- In terms of fruits & vegetables, one thing that has really worked for me is to prep anything that is grab and go and place it at an easy to take point. This means that grapes come home from the store, are washed, and the vines get cut into smaller sections (I'm not to the point where I de-vine the grapes for the whole family). Apples and pears are washed and are in a bowl on the counter. Oranges take a little more effort to eat, so they're in a bowl near the stools so you can peel an orange while you are sitting down.
- I have a harder time with vegetables, but I try to add vegetables to every dish I make. Frozen peas and carrots added to the rice cooker are a great addition to steamed rice, a bag of seasoning vegetables while I'm browning meat makes our main dish taste even better. Even my meatloaf generally has a serving of extra veggies, generally cut up very small so the youngest eyes at the table don't pick them out.
When it comes to exercise, the following tips have worked for me:
- Find a workout buddy. In 2009 I walked daily and conference called two friends who live in another part of the country. Sometimes they walked on a treadmill, sometimes it was outside, but we knew that when that phone rang, we needed to be exercising. Because there were three of us, even if one was sick there were still two of us who could walk together. It also worked well in our schedules because you just had to call in, you didn't have to meet at a certain place at a certain time.
- Exercise during kid's activities (if you're one of my umbrella/froggie/shark friends, shush now-that was in the winter!) As kid activities pick up I end up as taxi mom. It's hard to run errands or do much productive during the 30-60 minute activities that most kids have... but if the weather is good, it's the perfect amount of time for a good walk. The key to taking advantage of found time like this is being prepared. I'm usually wearing good walking shoes, and now that I've gotten to know Lawrence it's fairly easy for me to come up with a decent walking route that fits the open block of time.
Those are my tips, now it's your turn. What do you plan to do to make eating fruits and vegetables and exercising a part of your life?