetables first, then you’re sure to get these servings. Then, as I said, enjoy whatever you wish to eat – meat, bread, pasta – whatever you normally have.
This should not take the place of vegetables or fruits you’d normally have in the meal. These are to be additional servings to boost your nutritional intake.
How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you normally consume?
Do you eat lots of produce? What are your favorites? How will you incorporate the extra servings into your day?
About the Author
Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.