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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Happy Eats Club!

Remember my experiment? And remember how I said I was going to eat healthier going forward? Today I’m going to tell you exactly how I’m doing that!

A group of friends and I have formed a Happy Eats Club. It’s AWESOME. And here’s how it works:
– Each member (there are 5 of us) makes one goal and then sets up a list of healthy eating rules that support their goal.
– Each week we check in with each other. If you cheated on your rules, you owe $5 to the pot. (Everyone gets to cheat on Halloween and Thanksgiving, by the way 🙂 )
– On December 20, we will have a final check-in. Whoever cheated least gets the money pot. Whoever cheated most has to do something embarrassing that the group determines. Scary. If, by some miracle, none of us cheat…then we’re going to do something fun to celebrate!

My goal is simple: Eat healthier. I’m not trying to lose weight, I just want to eat better.

Here are my rules:
– 2+ servings of fruit each day
– 3+ servings of vegetables each day
– 6+ glasses of water each day
– 1 or less servings of white flour per day
– 1 or less dessert/treat per day
– As many whole grains as possible

Other members of the group have different goals and rules. Some want to lose weight. Some just want to eat healthier. Examples of rules: no sugar, no white flour, no fried foods, fruit juice must be fresh, etc.

We are 1 week into the Club and so far so good! I am eating WAY less sugar, WAY more veggies, drinking WAY more water. It’s fantastic. I’m already feeling better.

As the Happy Eats Club continues on this venture, we will share experiences, recipes, etc.  If you do something similar, let us know about it!

And, yes, I’ll fess up to ALL of you if I cheat!


  1. What great goals. When money is involved I’m sure you’re a lot less likely to cheat. Keep us updated on how it goes!!

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    Does the “Thanksgiving” exemption apply to T-Day only, or for the whole week? Must Thanksgiving-Day guests follow these rules, or are you going to cut them some slack? And, if you do require them to follow the rules, will you give them a volume discount on the fines?

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    These panacakes sound scary but are actually quite good and very healthy.

    Oatmael – cheese pancakes

    1 cup cottage cheese
    1 cup oats
    3 egg whites
    dash of vanilla
    dash of cinnamon
    blend in a blender and cook.

    You can top it with syrup, but I like to top it with fresh fruit, bananas or peaches are yummy.

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    What a fun club!! Good luck! I need to find some friends to do this with!

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