Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Weight Loss Challenge- Week 5

Week 5 of NY Foodgasm's Summer Weight Loss Challenge is to Eat 5 to Stay Alive, meaning to strive 5 5 serving of fruits and/or veggies a day!

So coincidentally this is week 5 and we're talking about having 5 serving of fruits and veggies a day. When someone tells me they want to try to eat healthy and change their lifestyle, the first thing I suggest is to try to get their 5 servings of fruits and/or veggies a day?

Why you say? The answer is it is easier to add something to your diet than to take something away. If you literally make a pact with yourself to get your 5 servings a day you will also find you are eating less carbs since you need to have fruit for that snack to get that extra serving in. You may also find at dinner you eat less pasta or potatoes since you ate some veggies with that meal.

Fruits and vegetables are also just about the healthiest foods you can eat. They have lots less calories and are very low in fat (except avocado and some others). They pack in tons of vitamins and minerals, micro nutrients and FIBER! Yes your colon will thank you!! Your tribute to the toilet gods will be more frequent and enjoyable!

In short they keep you healthy, regular and stave off disease.

But you may be asking... how much is a serving?

 Here is what a serving may look like....

1 small apple is 1 serving of fruit
1/2 cup of vegetables
1 large orange
1 cup leafy greens

1 banana

Photos and info from Cooking Light, you can find more info HERE.

Week 4 Review

I went up a bit and gave myself hell about it... BUT I reached out and admitted it to the team and got some great support on our Group Facebook Page. Thank you alllll for your kind words and support! XOXO!

Low point- eating alllllll the food at a BBQ, well not all of it, but I stuffed my face for real!
High point- Kicking ass and working out for 2 kickboxing classes, even fitting in my kickboxing class the day I had a Girl's Pint Out Meeting.

Mad props to my girl Sarah too! We are in the challenge together, went to the meeting together and we SHARED our meal and got healthy sides (total damage control from the beer).