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Desperate times call for prunes

January 26, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
I never thought I’d touch another prune in my life. Amazing what a little competition will prompt you to do.

In a weak moment, I signed up for the Sentinel’s team for Walk This Way 2011, a six-week program sponsored by Fairmont Medical Center where you earn points for all the veggies, fruit and water you eat and exercise you do.

Right off the bat, I learned I don’t eat very well.

Don’t get me wrong, I eat plenty; I have food in my kitchen and I don’t skip meals (or snacks), but I eat all the wrong things. I don’t eat a lot of fruit or veggies and I’m not doing great on the exercise — the reason is a toss-up between it being so $%^& cold and snowy out and having gotten a virus earlier this month.

Thanks to that virus, I fell way behind my overachieving teammates and needed to get serious about doing some catching up.

Commercials for Sunsweet Ones kept popping up — I watch way too much TV, too, but that’s another story — and I thought “why not?” I hadn’t eaten a prune in decades — another long story — but decided I could buy a container of the individually-wrapped prunes and try them, figuring if they were hideous I could dump them off on my mother or sister.

I ate the first one and — surprise! — liked it, so I’ve stuck with them.

Three prunes count as a serving of fruit, so they’re fairly easy to fit into my diet. They’ve got a sweet fruity taste, so they make a nice change from the chocolate I’m prone to eat. Plus, those individual packages mean I can toss one or two in my purse and take them with me for a quick snack on the go.

The purpose of this program is not to turn us all into super eaters and exercisers, but everyone can make little changes that add up to a healthier life.


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