Well, itâ€™s almost up.
This entire month of January, my wife and I have put forth our best effort to live a vegetarian lifestyle. There were nights when we struggled and really wanted to skip out on our vegetables, but you know what, we did pretty darn good.
And we feel pretty darn good too.
Compared to four weeks ago, I feel so much better. I have more energy, my sleep is improving, my skin is better, and I just feel quicker and sharper.Â
I think during th month of January, Iâ€™ve eaten more vegetables per day than any other time in my life. Iâ€™ve learned that raw spinach is my go to choice, my wifeâ€™s homemade minestrone soup is amazing (in the picture), and that while it takes commitment to incorporate vegetables into your daily diet, itâ€™s certainly do-able.
Did you know that Oregonians have the highest median vegetable intake in the entire United States? Pretty cool right? And according to the CDC (2013), Oregon is above the national score on access to a healthier food retailer, farmersâ€™ market density and farmersâ€™ market acceptance of nutrition assistance program benefits.Â
Iâ€™ve learned that setting goals with time limits is critical when making dietary changes. Had I not committed to the entire month of January, I fear that I would have fallen off the wagon by the second week.
If I would have just made my original goal to become vegetarian, I really donâ€™t think I would have done it. Knowing that it was only for the month of January, gave me the strength to focus and commit.
Our kids follow our example
Iâ€™ve also realized that the better we are as adults to demonstrate healthy eating habits, the more our children are willing to follow our example.
Throughout this month, my kids have been noticing that mommy and daddy have been eating better food. While they werenâ€™t too interested the first few weeks, they have now tried a few vegetables I would have never thought they would, and they are far more interested in whatâ€™s for dinner and how healthier food makes them feel better.
You know when it comes down to it, I canâ€™t really think of a downside to increasing your vegetable intake. Vegetables are arguably the healthiest food on the planet, and incorporating more of the healthiest stuff there is, is never a bad idea.
I suggest you try it for yourself. Try it for a week, or a month, and then reflect on the process. I think you might like what you discover.
As I reflect upon the last month, Iâ€™m very happy with the results. I feel better and Iâ€™m willing to make vegetables a much bigger part of my daily diet. Do I want a burger? Um, yes. Absolutely. In fact, I plan on eating one on February 1st.
However, unlike the past, when I would have accompanied my burger with some delicious french fries and a soda pop, I think Iâ€™m going to have a nice spinach salad to go with it.Â