We are excited to announce that we’ll be hosting a 2-week health challenge starting Monday, March 18th! We wanted to give you all a couple weeks notice so that you can decide if you want to join and participate. During our launch giveaway, we asked you, “When it comes to your health, what challenges you the most?” We read every single one of your answers and wrote them down to help with future content but we really wanted to address the concept of “getting started.” Many of you asked for a simple or beginners guide to health and while we’re working on that – we thought we’d kickstart it with a challenge. The image above is just a brief summary of each day’s challenge but below you’ll find some explanations or notes too:
- DAY 1. Start a simple food journal - This, in our opinion, is really important. You don’t need to write down every single little ingredient but just an overall way of keeping track of what you’re putting into your body. The idea is that over the next two weeks, you’ll start making observations. You’ll notice things like the correlation of physical pain after eating certain foods or perhaps you gravitate towards a certain food when you’re stressed. Things like that begin to stand out.
- DAY 2. Cut sugar for one day - Ideally you would cut sugar out for about 6 weeks but if you consume a lot of sugar – you will definitely notice after cutting it out for only one day. Maybe you’ll be grumpy, maybe you’ll be tired, maybe you’ll be weak. Also keep in mind just how much sugar is in everything. It’s crazy. Feel free to choose to cut sugar for the rest of the challenge if you dare!
- DAY 3.Try a new fruit or vegetable – Perhaps you’ve never had spaghetti squash. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to try a pomegranate. Do it! Just stop by the grocery store and pick out something that’s unfamiliar. Google a recipe and try eating it.
- DAY 4. Take a 30 minute walk in the sun – This may require you to eat at your desk, cut your lunch break in half or maybe you work/stay at home and need to leave your cave (I mean…house). And if it’s cloudy, no worries. You’ll still get some vitamin D.
- DAY 5. Plan for one extra hour of sleep – Sleep is REALLY important and not many people prioritize it. To get more sleep, you have to plan for it. Maybe this means going to bed an hour earlier or allowing yourself to sleep in for an extra hour. Make a decision to consider yourself.
- DAY 6. Take a bath – Maybe jazz it up and add some epsom salt (to get more magnesium in your system). If you don’t have a bathtub, perhaps you could visit the gym’s sauna or make a DIY lemon peel face steam!
- DAY 7. Do 50 squats + a 30 second plank – It’s time to get a little active. If you can’t do either of these exercises, try jumping jacks or run sprints outside for a few minutes. This isn’t going to get you ripped or toned. The point is to get yourself out of the mindset that you’ll “get active tomorrow.” Just do it today.
- DAY 8. Find a locally sourced restaurant – Do some research and find a restaurant that sources their food locally. Perhaps they use a local butcher or they buy all their vegetables from a farm nearby. You don’t need to eat there even. Just become aware. But if you DO eat there, take a picture and share with us!
- DAY 9. Stretch before bed – Do yoga or some stretching before you go to bed. We aren’t stretching experts and there are a lot of opinions when it comes to movement. Just take it easy and use it as a time to unwind, think and move your body after a full day.
- DAY 10. Cook a meal at home – This could be breakfast, lunch or dinner. You choose! Planning ahead always works out best so if you’re reading through this list beforehand, mark it on your calendar. Sitting down and eating dinner is a great tradition. Whether you’re taking a break by yourself or joining your family, it’s a good time to enjoy all things.
- DAY 11. Investigate processed foods – Look through your cabinets or pantry and start looking at all your processed foods. Turn it around and look at the ingredients list. Start making a list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce, aren’t found in nature or things you’ve never heard of. The list will….be long. And scary.
- DAY 12. Plan your meals for tomorrow – Your decisions (when it comes to what you put into your body) change drastically when you have a plan. If you know you’ll be travelling tomorrow, bring whole foods in a packed lunch. If you know you’re going to a certain restaurant for lunch, take a look at the menu and choose what you’ll order. If you know you’re cooking dinner, figure out what you’re making and be sure to have the ingredients on hand! Being prepared is your friend.
- DAY 13. Focus on using natural products on your face/skin – Perhaps this means incorporating olive oil into your routine. Maybe you want to re-think the makeup that you’re using. What’s in the lotion that you use daily? Like we mentioned above: be aware.
- DAY 14. Watch a funny movie + laugh – Congrats on finishing the challenge. You deserve to relax and watch a funny movie. Laughter is proven to reduce tension, stress AND strengthen your immune system. Crazy, huh? Happy giggles!
PS: If you choose to participate, feel free to tweet and Instagram your experience with the hashtag #consideringyou. Then we’ll all be able to follow along, interact and share our support! Thanks to you all!