Hometown Harvest is gearing up for its 2014 #HH30Days Real Food Challenge! Sign up by April 30 (that’s only two days away!) and you can be a part of this virtual challenge from May 1-30 that will help keep you and your family focused on eating the foods that are the very best for your bodies.
Real food – what does that mean anyway?
If you’ve been following the blog 100 Days of Real Food (now with more than 1,000,000 Likes on Facebook!!!???!!!) like me, then you’re probably already familiar with the term “real food.” If you’re not familiar, I’m talking about unprocessed, whole, natural, organic-when-possible foods.
During the #HH30Days Real Food Challenge, participants will be asked to only say “YES” to the following foods (many found at Hometown Harvest):
- Whole foods that are more a product of nature, rather than industry.
- LOTS of fruits and veggies.
- Dairy products like whole milk, whole milk yogurt, eggs and whole milk cheese (notice a theme?).
- 100% whole-wheat and whole-grains – click here to get more info on understanding grains.
- Seafood – preferably wild-caught.
- Locally-raised meats like pork, beef and chicken – in moderation.
- Beverages limited to water, milk, all-natural juices, naturally sweetened coffee and tea, and wine and beer (for the grown-ups, of course!).
- Snacks like dried fruit, seeds, nuts and homemade popcorn.
- All-natural sweeteners including honey (look for local honey!), pure maple syrup and fruit juice concentrates in moderation.
These “YES” foods are based on 100 Days of Real Food principles, and the 100 Days of Real Food Recipes & Resources page has other great real food ideas and recipes to go with them.
What are the “NO” foods?
Many of the products that are considered “everyday” foods in a lot of households are on the “NO” list for the #HH30Days Real Food Challenge. (Yes, this includes my family as well – we’re still learning over here too!) During the #HH30Days Real Food Challenge, participants will be asked to say no to the following foods:
- Refined grains such as white rice or white flour (<—this is the hardest for us).
- Refined sweeteners like white sugar, any form of corn syrup, cane juice and artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Sweet’n Low) or sucralose (Splenda).
- Nothing out of a box, can, bag, bottle or package that has more than 5 whole-food ingredients listed on the label.
- No deep fried foods.
- No “fast foods.”
How do I sign up?
Sign up is simple! All you need to do is click the Pledge Now button on Hometown Harvest’s #HH30Days Real Food Challenge page, and then fill in a few details about who’s participating and whether or not you have any allergies in the family (for prize purposes – yay!). It takes less than five minutes to sign up. LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES!
This sounds really hard.
Guess what? This definitely sounds like a tough challenge, but it’s also one that’s worth trying. Thirty days will fly by, and I’m betting those who participate will feel BETTER THAN EVER by May 30. Last year, participants reported weight loss, lower cholesterol and increased energy at the end of the 30 days, and kids were excited to participate! These bracelets are a hit (especially with children), and act as a reminder to stay focused on eating real foods:
Some of the things will be more difficult than others – giving up white flour, white rice and white sugar will be the toughest for me during the month. I use whole-wheat flour, but it’s not the sole flour I use. I’m already thinking about a batch of chocolate chip cookies I need to bake for my daughter’s elementary school Bake Off contest on May 8…. Guess I won’t be making my traditional recipe after all! Definitely a fun challenge for sure. Ha!
Did I mention PRIZES?
Prize Eligibility: Participants who sign the pledge before 11:59PM on April 30 will be eligible for daily prize giveaways throughout the challenge, as well as a completion prize and GRAND prize. Participants who sign the pledge after May 1 will be eligible for daily prize giveaways. Participants who complete the entire 30 day challenge and complete a brief post-challenge survey will receive a completion prize and be eligible for the GRAND prize.
So, what are you waiting for?
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