28 Day Nutrition Challenge
With summer approaching, now is the perfect time to lighten up your meals, try new flavours and reset your body! Fresh and restorative, this is a plan that will detox you back to feeling energized after a long winter! Get rid of those sluggish pounds; feel lighter in mind, body and spirit!
Though every body has different needs, there are some basic healthy choices you can make that will contribute to your overall wellness with this easy to follow lifestyle detox method and plan!
Focusing on the 3 pillars of healthy, clean eating offers the greatest health benefits, no matter what dietary path you follow. These simple changes can make a big difference over time.
The 3-phase method
- Restore pH
Avoid high acid forming foods to optimize nutrient absorption from fresh, natural foods- avoid acid-ash overload and prevent its effects from inhibiting weight loss by following a more natural diet that consists of 35 percent acid-forming foods and 65 percent alkaline-forming foods. In general, this means increasing your intake of fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts and decreasing your intake of grains, meats and refined sugar.
Start your week with a Flexitarian approach to reset the body. What is a Flexitarian? It’s a relatively new term for a type of “on and off” vegetarian who sometimes eats dairy and meat but use this more flexible form of vegetarianism to test the waters. This is a gentle and gradual transition or perfect digestive break from too much meat and dairy! In fact research shows that that an animal-free diet may be protective against heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and obesity occasionally! Try this simple meal plan and swaps for a 1-day Flexitarian approach. These vegan shortcuts will make the switch to a plant-focused diet deliciously easy!
- Food Combining
Metabolic shape up with the science of food combining- Consider food combining! This little known diet secret promotes enhanced digestion, improved energy and may help boost your metabolism! Fats, protein and carbs are all digested differently, and at different speeds. Food combining puts these differences to work for you. It ensures smooth digestion by pairing the right foods at the right times. This gives your body the best chance to better absorb badly needed nutrients.
We’ve compiled a great week of simple, healthy recipes to get you started. Use these as your guide to continue through the following 3 weeks using the same principles. Download the week 1 guide here.
Tips for Success
At each meal, I recommend starting with the simplest to digest foods, then working your way up to the more complex. This keeps the digestive tract moving, and prevents a “food traffic jam”.
- Don’t pair proteins with starchy carbohydrates;
- Don’t eat 2 proteins at the same time;
- Do eat fruits separately;
- Do eat proteins with vegetables and non-starchy carbohydrates.
- Plan your week of meals and have a grocery list on hand.
- Transform cheat meals into healthier options to avoid feeling deprived.
- Journal each day to track and note how you are feeling – this will motivate you to keep going!
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Contest ends April 30th, 2016.