Monday, May 17, 2010

The Whole Foods 28-day Health Challenge Starts Now

Wow. The day is finally here. I'm excited about the challenge.  You may be wondering why this is a challenge at all for me, considering that I have been eating mostly plants (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds, avocado, coconut) and avoiding processed foods for months on end now.

Well let me assure you that this is a challenge.  And the heart of that challenge lies in my avoiding consuming too much fat. You see, what I have found over the past few months is that one can eat ultra healthy yet easily consume too much fat, therefore taking in too many calories.  What's the result of that? Packing on the pounds of course. Eating too many calories, even ultra healthy ones, has the exact same effect on me that eating garbage does: weight gain.

Ever since I hit my "goal" weight at Weight Watchers I have been experimenting with different eating styles. Raw food and the creative recipes in that universe are particularly tasty and exciting. Cooked vegan food is surprisingly wonderful.  But I've been steadily gaining weight. There, I just said it. I've been gaining weight.  How much? Heck if I know. I'm scared to get on the scale!

Well, the drama ends today. No more coconut. Raw desserts in extremely limited amounts. Avocado, just a touch. Raw almond butter, goodbye.  Healthy water sauteing, you are my new best friend. Let's see what happens in just 28 days.

I've got to ask you something important and I'd really appreciate it if you could answer right here in the comment section of this blog posting. What would you think if I posted what I ate for the next 28 days right here on the blog? I really need the accountablility.  Would that bore you and turn you off? Would you think it was fun to cheer me on? Please let me know. You Healthy Girl readers are a shy group! So I'm asking you, no, begging you, to chime in this time! 


Danielle said...

Wendy, I would really love to see your daily posting of what you ate. This is what I think everyone is most curious about. What do 3 plant based, low fat meals look like? My guess is that people would say "that looks delicious" when they originally might be turned off to the idea. I would be inspirational. I say do it! Thank you!

Sindy said...

I'm with Danielle. Post it sister!

Avril said...

Post it. And if you have time, GIVE RECIPES.

Jill said...

I'd love if you posted, provided it doesn't become too time consuming. I adored Jana's Jana/Dr. Joel Project, and the link to your blog from hers was actually how I found HGK.
Jill in Chicago

PS I feel like I am commenting too much! I don't want to be a creepy stranger, you know? :)

Anonymous said...

I agree, sounds like a great idea! :)

liz said...

I LOVE hearing about what you eat!! Post away!

Jessica said...

Please post. And what if some of us posted our menus as well? I will start with today (so far)

1. Smoothie for breakfast - almond milk (1 C), frozen wild blueberries from Trader Joe's (about 1 C+), 1 T ground flaxseed, 2 handfulls raw spinach

2. A banana mid morning

3. Split pea soup (from Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa cookbook)

4.1 hershey's special dark candy bar (mini fun size) - mid afternoon snack

5. 1 of Rip's choc chunk cookies (my daughter made them while I was at work).

Dinner will be after yoga - I think leftover Red Quinoa with avacado, tomato and roasted corn (adapted from the recipe on the back of the box of Red Quinoa from Trader Joe's).

OK - anyone else???

Carla Eating to Live said...

I would love to see you post your eating. It would help me a lot b/c I am new to eating like this. Thanks.

Wendy said...

Thanks for all of your input! It would be great if those of you who are doing the challenge would also contribute your daily food logs when you are able to.

And Jill, there is no such thing as too many comments. I don't get nearly as much enjoyment out of blogging if no one is commenting. So please, please, please, comment away!

April said...

I would absolutely love to see what you, and others who would like to post, like what Jessica said are eating.

I'd also love to see the recipe's used from Rip's book (or other books like from his dad's collection).

I'm all about broadening my vegetarian menus.

Seems like the morning routine is pretty set ,coffee and then after the kids wake up...a smoothie. I love my blendtec but love the quiet mornings with my coffee before waking up the neighborhood with the blender's noise! :)

Will stay tuned!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! Post your menus and let us know how it's working for you from day to day! Thanks for sharing!

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