Countdown to the Holiday Challenge!

Next Saturday, November 20th, will be the official kick-off for “The six week holiday challenge.”  This week I’ve asked author and motivational speaker, Sarah Taylor, to share a few words with us.  Sarah was the delightful emcee and motivational speaker who warmed the hearts of all at this year’s Health Getaway in San Diego. You will be encouraged by what she has to share.  Welcome to Disease Proof, Sarah.  

 

portrait of Sarah Taylor

Thanks Emily! I love the idea of focusing on the holidays as an opportunity to actually get healthier, rather than an excuse for a six week binge. I don’t think most people get “down-in-the-dumps” in the winter from the weather - I think much of it is a result of eating toxic food in huge quantities, and feeling low self-esteem because of all the bad choices; not to mention an expanding waistline! So, let’s all take Emily’s challenge and use this time to actually get healthier

I also love Dr. Fuhrman’s six-week plan in Eat to Live because there’s a huge amount of power in the 30-60 day window. Studies show that it takes 30-60 days to develop or break a habit; and interestingly, it also takes about the same amount of time to get rid of toxic food cravings. So, the six week holiday challenge is perfect to make permanent changes in one’s habits, which will ultimately revolutionize one’s health. 

Imagine this: instead of waking up on January 1st feeling fat, sick, and depressed; we all wake up feeling proud, energetic, happy, and alive! 

Here are a few ideas to choose from to help establish healthier habits by January 1st:

  •  Commit (or re-commit) to following Dr. Fuhrman’s six week plan
  •  Commit to only eating when truly hungry
  •  Commit to eliminating salt
  •  Commit to drinking a green smoothie every day
  •  Commit to eating at least a pound of greens every day before filling up on other foods
  •  Commit to eliminating all processed sugar
  •  Commit to trying a new nutritarian-friendly recipe every week (even if it’s just a dip or a dressing)

                         

Make 2010 the year that you go through the holidays with energy, vitality, and aliveness! Imagine starting 2011 looking and feeling better than you did before the holidays; and knowing that you have new, well-established, healthy habits that will serve you for a lifetime! 

 

 

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Dee - November 10, 2010 10:39 AM

I am confused by this post. This Saturday is the 13th. Are we to beign on the 13th or the 20th? Thanks.

Elisa Rodriguez - November 10, 2010 11:49 AM

Sarah,

Thanks for breaking this down for us into doable tasks with good advice and motivational strategies. Looking forward to seeing what you and Emily have in store for us over the holidays!

Emily Boller - November 10, 2010 1:17 PM

Dee,

The kick-off will be NEXT Saturday, November 20th (not this coming Saturday, the 13th.)

Vee - November 10, 2010 1:38 PM

I am going to commit to re-reading Dr. Fuhrman's Eat For Health. Thanks for the challenge!

Susan Presley - November 10, 2010 2:35 PM

Sarah,

Loved your article! I am imspired!

Mieke Benton - November 10, 2010 4:32 PM

Is there a way we can share holiday recipes?

Deana Ferreri, Ph.D. - November 10, 2010 4:41 PM

Mieke,

You can post recipes to share here in the comments of the holiday challenge posts, or on the Facebook event page for the holiday challenge: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=158701744167757&index=1

Barbara - November 10, 2010 4:59 PM

With so many nutritionally ,healthy recipes everywhere, there's no need to go "heavy " on holidays... Plan ahead ... Say NO! and move forward 1

Lilly - November 11, 2010 8:20 PM

What a great challenge! I'm in!

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