Here’s my official invitation to TBR 30, a 30-day challenge to eat more nutritious, wholesome food!
WHAT IS TBR 30?
TBR 30 is a commitment to yourself that you will take care of your body by making wise and healthy food choices. That’s it!
It was a personal decision for me to focus on eating better in the next weeks and to look at food as fuel for running and other activities. While I eat healthy most of the time, I still fell into major cheat days with my munchies or made poor choices when I was hungry, especially after a long run! So, after getting tired of diets and pressuring myself to train more or eat less, I thought I should just adopt a more positive outlook and take on a healthier lifestyle for life.
Then, I thought of inviting all of you to do the same. Why not?! The hardest part in making this huge shift is to decide to start. So, I’m inviting you all to do it TOMORROW, JULY 1, 2011. Aside from that, it’ll make all of us answerable to each other. Plus, of course, it should be more fun. (By the way, if you read this late, then just start midway. No prob!)
Again, TBR 30 is open to anyone and everyone. It’s also free.
WHY 30 DAYS?
TBR 30 starts on JULY 1 and ends JULY 30. Why a 30 day challenge?
Well, I know it takes 21 days to form a habit. So, if we reach the 22nd day eating healthy then we pretty much know that by the end of July, eating healthy won’t be a “challenge” but a “lifestyle.”
Whether only 5 or 50 sign up for TBR 30, I’ll be doing this, but I do hope you can take on the challenge with me. Sige na!
WHAT IT ISN’T…
TBR 30 is not about dieting. I won’t give you a detailed, restrictive diet for three reasons: 1) I’m not a nutritionist nor a dietitian. 2) Diets only make you feel deprived, which will lead you to cheat once you’re off it. (Believe me, that’s what happened to me in New York heehee.) 3) I HATE DIETING! And, don’t tell Harvie, my nutritionist friend, nor Mitch Felipe-Mendoza, but I hate journalling my food intake too!
TBR 30 is not about losing weight. Repeat after me: Our goal is to eat right, not to lose weight. But, that’s not to say that we won’t be doing cartwheels if we drop some unwanted pounds or look a lot fitter after 30 days (which will most likely be the case!)
TBR 30 will not sell you any products or gear. Trying out new drugs, shakes, formulas, gear, or exercises to lose weight may work temporarily. But, sooner or later, we’ll tire of it and eventually go back to our old ways. Nope, this is not a sponsored challenge either.
TBR 30 is not a support group, diet group, or run group. We’re just a group of individuals who want to improve our health. If you guys, by any chance, meet face to face or become virtual friends, that would be great.
WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES?
I thought of only 5 main points that should guide us during the next 30 days. CODE: TBR 30.
T: Take control. Are you hungry? Grab a bite. Are you full? Drop the spoon and fork when you are satisfied, not too full. Plan your meals wisely so you’ll be in control of what goes into your mouth and you have no excuses.
B: Be mindful of what you eat. Stop eating on the run (no pun intended) or tasting your kids’ meals and taking a bite from your officemate’s burger all day. Sit down at the dining table. Stare at your visually appealing food. And savor every morsel. (I’ve started cooking my healthy food myself!)
R: Read the labels. You’ve heard this a hundred times before and I’ll say it again. Choose raw, fresh food that actually come with no labels. Limit processed food. If you must eat them, choose the foods that have the least ingredients.
3: 3 major meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Plus, 2 snacks. Add an additional snack after dinner if you wish.
0: Zero stress over your weight. Zero pressure to stick to a strict diet. Zero guilt over mistakes or mess ups. If you slip, dust yourself off and eat properly in the next meal.
HOW DO I JOIN?
- Post a comment below saying: I’LL EAT RIGHT FOR 30 DAYS!
- Download this TBR30 which contains the guidelines mentioned above. (Yes, yes, you can see I am completely inspired to do this and I hope you will be too!) Print it. Post it in an area in your home where you’ll see it daily: the refrigerator or your mirror.
- Last but not the least, practice what you promised: EAT RIGHT THIS JULY!
Good luck to us!