Q: If you could recommend one 30-day lifestyle change challenge to the average American, what would it be?
I recommend the Grocery Store Challenge. For thirty days, only shop on the periphery of the grocery store and do not go into the inner aisles.
The aisles are mostly full of prepackaged, processed, and refined foods whereas the periphery usually contains the fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy. Of course the bakery is usually there too – full of delicious carbs and sweet treats – but I recommend skipping this section too.
This challenge can help you understand and taste the difference between processed and whole foods. If you come across a box with a long ingredient list full of words you can’t understand, leave it on the shelf. Buy food you will have to wash, chop, boil, season, sautee, and otherwise prepare at home. Enjoy being your own chef. 🙂