Leap years are weird. But not as weird as spending the precious days of your life torturing yourself on one insane diet or exercise regimen after another, never quite satisfied with the results.
This leap year, I challenge you to take the biggest leap ever:
Shorten the food chain.
Say NO to a diet consisting mostly of processed foods.
But we are all starting in different places. So try one of two challenges, depending on where you are now.
Option One: One Small Step
My whole life, I ate a standard western diet consisting of 100% processed foods.
I didn’t think this was particularly unhealthy. I ate things like Weight Watchers meals, rice cakes, whole wheat bread with peanut butter and jelly. I ate things that I made in the microwave.
I started slowly. I couldn’t stomach REAL whole food. Even by my mid-twenties, I had never tried a salad.
How did I start my health journey? By eating iceberg lettuce with popcorn chicken. I kid you not. It was a small step. I go into more detail in my post Help! I HATE Healthy Food.
If this is where you are, here is your leap day challenge:
- eat a salad for lunch EVERY work day for the entire month of March
This isn’t a diet. This is eating salads for lunch. So the good news is that you can still get wasted beyond belief on St. Patricks day!
Option Two: A Giant Leap
If you feel up to it, go big!
Here is your challenge:
- eat ZERO processed foods for the month of March; OR;
- eat ZERO processed foods during the work week; OR
- severely limit your processed foods ONLY AS NEEDED for the month of March (ahem ahem, you too can eat and drink some crap on St. Patricks day).
I wish I could tell you how much whole foods changed my life. There are no cravings, there is no suffering. I look forward to every delicious meal.
And when I want a processed item, I have it. I am no longer addicted.
If you’re still getting a large portion of your nutritional needs from processed foods, I sincerely hope you take this challenge with me!
Happy leaping 🙂
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