Week 5: Three New Challenges

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Well it’s hard to believe but we are over halfway there! And since we are over the halfway point, I would just like to relay a little of the feedback I have been hearing from those of you participating in the 8 Week Lifestyle Challenge. The people who are having the most difficulty are the ones who are trying to do everything at once. Those who are taking this challenge one step at a time are having the most success. Remember, Rome was not built in a day. Set yourself up for success by  taking this one step at a time, forgive yourself for your slips and reward yourself (not with food!) for your accomplishments.

In this week’s Healthy Eating Challenge, we are going to do two things. The first is to limit your intake of simple sugars. While we did ask you to cut out artificial sweeteners initially, the primary goal was to avoid sugar, thereby eliminating your cravings for its sweetness. Recent data suggests that simple sugars, which include fructose, lactose, and artificial sweeteners, particularly those used in chewing gum, all cause irritable bowel symptoms. So in addition to avoiding sugar, we are going to ask you to avoid fructose, lactose, and all artificial sweeteners. The second part of the Healthy Eating Challenge is to add a legume to your diet at least twice a week. Legumes include peas, lentils or beans.

For our Exercise Challenge this week, I would like you to increase your exercise to a total of 30 minutes a day. This can include walking, going to the gym, swimming, etc. but the total amount of exercise should be 30 minutes a day.

In this week’s Emotional Challenge, I would like you to avoid talk radio, and increase your deep breathing exercises to 3 times a day.

I hope everyone has a great week! Feel free to reach out to me via comments to this blog should you have any questions or comments about our 8 Week Lifestyle Challenge. Good Luck!

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2 thoughts on “Week 5: Three New Challenges

  1. Is stevia alright to use as a sweetener based on your point about artificial sweeteners since it’s plant based. And agave as well?

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