2012 Whole Living Action Plan

22 Jan

Hi! Remember me? Probably not.  It’s been months.

Now that I’m well into my first year of teaching, I’m feeling a little more sure, slightly more prepared, and somewhat sane.

I’ve been thinking about my blog a lot lately and I’ve really wanted to get back into a regular posting schedule. What better way to get back into it than with a challenge??

Travis (remember him?) and I decided to dive head first into a strict, whole-food 21 or 28 day challenge. Here’s the premise (from wholeliving.com):

“Our detox plan comprises more than 50 delicious recipes (snacks and smoothies included) that will supercharge your health by clearing your body of impurities. We realize it’s no easy feat, but commit the next 21 (or —bonus!— 28) days to our program and you’ll feel more vibrant and energized, sleep more soundly, and lose weight. We’re giving you 10 recipes per week — double some so you have a full week’s worth of meals (and recycle any of the previous week’s recipes).”

What’s Off Limits During the Plan: processed food or beverages, added sugar, dairy, gluten, caffeine, and alcohol. Learn More About the Six to Skip
What You’re Eating During Week 1: fruits, vegetables, and plant-based fats, including nuts, seeds, and oils
What You’re Adding Back in Week 2:seafood, beans and lentils, and organic soy
What You’re Adding Back in Week 3:gluten-free grains and eggs

Our action plan starts tomorrow morning with this smoothie:

Green Smoothie

-from wholeliving.com


  • 1 cup kale or collard greens firmly packed, stems removed, coarsely chopped (4 ounces)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Combine kale, apple, banana, parsley, and 2 1/4 cups water in a blender; blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more water.

Serves 2. Per serving: 105 calories; 0 g saturated fat; 0 g unsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbs; 32 mg sodium; 2 g protein; 4 g fiber.

Travis and I intend to update the blog daily with how things are going: how we feel, how the food tastes, and other rants or raves. We invite you to follow along and maybe even do the challenge with us! Check out the Whole Living website for all the info, recipes, food, detoxifying stretches, helpful tips, and motivation.

I’m going to finish my last bowl of cereal for the next few weeks and call it a night.

See you tomorrow with an update!




3 Responses to “2012 Whole Living Action Plan”

  1. Melissa Braucht February 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Try adding avocado and coconut milk for something that will sustain you for longer.

  2. Melissa Braucht February 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    I just checked out the whole living action plan. So many awesome recipes. I don’t have the discipline to follow though on the whole 3-4 weeks but I sure am going to try some of those recipes. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lauren February 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      Travis and I have really enjoyed all of the recipes that we’ve made so far. We both really like the kale slaw from week 1.

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