As I have said many times, my health focus for 2024 is to eat more vegetables. I have been very interested in Dr. David Greger’s research and I *love* his books: “How Not To Die”, “How Not To Diet” and now I am listening to his audio book “How Not To Age” . If I were a faster reader, I would love to read them and take notes — but they are *very* long books. “How Not To Age” is over 24 hours in audiobook! They are exciting, though, and full of research.
Dr. Greger has a list called the “Daily Dozen,” which is a list of ideal things to include in your diet each day. I like that he says it’s an aspirational list and not to overthink it. (You know I’m totally exaggerating.) I use it as a guide to push me in the right direction, but I don’t expect to check off the whole list every day. Also, the list is meant to be the minimum intake. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat beyond what’s on the list.
(The app is free and there are no ads or subscriptions or anything. Dr. Greger’s work is non-profit because he has no hidden agenda–just a desire to learn and share facts from tons of research.)
On Saturday, I was so ready to leave the house. Jerry and I went to Ann Arbor for the Salvation Army, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. We don’t have TJ’s or WF near us, so it’s kind of an event to go to, hahaha. We bought the products we would need for the week as well as some odd and hard to find or unique ingredients.
Yesterday, I realized I got into the whole Daily Dozen! I took pictures (sometimes I post pictures of memorable food on a private Instagram account) and thought I’d share the day’s meals in this post. First, here’s the checklist (when you tap on each item in the app, it gives more specific information). I hadn’t plugged it into a calorie counting app, but a quick estimate for the day is about 1600 calories.
|My latest obsession has been cucumbers with hummus – I can’t get enough! This counted as “another” vegetable and two servings of beans.
|Jerry bought me some Asian pears he had found and that was the last one. I usually eat fruits like apples and pears with the skin on, but Asian pears have a tougher skin so I peel them. This was counted as “other” fruit.
|These are all the spices that were in the dish above.
|In the evening I still needed a piece of fruit and nuts. I usually have pistachios and an apple, but I was full from dinner so I had some dates with almond butter.
|My B12 supplement
|I drank a lot of water (six 12 oz glasses are recommended and I definitely got it). This is the glass Eli’s girlfriend Ava gave me for Christmas. Makes me feel good <3
As for exercise, I didn’t count minutes (because that would be too much for me) — I just did my run in the morning and went for a walk later.
I really like the Daily Dozen app. it definitely helps me think about my choices before I eat. And I’ve been loving adding more veggies where I can. Jerry enjoyed it too. Started a HIIT (high intensity interval training) class yesterday. He likes HIIT and likes the structure of going to a class rather than doing it on his own. When he got home, he said it was extremely humbling and made him really want to be healthier, especially with his diet. Having him on board helps a lot!