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What is a 5er?

May 3, 2010

Hello there.  I have created this personal space primarily to keep track of my daily intake of fruits & vegetables, which is recommended at 5-9 servings.  Although this is what the current food pyramid suggests, I wonder how across the board this value is, considering our varied lifestyles & health situations.  I hope to conduct more research into this value, as it pertains to my health.  If you find my findings to be helpful & applicable to your own life, then please let me know.  If you have your own suggestions, please share as well.  In the long term, this space aspires to be a hub of health knowledge that might benefit anybody.

So, essentially, I am proclaiming myself a 5er.  A 5er is an individual who is consciously eating at least 5 servings of fruits & vegetables per day.  This is the minimum serving.  I would like to begin this baby step of achieving this day-by-day goal, in order to attain and live a lifetime of health & wellness.  Perhaps once I have built this seemingly simple habit everyday, I will become more conscious and committed to making better choices regarding my nutrition & fitness.

Even though this is a very personal struggle, I would like to invite you to join me.  Aside from keeping a journal of what fruits & vegetables that I have consumed, these are some things that  I look forward to exploring:

  • Interview friends, relatives, & community members regarding where they get their fruits & vegetables, e.g. farmer’s markets, stores, etc.
  • Grow my own herbs & vegetables.
  • Learn various food preparation techniques & recipes.

Wish me luck!

5ers 4 lyfe!

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