- Drink no more than 12 ounces of coffee/day.
- No cheese WHATSOEVER. None. Zero.
- Keep yogurt, eggs, and other dairy to a minimum, and if using milk – stick with almond milk.
- My goal over the next 20 days is to STAY away from any ingredients I can’t pronounce, and try to eat lots of fresh produce and natural ingredients.
- Reduce use of Sweeteners: No artificial sweetener since doing the Clean Life challenge, I don’t think this one will be too much of a challenge, if anything – it will apply more to packaged ingredients. No white sugar.
- No white flour.
- Try to get whole wheat bread and other whole grains – really check the ingredient list!
- No alcohol!
Remember: this is personalized to Allison’s needs and wants for her health at this time in her life, which includes wanting to feel better inside and out, and getting in tip top shape for the 2010 Cleveland Marathon that she is currently training for in May.
Inspired by this awesome CLE blogger, I’ve decided to join her in my own version of the “Cut The Crap Challenge”. Her challenge is inspired by the original Clean Life Challenge found over at Hangry Pants and On a Lobster Placemat from back in 2009.
For my version of the challenge, here are my plans to reduce my consumption of processed foods & toxins:
- Gradually make the switch from 1% to skim milk
- Purchase organic dairy options.
- Wean myself off of artificial sweeteners: Sweet N Low, Equal, Splenda, etc. I foresee this process being the hardest part of the challenge for me!!!
- Kick my sugar free gum habit.
- Stay away from white sugar.
- Investigate natural sweeteners.
- Consume no more than one travel mug of coffee a day.
- Reduce use of sweeteners in un-caffeinated tea consumption.
- Increase my water intake (it is one of my resolutions for 2010 after all!)
- No white flour: I hope to carry this thru to all the foods I consume.
- All recipes calling for flour will be made with whole wheat flour.
- Continue to buy wheat bread, whole wheat pastas and other whole grains.
- Start to investigate organic produce options.
- I’d also like to visit more farmers’ markets and to buy more local produce.
- Be more aware of my consumption of processed foods.
- Read ingredient lists thoroughly.
- Research products before I buy them, specifically to be more aware of soy and high fructose corn syrup in the products I purchase.
Emotional – a poise in parma addition to the challenge:
- Get out of my head. I think ALL.THE.FRICKIN’.TIME. I feel like my brain is always “on”. I need to learn how to clear my mind and to relax.
- Eliminate the “fat talk”: every woman should read this page over at Healthy Tipping Point on what our negative thoughts do to our self-esteem.
- Embrace my body for what it is today: I’ve been A LOT heavier in the past. I’ve also been about ten pounds lighter. I have to remember that health is the priority, not thinness.
Why I’m Doing this Challenge
- Do my part in the Food Revolution lead by Jamie Oliver
- To kick my artificial sweetener habit.
- Maybe, just maybe, help to influence others eating habits.
- To find a way to feel “better” inside and out.
- To embrace my 2010 mantra: Be happy. Be healthy. Just be.
So… are you in? Are you ready to “cut the crap”?