With only 3 more days to the end of the challenge (on Saturday), it’s safe to say we had another successful real food challenge. My objective this year was to have more people connect the dots on what the food they consume does to them, vs just doing a crash diet/cleanse. There were a lot of valuable lessons shared with me this month.
But, it’s not over yet! Wait until Saturday (or at least until post Friday Night Lights) to have the foods you been avoiding this month. When you do go off the program, I really want you to track how it makes you feel the next day, and if it does make you feel like crap – was it worth it?? I know the first time I had pasta after 3 months of not eating it, it made me feel so bad that night (cramps, digestion problems) that I realized I don’t miss it. I rather binge out on chocolate than nutrient-poor breads and pastas.
To be eligible for the prizes, you have to send me a paragraph (or more) of what you learned this month. It can be what foods make you feel good, how eating and sleeping well made you a happier person, how your sink looks better, or even if you noticed no changes! Still send me your journals as well if you have been keeping them up, but the paragraph is the important part.
Finish the puzzle and connect the dots by sending me that reflective statement. I will pick the best couple and share some ideas from all of them next week. Last years blew me away, here is a taste:
“One comment I would like to make that wasn’t part of my original goals – I had been taking a prescription medication for heartburn (have been on it for almost 4 years). I stopped taking it last Sunday to see what would happen, I haven’t needed it!!! It’s a great feeling to get off these medications.”
“I have discovered in this last month that I feel better, I am having less digestion issues, I am more focused and overall less hungry. I will continue to make choices that are supported by the paleo lifetyle, with occasional, “cheat” meals now and then as I still have a long way to go in order to meet my long term goal.”
“As I said, I may not even be ‘in’ the competition but I feel myself…I have won…because I know now what I can do, how I should eat and that I am able to stick to it!”
Stay strong these next few days and bring some paleo treats to the Friday Night Lights for me, I mean us to share!
Bill Pain, M. Sc.,
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