Eating vegetables is a good thing. I believe this 100%. In fact, it is one of the very first things discussed and tracked with my Health Coaching clients. Every program covers this core Nutrition Habit. Eat your veggies!
But, the timing of my vegetables is something of a conversation starter while seated around the table at conferences and networking events. While most start with their proteins or fast-carbs I begin with my vegetables. I eat at least half (more often ALL) of them before bringing in the proteins & fast-carbs. This always results in at least one person at the table asking my WHY I eat my veggies first.
My first reply is typically a simple one: “Just something I prefer.” I could of course blind everyone with the science behind why I prefer this, but my approach has always been to add positive, sustainable habits that meet others right where they are with their lifestyle demands. For many this is a perfectly suitable reply with no further discussion sought. It keeps everyone in a good frame of mind and I am not dominating the conversation, something my great-grandmother warned against during social settings.
But then there are those instances when several around the table want to know more about “Veggies First” preference. This blog series shares these conversations from over the years.
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