? Welcome to Day 5 of the Sleekgeek 30-Day Nutrition Challenge!
Each day, for 30 days, we’re going to help you improve your nutrition and build healthy habits that will serve you for a lifetime.
- ? Each week we will introduce 1 key nutrition strategy to you from our Sleekgeek Nutrition Guide.
- ? Each day we will challenge you to take action with a daily task that you need to complete.
Best of all, we will be with you every step of the way in our dedicated Sleekgeek 30-Day Nutrition Challenge Group on Facebook.
Here’s a quick snapshot of what Week 1 looks like:
This is what you need to do in order to successfully complete today’s challenge task.
- Eat Colourful Vegetables today.
- Easy Mode: Eat colourful vegetables with at least 1 meal today (if you’ve already eaten all of your meals today before reading this task, that’s OK, do it tomorrow).
- Hard Mode: Eat colourful vegetables with every meal today (if you’ve already eaten some or all of your meals today before reading this task, that’s OK, just focus on your next meals coming up).
- Share a pic of your meal containing colourful vegetables with us in the Sleekgeek 30-Day Nutrition Challenge Support Group on Facebook.
Click here if you need a reminder about how this challenge works and what the rules are.
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Week 1’s Key Nutrition Strategy is all about the Sleekgeek Food List.
Today we’re focusing on the colourful vegetables section:
- Red: Beetroot, onions (red), peppers (red), radishes, rhubarb, tomatoes, etc.
- Yellow / Orange: Beetroot (yellow), carrots, peppers (yellow), sweet corn, tomatoes (yellow), etc.
- White / Tan / Brown: Cauliflower, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, etc.
- Purple: Arparaguas (purple), cabbage (purple), carrots (purple), eggplant, peppers (purple), etc.
- Green: Artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, celery, cucumber, green beans, green peas, leafy greens (kale, spinach, collards, mustard greens, bok choy, etc), leeks, lettuce, onions (green), peppers (green), sugar snap peas, zucchini, etc.
These are the colourful vegetable “superstar” foods that are:
- Lower-calorie, lower-starch (carb), and more fibrous kinds of vegetables (as opposed to the higher-calorie, starchier and carb-dense vegetables like potatoes or pumpkin which we consider to be “smart carb” choices on the Sleekgeek Food List instead).
- Colourful as each colour provides it’s own unique health benefits. Green veggies may get the most popularity, but red, yellow, purple, and even white / tan / brown vegetables are fantastic too. The wider variety of colours you can get in your meals, the better.
- Minimally processed, single-ingredient foods whenever possible, and commonly found / easily included in a normal healthy diet.
Vegetables are nutritional powerhouses and tend to be the foundation of just about every healthy diet out there.
Most people are already sold on the benefits of eating vegetables, even if it is easier said than done.
With that said, we would like to put an emphasis on colourful vegetables.
Green veggies may get the most popularity and media attention, but red, yellow, purple, and even white / tan / brown vegetables are fantastic too. Each colour provides it’s own unique health benefits and the wider variety of colours you can get in your diet, the better.
Without adequate colourful vegetable intake, our bodies can’t function well at all and it also makes fat loss, weight maintenance, and muscle gain efforts much more difficult.
EATING COLOURFUL VEGETABLES REGULARLY IS A GREAT HABIT TO GET INTO:
- Vegetables help you feel fuller and stay fuller for longer due to their high volume (from fiber and water content).
- Vegetables make weight loss and weight maintenance easier by displacing higher-calorie foods and helping you consume less calories in general.
- Vegetables improve your digestion and help you stay hydrated due to their high fiber and water content.
- Vegetables help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies, reduce your risk of disease, boost your immune system, lower inflammation, improve recovery and performance, and generally raise your overall level of health due being rich in essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
We’ve found that when our clients bulk their meals up with vegetables, they feel fuller while eating fewer calories and, as a result, lose weight and maintain their weight loss more easily.
COLOURFUL VEGETABLES ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF A HEALTHY DIET
When it comes to building a healthy meal we recommend that you start with your protein, then bulk it up with vegetables, and finally build the rest of your meal around that.
In Week 2 of this Sleekgeek 30-Day Nutrition Challenge we will introduce you to the Sleekgeek Healthy Meal Template and in Week 3 we will help you with figuring out appropriate portion sizes with the Sleekgeek Portion Control Guide.
For now, just focus on getting some colourful vegetables in your meals today (and everyday thereafter if you can).
HOW TO BUILD THE HABIT OF EATING COLOURFUL VEGETABLES:
Eating colourful vegetables with every meal is the second nutritional-based habit that we teach in the Sleekgeek Coaching Program.
It’s a great anchor habit to keep you on track, help you make healthier meal choices, and fill you up so that you are more satisfied with eating less calorie-dense food.
Your priority is to get started and take action.
- Print out the Colourful Vegetables Food List above or the full Sleekgeek Food List and get to know what colourful vegetables are out there.
- Stock up and make sure that you always have them conveniently on hand. See the Sleekgeek Kitchen Makeover and Supermarket Survival Guide for help on this.
- Stick to easy and convenient colourful vegetables (buy them pre-prepped or pre-cooked if need be). Keep it simple and do-able.
- Try adding a bit more colourful vegetables to each meal using foods that you actually like and are willing to eat.
- Consider healthy eating as a spectrum of best-effort choices where you want to try to make more good choices and less bad choices whenever possible, as opposed to an all-or-nothing approach of only being allowed to make perfect choices and considering yourself a failure if you make any bad choices at all.
Intermediates and Advanced:
Your priority is to get more consistent, hit the right quantity, expand your variety, and improve your quality.
- Work on getting those colourful vegetables in with every single meal, consistently. It’s not a meal if it doesn’t have colourful vegetables!
- Focus on getting the right amount of colourful vegetables, either using one of the guidelines that we gave above or the Sleekgeek Portion Control Guide (we will be walking you through this in Week 3 of the challenge).
- Experiment with different types of colourful vegetables and see if you can expand your variety of choices.
- Try improving the quality of your colourful vegetables – such as by buying organic and food that has been sourced locally.
- Don’t forget that colourful vegetables are just one part of your meal. See the Sleekgeek Healthy Meal Template for a broader perspective and work on building up a healthy well-balanced meal (we will be walking you through this in Week 2 of the challenge).
Have a handful of go-to colourful vegetable sources:
Make sure that you ALWAYS have a handful of go-to colourful vegetables sources on hand that are super easy to prepare and eat when short on time or low on willpower. If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.
- Vegetables like carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, baby tomatoes, and sugar snap peas are great to keep in your fridge as quick and easy choices when you’re short on time and need something with minimal prep and work.
- Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, beetroot, mushrooms, and eggplant are great to keep in your fridge as versatile staples which can be prepared fairly easily with some quick frying or even microwaving.
- Vegetables like onions, garlic, ginger, and celery are great to keep in your fridge as powerful flavourants to help you make your meals more interesting.
- Vegetables like peas, corn, beans, and carrots are great to keep in your freezer as they freeze well and can be quickly called upon if you run out of other fresh veg to use. Frozen veg is just as healthy, if not healthier than fresh veg at times.
Getting into the habit of eating colourful vegetables doesn’t need to be complicated or super fancy. It just requires a bit of effort up front, and then a system that you can continuously and regularly maintain. You will come to learn which foods you need to buy frequently and which foods you only need to stock up in bulk once in a while.
Coming up next tomorrow:
Tomorrow we will take a look at smart carbohydrates and why / how to get more of them in your diet.
Remember to check in with us in 30-Day Nutrition Challenge Support Group on Facebook to let us know how this challenge is going for you.