6-Day Healthy Eating Challenge – Day 5
Welcome to Day 5 of your healthy eating challenge, also known as – The almost end of the challenge.
You’ve had some pretty tough challenges but my goal here is to make them doable and to show you some tricks for how you can, slowly, take charge of your diet.
The real key is not doing everything at once – That’s what this challenge is about.
It’s about trying things and saying – Okay, I get it. Now I have this tool in my toolbox and I can decide when I want to use it.
So, this week’s challenge takes us down the happy, healthy road of vegetables.
Yes, I said it.
Don’t let this scare you because I’ve got your back here. We’re going to make this simple and easy.
Your Day 4 Challenge – Eat At Least 3 Servings of Veggies
What You Need:
- Vegetables – Fresh, frozen, or canned
All About the Veggies
So, for this challenge, all you have to do is pick one day and eat at least 3 servings of vegetables. Just to give you an idea of just how easy that is: One serving is pretty small. One serving of just about any vegetable – Salad, carrots, broccoli, etc. is about 1 cup. And you only have to have 3.
And you can eat them whenever you want. Like, if you ate 2 cups of salad, you just knocked out more than half of this challenge. Easy, right?
Here’s a bonus challenge: Eat all your vegetables before you eat anything else, if you’re having them with a meal.
Why This Works
Vegetables are full of two things that help with weight loss – Fiber and water. The more you fill up on veggies, the more satisfied you feel. I’m not even going to go into all the nutritional value of veggies, because we all know they’re good for us.
We just need to eat them. And they don’t have to be fresh. Frozen or even canned veggies count. The only thing you want to watch out for with the canned variety is the sodium content. You can usually take care of that with a little rinse.
- Raw or cooked broccoli
- Beans – Yep these count!
- Sweet potatoes
- Cut up peppers, cucumbers, etc.
You know all the veggies out there..the key here is to just pick 3 (or eat the same one all day…I’m cool with that), pick a day, and eat them.
I’ve included 3 very simple veggie recipes that I’ve actually made and that don’t suck. Most of them take about 10-20 minutes to make and you can nibble on them anytime.
- Edamame, Cranberry & Feta Salad
- Roasted Cauliflower
- Pickled Carrots & Daikon
(note -my regular grocery store doesn’t have daikon, so I just get a regular radish)
What can you learn from this experiment? Here are some things to pay attention to and to ask yourself:
- Do you know how many servings of veggies you should get each day?
- Is it easier to eat them when you have recipes you enjoy?
- Did you choose other healthier foods just because you were having the veggies?
- Do you even like veggies? If not, how could you make them less boring?
- How could you take this further? Maybe do this one day a week, for example.
- How can you reward yourself for doing a good job?
Okay – there you go. Just one more challenge to go. You’re doing great!
Questions, comments, sarcastic remarks? Please email me and I’ll help you out.