Forget 5-7-9 fruits and veggies a day and try this new method for improving your health from Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat to Live. Eat a pound of fresh vegetables and fruits once a day. Now, before you go make yourself a pound of guacamole, he means for you to focus on non-starchy, low-fat fruits and veggies. Fortunately most of them are. Wondering what a pound looks like? I took some photos so you could see. Here’s a combination:
Here’s another pound combination (you only need half this apple):
So, your goal is to eat a combination of fruits and veggies like these and he does not recommend that you nosh on them throughout the day. What he really wants you to do is wait until you are most hungry (preferably before lunch or dinner) and eat the whole lot. Chew slowly to break down the cell walls and derive the most nutrition from your food.
Fuhrman has found this is a much easier way to derive more nutrition from your diet. He developed the idea when people said they couldn’t give up their favorite foods to eat healthy. He suggested they don’t give up a thing, just add one pound of fresh fruits and vegetables to their diet. To their surprise, his patients ended up losing weight.
Here are a few tips. Personally, I break this up into two batches. It’s just too much food for me. I concentrate on the fresh fruit at breakfast time and the veggies at dinner. Second, make sure that you are eating fruits and vegetables you like. This isn’t supposed to be torture! If you only like carrots and celery, start with those.
I would love to hear how this works for you.