- 8 weeks of daily recording of “points” earned.
- Points are earned in different areas: 3 for diet, 1 for physical activity, 1 for stretching/mobilization, and 1 for an omega-3 supplement. Total of 6 points possible per day.
- No grains or starches. Legumes and sweet potatoes are acceptable and veg*ns are permitted pseudograins: quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, and wild rice.
- No corn or soy. Veg*ns are permitted fermented soy products: tempeh, miso, natto.
- No sugar or natural/artificial sweeteners. Stevia is permitted.
- No dairy (check!). Except butter is permitted… sigh.
- No alcohol, soda, or juice. Lemon and lime juice accepted.
- No artificial or processed ingredients or foods.
- At least 10 minutes of anything that gets your heart pumpin’.
- At least 10 minutes of stretching, yoga, or soft tissue work with rollers/balls.
- Omega-3’s: EPA & DHA:
- Daily dose of these nutrients. The challenge recommends fish oil, yet recognizes veg*ns’ option of algae-based omega-3’s (which is where the fish get theirs, anyway, duh!). I’m using Ovega-3.
- Weekly chances to win bonus points by participating in weekly challenges or recording brief daily reflections.
- Pre- and post-recording of a predetermined baseline workout plus body measurements.
Is there anything healthier than a giant, nutrient-packed salad? The possibilities are endless with salad: toppings, dressings, protein add-ins, colors, textures, sweet/salty/tangy flavors…
And did I mention hummus? This will be an opportunity to perfect the homemade garbanzo dip.
My days will also include plenty of downward dog. And whatever this is called.
I can’t end this blog post without mentioning the potentially triggering nature of this challenge for individuals who have dealt with disordered eating, like myself. The very nature of the challenge may mimic the obsessive and/or competitive (albeit mostly internally so) thoughts and behaviors of someone with disordered patterns and I would caution anyone who would consider participating in this challenge or any other like it deeply evaluate his or her motivation to do so. Personally, the notion that this experience could negatively affect my progress in this regard came as an afterthought. While evaluating my own motivation and excitement I took note of some recurring themes: My excitement was about the process, the challenge to experiment with new foods and old favorites in the kitchen, to see my cholesterol levels in the end, and to transform my mind. I am eager to see how much more healthy I can become – mind and body – as evidenced by the speed with which I can perform the baseline work out in the end, how many good habits I can retain, and how my energy and confidence will improve.
I hope you will follow me on this journey. There will be some experimental recipes & some returning favorites to showcase, as well as some new products to review. Also, the WLC will be taking place through the month of October – Vegan MoFo, bitches! So that means a potential for giveaways! It’s going to be a great couple of months – how are YOU going to challenge yourself?