Feel your Best in 30 Days Program (Free of Charge!)
Got a guest post from a friend of mine named Hunter Copeland. Some of you may know him from the popular band he plays in. Anyone ever seen the band Juice? You probably can't see anyone else because of the drummer's big head, but Hunter is one of the guys in the band.
What you might not know about Hunter is that he is a really smart dietitian. He is going to start helping out with boot camp by teaching the nutrition seminars and helping those who need individual nutrition programs.
As a way of introducing himself, Hunter wants to issue you his 30 Day Challenge he wrote on his blog recently. It's a long read, but it is worth printing off and holding on to. Try it out and let him know what you think!
When I started this blog I mentioned that one of my goals was to do whatever I can to get people back to eating more real food. I found that after leaving the processed foods out of my diet for a month, I felt better, slept better, exercised better, and in general everything just seemed better. It had a positive influence on my mental outlook and I noticed having less mood swings and in general I was a more positive person.Recently I have had a couple people send emails requesting more specific food/diet guidelines.
I decided to work that information in to a 30-day food challenge. This isn’t an original idea and I know there are other programs that suggest a similar plan of action. However, I think it is a great idea and that is why I’m stealing it.
I want to offer something that anyone can do if they so choose too.I want everyone else to feel the effects of eating a diet based on more whole foods. I believe if you can follow this plan for 30-days you will find that you feel better mentally and physically, and even if you don’t see any benefit, what have you lost by trying? So whether your goal is improved athletic performance or weight loss, I’m inviting you to give this a shot, starting today. You have nothing to lose, and lots to gain.So what do I want in return? Nothing…well, almost nothing. All I really want from you is feedback. Feedback in the form of a post on this thread which I will keep on the website, or an email (email@example.com). All I want is to hear how good you feel after giving your body a 30-day break from the garbage. Tell me about your health and any improvements you have noticed. If you don’t see any positive changes, tell me that too. However, if you follow it strictly for the next 30 days, you will see improvements and I’d love to hear about them. Also, if you have time, leave a beginning post letting us know that you are starting the challenge, and if you have any questions along the way, post those here also. Why 30 days? Like I said, I remember taking 30 days out of my life to give this thing a shot, and it worked. For me, and for many of my clients 30 days without sugar and other processed foods seems to be enough time to help people get over their cravings. I talked with a lady today who felt very invigorated by the fact that she could pass by a plate of cookies without wanting to eat them. She felt very free, but it took her 30 days without sugar to rid herself of those pesky cravings. Giving up what might be your favorite foods is tough. There are several studies that show starches and specifically grain-based starches act on the same brain receptor sites as some recreational drugs. So what does that mean to us? It means that giving up the bread, crackers, or cereal may be as tough as getting off of heroin. I have found that for some people it is easier to approach change if they can look at a 30-day model instead of the vastness of a lifetime. So if you decide to take this challenge, forget about giving things up for the rest of your life, and just focus on the next 30 days. For that matter, you can take it a week at a time, or even a day at a time. Focus on eating the right stuff for that one day, and then you can worry about the next day when it comes. Whatever it takes to get through the 30 days! And after 30 days, you can decide if you want to keep this new lifestyle, but during the 30 days, don’t worry about looking too far ahead. Isn’t this just another diet scheme? Any plan that asks you to give up certain foods or food groups is not healthy or sustainable; at least that is what most dietitians would tell you. That may be partly true. First, let me say I’m honestly not looking at this as something you do for a month and then stop. Some of you might choose to do just that, but I’m banking on the possibility that people will feel so good that they will want to continue the 30-day challenge forever! Let me also say this: long-term 100% compliance can be tough. In other words, it may be hard to follow this 100% all the time for the rest of your life. Guess what? You don’t have too. If we can get this thing right 80% of the time, we can still keep our health in check and not freak out when things go off the rails at a family function or we have a week when we have to eat out more. The point is we are striving for progression, not perfection and long-term we don’t have to get it perfect. However, there is one catch to the 80% rule. It doesn’t apply to your first 30 days. We need 30 days of strict compliance before we even consider letting some of the other stuff sneak back in occasionally. If you bought an expensive computer, would you put junky software on it? If you bought a fancy car, would you be more apt to spring for the higher-grade gas? Think of your body as that car or that expensive computer, and give it a better grade of fuel. Give it the fuel that it prefers and it will perform better than you ever thought it could. Try this new fuel for 30 days, and then decide if you want to go back to fueling it with the cheap stuff. What do I eat on this plan?
- granola bars, cereal bars, protein bars
- rice cakes