So we haven’t learned very much in nutrition that I didn’t know already (and I’m sure the blogging world didn’t know). So I will share bits of information as I get it processed. The first week of classes, I’m always so excited to learn things but you never really get into it until a couple weeks in (or so)…
Unlike math, you dive right on in. You say oh hey proofs long time no see (
and I wish I never had too…)
I love math… But that it serves no purpose for me to ramble on about how calculus makes really happy (
and proofs make me oh so sad)and I told my housemate I would take all her online calculus quizzes ( and my proof notebooks look like I wrote a small collection of best sellers.).
But this beautiful Sunday morning, I woke up at 8am and had breakfast at the local diner. Aka, my favorite restaurant in my little town. I had to force my believes down Caitlin’s throat and make her love Foxy Roxy’s too. I mean with that mind set, how could you not want to be my friend?
To further prove I’m a fattie, I ordered two large pancakes while Cait had delicious oatmeal. I do have to say, their oatmeal is the bomb (.com). I used to steal about half of Aram’s when he got it.
I finished my raspberry pancake but not the blueberry. Actually I didn’t even start the blueberry-I just brought it back home. My diner ladies were so shocked. I swear they expect to eat every single person’s plate in there. Ha-I’m okay with it though, if everyone got pancakes I would have a hell of a delicious breakfast/dinner/yearly meal.
So today after my diner date, I came and bonded with some advanced calculus for a few hours then went to the lovely gym. One of my running goals is to run at least one time a week, uninhibited, meaning no music and not TVs. Believe me, it’s a lot easier outside. Oh well-there were plenty of people to watch working out today.
7 miles in 59 minutes. The pace ranged from 8:57 (to warm up) and reached 8:13 today. So I’m slowly getting better. Done on a 1% incline. Another thing I need to work on are hills.
I think by March I’ll be running under 8 minutes again and then by April perhaps under 7:30. We shall see. All in due time.
So in honor of my nutrition class and because it pertains me and my blogging recently, I thought I would ramble off about proportion size of a serving of fruit and veggies. But on a side note, did you know they are changing the nutrition guidelines and a new food pyramid is coming out soon? (Literally in the next week or two.)
Speaking of serving size, I got 30 servings for fruit and veggies for the entire week. I think I’ll count again this week. Anyone else count their fruit and vegetable intake?
VEGETABLE SERVINGS: SIZES
• Asparagus, canned 7 spears
• Asparagus, fresh 5 spears
• Avocado ½ of an avocado
• Baby sweet corn 6 spears
• Broad beans 1/2 cup
• Broccoli 2 large florets
• Brussels sprouts 8 sprouts
• Cabbage 1/2 cup
• Carrots 1 large carrot
• Celery 3 sticks
• Cherry tomatoes 7
• Curly kale 1/2 cup
• Eggplant One-third of a large one
• French beans 1/2 cup
• Mixed salad Cereal bowl full (1 cup)
• Mushrooms, button 14
• Onion 1 medium
• Parsnip 1 large
• Peas, fresh, frozen or canned 1/2 cup
• Potatoes Never count towards your daily vegetable servings, in any form
• Salad leaves, lettuce etc Cereal bowl full (1 cup)
• Scallions 8
• Snow peas Handful
• Spinach, cooked 1/2 cup
• Spring onions 8
• Sugar snap peas Handful
• Sweet corn, fresh, frozen or canned 1/2 cup
• Tomato 1 medium
• Vegetable soup 1 serving of fresh or canned soup
• Zucchini Half a large one
Something that I found extremely interesting is that potatoes don’t actually count towards your veggie intake. I have heard some books consider sweet potatoes too, but others do not. What is your opinion? What have you been told?
After goggling for a while, I have found most people consider sweet potatoes a vegetable but not regular or red potatoes. So if you are going that route, the general accepted serving is ½ cup. But who eats ½ of a potato? Certainly not this girl. The skin is actually my favorite part ha.
All in all-most cooked vegetables are considered 1 serving at about ½ cup.
FRUIT SERVINGS: SIZES
• Apple, dried 4 rings
• Apple, fresh 1 medium
• Apricots, dried 3 whole
• Banana 1 medium
• Blackberries Handful
• Clementine’s 2
• Cherries, fresh 14
• Dried fruits, mixed 1/4 cup
• Figs, fresh 2
• Fruit salad, fresh or canned 1/2 cup
• Kiwi 2
• Grapefruit Half
• Grapes Handful
• Mango 2 slices
• Melon 1 large slice
• Passion fruit 6
• Peach, canned 2 halves
• Peach, fresh 1 medium
• Pear 1 medium
• Pineapple, canned 2 rings
• Pineapple, fresh 1 large slice
• Plums 2 medium
• Prunes, canned 6
• Nectarine 1 medium
• Raisins 1/4 cup
• Raspberries 2 handfuls
• Rhubarb, cooked 1/3 cup
• Strawberries 7
Did you know I eat 3 pounds of grapes in what sitting? I would get my 25 servings of fruit in that 5 seconds that I ate them all. I should just do that weekly, eat 3 pounds of grapes and candy the rest of the week for food? Om nom nom.
In other news, 1 serving of fruit or vegetable juice (aka prune juice) is ½ cup. Another way I could probably get all my servings of fruit.
This is obviously just a general list, but when in doubt consider about ½ cup of most fruits and vegetables to be a serving. Add them to your pancakes, and waffles. All the cool kids are doing it.
Day 12: A picture of you in favorite outfit. I feel I’m always half naked between running and swimming but is it socially acceptable to say that my birthday suit is my favorite outfit?
But no really-if you go up all the way to the top of the screen and stare the my welcoming face to my blog. That is my favorite outfit (which is why I chose that photo…go figure.)
Question for you:
1. Do you get enough fruits and vegetables?
2. What is your favorite outfit