Can You Commit to 100 Days of Real Food?
By Dr. Anthony Balduzzi, Men's Health Coach & Founder, The Fit Father Project
From keto to paleo, and South Beach to Atkins, it seems like there's always a new fad that people are raving about.
But if you've never been one for dieting, there are still ways that you can make healthier choices with your food.
At the heart of all dieting is proper nutrition. And the key to proper nutrition is choosing the right foods!
Real, unprocessed foods are the best thing you can put in your body.
Learn how to choose real, unprocessed foods at the grocery store without breaking the bank!
Once you know what foods to shop for and which to avoid, join us on a 100 days of real food challenge!
What are “Real” Foods
Real foods are those that are found in their natural state and have not been altered or processed.
Foods that are processed are filled with additives like unnecessary sugar and chemicals like preservatives.
While these additives can make foods pretty tasty, they're simply not good for our bodies.
Check out our list of unprocessed foods that are best for you.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and veggies are usually the first types of unprocessed foods that come to mind.
In their array of bright colors, fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, natural sugars, and fiber.
Canned fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, have been processed to make them last longer.
The best option for fruits and vegetables is to purchase organic. This ensures that no harmful chemicals were used to wash or grow the produce, ensuring you're putting only the best in your body.
Meat and Seafood
Locally raised meats, from chicken to beef to pork, is the best way to go in this category.
Local farmers markets often have a good selection of this type of meat, which can give you peace of mind knowing you're not buying from a large, inhumane farm.
While meat is often a staple in most households, try to eat red meat infrequently and white meat no more than once a day.
When it comes to seafood, make sure that it's caught from the wild instead of raised on a farm.
Dairy products are filled with calcium and protein. It's important to eat a healthy share of these, but only if they're the right kind.
When it comes to eggs, milk, cheese, and yogurt, it's best to stick to organic options that are unsweetened and pasture-raised.
Whole Grain Products
Processed grains are one of the biggest mistakes you can eat during the 100-day challenge.
The trick is, they seem to be everywhere.
Only purchase bread and pasta that have 100% whole grains in them.
The ingredient label is the best place to find this information, as some whole wheat and processed wheat blends are advertised as whole wheat.
Snacks and Drinks
Sometimes, the devil is in the snack foods.
The last thing you'd want to do is mess up your 100 days of real food challenge with a midnight snack!
To help you through this, stock up on snacks like nuts, dried fruit, seeds, and popcorn.
And when you're planning your meals, be sure to stick to water, milk, all natural juices, coffee, or tea for your beverages.
All soda or processed juices should be tossed!
Advice to Last 100 Days
100 days can feel like an eternity to go without processed food.
So, here is some of our favorite advice to make sure you withstand the challenge!
Always read ingredient labels. The easiest way to tell if something is processed or not is by the ingredient label. You'll be shocked about the number of foods that have added sugar.
Look for inspiration. Buying real foods can feel limiting when you get into the kitchen to cook. Whenever you feel like your meals are all tasting the same, search online for healthy recipes that can kickstart your week.
Give yourself (and your kids) a break. Yes, eating real foods is vital to your health. But that doesn't mean you can never look a cookie in the face again. Give you and your kids one cheat treat a week to make sure you're still enjoying all the food life has to offer.
Realize your progress. Every other week, check in with yourself. After a while, your cravings for processed sugar should diminish and you should be feeling more full. Keep a food journal where you can log how your body feels throughout the journey so you can compare day 1 to day 100.
Remember, the 100 days of real food challenge isn't meant to punish you. It's meant to show you how enjoyable and delicious life can be when you stick with natural foods!
Extend the Challenge
Eating real food for 100 days is a huge accomplishment.
You'll have mastered the impulse to buy processed foods because you're short on time and effectively prioritized your body over your cravings.
The best compliment to a healthy diet is… exercise!
If you're ready to take your health to a new level, check out our FF30X program.
FF30X is a weight loss and diet exercise program that was built specifically for men over 40.
With specific, no bullshit advice, you'll get coached throughout your entire journey.
Check our the FF30X program if you're ready to take your next 100 days by storm.
Your friend in health,
Dr. Anthony Balduzzi
Founder, The Fit Father Project
Brotherhood Nickname: “Mr. Results”
Bragging Rights: Has helped over 35,000 fathers lose fat, build muscle, & get healthy for their families
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Small note about research cited in this article:
*Always remember: weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual. Just because these studies cite certain data does not mean you will experience these results. Always consult with your doctor before making decisions about your health. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info.