Monday, December 16, 2013

CSA Box and Food Journaling

I’m really glad that I signed up for a CSA box again. Longtime readers will know that I used to get a CSA box for years but then stopped for a while due to some billing and other issues.

It’s always such a joy to open the box – it’s like receiving a present!



Here is what we got this week, and what I plan on doing with it:

  • Beets (gold & red) – I’ll roast them and add them to salads. The beet greens will go into beet greens smoothies. I love the 2 for 1 when you buy beets with the greens! Smile 
  • Romanesco cauliflower – I’ve never had this! And I would have probably not bought it, but I’m glad we’ll get to try it. Apparently, like broccoli and cauliflower, it can be eaten raw or cooked. I think I’ll steam it.
  • Fennel – Another item I wouldn’t have bought. I’ll roast it.
  • Carrotssnacks
  • Chardgreen smoothies
  • Spinach –  green smoothies – I love the variety of greens we’ll have in our smoothies this week!
  • Leekspotato/leek soup
  • Butternut squashroasted butternut squash soup
  • Fingerling sweet potatoes – I’ll roast them. Yes, I love roasted vegetables!

Food Journaling

The other day I was at Target with the kid, and I came across a pretty journal. I decided to pick it up as I had been thinking about food journaling again for a while. I think writing down everything I eat in a day is a good way to see if I truly eat as healthy as I think.

After journaling for a week, I noticed that I hadn’t had any fish! That’s something I’ll be working on for sure! Also, since it’s been unusually cold around here (for this area), we don’t have a green smoothie every morning. I need to be more conscious on those days to get enough greens the rest of the day since I’m not starting the day with a huge dose of greens.

I’m not too specific when it comes to writing down everything I eat. In other words, I don’t weigh or measure my food or calculate calories. I just write entries like “bowl of carrot soup” or “spinach with sautéed ground beef and mushrooms.” I’m at a happy weight at this point and what I’m eating is working, so there is no need to calculate calories, etc. However, several years ago, when I was losing weight, I kept a very precise food journal with calories, etc. I also used MyFitnessPal on my phone for a while, and it worked well.

Besides everything I eat, I also write down my daily steps as well as any other exercise I did. Finally, I finish with what I’m grateful for that day. That’s actually my favorite part of the journal. I always finish the day thinking about what I’m grateful for, but writing it actually down is very powerful.

Questions: Do you journal (any kind)? Do you have/ever had a food journal? Do you write down what you are grateful for on a regular basis? Are you a member of a CSA or have ever thought about joining one?

Be well,
Andrea

24 comments:

  1. I needed to see this today as I can get so overwhelmed by our csa. the child eats the fruit and SOME veggies. The husband eats NOTHING. The rest goes in my veggiehole :-)

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    1. A CSA can get overwhelming. I always stop and write down what I'll do with everything before I put it away. Otherwise, things can get "lost"... :)

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  2. Journaling food intake is a great way to keep one accountable for what they eat.

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  3. Greta,
    in der CSA box sind wirklich tolle Gemüse.Romanescoblumenkohl finde ich immer recht attraktiv,du kannst diesen auch im Ganzen garen,mußt unten nur mehrmals einschneiden, so dass die Schnittflächen auch gleichmäßig gar .werden
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    1. Den Romanescoblumenkohl im Ganzen garen ist eine gute Idee!

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  4. I like to use the food journal on My Fitness Pal - off and on and I use it all the time to calculate nutritional information for the recipes on my blog. I don't keep a personal journal - I have tried many times but I don't stick with it. I guess my blog serves as a kind of journal for me!

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    1. Yes, a blog can serve as a great journal! :)

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  5. I've been consistently food journaling, but I need to do something to spark it up. Your idea of looking for what is missing is interesting. Also, I should go through my past journal to remember some successful food I ate.

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    1. Yes, looking through past journal entries is a great way to find out what has worked in the past but you may have "forgotten" about.

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  6. I haven't done any food journaling for years. I used to do that on the blog but if I do that now, it will bore my readers. :) Journaling is a good idea to keep track of nutrients intake (not calorie), sometimes I wish i had done that. But it also takes work, but maybe having a pretty journal is a way to encourage doing it. Thanks for the idea.

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    1. The pretty journal really makes a difference! :)

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  7. With just 2 of us & only one that east pretty healthy - well, it the CSA would go to waste...

    I did log & all that when I was younger.. I don't anymore BUT I keep track & can modify just based on what I know for me..I am a portion control & read the stats type of person! :)

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    1. I think you keep an internal journal! :) You certainly know your body well and listen to it and constantly adjust - we can all learn from that, especially as we age!

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  8. I have the Beebox as you know and for me it's a present too when I receive it. And there is something in it every week that I wouldn't have bought myself. It makes me more creative and I have more variation in my food. I love it.

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    1. I love getting things I wouldn't usually buy!

      Your Beebox always looks great!

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  9. I miss belonging to a CSA terribly. Yours looks great! Haven't journaled in a while.

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    1. I would miss my CSA and my regular Farmers' Market. But from what I've read and seen, you are doing great on the road! :)

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  10. Your CSA box is overflowing with bounty! Let me know what you think of the Romanesco cauliflower - I love it steamed. And beet greens are simply awesome!

    Isn't food journaling so helpful for spotting patterns? I used to do a more general one like yours, but I haven't in a little while. If I had a pretty one, however ... ;)

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    1. We had the Romanesco cauliflower today and loved it!

      And, yes a pretty journal makes keeping one so much more fun! :)

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  11. Gorgeous CSA box, and with the new year coming, maybe I'll start one up. Hubby's work has one that pulls produce from lots of local farms, plus there's an option to add on eggs, fish, etc, so I think that would be fun. I don't food journal now, but did when I was on an elimination diet and found it very helpful. I do have all my clients do one as most of them are dealing with food sensitivities and they find it very helpful to identify trigger foods. Love the idea of writing down what you are grateful for :-)

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    1. Farm boxes that let you add foods other than veggies are fun! There is a seafood box in our area, and I have been thinking of joining for a while now.

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  12. My daughter is always trying to get me to share a csa with her! I may just have to do it as I definitely eat enough veggies to go through it with no problem.

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