I have an amazing community in a Facebook group who are positive, motivational, inspirational, supportive, and all striving to become a better version of themselves. I started the group 4 years ago and it is one of my favorites groups.
It’s a safe place to share struggles and triumphs and we always encourage every member to be open and honest. We also don’t judge or discriminate as we are all such different people.
Since health and weight loss are highly affected by nutrition, every week we run a nutrition challenge as a group. There are 8 challenges that run a total of 9 weeks. And then we repeat. The best thing about this process is that you can see progress from one challenge every 9 weeks. For example, one of the weeks is AVOID DAIRY.
When I first started the group, I wanted to be dairy-free, but was still having it 2-3 times each week. Even though my goal was always 7 days dairy-free, I would still have it a few times a week. After a few 9 week rounds, my dairy started going down to 1-2 times a week, and then to once a week. I eventually succeeded with my goal of 7 days without dairy!! Baby steps (of course) but in the end I accomplished what I set out to do. And as most of you know, I am now 100% dairy-free and have been since the beginning of the year.
Now if you don’t WANT to do all 7 days, you can set your OWN goal. For example, one of our weeks is AVOID SUGAR. I for sure want to cut down on sugar, but I like to have a treat now and then, and I love oatmeal with PB and Grade B Maple Syrup. So my goal is for sure to cut down, but not necessarily to cut it out. So I look at my week ahead and my activities and decide how many days I want to aim for. It’s usually 5.
I like to do the challenges from least to most difficult for most people so that we see some successes before the struggles set in.
Today we will talk about WEEK #4: EAT MORE FRUIT
Our EAT MORE FRUIT challenge is designed to help you become aware of how many servings (1/2 cup) of fruit you eat each day and work on increasing it. Our general goal is 5 a day. But if you have only been eating 1-2, I would start with a goal of 2-3. Then next round you can move up to 3-4. Baby steps!
I like the EAT MORE FRUIT challenge because fad diets like the Atkins Diet have given fruit a bad name over the past 20 years. These un-balanced diets say fruit is just like any other sugar so to avoid it. What they fail to mention is that the fiber and nutrients that fruit contain, make them much better than processed sugar and actually make fruit extremely healthy and an important part of a nutritious diet.
There are even Fruitarians out there who eat 80-100% of their daily calories as fruit! And they thrive.
There are a quite a few ultra-endurance athletes who eat primarily fruit and still have the strength, stamina, energy, and power to complete a 100 mile trail run or an ironman distance triathlon.
I personally eat about 5-10 servings a day. This challenge is easy for me. My body loves fruit first thing in the morning and I put a few servings in my daily smoothie with Shakeology. I also like to have a banana right before I do a workout if I am hungry at all, and sometimes during if it’s a longer workout. My stomach does much better with real food than with gels or blocks or chews or any of the other sport specific training nutritionals.
I first started eating fruit for breakfast after reading one of the books that has most influenced my life, Skinny Bitch (http://amzn.to/1WVzYxX). They do a great job of explaining the science behind it, but basically it’s easily digestible and a simple way to get your blood sugar and metabolism going for the day. All with low calories and high nutrients.
And for me, it’s the only breakfast other than Shakeology that gives me energy without weighing me down and making me feel tired in the mornings, which is important to me since I want to work out AND get most of my work done in the mornings.
Here is an article I love on eating fruit…
And here are some comments from participants…
“Fruit is a challenge for me and I hardly ever eat any, so I will commit to one serving of fruit every day. I’m STILL doing the fruit challenge, which is totally a huge deal for me. I hate sweets so much I don’t even like the sweetness of fruit, so fruit almost never happens. A week and a half straight. Go me!”
“Without the fruit challenge, I would only eat fruit once a day.”
“I used to never eat fruit, but since I started making a smoothie in the morning with Shakeology, I just add in a few servings. I love getting them all in at once!”
Here are deets on the fruit challenge…
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And have a piece of fruit!
See you SOON!