Implementing our Everybody Eats Nutrition Challenge for Clackamas County employees was exciting. Getting great feedback from participants who previously barely ate their fruits and veggies was rewarding. But hearing from a long-time vegan that Everybody Eats even showed her a thing or two? To us, that’s priceless.
“I’ve been a vegan for over fifteen years, so I didn’t think I’d get much out a challenge focused on increasing fruits and vegetables. Boy, was I wrong! I learned a lot about my eating habits and found it fairly easy to increase my veggie intake (by decreasing my junk intake). I was surprised that people found adding veggies to be the most challenging. I was also surprised by my lack of fruit intake. Fruit can be very difficult to digest, especially to those with fructose sensitivities. There are safe ways to incorporate fruits into the diet, however, and I thought I’d been doing that fairly well. Nope. Not at all. The challenge helped shine a light on the fact that I was barely eating any fruit at all. It also helped me focus more on my families’ fruit and veggie intake and make use of our backyard garden. Thank you!!” – A Clackamas County Everbody Eats Participant