The summer has come and gone, and it usually brings a couple extra friends with us into the autumn season. By friends I really mean, pounds. Pounds of mass, usually not the good kind.
Come fall season I am ready to get back on the wagon with my eating and health. Not that I’ve fallen OFF of the wagon during the summer but one wheel may be constantly falling off the curb. You may be feeling the same way or maybe all wheels are off of the curb and you’re trying to drag it back on the pavement by the handles.
HELLO, 7-day CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE!!
We welcome you with open arms to get back on the wagon!
State of Fitness is putting on a FREE 7-day challenge to get you feeling better about your eating habits, your cravings, and your preparation.
We can get into the habit of eating convenience food, not preparing ahead of time, drinking too much alcohol, etc. You can work your butt off in the gym but if you’re still eating and drinking junk, you probably won’t be seeing many results and/or they won’t be nearly to what they could be.
During this challenge, you do not have to ‘report’ back to anyone, but it’s nice to do this with other people because then you can talk about it, gain inspiration, and encouragement from others. But this challenge is ultimately with yourself.
You can post on the Facebook event page (in the members group) or you could even post on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, whatever form of social media you want, to show your preparations or your meal choices, etc. But it is not required.
So what can you eat:
Meat, veggies, fruit, healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, nuts, etc), some grains (steel cut oats, quinoa, even some rice), homemade food (!), water. Also, you can have legumes, potatoes, tea, coffee, some dairy (greek yogurt, grass fed butter, goat cheese, feta cheese), almond milk (or coconut), RX bars, Perfect Bars.
What can’t you eat:
Alcohol (just no), processed foods, sweets/treats (including ‘healthy’ homemade ones, chocolate, whatever you think of as a treat), fast food, bread/pasta (sprouted bread is okay).
These lists are not all-inclusive. You will have to make decisions on what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. Don’t stress too much about it but do so mindfully.
If you are going to commit, then COMMIT! You may have to plan around an event, or tailgate, or party but do so. Life is unexpected and hard. There will be times where it is easy to just say, “screw it.” But what helps me get through some of those events is saying to myself, “Is this the only time I am ever going to be around X food?”. Let’s say it is doughnuts. I will PROBABLY see and eat another doughnut in my life (or another 100) so if I don’t eat that particular doughnut, the one that is tempting me while I’m doing a 7-day challenge, I will probably
You can get ideas on what to eat from recipes on the blog, the SOF members FB page, and by just searching online. You must be prepared, though. Knowing that you have a busy day is no excuse, make meals and snacks ahead of time.
Are you in?!?