Get Ready for Summer With a 22 Days Vegan Challenge
May 12, 2017
Summer is right around the corner, and you might be kicking yourself right around now for not sticking to your healthy eating plans over the past few months. Luckily, we have the solution – 22 Days! Stick to a 22-Day plan of healthy plant-based, gluten-free eating and you’ll see a difference. Here’s why:
More Fresh Food
When you cut out meat, dairy and refined carbohydrates, you replace those foods with fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. You’re replacing calorie-dense foods that don’t have a wide range of nutrients with foods that do. So, even if you’re consuming an equivalent amount of food (weight wise), you’re likely consuming fewer calories and nourishing your body with more vitamins, minerals and plant-protein.
Teach Yourself to Make Choices
Going gluten and meat and dairy free might feel like a tall order, but there’s a good reason to do them all at the same time. When you cut out meat and dairy, you’re tempted to replace it with convenient foods – bagels, cereal, crackers, etc. The problem is that you are cutting out protein-rich foods and choosing carb-heavy foods instead. This approach can lead to weight gain, not weight loss. By cutting out gluten at the same time you’ll be forced to make choices about what you eat, rather than reaching for what’s easy. The result will be more healthy choices.
It might be a bit difficult during the first few days, but typically, within a week, you’ll get into the groove of it and start feeling amazing. After a few weeks (22 Days, to be precise!) it will feel like second nature. The key is to be ready for meals with easy and healthy options. Using books like The 22-Day Revolution and The 22-Day Revolution Cookbook will provide you with a solid foundation on what you should eat to nourish your body and give you delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes.
More Fiber & Water
When your diet focuses solely on fruits and vegetables, grains, and pulses, it means you’re ingesting significantly more fiber and water on a daily basis. This dietary adjustment helps to slow your digestion, so you’ll feel full longer and have less blood sugar ups and downs to tempt you to reach for unhealthy snacks.
We’re serious – there’s nothing that won’t improve with the 22 Days Vegan Challenge. You’ll have more energy, you’ll sleep better, your skin will clear up, etc. Many people lose weight and, combined with physical activity, gain muscle instead. Every day you’ll feel an improvement, which will give you the inspiration to keep going beyond 22 days.
So how do you get started?
1. The 22-Day Revolution is a great way to get started. The book is a primer on a healthy plant-based diet and includes a 22-Day meal plan with recipes. Pick up The 22-Day Revolution Cookbook to add even more delicious recipes to your arsenal and more excellent advice from our Founder Marco Borges on how to commit to a plant-based diet.
2. Invest in some healthy foods and consider our Plant Power protein bars and protein powders for snacks and/or meal replacements. You can find them at your local Target store and at Target.com.
3. Plan out a few days of meals ahead of time to ensure you aren’t wandering around your house or work hungry. And make good choices! Your body will thank you.
4. If you’re pressed for time, consider investing in our Vegan Meal Delivery. Even if it’s just for one meal per day, it will help take some of the pressure off so you can focus on your other meals. Or if you’d like to jump all in, you can sign up for 3 meals a day for 22 days. Meal prepping, cooking and planning is all done for you.
In just three weeks, you’ll be amazed at the difference and ready for summer. We wish you the best with your 22 Days Vegan Challenge!