The five a day challenge is proving to be a

real challenge for those that have joined


There is still time to join us if you want?


I think most people believe they are getting

their five a day but now that they have had

to write down what they are eating, they

are realising how much they are falling



First issue is getting the portion size right,

a portion of veg is the size of your fist, that

means everyone needs a different amount

depending on the size of your fist


So, I would give Ryan double the amount

of veggies I would eat as his fist is twice the

size of mine but that makes sense as he is

bigger than me and male


Second, standard potatoes don’t really

count and neither does fruit


Fruit should take up 2-3 portions a week,

going by nutritional guidelines due to the

sugar content and acidity and potatoes are

hit and miss; sweet potatoes are fine but

chips aren’t 🙂


Third, is trying to fit it all in, if you are not

used to eating a lot of veg you will need to

swap out some food and get organised


Break it down, try getting a portion in for

breakfast, two portions in at lunch and

two in at dinner which is a lot easier to

manage than sticking five veg in one meal


You can also swap snacks for raw veggies


but why are veggies so important?


1 They fill you up with little calories

helping you manage your weight


2 They are full of fibre that is good for

your digestive system


3 They contain magical nutrients and

vitamins that boost your immune system

and whole load of other medicinal

properties that can’t be faked in tablets or



So, what can you do today?


Check your portion sizes, check how many

portions and join the fb group if you fancy

the challenge




p.s. if you aren’t eating any veggies at all,

start with one portion a day and build up



Carolyne is the owner of Fit Strong Females with a Studio in Glasgow City Centre and an Online Membership Site, with 18 years experience. She is also a Fitness, Success and Food Blogger, Author and Writer. You can contact her at or find more information at 

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