The “Spring Clean EATing” Challenge! Info & Prep Week
Hey friends! If you’ve been around on the blog or Facebook, you know that I’ve hinted at a challenge! We did this last year for the first time and it went really well. In the spirit of “spring cleaning” (because I know all of you are on top of that, right?!), we are going to be doing a little spring cleaning of our own in regards to our eating! I figure many of you who had a New Years Resolution have fallen off the bandwagon totally, or are hanging on by a thread. We are moving into warmer weather so it’s a perfect time to snap it up! (FYI–this challenge will not be focused on exercise so just keep doing what you are doing!)
So here we go on this “Spring…Clean EATing” challenge! When I think spring cleaning in my house, 3 things (at least!) come to mind. Purge, clean, and refresh so that’s the model we are going to follow for our challenge! This is only 7 days (at least the purging) so commit and get to it! There is a printable to help you out, below, so hang in here with me ’til the end!
Choose which of these 3 you are going to commit to. You may only want to purge this week, or maybe purge and add clean foods, or finally, purge, clean, and refresh! Each of us are at different levels in our journey and will be motivated by different things. One other note–some of you may want to detox completely–meaning of dairy, caffeine, and sugar. There are programs you can find out about online if you want to do that!
It’s time to get rid of all the junk in your kitchen. If you must keep stuff around because your family needs it, then have them hide their stuff, or purchase things you won’t be tempted by.
We are cleaning up our diet…meaning that we are going to eat foods that are not processed and in their most basic forms. So not only are we detoxing from the sugars, chips, and savory foods that we may have been eating over the past few months, but we are going to be adding healthy foods. Everyone’s definition of “clean eating” looks different and that’s ok. Do your best and if this is your first time at it, don’t get too overwhelmed!
Our homes always lighten and brighten as we switch out dark winter colors and move in fresh and new during the spring. We are going to do the same! It’s time to refresh some recipes…lighten things up, add some color, refresh some old snacks with newer, cleaner ones!
In general, I’d like you to follow these guidelines:
1.) Avoid any overly processed, sugary, “empty calorie” food.
Some ideas of these things? Cereal, granola bars, alcohol, sugar filled yogurts, pop, sugary coffee drinks…the list goes on and on. If you are questioning, “Should I eat this?” The answer is probably no! Ask yourself, will this get me closer to my goal, keep me neutral, or move me away? You want something that will move you forward.
2.) We are going to refresh with water!
The general rule of thumb is to drink half of your bodyweight (in ounces) in water, (this can include unsweetened herbal teas and even some fruits and veggies you have) and I know for some of you, that is asking enough! Just aim on increasing from what you normally do. Others of you do a great job, and this week, I am going to challenge myself to drink at least a gallon a day. I am going to mark a jug like I have pictured below to help me visualize. I’ll refill my cup from there! Keep lemon slices at the house and add it to every glass you drink.
If you do this, it will be a work in progress! This is just an eyeball of times for my day. Will probably have to adjust as the week progresses!
3.) Check in with a partner (or two or three!) once a day.
It’s only 7 days. You can do it.
4.) Schedule a “congrats” treat at the end of the 7 days.
Here’s the thing though. I don’t want it to ruin your week’s hard work! Aim between 200-400 calories.
5.) Make your focus more veggies, lean protein, healthy fats, water, and fruit.
This will really help you snap back. If you can’t emphasize this now, that’s ok. Just go back to the basics of eating real, less processed foods!
6.) Stay strong because we will have a check in Sunday night/Monday morning!
There is no “prize” for you but I think it adds a little more accountability on your end if you know you are coming back to let me know!
You are going to need some inspiration in regards to “clean eating”. I realize that some of you are going to struggle here. That’s ok. Here are some sites that have great info and recipes:
My instagram account (ignore the pics of ice cream and pizza! lol!)
This post! 9 “30 minute or less” clean eating meals!
We are not starting the challenge this week, (well, you over-achievers can if you want!) so I want this week to be prep week!
So let’s get started!
1.) Print off this printable. This will help you as you figure out YOUR plan!
2.) Get your partner! (WHY a partner?! Here is why I always have one!)
Yes…get rid of it all! And no–this doesn’t mean to EAT it all! haha!
4.) CREATE a menu for the week.
You know what I always say–it’s hard to eat healthy foods when there aren’t any around!! Check out my PINTEREST Board for some meal (& challenge!) inspirations!
5.) Make a trip to the grocery!
This part is not necessary for everyone depending on your goals of this challenge. You may not get here for a few days into the challenge and that’s ok. Do your best! Here is an idea of the foods I get at the store!
6.) Thank God that He is with You through this whole challenge. If you think you can do this on your own strength, then you are sadly mistaken! Invite Him into your day and decisions as soon as those pretty little feet hit the ground in the morning! Commit the Bible verse that I have on the above printable to memory if you can! (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Next week we start (Monday, May 5th) so be sure to come back here where I’ll show you MY plan for the week and give you a few “rah rah’s” to get you going! So are you with me! If you are, please comment below and let me know what your main focus will be next week and of any “clean eating” resources that you use!! Share with you friends. Misery loves company! HAHAHAHAHA!!!