What: 30 Days of Clean Eating— Online Nutrition Challenge
January is the perfect time to clean up your diet, reset your metabolism and evaluate current eating patterns, habits and choices. SO, why not do it with us and enjoy a structured, clean Paleo template within an online community. We will provide direction, encouragement, resources for delicious, filling food, and accountability.
When: January 4th to February 2nd
Rational: The purpose of this clean eating Challenge is meant to be just that.. A challenge! 30 days of a paired down clean template to help eliminate cravings, balance hormones and blood glucose for Forty days and to avoid any potentially inflammatory foods. We hope during this journey you will become an experiment of ONE. One in which you will be able to evaluate yourself each day intellectually, emotionally and physically when it comes to food choices. There are many ways to eat for health and many of the listed “off limits” foods may find a healthy place in your life. But for these 30 days your challenge, should you choose to accept it, will be be to steer clear of them to get to know yourself and your body. Period.
What is allowed:
- Vegetables: Load up on these! Leafy Greens such as: kale, spinach, chard, collards and all lettuces are great. Also eat plenty of broccoli, cauliflower, onions, brussels, cabbage, asparagus, green beans, zucchini, and squashes. Root vegetables (parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, beets,radishes…) are a fantastic way to get nutrient rich carbohydrates and are the ultimate winter comfort vegetables!
- Fruit (preferably fresh over dried): Aim for low-sugar fruits! Avocados, peppers, tomatoes and berries are great examples. Eat higher glycemic fruits in moderation to regulate blood glucose spikes and to balance hormones. Examples of high sugar fruits: melons, papaya, banana, apricots, pineapples etc.. Here is a great article on Mark’s Daily Apple about fruit.
- Protein/Meat: Grassfed meats, Wild game/fish, and Free Ranged Eggs are the best sources of animal protein out there. Read here to find out why. Though we know this isn’t always possible. Do your best, know your sources, read your labels.. (ahem.. Bacon) and consume responsibly for your health.
- Healthy Fats: Fat is an incredibly important macronutrient in our diet. ALL of our cells are comprised of lipids (fat!). Focus on Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Coconut oil/butter, Ghee, Tallow, Avocado, Coconut, Nuts and Nut Butters (Peanuts are NOT nuts:).
- Nuts/Seeds: It is easy to replace packaged snacks with handfuls of these bad boys. And though allowed, it is probably best to go easy on these. Here is a great article why. Raw or roasted at home is best. Remember to ALWAYS read your labels. Many store bought nut brands will have terrible oils and unnecessary ingredients, but compare brands you’ll be surprised!
- Sugar–yes ALL Sugar (read ALL labels. it hides everywhere). In case you need convincing… Read THIS.
- Grains (even quinoa)
- Sweeteners (including Artificial, Agave, Honey, Stevia)
- Legumes (hotly debated in the long term by lots, off limits on this challenge. Here’s Why.)
Your job: Eat Clean Every Day. For 30 days. You can DO This. It will change the way you feel and your relationship with food. It may not be easy but it will be totally WORTH it!
Our Job: Send weekly email with encouragement, information, resources and recipes! We will also create a closed FB page for intra-office chatter. All you need to do is email Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whole 30–Clean Eating Program
The Clothes Make the Girl– Recipe Blog
Nom Nom Paleo— Recipe Blog
Science and Research:
Prepared Meals (grassfed, locally sourced food in NC)