Can you imagine a life without fear of bloating or other digestive discomforts where you finally feel comfortable in your own body?
Does this sound familiar?
You feel defeated, like digestive upset is just something you’re destined to live with?
You’re confused by all the conflicting nutrition information and advice out in the media
You’re tired of letting the stomach pain, cramps, or bloating rule your life – dictating what you can wear and whether or not you can attend social events
You’re sick of fighting against yourself and laying on the guilt trip because you just aren’t eating the food you “should” be eating
I get it. It’s hard.
It’s hard to feel like making healthy choices when you’re struggling with a busy schedule, low energy, and bloating, cramps, or digestive upset that could spring up at a moment’s notice. In those moments we just want what is easy; comfort food to get you through.
I was totally there, years ago when my digestive issues were at their peak. My irritable bowel syndrome would flare up – think massive bloating, cramps, gas – and in those instances I would eat the least healthy foods because “it couldn’t get any worse”. Afterwards I would just feel frustrated at myself.
But my diet at the time was far from ideal – and I was making the cycle repeat itself with my poor choices. What I needed to do was to focus on the choices I made on a day-to-day basis to start cutting down on the number of flares I had, and thus take their power over my health away.
Now that I’ve overhauled my diet, my digestion is a completely different story. The flares that use to happen almost daily are now at an all time low. Not to mention I know now what the likely causes are, even if they are sometimes unavoidable.
Even though I still enjoy the “unhealthy” foods on occasion, choosing healthy, nourishing foods has become almost a second nature. It feels easy and the guilt and shame I use to hold around foods has been released.
You want to feel like making the healthy choice is effortless, get that green smoothie glow, and ditch the feeling of guilt around your food choices.
I’ve always been better at addition rather than subtraction.
Rather than focus on what to cut out, like so many fad diets do (is it fat, carbs, dairy, gluten that we should be giving up? 🤷♀️)…
…Let’s focus on what we add into our diet to make it even better!
This is where the 5-by-5 challenge comes in.
For 5 days, we’re going to eat (at least) 5 servings of vegetables every. single. day.
Vegetables are, without dispute, one of the healthiest foods we can consume. They provide us with a plethora of essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients (learn more here) that are key to good health.
Despite this, just 9% of Americans have been reported to consume the daily required amount. (And Europeans aren’t doing much better!)
By working to increase your daily veggie consumption, this is one habit that has a halo effect on your health – which means your likelihood to make other, beneficial habit changes significantly increases. Sufficient vegetable intake is a cornerstone to building a strong healthy living foundation.
Are you up for the challenge?
Join the free 5-day challenge and start making better food choices while ditching the guilt and shame.
By joining the official challenge, you’ll receive:
ABC list of veggies & vegetables families for optimal variety in your diet
Serving size guidelines so you know exactly how much to aim for
Seasonal produce lists so that you can eat more nutritious, in-season vegetables and get even more bang for your buck
Daily live videos about cooking techniques, organic vs. conventional, and more!
Plus you’ll be doing it all with a supportive and motivating community so that you stay accountable and on track while having fun hitting your daily targets!