Wednesday, June 5, 2013

June - National Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Month


June is National Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Month
According to gone-ta-pott.com, June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month.

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No one really knows the origin of June being named National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. If the purpose was to raise awareness to eat your fruits and veggies, I’d say it worked because I’m writing this post and you’re reading it.

For me, the mere mention of it has raised my awareness to the fact that I snuck off the caboose of my so-called Weight Watchers’ train, thinking there’d be no consequences. Nine pounds later I see the month of June as no better time to hop back on that train and get back on track. So, as I’m writing this, I’m munching on a very juicy, crisp Gala apple and 6 raw almonds, which make a tasty combo for a late morning snack. For lunch, a garden salad made at home with plenty of fresh veggies, some avocado and sliced turkey.

I don’t know where I heard this: “nothing tastes as good as slim feels”. This is true, except when I’m in the moment of fighting the urge to rip into a box of ranch flavored Special K chips or the supposed-to-be-good-for-you frozen yogurt in the freezer. Someone will tell me, it’s all about portion size, so have what you want, just be careful with portions. Very true. That’s why Weight Watchers is the only thing that has worked for me. However, when I’m stressed, irritated or upset, that’s when those hard-to-control urges hit, and before I know it, I’ve hopped off the caboose again.

The rewards of eating fresh fruits and vegetables far outweigh the short-lived satisfaction of the bad-food binges. Add to the fresh F & V’s, plenty of lean protein and healthy grains, and feel the aches and pains subside, weight falls off and the energy comes back. Not to mention the better mood and attitude.

What about you? Can you relate? Do you need to jump back on your healthy choices and weight control train? Join me, I could use the comrades. Please share…