HAWMC: The Things We ForgetPosted: April 22, 2012
For the month of April, I’m participating in the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge from Wego Health. Each day I’ll be writing a health-related post based on the HAWMC prompts, aiming to challenge myself as a writer and health activist. Thanks for following!
I was speaking with a pregnant friend the other day who finds it a real challenge to make sure she’s eating properly while her nutrient needs are greater. Her solution is to count out all her fruits and vegetables for the day in the morning and figure out when she will eat them. Usually, she brings 5 pieces of fruit with her to work and snacks on them during the day; she’ll have tons of veggies in her evening meal.
This is one solution to what is quite a common problem: getting fresh food in. We all know we’re supposed to be eating at least 5 servings of fruit and veg a day, but how many of us actually think about it and act on it daily?
My friend had to be reminded each morning, otherwise she feared that she’d go her entire day without eating a single fresh fruit or vegetable, which she did pretty frequently before she got pregnant.
Here’s another idea: write yourself a message and share it. I hadn’t heard about Things We Forget until today’s blog post prompt, but it’s a wonderful idea. Thought-provoking quotes and uplifting messages are written and illustrated on post-it notes and then placed in a public space.
If I had to contribute one to the site, it would be this:
We all need a little nudging every once in a while, a reminder that we should take care of ourselves every day.