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Healthy Eating Challenge~ Phase 3

26 Apr

Here are the details:

  • The challenge will be three consecutive 4-week challenges
  • Phase One: February 28th-March 27th
  • Phase Two: March 28th- April 24th
  • Phase Three: April 25th- May 23rd

Phase Two Recap:

I went off track during Phase Two, but I am ready to do better for Phase 3. I still haven’t been eating as badly as before, but I had too many sweets. I also haven’t improved my water intake enough.

My Phase Three Goals:

  • I am going to do mostly homecooked meals for the second phase.
  • I will drink at least 64 oz. of water per day
  • I will eat 5-6 times per day (including snacks)
  • I will focus on adding more fruit and vegetables into my meals
  • I will eat breakfast every day

My support system:

  • My sister is going to do the challenge as well. We aren’t in the same city, but I will discuss ideas with her.
  • I also have a friend who is working on improving her eating habits. We can share tips with each other.
  • I’ll also seek inspiration from the other participants.

I have to watch out for:

  • My sweet tooth
  • My best friend. I won’t let her bad eating habits tempt me.
  • Going out to eat
  • Events

My resources (a few):

  • Eating Well Magazine
  • My many cookbooks
  • Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
  • Native Style Cookbook: A Family Oriented Approach to the Plant-Based Diet by Ayida Honor

Also, join the NR Healthy Eating Challenge Team on SparksPeople

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NR Healthy Eating Challenge~Phase Two

27 Mar

Here are the details:

  • The challenge will be three consecutive 4-week challenges
  • Phase One: February 28th-March 27th
  • Phase Two: March 28th- April 24th
  • Phase Three: April 25th- May 23rd
  • Each person will need to set specific goals to adhere to. Those goals can change for each month-long challenge
  • We will have a few fun contests throughout with prizes of course (only for active participants)
  • Check back regularly for recipes, updates, announcements, and other fun things. There will be a new post for the challenge at least one a week.

Phase One Recap:

I had my ups and downs in Phase One, but overall it went well. I am feeling more energetic, my skin looks better, and I am paying more attention to what I eat. The part that I really need to focus on is my water intake. I didn’t meet that goal during the last phase. I am adjusting my goals for part two.

My Phase Two Goals:

  • I am going to do mostly homecooked meals for the second phase.
  • I will drink at least 64 oz. of water per day
  • I will eat 5-6 times per day (including snacks)
  • I will focus on adding more fruit and vegetables into my meals
  • I will eat breakfast every day

My support system:

  • My sister is going to do the challenge as well. We aren’t in the same city, but I will discuss ideas with her.
  •  I also have a friend who is working on improving her eating habits. We can share tips with each other.
  • I’ll also seek inspiration from the other participants.

I have to watch out for:

  • My sweet tooth
  • My best friend. I won’t let her bad eating habits tempt me.
  • Going out to eat
  • Events

 My resources (a few):

  • Eating Well Magazine
  • My many cookbooks
  • Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
  • Native Style Cookbook: A Family Oriented Approach to the Plant-Based Diet by Ayida Honor

Also, join the NR Healthy Eating Challenge Team on SparksPeople

NR Healthy Eating Challenge~Week 1 Update

7 Mar

Recipe: Morningstar Chick’n Strips Salad

It’s the end of the first week of the NR Healthy Eating Challenge.  It went smoother than I expected. I think a few key things that helped me to do better this time around:

  • I cut back before I started the challenge. (Example: Since I knew I wanted to do vegetarian for the first phase, I added more vegetarian meals and cut back on meat before I started. I also cut back on unhealthy snacks. )
  • I planned ahead and filled my fridge and cabinets with healthy food
  • I kept some quick options in the house for when I didn’t feel like cooking
  • I did my best to avoid temptation as much as possible. I felt some temptation when I went to the grocery store, but that’s mostly because I made the mistake of going when I was hungry. I will avoid that on my next trip.

I’m looking forward to next week and pushing myself even more. I hope everyone else is off to a good start too.

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Lentil Soup Recipe from Eating Beautiful

1 Mar

 

Dalia of Eating Beautiful submitted this recipe. This is great for those of you who are participating in the NR Healthy Eating Challenge. Even if you aren’t, you could still try this healthy meal.

Dalia writes:

This one is for the pressure cooker.

Lentil Soup
Serves 6
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 medium carrots (5 ounces), diced
1 onion (3.5 ounces), diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup (225 ml) crushed or pureed tomatoes
2 cups (450 ml) water
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 cup (7 ounces) lentils
1 bay leaf
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to garnish
Preheat pressure cooker to saute setting. Add carrots, onions and garlic. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the tomatoes and water; season with salt and pepper. Add the lentils and bay leaf.
Set the cooker to high pressure for 8 minutes.

Follow Dalia on Twitter @eatingbeautiful and check out her website Here.

Thanks for the recipe! If any of you have a recipe you would like to share, please send it to naturalbyl@gmail.com.

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NR Healthy Eating Challenge

19 Feb

Welcome to the NR Healthy Eating Challenge!

Here are the details:

  • The challenge will be three consecutive 4-week challenges
  • Phase One: February 28th-March 27th
  • Phase Two: March 28th- April 24th
  • Phase Three: April 25th- May 23rd
  • Each person will need to set specific goals to adhere to. Those goals can change for each month-long challenge
  • We will have a few fun contests throughout with prizes of course (only for active participants)
  • Check back regularly for recipes, updates, announcements, and other fun things. There will be a new post for the challenge at least one a week.

My Phase One Goals:

  • I am going to do mostly vegetarian/vegan for the first phase.
  • I will drink at least 64 oz. of water per day
  • I will eat 5-6 times per day (including snacks)
  • I will focus on cooking fresh meals at home
  • I will eat breakfast every day
  • I will have green smoothies no less than 3 times per week

My support system:

  • My sister is going to do the challenge as well. We aren’t in the same city, but I will discuss ideas with her.
  •  I also have a friend who is working on improving her eating habits. We can share tips with each other.
  • I’ll also seek inspiration from the other participants.

I have to watch out for:

  • My sweet tooth
  • My best friend. I won’t let her bad eating habits tempt me.
  • Going out to eat
  • Events

 My resources (a few):

  • Eating Well Magazine
  • Vegetarian Times Magazine
  • Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
  • Native Style Cookbook: A Family Oriented Approach to the Plant-Based Diet by Ayida Honor

 Join the NR Healthy Eating Challenge Team SparkPeople (Thanks, V for that idea).

Registration is free. Join and keep track of your food and water intake.

If you have recipes, updates, experiences, idea, tips, etc… to share with the challenge participants, send them to me at naturalbyl@gmail.com. I’ve already received some great recipes that I will post soon. Leave your Phase 1 plan/goals in the comments section.

Who’s Joining the Healthy Eating Challenge??

18 Feb

I have been thinking about doing a healthy eating challenge, and today a reader left a comment suggesting one. I guess that means it’s time. So, who’s interested? I want this challenge to be beneficial to all of us, so I would like some feedback from you. Consider these questions and give your responses in the comments section:

  • How long should the challenge last?
  • What suggestions do you have for requirements? (Such as specific healthy habits)
  • How could we make it very interactive and keep it interesting?
  • Would you be willing to submit recipes/tips/updates/etc.. to post on the blog?
  • Do you have any other ideas or suggestions?

I look forward to hearing from you.

The challenge info has been posted: NR Healthy Eating Challenge Details