Friendly Competitions

During a session this week, a client mentioned that he had tried challenging his wife to some one-on-one fitness competitions, and they always wound up petering out.

“She’s really competitive,” he said, “so I figured that a step challenge or ‘no sweets’ challenge would really motivate her.” But while the competitions always started out strong, she’d always manage to lose her momentum. “I’ve got a very active job, so she could never beat me at steps. And giving up sweets was just too much for her to maintain.”

I suggested another route: “Why don’t you challenge her to see who can eat the most servings of vegetables this week or this month? Then you’re not taking anything away – you’re actually adding something healthy, and the extra vegetables might eventually take the place of less healthy choices.”

What about you? How do you feel about the “more vegetables” challenge? If you’re interested in trying it, here’s a list of veggies to get you started. And, oh – a #ProTip, here: go for frozen or fresh over canned. You’ll get more nutrition and less salt.

  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Lettuce (radicchio, arugula, romaine, iceburg, baby bibb, etc)
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Green beans
  • Bell peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Tomato
  • Snow Peas
  • Onion
  • Artichoke
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Bok Choy
  • Greens (spinach, kale, turnip greens, mustard greens, chard, etc)
  • Fennel
  • Sprouts
  • Beets
  • Turnips
  • Parsnips
  • Radishes

 

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