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Does anyone else’s “lifestyle change” become just another fad diet? Mine does, however I feel that with the right change it will finally stick with being a change, instead of a healthy few months. This time, I believe I found the solution. I now realize that everybody is different. The trick is to find out what food personally works for you.

So how do you find out what foods work for you?

A 60 day challenge. During this challenge, you take out all gluten, most sugars, and foods that create problems for a good majority of people. The 60 day challenge is a great way to detox your body and start with a good base line to see what works for your own body. Once the 60 days are up, you can slowly add food back in—if the food makes you sick or makes you feel like you are drunk after you eat it, it is food that is working against your body.

To approach the 60 day challenge is to eat protein with every meal: Eggs, nuts, grass-fed meats. Vegetables:  peppers, celery, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, sting beans (avoiding the high sugar vegetables such as carrots, artichoke hearths, peas..). Fruit: berries and granny smith apples (avoiding high sugar fruits such as bananas, red apples, mango, kiwi…).
The best part is, it only last for 60 days. Having a finish line makes sticking to the diet a little bit easier. But know, if you cheat, you are only cheating yourself.

To prepare to start the 60 day challenge, I first think of the cravings I know I will start to have and find substitutes that will work with the rules of the challenge. I know my top two cravings are going to be mashed potatoes and deserts. Luckily, with every problem, there is a solution. Before beginning, I searched for substitute recipes to these two amazing foods. I found that cauliflower would help me with my mashed potatoes craving by boiling the cauliflower until it is tender (around 20 minutes), draining the water, and mashing it as you would potatoes makes the best mashed potatoes substitute. For desert, I have also found a black bean brownie recipe that actually tastes nothing like it sounds—it actually tastes like “real” brownies.

With these tools, I am ready to start this challenge to figure out what foods I need to be eating. So, who’s with me? Are there any cravings that you know you will have? Do you know any solutions to cravings that you would like to share? Let me know!

Heather Martin

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