Healthy You Challenge

Join me for the FREE 14-Day Healthy You Challenge! Whether you are looking to lose weight or eat a cleaner or healthier diet, the 14-day plan outlined in my new book, The Healthy You Diet: The 14-Day Plan for Weight Loss with 100 Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating can help. Give me just two weeks and I’ll help you lose weight the quick and healthy way and ultimately achieve your goals. Participants in previous challenges lost on average 6 to 14 pounds during the 14 days!

Each season, I will personally guide you through the Healthy You Diet program on Facebook. I will be available to answer questions and provide you with encouragement and motivation to help you achieve your weight loss and healthy eating goals. But moreover, you will have the support of the hundreds of other participants.

Sign up for any (or all) of the Healthy You Challenges below:

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Here’s how it works:

1) Order The Healthy You Diet. Order your very own copy of The Healthy You Diet to help navigate you through the 14-day Healthy You Challenge.

(Note: Ordering the book is not required to join the challenge, however you will find that having the book on hand during the challenge will help guide you through the program. Additionally, the tips provided and 100 recipes for clean eating will help you continue with your new healthy lifestyle and keep you on track after the challenge is over.)

2) Join the FREE online challenge online. Let us know you’re joining the challenge by choosing your challenge above and hitting the “Join” button at the top of the event page.

3) Like me on Facebook. If you haven’t already, like me on Facebook for up-to-date details and ongoing motivation before, during, and after the challenge.

4) Share Your Experience and Ask Questions. Don’t be shy! As we work our way through the 14-days, please join the conversation and comment on my posts or ask me questions about the plan.  I want to hear how you’re feeling and I want to follow your progress. Commenting in the post stream is best as others may benefit from your comments and my reply. However, you can also private message me through Facebook and Twitter as well. You can also join the conversation by using the hash tag #HealthyYouChallenge.

5) Download the Healthy You Challenge Cover Photo. Download a Healthy You Challenge cover photo and upload it to your Facebook timeline. (Optional, but fun!) To download: Click “Download Now!” and drag or drop onto your desktop or right click and ‘save image as’.

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Healthy You Challenge Cover Photo – Download Now!

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Healthy You Challenge Cover Photo – Download Now!

6) Read chapters 1-9 of The Healthy You Diet. If you have time before the start of the challenge, read the first 9 chapters of The Healthy You Diet as it will help you understand the foundation of the two-week program and provide you with tips for success.

7) Have fun! Get ready to have some fun and lose some weight!

Losing weight isn’t always a fun process but the Healthy You program, with it’s easy-to-follow plan and accompanying recipes, can help you lose those unwanted pounds quickly and easily. The added support of doing the program with a group of people can also give you the added confidence and support you need to adopt a healthier lifestyle and lose weight in the process.

Check out some of the incredible praise we received from participants of previous challenges.

  • Day 10 of 14: “To date, I’m almost 10 lbs. down! Awesome! Thanks for all your support… I am loving how I feel! Thanks Dawna!!!” – Kim P
  • Day 7: “I’m down 5 pounds. But moreover, I am shocked at the changes in my body and skin. I feel great!” – Melissa C
  • “I am feeling more mindful and more aware of what I eat and looking forward to really eating clean. This program has given me a mind reset.” – Kareema S
  • “Today, day 4, I am down 6 lbs… thank you Dawna!” – Bonnie B
  • “Ready and so delighted with my week one results. Down 5 pounds and I definitely feel more energetic.” – Cindy R

Should you have any questions about the Healthy You Challenge, please feel free to reach out to me at any time or visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

I hope you will join me on this two-week journey starting Monday, January 5th. Let’s do this together!

– Dawna

Healthy You Challenge Elimination Phase Meal Plan & Recipes (Week 1)

HYC_WhiteBoard_Week1_403x300I’m excited to have you all joining me for the 14-Day Healthy You Challenge. I’ve mentioned it before, but I will be here for you through the entire 14 days. Please do not hesitate to post questions or comments on the Healthy You Challenge event page or my main Facebook page. You can also ask questions and comment on Twitter by using #HealthyYouChallenge. Your questions and comments will help everyone along the way.

As we prepare for week 1, the Elimination Phase, I want to provide you with all the recipes for days 1 — 7. Below please find the Elimination Phase meal plan and all accompanying recipes. Click here for a shopping list of all the items you’ll find in the Elimination Phase meal plan. I hope this helps with your planning and shopping.

I know that most, if not all, of us are extremely busy. Remember that the plan can be made flexible. If you don’t enjoy a certain food or meal, don’t eat it just because it’s on the plan. Pick another meal that you’ll enjoy—just make sure that you’re not adding back one of the eliminated foods. For example, if you don’t like Quinoa, Cranberry and Almond Salad, you can have the Pasta Salad with Vegetables again.

Also, if you know you are going to have a busy day and there is no way you will be able to make dinner, make a double helping of lunch and have it again for dinner or make a double helping of dinner from the night before and have it again. I love the Three-Bean Salad—it’s one of my favorite recipes on the program—so I’ll make extra and eat it two days in a row for lunch or I’ll replace one of the dinners with it. (Make it once – eat it twice is my motto).

The program needs to be something that works for you. The flexibility allowed in the program should make this an easy program to follow. Not to mention the recipes are incredible! :)

Elimination Phase: Week 1 Meal Plan

Day 1 (Eliminated Items: Sugar):

Turkey Avocado Sandwich

Snack: 1 oz Low-Fat String Cheese and Apple

 

Day 2 (Eliminated Items: Sugar and Wheat)

healthy yogurt snack

Snack: Greek Yogurt (nonfat, sugar-free) and 10 Almonds

Day 3 (Eliminated Items: Sugar, Wheat, Dairy)

super green juice

Breakfast: Super Green Juice

three bean salad

    Lunch: Three-Bean Salad

apple snack

     Snack: Medium Apple or Pear

Day 4 (Eliminated Items: Sugar, Wheat, Dairy, Highly Processed Foods)

Day 5 (Eliminated Items: Sugar, Wheat, Dairy, Highly Processed Foods, Artificial Sweeteners)

Vegetarian Chili

         Lunch: Vegetarian Chili

Strawberry Banana Medley

Snack: Sliced banana and 4-6 strawberries

Lime-Marinated Flank Steak

Dinner: Flank Steak with Arugula; 6 oz wine (optional)

Day 6 (Eliminated Items: Sugar, Wheat, Dairy, Highly Processed Foods, Artificial Sweeteners, Red Meat)

Apple and Peanut Butter

Snack: Apple & 1 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter

Day 7 (Eliminated Items: Sugar, Wheat, Dairy, Highly Processed Foods, Artificial Sweeteners, Red Meat, Alcohol)

Healthy You Challenge Elimination Phase Shopping List (Week 1)

notebook and penPlease find a list of the food items you will see in the Elimination Phase (week 1) of the 14-Day Healthy You Challenge. You will notice that I did not include the quantities for the items, as we assume everyone will be making different serving sizes, depending on how many people you are cooking for. The list is merely a guide to help you stock your pantry and give you a heads up as to what you will need to look for in the grocery store. Click here for the complete meal plan and corresponding recipes for week 1.

Some of the items are perishable which means people will be purchasing within days of making the recipe. Others are spices, seasonings, oils, condiments, etc. that can be purchased and kept in your pantry as needed. Either way, I hope this list provides you with a shopping guide as you prepare for the challenge.

I will be providing a shopping list for the Clean Phase (week 2) as we get closer to that week. Good luck with your shopping!

(Don’t freak out by the large list of items! Many of the items on the list are every day staples. Many of you will already have certain items like salt, pepper, Dijon mustard, olive oil, etc. on hand. I just wanted to be thorough and make sure we didn’t leave anything out.)

Healthy You Challenge Week 1 Shopping List: FRUITS
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Healthy You Challenge Week 1 Shopping List: VEGETABLES & FRESH HERBS
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Healthy You Challenge Week 1 Shopping List: POULTRY, EGGS, MEAT, & FISH
Healthy You Challenge Week 1 Shopping List: POULTRY, EGGS, MEAT, & FISH
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Healthy You Challenge Week 1 Shopping List: DAIRY
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Healthy You Challenge Week 1 Shopping List: BREADS
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Healthy You Challenge Week 1 Shopping List: DRINKS
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Healthy You Challenge Week 1 Shopping List: SPICES & CONDIMENTS
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Healthy You Challenge Week 1 Shopping List: RICE, PASTA, GRAINS & BEANS
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Healthy You Challenge Week 1 Shopping List: NUTS & SEEDS
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Healthy You Challenge Week 1 Shopping List: OILS & VINEGARS
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Healthy You Challenge Clean Phase Meal Plan & Recipes (Week 2)

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Congratulations! We are approaching the end of the Elimination Phase (week 1) and the beginning of the Clean Phase (week 2). That means we are at the halfway point of the 14-Day Healthy You Challenge! As we enter the next 7 days, please do not hesitate to post questions or comments on the event page or main Facebook page. Your questions and comments will continue to help everyone along the way.

The Clean Phase is a seven-day continuation of the final day of the Elimination Phase. During the Clean Phase, you will continue to eat a diet free of sugar, wheat, dairy, process foods, diet soda and artificial sweeteners, red meat and alcohol. That means that we are eating 100% clean this week.

During the week 1, you may have experienced symptoms of withdrawal. But don’t fret! The Clean Phase focuses on nourishing your body; during this phase, your body should start to feel lighter as excess weight comes off. You should begin to feel more balanced and alive. Your thoughts may become more clear and focused. You will likely feel more vibrant and energetic as you reach the end of the clean week. Although this week will likely prove the most challenging week, it will also be the most rewarding.

As we prepare for the Clean Phase, please find the meal plan and all accompanying recipes for this week below. Click here for a shopping list of all the items you’ll find in the Clean Phase meal plan. I hope this allows you to shop and plan for next week’s meals (days 8-14).

Clean Phase: Week 2 Meal Plan
(For days 8-14, continue to eliminate sugar, wheat, dairy, highly processed foods, diet sodas and artificial sweeteners, red meat, and alcohol)

Day 8:

Day 9:

Celery and Peanut Butter

Snack: Celery sticks and 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter

Day 10:

Lentil Salad

    Lunch: Lentil-Carrot Salad

handful grapes

     Snack: 1 cup red or green grapes

Agave Rosemary Chicken

Dinner: Rosemary Chicken and Wild Rice

Day 11:

Healthy You Challenge Clean Phase Shopping List (Week 2)

Shopping List_Wk2Please find a list of the food items you will see in the Clean Phase (week 2) of the “Healthy You!” Program. You will notice that I did not include the quantities for the items, as we assume everyone will be making different serving sizes, depending on how many people you are cooking for. The list is merely a guide to help you stock your pantry and give you a heads up as to what you will need to look for in the grocery store. Click here for the complete meal plan and corresponding recipes.

Some of the items are perishable which means people will be purchasing within days of making the recipe. Others are spices, seasonings, oils, condiments, etc. that can be purchased and kept in your pantry as needed. Either way, I hope this list provides you with a shopping guide as you prepare for week 2 of the 14-Day Healthy You Challenge.

Good luck with your shopping!

(Don’t freak out by the large list of items! Many of the items on the list are every day staples. Many of you will already have certain items like salt, pepper, olive oil, etc. on hand. I just wanted to be thorough and make sure we didn’t leave anything out.)

Healthy You Challenge Week 2 Shopping List: FRUITS
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Healthy You Challenge Week 2 Shopping List: POULTRY, EGGS, & SEAFOOD
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Healthy You Challenge Week 2 Shopping List: BREAD
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Healthy You Challenge Week 2 Shopping List: DRINKS
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Healthy You Challenge Week 2 Shopping List: SPICES & CONDIMENTS
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Healthy You Challenge Week 2 Shopping List: GRAINS & BEANS
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Healthy You Challenge Week 2 Shopping List: NUTS
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Healthy You Challenge Week 2 Shopping List: OILS & VINEGARS
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14-Day Healthy You Challenge

Monday, January 5th – Sunday, January 18th

We all know the #1 most common New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. If this is your goal for 2015 – you are not alone! Of the 45% of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions, approximately 17% promise to lose weight. Additionally, studies show that women succeed 10% more when they make their goals public and seek support from their friends.

Whether you are looking to lose weight or eat a cleaner or healthier diet in 2015, the 14-day plan outlined in my brand new book, The Healthy You Diet: The 14-Day Plan for Weight Loss with 100 Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating can help!

Starting January 5th, I will be hosting the New Year’s Healthy You Challenge and will personally guide you step-by-step through the Healthy You Diet. In just two weeks I’ll help you lose weight quickly through healthy, clean eating and ultimately achieve your goals for the New Year!

The challenge will be hosted on Facebook and Twitter, where I will be available to answer questions and provide you with encouragement and motivation to keep you going strong.

Along the way, please share with me your New Year’s goals, struggles and achievements. I can’t wait to connect with you and help guide you to resolution success!

Here’s how it works:

1) Order The Healthy You Diet. Order your very own copy of The Healthy You Diet (available to ship Dec. 23rd) to help navigate you through the 14-day Healthy You Challenge.

(Note: Ordering the book is not required to join the challenge, however you will find that having the book on hand during the challenge will help guide you through the program. Additionally, the tips provided and 100 recipes for clean eating will help you continue with your new healthy lifestyle and keep you on track after the challenge is over.)

2) Join the FREE online challenge online. Let us know you’re joining the challenge by clicking here and hitting the “Join” button at the top of the page.

3) Like me on Facebook. If you haven’t already, like me on Facebook for up-to-date details and ongoing motivation before, during, and after the challenge.

4) Share Your Experience and Ask Questions. Don’t be shy! As we work our way through the 14-days, please join the conversation and comment on my posts or ask me questions about the plan.  I want to hear how you’re feeling and I want to follow your progress. Commenting in the post stream is best as others may benefit from your comments and my reply. However, you can also private message me through Facebook and Twitter as well. You can also join the conversation by using the hash tag #HealthyYouChallenge.

5) Download the Healthy You Challenge Cover Photo. Download a Healthy You Challenge cover photo and upload it to your Facebook timeline. (Optional, but fun!) To download: Click “Download Now!” and drag or drop onto your desktop or right click and ‘save image as’.

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Healthy You Challenge Cover Photo – Download Now!

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Healthy You Challenge Cover Photo – Download Now!

6) Read chapters 1-9 of The Healthy You Diet. If you have time before the start of the challenge, read the first 9 chapters of The Healthy You Diet as it will help you understand the foundation of the two-week program and provide you with tips for success.

7) Have fun! Get ready to have some fun and lose some weight!

Losing weight isn’t always a fun process but the Healthy You program, with it’s easy-to-follow plan and accompanying recipes, can help you lose those unwanted pounds quickly and easily. The added support of doing the program with a group of people can also give you the added confidence and support you need to adopt a healthier lifestyle and lose weight in the process.

Check out some of the incredible praise we received from participants of previous challenges.

  • Day 10 of 14: “To date, I’m almost 10 lbs. down! Awesome! Thanks for all your support… I am loving how I feel! Thanks Dawna!!!” – Kim P
  • Day 7: “I’m down 5 pounds. But moreover, I am shocked at the changes in my body and skin. I feel great!” – Melissa C
  • “I am feeling more mindful and more aware of what I eat and looking forward to really eating clean. This program has given me a mind reset.” – Kareema S
  • “Today, day 4, I am down 6 lbs… thank you Dawna!” – Bonnie B
  • “Ready and so delighted with my week one results. Down 5 pounds and I definitely feel more energetic.” – Cindy R

Should you have any questions about the Healthy You Challenge, please feel free to reach out to me at any time or visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

I hope you will join me on this two-week journey starting Monday, January 5th. Let’s do this together!

– Dawna

Healthy You Challenge Additional Meals & Snacks

As we prepare to begin the 14-day Healthy You Challenge, I wanted to provide you with additional “Healthy You” recipes that can be substituted for the recipes provided in the two week meal plan. The additional recipes below can be used at any time during the Elimination and Clean Phases.

On Facebook, I will be posting the meals as they are seen in the book for Days 1-14, but do not forget that if you’d like to substitute a meal (or meals) for one or more below, please feel free to do so.

Please find the additional Healthy You approved recipes below (note: the recipes are specified as lunch, dinner, snack or side item). I hope you enjoy!

Additional “Healthy You” Approved Recipes

(*All recipes marked with an asterisk are vegetarian options)

Lunch:

Greek Salad

         Lunch: Greek Salad with Chicken

Dinner:

Healthy You Challenge: FAQ

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As you begin your journey to a healthier lifestyle, we thought you might have some questions about the 14-Day Healthy You Challenge…

What is the 14-Day Healthy You Challenge?
If your goal is to lose weight or simply eat a healthier, cleaner diet, the 14-Day Healthy You Challenge can help. By simply committing two weeks to the free online challenge, you can lose weight the quick and healthy way, ultimately achieving your goals for a healthy lifestyle. Participants have lost on average 6 to 14 pounds during the 14 days! Dawna Stone (author of The Healthy You Diet: The 14-Day Plan for Weight Loss with 100 Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating) will personally guide you, step-by-step, through the 14-day Healthy You program on Facebook and Twitter. Dawna is available throughout the two weeks to answer questions and provide you with encouragement and motivation to help you achieve your weight loss and healthy eating goals. Along the way, you are encouraged to share your goals, challenges, struggles and achievements!

Where can I purchase your book?
The Healthy You Diet is available wherever books are sold: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, and HSN.

Do I need to purchase the book in order to participate in the Healthy You Challenge?
You do not need the book in order to participate in the challenge. I will provide step-by-step guidelines online (Facebook and Twitter) throughout the two-week program. However, you may find it helpful to have a copy of The Healthy You Diet as a resource and constant motivator following the Healthy You Challenge.

Where can I find the Elimination Phase (week 1) Meal Plan and Recipes?
Click here to view the Elimination Phase (week 1) meal plan and corresponding recipes.

Where can I find the Elimination Phase (week 1) shopping list?
Click here to view the Elimination Phase (week 1) shopping list.

Where can I find the Clean Phase (week 2) Meal Plan and Recipes?
Click here to view the Clean Phase (week 2) meal plan and corresponding recipes.

Where can I find the Clean Phase (week 2) shopping list?
Click here to view the Clean Phase (week 2) shopping list.

Can we have coffee during the 14-Day Healthy You Challenge?
Yes, you can drink black coffee during the 14-Day Healthy You Challenge (caffeine is not an eliminated item during the program). That being said, refrain from adding sugar, creamer and artificial sweeteners to your coffee. If you need something to sweeten your coffee, try adding a splash of almond or soy milk.

Can I add Truvia or Stevia to my coffee?
Although Stevia is a natural sweetener, try to eliminate it during these 14 days. Although natural sweeteners like Truvia (Stevia) come from the stevia plant, they are processed and put in powder form. After the 14 days, feel free to add it back in moderation but you may be amazed how your taste buds emerge if you eliminate all added sweeteners from your foods and beverages.

Does Splenda count as sugar?
Splenda is an artificial sweetener and should be eliminated during the 14 day Healthy You program. You might notice you have a headache during the first day or two but you will notice that you start to feel better (have more energy and less headaches) and taste your food better after eating a clean diet free from artificial sweeteners on the Healthy You! program.

I am having trouble identifying beverages without sugar and/or artificial sweeteners. What do you suggest to drink during the 14 days (other than water)?
When doing the program, I tend to stick to water and unsweetened iced tea. Other options include, hot tea with lemon and herbal tea. You can also try flavoring your water with a splash of fresh lemon, lime or orange. This morning I actually added a few cucumber slices to my water – it makes you feel like you are at the spa. Most of us are more dehydrated than we think; think of this as an opportunity to increase your water intake and get yourself hydrated – it will make you feel so good!

Can I add protein to my morning smoothies? If so, how much?
Since we are trying to be 100% clean, I would steer clear of processed protein powders for at least these 14 days. If protein isn’t included in breakfast (i.e. like the days that we have super green juice or radiant red juice), you should be getting plenty of protein from your lunch and dinner. If you want more protein in your smoothies, you can substitute soy milk for the almond milk.

Can vegetarians participate in the program?
The program can easily work with a vegetarian diet. Just substitute other forms of protein for the chicken and seafood recipes. You can get the necessary protein from vegetarian sources like beans, tofu, quinoa, almond and soy milk, nuts and seeds, etc. The focus of Healthy You! is clean eating. As we eliminate unhealthy or non-nutritious processed foods, we tend to feel better and lose weight!

Although the meal plans do include some meat and seafood, don’t let that deter you! I understand that circumstances are different for everyone, so I want people to realize that there is flexibility in the program in terms of what you eat. As long as you eat based on what is eliminated for each day, you will be great. For example, if we have meat or seafood scheduled for dinner one night, feel free to substitute it with one of the vegetarian recipes (that still follows the Healthy You! elimination plan). If one of the recipes is your favorite, go ahead and make extras so you can have it for lunch and dinner. As long as you follow the program instructions for what food item is eliminated each day, you can plan your recipes accordingly.

Click here to view a video describing vegetarian options
You can find additional Healthy You! recipes including 15 more vegetarian meals here

Can I use honey to sweeten my coffee and tea?
Eliminate all sweeteners during the 14 days and see how you feel. If at the end of the 14 days you want to add natural sweeteners back into your diet, you can do so in moderation.

I do not currently own a juicer, can I use a blender for the juice recipes? If not, what should I do?
I do not suggest using a blender for the juice unless you have no other option. Additionally, blenders and juicers yield different quantities. If you do not have a juicer you can just choose a smoothie recipe instead, or select a different breakfast recipe in the meal plan (just make sure the recipe adheres to whatever items are eliminated for that day).

I am looking to purchase a juicer. Do you have any recommendations?
If you are looking to invest in a juicer, I personally use (and love) my Breville Juice Fountain Plus. Buying a juicer can be quite confusing as there are so many different kinds and a wide variety of prices. If you are interested in purchasing a Breville, I found the comparison guide on Amazon.com to be very helpful. I also suggest reading as many reviews as possible as they can be helpful in pointing you in the right direction.

I noticed I have had headaches during days 1 and 2. Is that normal?
If you’ve been eating excess sugar, artificial sweeteners or other highly processed foods, headaches are common during the first few days of any detox or clean eating program. Stay strong and keep it up – you should start to notice the positive changes on or around day 4.  You should start to notice that your energy level becomes more constant and you experience fewer mid-afternoon crashes. The lethargy that often follows big meals will disappear and you’ll feel good all day long.

What do you recommend if you exercise?
If you are working out really hard, you may need some additional calories. I would suggest trying to stick to the foods in the program and just add in another snack after your workout. You can pick a snack from any of the program days as long as it adheres to the program. For example don’t pick the yogurt snack once we’ve eliminated dairy. An extra piece of fruit or a small handful of almonds could work well after your workout.

Is it okay to have leftovers from dinner for lunch the next day?
Absolutely! My goal is for the Healthy You! to be flexible enough that it can work for anyone. I understand that there are time and preparation constraints that may not allow you to follow the program to a “T”. Even with minor tweaks, you can still reap the benefits of the Healthy You! program. I typically pick one or two of my favorite dinner recipes and make extra servings so I can serve them two days in a row. I’ve also found that some of the lunch recipes make great dinners.  For example, I will prepare a big batch of vegetarian chili and have it for dinner and then again for lunch the following day. Not only does this save time, but it also allows me to spread out the enjoyment of my favorite meals.

What if I am not hungry? Should I make myself have a small dinner or is it ok to skip?
I do not suggest skipping any meals. Eating at regular intervals is important to keep your energy levels up as well as to ensure you stay motivated on the program. Surprisingly, skipping meals may not help you lose more weight. In fact, having too few calories could actually hinder your weight loss.

Can I substitute some foods for others in the meal plan?
Please try and follow the plan as closely as possible. If your goal is to lose weight, I encourage you to not deviate from the program. Should you be allergic to a certain food or simply not like something (or can’t find something), you can always substitute a meal from another day rather than including foods that are not part of the program. Although most people will lose a good amount of weight during the two weeks, the goal is to eat a cleaner, more wholesome diet during the program. If you follow the meal plans as outlined, you will be on your way to a 100% clean diet.