Perhaps it was some point in between my dinner made up of 6 chocolate cookies last week and catching the (very informative, very horrifying) new documentary FED UP* that I decided I needed to change up the routine in a big way. After a month of prep, research, and, ok… more desserts-as-meals in anticipation, I’ve made a set of ground rules and a meal plan to change around my lifestyle and get back to basics.
The big picture rules are simple and tailored from many a website:
- No processed foods – only clean eating. AKA: nothing from a box, packaged, pre-made, etc. If you want a yummy chicken dinner, you make it from scratch!
- Very minimal sugar (under 25 grams a day), gluten, and dairy.
- Stairs over elevators/escalators when possible.
- One creative activity a week …. at least! AKA: collaging, taking a dance class, going to the theater.
- No calorie counting- only eating well, moderate portions, and clean foods.
- Yoga and meditation once a week- ideally twice or more!
- No alcohol.
- No coffee. OKAY, this may just mean choosing tea over coffee…
- Eat breakfast!
- Less screens. AKA: When arriving home from work, no more than another hour of laptop/iPhone time
- No cell phones during meals. Keep it in a bag or another room.
- One walk a day – Vitamin D!
Easy enough, right? Join me in my quest and stay tuned for my Week 1 Meal Plan on Monday, March 31.
By Liza Nedelman
*I am paid by my day job to promote FED UP, but that does not change the my opinion of the film nor am I being compensated for my monthly challenge. I won’t really be diving much into the film this month in my posts, but its truly worth checking out when it opens in theaters in May!