Market Monday: Green, striped and prickly

This morning I went to one of my favorite places in Lake City, KC’s Produce Market. It’s conveniently about a half a mile down the street from my house and has a real sweet atmosphere. The only thing better than the customer service is the unbeatable price of produce. Most prices in there are cut in half compared to any grocery store, and in some cases even more.

Usually Abe comes with me and helps pick out what we need, and I’ll let him pick out a few things that he would like. It’s nice, because I can teach him colors and shapes while also displaying the importance of consuming fruits and veggies. However, he wasn’t with me this morning, so I was able to shop leisurely for our produce for the week. It was heavenly!

Here are my three favorites from today!

green onions

Green onions are such a great addition to so many meals. I absolutely LOVE the way they smell! I also have some nostalgia that is tied to them as well. When I was going to school at NGU, there was a field close by that I would walk to and sit in by myself. One day I discovered that it was a field of green onions, and the owner was happy to let me pick as many as I wanted!

heirloom zebra tomatoes

Heirloom Zebra tomatoes are a new discovery I made today. I’m a big fan of all tomatoes, so trying a new kind is fun. I sunk my teeth into one of these this morning, and it was so rich and sweet. I also find them to be visually pleasing.

pineapple

 

When a ripe pineapple enters our house, it is usually gone within a few hours. Daniel and I mean about a juicy pineapple.

Where do you enjoy shopping for your produce? What are your favorite fruits and veggies?

Trains vs Roller Coasters

The month of April came and went like Mary Poppins on her dang umbrella. It happened wayyy too fast. Daniel and I were in a wedding and we also had Abram’s big first birthday party to put on. Those were just extras added on to our normal busy lives, and I must confess that we did not eat very well. The month consisted of pizzas and whatever we could find that was the fastest to grab and consume.

I had many headaches last month.

May has nothing major planned, and we’ve both decided to be better with the time that we have. That being said, we are trying to get back on the health train. Abram and I went to the produce market on Monday and did some grocery shopping, and that picture up there is what we left with.

I really enjoy shopping for fruits and veggies because I feel so refreshed just from picking them out. They are colorful and vibrant and smell like the earth. I know, when I’m gently putting them in my cart, that these life-savers will make me feel so good when I eat them.

That’s the thing though. I have to eat them.┬áMy hand has to bypass the cheese in the refrigerator and grab the apple or cucumber. I actually have to cut them up and put them in my mouth. But then the left over hot dogs from the party would be sad because I wasn’t giving them any attention.

Getting back on track is so hard, and at first seems impossible. And that goes for everything. I was always told that it takes 21 days to build a habit or a routine, and so far that has held true. What sucks is that you work hard for those three weeks and feel like you’ve arrived. Then one night you decide to reward yourself with a piping hot pizza, a Vanilla Porter and some M&M’s. You then make an excuse to eat a candy bar and some bacon the next day, and then a doughnut at church on Sunday… and by Monday it’s all gone to crap. Might as well eat that bowl of cereal and that piece of cheese for breakfast instead of turning on your juicing and drinking super juice.

Now that your food choices have spiraled out of control, you’ve got a headache. Your body is achy, and your kid is driving you crazy (or your finals have stripped you of your last bit of humanity and you have become the walking dead). Might as well skip the workout. It’ll be fine. You’ll do it tomorrow. But you don’t.

Sound familiar?

Sound like the roller coaster of health you’ve ridden too many times?

Sigh. I’m tired of it, aren’t you? I just want to eat right. I just want to work out even when I don’t feel like it. For a while, I was overcoming discouragement and using it to fuel the fire that burns the calories. Encouragement was coming from left and right. The food I was putting in my body was strengthening me to great accomplishments. I was working out everyday, and dropping the pounds left and right.

But that dang April.

As tempting as it is, I refuse to let this hiccup in health ruin the whole thing. God has worked too much on me to be a quitter. I’m getting off of the roller coaster and back onto the nice and steady train. Those fruits and veggies up there need to get all ate up. Mostly because it’s good for me, but also mostly because they don’t come cheap.

There is too much at stake each day to not be optimizing our energy with the best foods and the healthiest work outs.

Let’s have a conversation about this. Let’s keep each other accountable.