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Color Me Yummy!

March is National Nutrition Month®. The campaign is part of the American Dietetic Association’s effort to educate and focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices, developing healthy eating and physical activity habits.  It was started back in the 70s as a week and has exploded to a month.

This year’s theme is “Eat Right with Color.” Meaning RDs are focusing on the benefits of pigment-related phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables that supply them.

Ok enough background. If you want more click here.

I LOVE, with a capital L, eating color. If I don’t have enough color in my salad it just looks sad. Being a pescatarian I don’t get a lot of variety when it comes to my protein colors. Sure, my salmon is pink, but so are my tuna and shrimp.

So I turn to my heaping pile of fruits and veggies. There are times when I crave a fruit salad simply because you can have so much variety that is good for you. I am always the first person to jump into the crudités plate at a party. (See below for the RIGHT portion.)

The point is, when I go to the Union Square farmer’s market and see all the gorgeous radishes, rainbow carrots, apples and pears I get excited. I can’t wait for spring to return so that my colors come back.

Radishes from the farmer's market

Portion sizes

Fruits:  The food pyramid suggests two to four servings of fruit per day. An example of a serving size of fruit would be:

  • One medium apple, orange or banana
  • 1/2 cup of chopped, cooked or canned fruit
  • 3/4 cup of fruit juice

Vegetables: The food pyramid suggests three to five servings of vegetables per day. An example of a serving size of vegetables would be:

  • 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables
  • 1/2 cup of other vegetables, cooked or raw
  • 3/4 cup of vegetable juice

 

Running in the Cold

For some reason or another I convinced myself to do New York Road Runners 9+1 program. This way I get automatic entry into the 2012 ING NYC Marathon.

Since there is a chance that after May I may not be here (my fiancée is currently looking for a job, post-graduation), I decided I needed to get it done before then.  This means at least two races a month starting now, which brings us to…cold weather running.

Sunday I ran in my first race of the year (The Fred Lebow 5-miler). It was 15 degrees outside. It was hella cold and this is what I learned.

  1. You will not be the only crazy person waking up at 6:00 a.m. to get on the 6 train to go to Central Park.
  2. My fingers are the only place on my body I could not get warm. I must invest in better gloves. Suggestions welcome
  3. Dogs LOVE snow. I swear that every dog out there had a huge smile on their face from rolling around in the snow.
  4. By mile 4, when it’s seriously cold outside you are practically drinking ice. I am not joking, ice cubes.
  5. Even if you are running next to a guy with a ridiculous hat on, who is taking pictures of himself and CP and is keeping pace with you. That is motivation.
  6. Running faster so that your little fingers don’t break off helps set new PRs.
M, K, & L at the Jingle Bell Jog, wasn't as cold as Sunday's race.

A Nice Change From the Park

One of my favorite things about August in New York is when the city closes down Park Avenue. Summer Streets as they are so aptly named go from the Brooklyn Bridge to 72nd street.

Along the route are free bike rentals, roller skates, work out classes from Crunch and other gyms and best of all….car free streets to run.

Today I got to meet up with two of my running buddies for a great morning run. While on our way up Park we ran into another running friend who pretty much summed it up…the NYC Summer Streets was a nice change to the Central Park loop.

The event is modeled on others from around the world including Bogotá, Colombia’s Ciclovia, Paris, France’s Paris Plage, and even New York’s own Museum Mile.

My unrealistic dream? This doesn’t just happen during August.

I’m sure it costs a ton of money to keep these streets closed and have police to direct traffic, but wouldn’t it be great if it was done twice a month throughout the year. Well, maybe not during the winter months.

Are you enjoying Summer Streets? Do you think we can convince the city to increase the days?