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By Alyssa St-Jean (
Adopting a healthier lifestyle is only as hard as you make it. It can be as easy as you want it to be! Going cold turkey is not right for everyone and well personally; I think that baby steps is the way to go. Making small changes to your diet over a 10-week period will allow yourself to change your lifestyle habits that could last a lifetime. 
Do you have what it takes? Are you ready to change your habits? Take the 10-week challenge! 
Every week outlines a different “food rule” that is to be abided by. You can use the same order or mix it up. You can also build the rules as the weeks go by or you can treat each week as a single challenge. Do whatever works best for you, give it your best shot and give it all you got. Make a plan and stick to it. 

The goal is to give you a new perspective and show you that by changing small habits over a period of time you can achieve long-term lasting results. 
Are you ready! Let’s do it! 
  1. Stick to beverages that are all natural. That means water, tea, coffee and well a little milk is ok too but, juices, soda, energy drinks and/or alcohol are all off limits! 
  2. Steer clear from fast food joints and say no thank you to all deep fried foods.
  3. When it comes to grains, make sure that they are 100% whole wheat.
  4. Make sure that you are getting a minimum of 2 servings per meal of fruits and/or veggies. 
  5. Stay away from foods that have been labelled as low-fat, lite or fat free
  6. Get rid of all refined oils. I like to stick to extra virgin olive oil for salads and meats, flaxseed oil for smoothies and grapeseed oil for cooking.
  7. Visit the local butcher shop to get some premium cuts of locally raised meats. Also, try to limit animal protein to 3-4 times per week. On the other days get your protein from other sources such as nuts, seeds, tofu and legumes.
  8. Eliminate all refined sugars and sweeteners from the foods you are consuming.
  9. If a packaged food has more than 5 ingredients listed on the label, don’t eat it. 
  10. Last but not least, try something new every week! Introduce a new veggie, fruit, grain or protein. Basically, any whole food that you would like to try!

Have you tried “10 Weeks to a Real Food” diet? How do you feel? What was your experience? What tips and tricks would you give to someone who is just starting out? 


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