The Self-Improvement Chronicles: Veggie Tales

There is a vicious rumor going around that The Jolly Librarian does not like vegetables. This is not true. Just last week, I put a photo on my Facebook page of me eating a salad. And I’m a huge fan of the potato: baked, fried, roasted, and boiled. Still, I have to admit I do find vegetables a high-maintenance type of food. They have to be washed. They have to be prepared in some way. You go into your fridge to pick one out for preparation, and it has ruined. And some vegetables, especially spinach, get stuck, without your knowing it, in your teeth and cause embarrassment for all involved.

So I was not terribly excited when I saw that our task for this week was to eat 4-6 servings of vegetables daily and that they had to come from different color groups. My partners, on the other hand, were ecstatic. “This was the first task you doled out that I could get behind,” wrote Emily. Of course, Emily is already a veggie eater and a cook. So this was not a huge change for her.

Pam, too, was optimistic about meeting the challenge, although, once again, she didn’t read the chapter. However, her midweek report is not particularly glowing: Monday — 3 Vegetables; Tuesday — 1 vegetable; Wed—(today), thus far, 0.

Me? Like Pam, I have increased my vegetables but find it hard getting the optimal number in. I did bring salad for lunch  Monday and Tuesday and ate an extra salad last night. I also had spaghetti sauce Monday and Tuesday night. I think what might actually work for me is to make a soup and get my veggies that way. Maybe this recipe!

Anyway for the week:

Emily — A

Pam — C

Jolly Librarian– C

The last two are hoping to make an end-of-the-week comeback!




2 thoughts on “The Self-Improvement Chronicles: Veggie Tales

  1. I,too, struggle with potato love. So, I have been eating what I make for the kids, which is basically a take-off on Jerry Seinfeld’s wife’s theories about sneaking vegetables into food. I know, it’s terrible that i don’t know her name. Jessica. Yes, it’s Jerry & Jessica. Cute.

    I eat lots of pasta with Cuisinart-chopped spinach mixed into the sauce. I also eat a lot of lettuce tacos with ground turkey and chopped zucchini & onions as the base. And finally, I am a big fan of the veggy/ranch combo, which some may snub, but is a lunchtime staple for me.

    Overall, the rule is this: So you want to eat French fries?–FIRST, you must eat something green, bright red, orange, or purple.

    It’s been working so far, but for other ideas, check out

    Good luck,

  2. Veggies are great! I love them. A lot of them are great raw. I’m not a vegetarian, but I could be. For some great articles on vegetarian diets check out the “Health and Wellness Resource Center” which is a Gale database that is a part of TEL. ( It is on our website under Health.

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