Whole Foods 28 Day Healthy Eating Challenge

Last week I was at my yoga studio when I noticed a brochure for a 28 Day Healthy Eating Challenge at Whole Foods.

Intrigued, I picked it up to see what it was all about.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the food pyramid listed inside of it was mainly vegan, with a focus on limiting animal protein and cutting out all added sugar, added oils, eggs, and liquid dairy.  One of my goals for this year is to cut out all added sugar, no matter its form (yes, this includes agave nectar, which really isn’t as great for you as you think), as well as oils, because they are in essence a processed food.

Even though I’ve been vegan for the past 6 months, what drew me into this was the opportunity to focus on some of my own goals, while learning new recipes and spending more time on what has become one of my passions.  Not to mention that I saw that the program included amazing focus topics each week, along with interesting lectures and cooking demos.  All for $28?!  Sign me up!

So off to Whole Foods I ventured tonight.  I’ll admit, I was looking forward to it all day.    

It got even better when I got inside and paid for the Challenge.  Look what was waiting for me:

An entire bag filled with vegan goodies!

My excitement at seeing what was inside the bag could hardly be contained.  I kept getting giddier each time I took something out.  Seriously, who else flips out over almond milk, raw cashews, millet, coconut water, brown flax seeds, adzuki beans, steel cut oats, and an Eating Like A Nutritarian DVD?!  Only me!  Guess it goes to show what a vegan at heart I am.  🙂

I can’t wait to watch this DVD!  No matter how much I learned about plant-based diets and the vegan lifestyle, I feel like I can never stop learning.  It actually gets me excited and revved up to want to inspire others on why this way of eating is so beneficial overall.

The Healthy Eating Specialist at Whole Foods kicked off the night by talking about the 4 Pillars of Healthy Eating and the Eat Right America Food Pyramid.  We each got a folder that included meal plans and recipes for the next 28 days and tips for stocking your pantry with whole foods.  The whole point of this journey is to get rid of all processed foods and to eat straight from the source.

Then we got to hear from a doctor on specific keys towards making healthy lifestyle changes.  He really focused on making people think about where they want their health to be and taking control of your life, so that you can make the choice to be healthy.  It’s up to you to set, specific, measurable, attainable goals and to follow through on them.  By eating a plant-based diet, you are helping your health in the short and long term.

The night ended with a delicious spinach salad with blueberries, slivered almonds, and a blueberry vinaigrette, along with Moroccan lentil stew.  I definitely left feeling inspired and can’t wait for next week’s Challenge!

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Comments

  1. mysticseaangel says:

    I wish I had your energy about food and diet! ;o) So great!!!

  2. Thanks for taking the 28 Day Challenge and letting others know.

    Barclay Todd, Healthy Eating Specialist, WFM, Vienna, VA

  3. mama llama says:

    I love seeing that you are doing this without a bunch of soy in your food. Being allergic to soy, and yet knowing that so many vegan recipes are based in soy, is very disappointing to me. Best of luck and congratulations!

    • Thank you! I actually don’t like all those processed vegan recipes. There are so many amazing recipes that you can create without soy! I know that a lot of people rely on those products when they initially switch over to this diet, but I much prefer to be a whole foods vegan. I rarely use soy, unless I want a little soy milk in my tea or I’m eating something like tofu, but I try to avoid soy in general.

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