A 21-Day Nutrition Challenge That Will Change Your Life
While it’s no secret that healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle are key elements for healthy human development, actually putting this into practice can be challenging given the busyness of life.
Despite our ever-expanding to-do lists, 2020 is the time to refocus your energy for 21-consecutive days on what’s most important in life, you! Here’s how:
The 21-Day Nutrition Challenge
While it takes 21 days to form a habit, it also takes 21 days to break a habit. So why not spend the next 21 days taking my Nutrition Challenge for a healthier and happier you!
- No dairy: This includes milk, butter, cream, yogurt, ice cream, and cheese. This is just for 21 days. Slowly bring them back into your diet as your digestive system adjusts. Try Oat Milk or Almond Milk as an alternative.
- No starches: This includes corn products, white potatoes, rice, and bread. Try cauliflower by processing it and spicing it up.
- No processed foods: If it comes in the freezer section or in a box, don’t eat it. Whenever food is refined or processed, the natural fiber is taken out of it. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. Fiber helps regulate the body’s use of sugars, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check. Avoid all nitrates that can be found in bacon and sausage. Grass-fed and without nitrates is best.
- No grains: Not even corn. Wheat has gluten and all grains have a very high glycemic index – which means that these foods carry sugar too rapidly into the bloodstream, causing a spike and a crash.
- No alcohol: Avoid booze completely during the challenge. Beer and wine will taste that much better after 21 days. (Alternatively, have alcohol one night a week only and aim for organic beer or wine if possible).
- Eat protein: Try to focus on moderate to high animal protein. Eat a variety of poultry, seafood, red meats, and eggs…grass-fed if possible. For vegetarians, you can substitute beans and legumes, black beans, white beans, lentils, chickpeas, hummus, and green peas.
- Eat vegetables: Eat as many and as much fresh or frozen vegetables you want. Go organic if you can.
- Eat fruit and fruit juices: If you are trying to lose weight, limit your intake. Go for organic juices. Non-blends with no added sugars. It’s better if you juice it yourself.
- Cook with high-quality oils: Good oils are coconut and organic olive oil. Avoid corn, cottonseed, peanut, soybean, rice bran, and wheat germ oils. Avoid any foods made with these oils.
- Sea salt: Do not use iodized salt. Go for unrefined sea salt. A good sea salt should be coarse and grey in color.
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