I written a lot about early retirement feeling like a second childhood. Living in ‘kidulthood’ – without the obligations of work – means enjoying childish activities with the resources and smarts of a grown-up.
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One area that it is important for me to grow up is in my eating habits. Though I worked for a food company for 24 years, I haven’t been getting my fruits & veggies in sufficient amounts. I would estimate that I average 20 meals out in a month (lunches & dinners) and maybe I ordered just ONE salad all of last year.
The heart attack in December has me focused on everything healthy, so my 2020 goal is to eat at least two big entree salads a week. We’re already 6 full weeks into the new year and I’m 6-for-6 on my goal. That’s 12x how many salads I ate all last year and puts me on pace for 104 in 2020. Given I’ll probably eat 730 lunches & dinners this year, that will represent about 15% of my meals and 43% of my meals out.
Since those meals are largely replacing unhealthy hamburgers, sandwiches, or fried foods – all of which generally come with fries or chips – that means that I am getting a huge upgrade on my total diet. The calorie difference for those 104 meals could result in 10-15 pounds lost over the course of the year.
I’ve already found about 4 tasty ‘go-to’ salads at restaurants that are genuinely good for you – not the heavy-dressing salads topped with fried chicken or served in a fried taco shell.
How do you ensure you get enough fruits & vegetables in your daily diet when you don’t particularly care for too many fruits & vegetables?
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