06/30/14
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#40plantfoodschallenge results and thoughts

One week ago I began and shared about the 40 plant foods challenge.

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Today I’m coming full circle to talk about the variety I ate and my general thoughts on the challenge.  Here’s a list of and look at the plant foods I ate.

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Monday: rolled oats, banana, sunflower seed butter, apricot, raisins, celery, apple, kale, green onion and grapes

10/40

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Tuesday: chia seed, avocado, brown rice, broccoli, white onion, carrot and tofu

17/40

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Wednesday: swiss chard, red potatoes, russet potatoes, cucumber, strawberries, peas and black beans

24/40

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Thursday: nothing new that day

24/40

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Friday: pear, tomato, pickles (homemade!) and peanut butter

28/40

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Saturday: cocoa powder, coconut oil, poppyseeds, nectarine, green bell pepper, chickpeas, olive oil and peanuts

36/40

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Sunday: white beans

Final count: 37/40

So close!  Personally I think I did great.  :)

A closer look breaking what I ate down into three categories: vegetables, fruit and all other plant foods

Vegetables

  • kale
  • broccoli
  • celery
  • green onion
  • white onion
  • carrot
  • cucumber
  • swiss chard
  • red potato
  • russet potato
  • peas
  • tomato
  • pickles
  • green bell pepper

Fruits

  • banana
  • grapes
  • apricot
  • apple
  • raisins
  • avocado
  • strawberries
  • pear
  • nectarine

All other plant foods

  • rolled oats
  • sunflower seed butter
  • chia seed
  • brown rice
  • tofu
  • black beans
  • peanut butter
  • cocoa powder
  • coconut oil
  • poppyseeds
  • olive oil
  • chickpeas
  • peanuts
  • white beans

Thoughts and conclusion

It was tough getting tons of variety in!  I know everyday I eat veggies, fruits and other plant foods, but I tend to rotate through the same things.  I had the challenge on my mind more than I had planned to… like one morning I was making oatmeal and instead of just going for my normal banana and peanut butter, I added in cocoa powder and subbed the PB for coconut oil.  Just a little change that helped me get a little more variety in.

When the fridge is getting more bare and I need to go to the grocery store (how Thursday was) getting a lot of variety in turns into more of a challenge, hence nothing new that day.

I’m so glad I did the challenge.  I’m hoping that I can stay mindful of changing foods around a little more.  One trick I’ll use is to just buy more variety, just smaller amounts at the store. Really it comes down to what I have in the house… if I have it around, I’ll eat it!

A big thank you Maryea for the challenge.  I had fun with it and would totally do it again!

Did anyone else take it on?  I’d love to hear how you did!  How much plant food variety do you think you get in during a week?

Heather

06/26/14
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Hunter: 2 years

These are a few of my favorite things.

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Cuddly hugs when Hunter wakes in the morning. Needing a mommy kiss to make an owie better. The way he says diaper (dowper). The way he’ll mimic our awesome English accents. How he loves his baby sister. The kisses and hugs he gives her are the cutest. His sweetness. Although he likes to take, he loves to share and does it in such a kind way. He’ll randomly ask for a cookie out of nowhere.

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How he fixes things with his tools and proudly says “screw this daddy” – of course referring to his screw driver. His cute belly. How he imitates me when I’m pumping by grabbing a funnel and pulling up his shirt. Wanting to do things by himself, even when he struggles with it.  Watching him read books.

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How he blows bubbles into water. Being fearless but cautionary at the same time. Swimming in the bathtub. How he brushes his 10 pearly whites, and then wants to suck all the water off his tooth brush. How all he truly needs during a tantrum is a change of scenery and love. Lots of love.  The joy he gets from jumping, falling down on purpose and telling us he’s instantly okay, just to do it all over again.

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Letting me sing my favorite bedtime childhood song to him while rubbing his back before bed. How he sings and knows the sound of music ‘doe a deer’ song. The way he punches the air when we’re practicing combat. How he prays at dinner. How he is always thankful for all the people in his life during his bedtime prayers.

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The obsession with having his nails trimmed. The joy he gets from his big boy bed.  The uncontrollable laughs he gets, the snuggly times on the couch together and tearful times too.

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All my favorites. I just want to bottle them up and never let them go. These two years have been the best and I know they’ll get even better and better, although it’s hard to imagine.  My mommy heart is so full.

I love you Hunter, happy (very) belated birthday!

Mommy

06/23/14
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how varied is your diet? #40plantfoodschallenge

This week I’m taking on the 40 plant foods challenge. Basically Maryea is inspiring me (and many others!) to strive to eat 40 different plant foods in a weeks time.

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I like to think that I get a good variety in my diet, but I know I eat a lot of repeat foods.  Foods that are good for me like oats, bananas, kale and nut butters… but is there enough variety?  Each of those good for me plant foods only counts once during the challenge.  I’m looking forward to seeing how my diet turns out over a weeks time. To really get a look at how much variety I eat in a 7 day period.

Although it’s a challenge, I’m using this week as more of an inspired observation. :) First I want to see what kind of plant foods variety I have, then I’ll work on improving it as needed.

The plant foods that count include all whole, unprocessed plant foods. Included in this group is fruits, vegetables, herbs, legumes, nuts, seeds, and intact whole grains (from Maryea’s Q & A).

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Here’s a run down of the whole plant foods I ate on day 1.

  • Rolled oats
  • Banana
  • Sunflower seed butter
  • Apricot
  • Raisins
  • Celery
  • Apple
  • Kale
  • Green onion
  • Grapes

Day 1 total: 10

1/4 of the way there! I know as the week goes on the daily number will be lower as I’ll eat a lot of these things again. I’m excited to see how it goes!

I’m going to share where I finish at the end of the day on Instagram with the hashtag #40plantfoodschallenge.

Thinking of joining?! You should! If not as a challenge, turn it into inspired self observation like me. :)

Here’s to a varied, healthy diet!

Heather