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Project Plate: 237 Foods & 237 Recipes in One Year

Posted Aug 29 2012 11:46pm

I have a BIG, exciting challenge for myself, and I’m officially inviting you to join me!

I’m giving myself one year (until September 1, 2013 to be precise) to find and cook healthy recipes for every single food –that is, every one that’s listed on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Choose My Plate” website. That’s 237 different foods—some of them I’ve never even heard of, and some I’ve honestly never wanted to try! Here’s why I want you to join me:

If you’re familiar with my blog, you know that I’m an eating disorder survivor and the author of an upcoming recovery book . People with eating disorders tend to develop all kinds of fears and aversions to certain foods. Even people without eating disorders who are following one of the countless diets out there have all kinds of misconceptions about different types of foods and food groups. This project is about dispelling those myths.

I want to show you that not only is it possible to eat any and every kind of food and still stay at a healthy weight, but that it really is when you include all types of food that you’ll feel your best physically and emotionally. But my project isn’t just about that—there’s a lot I hope to gain from it personally, too: I’ve been married to the love of my life for just over a year now, and we want to have a family someday. It’s important for me to keep a balanced, varied diet that includes proper nutrition and adequate calories if we’re going to be able to do that. I also want to stay healthy enough to be able to live an active lifestyle with those I love.

My goals in a nutshell are: 1) To increase the variety in my diet by trying every kind of food, 2) to find healthy, great tasting recipes for each food, 3) to challenge previous misconceptions I’ve had about certain foods being “bad” for me, and 4) to reach and maintain my body’s healthiest weight by continuing to make healthy food choices and follow a healthy exercise routine. I’ll share my progress for all of those goals along the way.

I hope you’ll consider going along with me and trying some, many, or all of the foods (and healthy recipes!) I’ll feature throughout the next year. Let’s get cooking (and eating!), and holding each other accountable!

My question for you: What food are you curious about trying? And is there any particular food you can’t wait to see me come up with a great healthy recipe for?

Keep in touch and keep it real!

Justine


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