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Eat Your Veggies: Lifestyle Practice

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The Lifestyle Practice is to eat at least one vegetable at each meal—breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Every day, you will earn lifestyle points for eating veggies in some form at each of your main meals.

  • You will need to eat a serving of vegetables at each of the three main meals to receive credit
  • You do not have to eat a serving of vegetables in your snacks
  • Veggies can be raw or cooked, mixed in or flying solo
  • You don’t have to go overboard. Adding vegetables can be as simple as adding sautéed onions or mushrooms to your steak or your eggs

Your mom said it: “Eat your vegetables.” Veggies can be some of the most satisfying and yet sometimes annoying things to prepare. It’s really easy to let them slip from your plate in place of their more favored cousin, fruit.

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Did you know that kale has as much calcium as milk? That cauliflower and red peppers are good sources of 0mega 3 fatty acids? And that you can get a dose of Vitamin D from certain mushrooms? The nutrients that are usually associated with milk, fish, and eggs are surprisingly available to you in the produce aisle of the supermarket.

When we think of vegetables, we tend to think of things like fiber and a few choice vitamins. While rich in fiber and generally low in sugar, veggies are also a great way to stay full and get much needed, sometimes surprising, nutrients.

Nothing adds more variety to meals than vegetables. When making the shift to a whole foods, nutrient dense diet, vegetables are hard to ignore. When you remove the standard grain fare from your plate, you’re going to need something in its place. Vegetables are a great friend to have!

They can take a little more work and a bit of getting used to, so we’re starting you off with this practice to give you a crash course in filling out your new nutrition habit. Enjoy your veggies!

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Michael Stanwyck
Michael Stanwyck is the co-founder of The Whole Life Challenge, an idea that developed during his seven years as a coach and gym manager at CrossFit Los Angeles.

He graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy as well as a degree from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, and feels food is one of the most important parts of a life - it can nourish, heal, and bring people together.

Michael believes health and well-being are as much a state of mind as they are a state of the body, and when it comes to fitness, food, and life in general, he thinks slow is much better than fast (most of the time). Stopping regularly to examine things is the surest way to put down roots and grow.

He knows he will never be done with his own work, and believes the best thing you can do for your well-being starts with loving and working from what you’ve got right now.