I'm so excited to be starting the Whole Life Challenge again this year! Last year I started two weeks early to establish a process, this year, because I've held on to last year's process, I'm starting a week early to get my body adjusted to a stricter diet.
On the Menu This Week:
Thai Basil Beef with Asian Slaw
Buffalo Chicken Salad
Salt + Vinegar Kale Chips
Mustard-Garlic Brussels Sprouts
Zoodles + Meatballs
For anyone new to WLC, I wanted to share some things I wish I had been told before starting my first time.
Organization is Crucial
The most successful weeks I had last year were the ones I planned for. Sometimes it was easier to plan for three days at a time instead of the entire week, but having a (written) plan greatly increased my chances of achieving my weekly and daily goals. For me, this What to Eat pad is pretty great way to set my plan for the week.
Don't Do It Alone
The online community sharing thoughts and stories from their daily struggles to avoid wine and cheese will give you a sense of community, making it easier to stay on track. Take the buddy system to the next level by meal planning and prepping with one other person. Not only can you cut costs by splitting the grocery bill, the in real life help will make you accountable to that person and the community.
PSA: Your Poops Will Change
I'm not a nutritionist or any kind of certifiable health expert, but I'm guessing the proper water intake + healthy foods = frequent healthy poops. Just be prepared, it's normal.
Celebrate the Wins
I like to reward myself for reaching pre-set milestones like "I'm going to get through the first three days with a perfect score" or "A the three-week mark I'm going to ______." Rewards should be non-food items. For me, it's about taking myself to an art exhibit I've been wanting to see or buying myself a new tool for my photography.
It's Okay To Cheat (Sometimes)
Don't beat yourself up for the occasional choice to live life instead of staying on track. In the middle of last year's 8-week challenge I went to Guatemala, a trip I had planned long before deciding to do the WLC. I wasn't about to miss out on the culturally unique food. I did my best to keep all other categories on point (sleep, water, lifestyle, etc...) but I ate what I wanted.
For my CFQ folks: I'm here if you want to chat food or need a quick cooking tutorial. I'm not an expert, just a person with a little experience trying to balance a 60+ hour work week and a healthy lifestyle, in a very tiny NYC kitchen. :) Find me at the box or on Facebook.