Welcome to the 3-Week RESET Nutrition and Healthy Habits Challenge!
This is a 3-week challenge designed to build on healthy habits you can sustain for LIFE.
- First, we focus on Nutrition Quality – this includes WHAT you’re eating. It’s time to clean out the kitchen cabinets!
- We also add on Nutrition Quantity. This includes how much you’re eating (portions) and drinking.
- The Movement task is designed ensure you make the time to move your body even on your recovery days.
- Finally, we address Sleep and Recovery. These two go hand in hand and are very influential on your success. So, we’ll be tracking how much you sleep and taking time to recover your body.
How to Join
- Register with your gym: Salus or Andare and tell a friend!
- Download the App: Wodify Rise (Google Play Store / Apple Apps)
- Read the rules (below) and print out the food list to get prepared for week 1.
Printable rules can be found here.
- LEVEL 1: Make one positive change today. (1 point)
- LEVEL 2: Stick to the food list for at least two meals and two mini-meals/snacks. (2 points)
- LEVEL 3: Stick to the food list for all meals and mini-meals/snacks. (3 points)
Eat only whole (unprocessed), nutrient-dense foods from the food list. This will be entered in the “food journal” section where you can snap a picture of your plate or write what you ate in the comments.
Note: for youth, we want the focus to be on adding in nutrient-dense foods and using this as an opportunity to teach them about healthy replacements. For example, encourage them to try a new vegetable at dinner (level 1) or to replace their morning cereal with eggs and fruit.
NUTRITION QUANTITY: PORTIONS
- LEVEL 0: no score- you kinda went out of control today
- LEVEL 1: Make one positive change today (1 point)
- LEVEL 2: Stick to the portion guidelines for all but one meal. Did not pick in between meals. (2 points)
- LEVEL 3: Stick to the portion guidelines all day. Did not pick in between meals.(3 points)
Follow portion guidelines.
Eat 3 scheduled meals and 2-3 planned mini meals/snacks (**no mindless picking when you’re bored) and eat only to satisfied, never stuffed.
What if I’m following macros?
For those of you who are already weighing/measuring your food and following prescribed macros under the guidance of a nutrition coach, you are encouraged to continue doing that during the nutrition challenge. If this is the case, your scoring will look like this:
- LEVEL 0: no score- you kinda went out of control today
- LEVEL 1: You are within + or – 15 grams away from any planned target ranges (1 points)
- LEVEL 2: You stay within + or – 15 grams of protein & carb macronutrient target. And within + or – 10 grams of fat macros (2 points)
- LEVEL 3: You stay within + or – 10 grams of protein & carb macronutrient target. And within + or – 5 grams of fat macros (3 points)
- LEVEL 1: Sleep within 1 hour of recommendations (1 point)
- LEVEL 2: Sleep within 30 minutes of recommendations and turn off electronics 15 minutes before bedtime (2 points)
- LEVEL 3: Sleep according to the recommendation and turn off electronics 30 minutes before bedtime (3 points)
Follow sleep guidelines for your age range. Note: this will be scored for the NIGHT BEFORE.
RECOVERY (for mind and/or body)
- LEVEL 1: Destress* (stretch and/or do meditate) for at least 5 minutes. (1 point)
- LEVEL 2: Stretch and/or do meditate for at least 20 minutes. (2 points)
- LEVEL 3: Destress for 20 minutes AND limit recreational screen-time to less than 1 hour each day. (3 points)
Stretch/roll for specified time. Mobility, stretching, myofascial release, etc., can alleviate ‘everyday’ aches and pains as well as improve our body awareness & performance.
Implement stress-relieving techniques to take better care of your mind, body and spirit. This can be meditation, yoga, taking a bath, walking, organizing a messy area, talking to a friend, drawing, getting a massage, taking a nap, etc. Everyone is affected by stress differently, so try a variety of strategies to discover which ones are the most effective for you.
Screen-time, for the purpose of this challenge, is referring to time spent on devices such as a smartphone/tablet doing recreational activities such as gaming, mindlessly scrolling…aka: getting sucked down the social media rabbit hole, etc. This does not include reading on a kindle or time spent working.
- LEVEL 1: Make one conscious positive change today (like standing up during a conference call or parking further from the door). (1 point)
- LEVEL 2: Complete at least 20 minutes of physical activity. (2 points)
- LEVEL 3: Complete at least 45 minutes of physical activity (if it is your recovery day, this means adding in a low intensity 45min workout, like a walk) (3 points)
Dedicate time in your schedule each week to make exercise and manage stress a priority. Remember, a little bit of activity goes a long way. Whether it’s a walk outside or a superset of pushups and sit ups, any exercise is better than no exercise. That’s why getting up and moving around is a big component of our challenge.
Decide- Make a decision that your health is worth it and attack your goals head on!
Commit- Tell your friends and sign up for the challenge together for the ultimate level of accountability.
Attack- Join as an induvial or partner up with a friend. But, remember – everyone is on their own journey, so you have options! Choose a level for each goal and challenge yourself to make at least one positive change every day. They all add up!
IT’S THAT SIMPLE.
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