Today is the day that #YU30 Plant-Powerful Challenge registrants take a first (newbies), or a five hundredth (veterans), step on an incredible journey to feeling empowered, informed, strong, vibrant and healthful (I could probably list a ton of bennies here). It’s a day where over a thousand (wow!) people have committed to making themselves a priority all month long. And it’s a day where they start supporting others who are on the same page, by sharing their experiences, triumphs and insights. Change for the better on a personal level, and on a community level, starts right now, and I couldn’t be more excited to kickoff the #YU30 Plant-Powerful Challenge.
Registrants have received interactive Starter Packets, full of tips, resources and recipes to keep them going all month long, and they have a one-week meal plan to use anytime during this Challenge month of plant-powerful eating and being. I will be sharing tips, recipes and resources with registrants directly via email, but know that I’ll also be sharing stories, and more, from Challengers here on YumUniverse throughout #YU30. If you missed the registration deadline (yesterday), you can still cheer on Challengers and support them as they take on a Plant-Powerful diet this month.
• To kick off Week One, either use your sample YumUniverse Meal Plan to prepare a week of delicious meals, or create a plan of your own. Be sure to choose recipes for breakfast, lunch/dinner, snacks and desserts that you are excited to try—write all ingredients for these recipes down and consolidate a shopping list for yourself. Try to make at least one meal a week that uses ingredients that you are not familiar with, or usually don’t eat—this is how new habits/interests are formed.
• Read all of the articles included in your Starter Packet so you have the information YU need to stay motivated all month long. And if you don’t find an answer to a question, #YU30 it.
• Soak quinoa, buckwheat, lentils and nuts tonight while you sleep, and in the morning give them a good rinse, and then either cook them up, or store in the fridge until you can (maybe when you return from work). Keeping already-prepared ingredients will help you make quick meals, and soaking while you sleep is a great way to stay prepared. Repeat this prep every 4-5 days. Or better yet, as soon as you use up some ingredients, start a new bowl of goodies soaking. You don’t even have to have a recipe in mind, just keep prepared quinoa, buckwheat or legumes prepared in the fridge, and when dinnertime comes, search the site for a recipe to plug it into. And when all else fails, cook an onion, garlic, kale and your prepared ingredients together—add salt and pepper (maybe a squeeze of lemon)—and done. Dinner.
• Start a food journal—I like a small Moleskine because it easily fits in purses, backpacks and laptop cases so you can take it everywhere. Do your best to document what you eat, when and how you felt afterwards. Write down recipe adaptations, ideas and what your goals are for your Challenge. How do you anticipate you’ll feel this month? At the end of your Challenge? What hurdles do you think you may face? How do you plan to overcome them? How’s your sleep? Are you pooping regularly? Yep. Write it all down. Any time you are making big changes, it’s more important than ever to document your experience. Emotions, detox symptoms and kicking addictive foods can make for a swirl of emotions—your journal is your best way to see patterns, and ultimately find out what works best for YU.
• Don’t spectate—participate! Use this site, #YU30 and the YU Facebook to post questions, to share experiences, recipes, photos, video and to support your fellow Challengers. This month is designed so YU don’t feel alone in this, and your questions and experiences will no doubt help someone else out there. I can’t say it enough, taking on a plant-based diet is like learning a whole new language. And. There. Are. No. Dumb. Questions. What YU have to ask/share, matters.
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Thanks again to our incredible sponsors, and good luck to everyone participating to win!
SECOND PRIZE PACKAGE
THIRD PRIZE PACKAGE
– One Vega Pack: includes one large tub of Vega One, one tub of Vega Sports Recovery, one Vega shaker cup for smoothies on-the-go and a Vega shopping bag
– One DVD copy of the documentary film Vegucated
– One case of MarkBars
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Remember, this transition takes planning, accountability and a fresh perspective. Some of you may go back to some meat and dairy—some of you will be amazed at the difference you feel and never go back. No matter how this challenge goes for YU, I think all medical professionals, nutritionists and holistic practitioners would agree, that the more clean, whole, plant-based foods we can incorporate into our diet, the better off we all will be. I know YU can do this, so have fun with it, because THAT is what it is all about. Highest of fives.
Now, I want to hear from YU.
What are your plans for the #YU30 Plant-Powerful Challenge?
What tips/experience can YU offer others?
What is going to be your first plant-powerful meal?
WHY are you taking on #YU30?