The 20 Day Nutrition Challenge… what is it? The Challenge is simply to challenge you to take the next 20 days to identify areas of your life/diet that you could alter to improve. Here are some examples:
Reduce sugar in any form: For some it could be real sugar, for others it could be the glycemic load of the vegetables that you eat. Do you see the dichotomy? One person might be drinking 4 sodas a day, and it would be ridiculous for that person to start nitpicking their red peppers vs a green pepper. But for that person who is eating rich glycemis load veggies all day, and missing out on the low carb, low glycemic load of the leafy greens, it would be a good place to start.
Find value in the right kind of dairy: I had taught no dairy is best for about seven years. Arguing that Biblical dairy was likely sheep and goat. Though, some historical reference suggests that is wrong. So we slowly started adding a little dairy back in. Pasture Butter, Pasture Cream (basically the rich fats from a grass fed cow). Now we have added appropriate cheeses to that list and dairy products that actually offer some health benefits that you cannot get anywhere. In short, this has really changed my mind to how to look at dairy. Does Casein stink? Yep. Can people be lactose intolerant, yep. So there are guidelines, rules and self assessments that must take place to really know where you are, but I would pretty much take the knowledge I have to full debate with any paleo preaching educator on the planet.
Change your meat: figure out how to introduce healthier meats, what to avoid in processed meats, and how to make healthier taste good to your taste buds. I love a grass fed burger, but I know a lot of you have complained that you don’t! This should change, and becoming a master of the additives and spices will help! Sautee some onions in coconut oil, mix them into the beef before grilling, and you will have a hard time disliking grass fed beef ever again. Or try some “montreal steak” seasoning on your t-bones (just don’t buy the one with hydrogenated oil in it). Point is, there is a way to like what will keep you alive and well.
Fix Your pH: one HIGHLY neglected area of discussion, is pH. Alkaline vs Acid. Though a truly healthy diet will make that change very well over time, there are some strategies to help rapidly improve the acid/alkaline environment of your body. This is CANCER that we are talking about here. Mutation runs rampant in an acidic environment, then it runs wild once it occurs. This is a very important piece of the puzzle. I have found more highly devoted people are missing the big picture because of this ONE thing.
Plan For Life: how do you keep on the path? Family meal planning is important, because nobody stays focused in a family full of bad eaters. Try avoiding all sugar when you have to look beyond the ice cream every night as you pull out the beef for dinner. Eventually, you end up falling back into the poor lifestyle. BUT if everyone in the household is on the plan, then it gets much easier! How do you feed your kids in this world? We’ll sit down for a fireside chat of sorts, and work through those strategies.
The Plan – Starting Monday night, we will have the first primary diet overview at 6:45pm. This and the last class are the HealthSprout hosted events. Then, if you don’t want to do all of them, but you are really interested in the pH portion of the class, on 5/15, Tuesday night at 6pm at Riverstone Church we will hit up some good information on pH and the superfoods that need to be in your diet. This class can be attended without paying the $20 for the whole 20 day challenge, but you need to pre-register and you can pay just $5 for this class, or $10 at the door.
Do you want to lose some weight for the summer? This is your answer, get on it, do it now… take it serious and you will be rewarded! Thanks for caring, I do.
Be Blessed! – Dr. E