I've been trying to eat 5 different fruits and/or vegetables per day, at least 5 days per week. I'm not doing so well at this goal. I can do 3 or even 4 okay, but FIVE reliably, day after day, is a stretch, especially if I don't count potatoes or popcorn. In fact, I suck at eating my vegetables. Actually, the tips on incorporating more vegetables include some pretty good ideas. But 5 cups of fruits/veggies per day? Whew!! Here is what I'm supposed to be doing:
Your results are based on a 2200 calorie pattern.
Grains: 7 ounces
Vegetables: 3 cups
Fruits: 2 cups
Milk: 3 cups
Meat & Beans: 6 ounces
Make Half Your Grains Whole
Aim for at least 3.5 whole grains a day
Vary Your Veggies
Aim for this much every week:
Dark Green Vegetables = 3 cups weekly
Orange Vegetables = 2 cups weekly
Dry Beans & Peas = 3 cups weekly
Starchy Vegetables = 6 cups weekly
Other Vegetables = 7 cups weekly
Oils & Discretionary Calories
Aim for 6 teaspoons of oils a day
Limit your extras (extra fats & sugars) to 290 Calories
I'll keep at it, since I believe it's a positive goal. It's just turning those goals into daily habits that's the hard part. Daily positive choices, frequent healthful decisions, and progress is what I'm after.
But I'm still deeply suspicious of people who believe that a particular eating pattern is the ultimate key to health, especially those who evangelize about it. Yes, I truly think that can approach being a mental illness. I'm trying to improve my diet, but not become obsessed with it. There's no magic bullet.