CHALLENGE: Eat 9 cups of fruit and vegetables every day

After watching a very compelling video from a doctor who cured herself of MS (Multiple Sclerosis) through a conscious change of diet that included 9 cups of fruits and vegetables every day, I decided to challenge myself to eat 9 cups too. Email me if you want a link to the video. I wanted to see just how difficult it could be. I ate my usual type of meals, but was just more intentional about eating large amounts of produce. 


By the time I counted it up, I discovered I had eaten 12 cups, which didn't even include a scoop of powdered concentrated greens and a whole food purée concentrate that provides 5 servings of fruit! I guess it's pretty easy to do after all! Of course, it really helps to have a Vitamix for smoothies. You can hide a lot of servings in your breakfast drink. However, I could have met my challenge with only a cup of blueberries and some yogurt for breakfast. 


Here's how I did it.


Breakfast smoothie: 4 cups (not including powdered greens and Whole 5)

1 cup blueberries

1 cup arugula

1 carrot (1 cup)

½ of a chopped pear (about 1/2 cup)

½ cup frozen banana chunks

PLUS: I added 1 scoop of powdered greens and 1 oz. Whole 5 (=5 servings)*

Other ingredients: 1 cup coconut water, 1 T. chia seeds, 1 scoop whey powder


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Lunch salad: 4½  cups

2 cups arugula

½ cup chopped cabbage

½ cup chopped pear

½ cup chopped watermelon

½ cup chopped cucumber

¼ cup chopped radish

¼ cup sliced avocado

Other ingredients: ¼ cup walnuts, ¼ cup crumbled feta, oil and vinegar


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Afternoon Snack: 1 nectarine (about 1 cup)


Dinner: 2½  cups

2 cups green beans

¼ cup mushrooms

¼ cup onions

Other ingredients: 1 organic chicken Italian sausage, sunflower oil for sautéing 


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Based on my findings, I think I usually do eat about 9 cups of fruit and vegetables every day… without even planning to!

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