I’m not talking about a few weeks of self deprivation and then going back to diet coke and donuts.
I’m not talking about a new fad that’s going to make you drop weight rapidly and then put it back on later just as fast.
I’m not talking about being a slave to counting calories and fat grams.
And, I’m not talking about an “everything in moderation” diet that still includes harmful, disease-causing ingredients. We don’t want disease in moderation, so we’re not going to eat any junk. This is for those who are at their wits end with low energy, joint pain, thyroid issues, being unable to lose weight, and feeling overall crummy. Those who are hungry and desperate for a real change, and who are ready to throw their excuses out the window and get to work on healing themselves.
If you’ve been following my website the last few years, you know that I have personally reversed several diseases including PCOS, endometriosis, type 2 diabetes, hypothyroidism, infertility, beginning-stage arthritis, and lost a lot of weight. Now after baby #3 has come along, I’m going to be losing my baby weight and teaching you how I have done all of the above.
By the way, guess what most of the above diseases are caused by? Inflammation! It’s all about eating to rid the body of inflammation and an acidic environment. It’s not difficult, it just requires a learning curve. During this challenge, I’m going to be sending you eating plans, exercise plans, and many simple, everyday tips for GETTING MORE ENERGY without stimulants and chemicals that deplete your body of minerals, which leads to disease or at least “dis-ease.”
I’ve partnered with one of my go-to fitness gals, Carissa Rasmussen of CarissaMiss.com, who will be providing us with a fun daily fitness routine you can customize to your own needs.
If you have weight to lose, this is for you! (and me )
If you don’t have weight to lose but suffer from:
pain and inflammation
heavy and painful or irregular periods
unexplained digestive problems
type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes
any disease ending in “itis” (which means it’s caused by inflammation)
…this is for YOU!
Get ready to work hard while still being kind to yourself.
Gather a few friends: a tribe of powerful and positive women and men who are done with excuses and are ready to change once and for all.
What will the diet be like?
We will be following a 100% whole foods eating plan and going completely off sugar, grains, dairy (except cultured) and soy. We will be feasting on vegetables, fruit, lean protein, and healthy fats like nuts, seeds, avocados and eggs.
No grains, is that even healthy?
Eliminating grains for a period of time is necessary to rid the body of excess inflammation and an overly acidic environment. Especially when you are dealing with a condition caused by inflammation (like arthritis, any condition ending in “itis,” and any autoimmune disease.) Once the body has healed (your symptoms have gone away for several solid weeks, you have reached a healthy body weight, you feel great for several weeks straight, etc.), you can begin introducing some unprocessed grains back into the diet (for recommendations on which grains, Wheat Belly by William Davis, M.D. is a good book to read.)
No dairy, is that even healthy?
Pasteurized dairy is highly acidic and causes a lot of inflammation in the body. If you’re lucky enough to have access to raw dairy, this is good in small amounts, some high-quality cultured dairy will be allowed during the challenge (example: raw kefir or unsweetened greek yogurt).
How much prep time will this take?
Prepping at least some food ahead of time will be a huge key to your success! The meal plans I’m including are so, so simple and require very little prep. The recipes are so quick I like to call them “Mother Nature’s Fast Foods.”
Is this for vegetarians? Omnivores?
Yes and yes. Meal plans will include healthy animal proteins which can be excluded or replaced with plant proteins.
What exercise equipment will I need?
Just a good pair of shoes! Carissa will be giving us some incredibly effective exercises that you can do anywhere, without the need for a gym pass or expensive equipment.
How much weight can I expect to lose?
This depends on so many factors. I can tell you that I’ve been doing this challenge myself for a week now and have lost 7 lbs., after several months of being unable to lose much at all. Your weight loss will be slow at times and faster at times, but PLEASE REMEMBER that this program is designed to 1) Reduce your inflammation which causes pain and auto-immunity; 2) Remove much of the disease-causing acid from your diet; 3) Stabilize your insulin and blood glucose levels, bringing hormonal balance; 4) Support the thyroid and other glands of your endocrine system; 5) Heal your gut, including wiping out candida and other harmful yeasts and bacterium in your digestive tract. When these things occur, you are going to be brought to a much healthier state. And one of the side-effects of “being healthy” is that you will naturally become your ideal weight. Best. Side-effect. Ever.
What if I don’t have an Instagram account?
YES, ABSOLUTELY! I’m mainly hosting this challenge on my Instagram account. Be sure to follow me there. If you don’t have an instagram account, here are your 3 options:
1) Get one! It’s fun, easy, and you’ll get a lot of support from other Simply Whole Challengers there. Simply download it onto your smart phone from the app store and search for me and follow me: @totallyhealthyrecipes
2) You can still participate on Facebook, just let me know on the enrollment page that you are posting on FB instead of Instagram and I’ll check in with you on FB instead!
3) Seriously, just get an Instagram account!
PLEASE NOTE: If your Instagram account is set to Private, I won’t be able to see your posts throughout the challenge, which will give you entries into the weekly prize drawings, and other participants won’t be able to see your posts when they click on the hashtag #SimplyWholeChallenge to give and get support from others. Just lettin’ you know