12-Week Nutrition Challenge
I recently ran across this post on RunningOnRealFood and felt inspired. I have been trying to turn my health around (physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally) and felt that this might be a good time to incorporate this. Plus, I have been in a little bit of a blogging rut, and this would give me something to focus and reflect on.
Week One: eat a salad every day
Two: prepare healthy meals at home
Three: add fermented foods
Four: improve hydration
Five: swap 1 or 2 processed foods for whole foods
Six: swap grains for greens to eat more veggies
Seven: switch oils and fats
Eight: reduce sodium intake
Nine: food prep to snack better
Ten: swap your sugars
Eleven: up the fiber intake (>30g)
Twelve: build a better lunch (it's technically breakfast, but I'm usually very good about breakfast and weak on my lunch)
The idea is to have these habits build, but as someone who is not a rabbit there's no way I can have a salad daily for three months. I would say every other day is a slightly more achievable goal, but we'll see. Some of these swaps will be easier than others, and some I've already made some headway on (for sweetener, I already mainly use maple syrup, dates, etc, so I'll probably spend that week focusing more on reducing sugar rather than just swapping it).
I'm going grocery shopping tonight, so although Wednesday seems like a weird day to start, that's what I'll do. I also packed a salad for today for lunch--I'm already so accomplished!