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    If you’ve signed up for the Back on Track Challenge, you should now have your meal plan, grocery list and recipes. The party starts Monday! If you haven’t signed up yet, click here to grab the plan and join in on the fun.

    Before we get started, I wanted to write a quick post with some tips and tricks on how to really kick some ass with this challenge. 

    #1. Get that grocery shopping done!

    I highly recommend that you get your grocery shopping done this weekend. Remember, this week doesn’t need to be silly expensive. Scan your cupboards before heading to the store and cross the items off the list that you already have. Only buy what you need. Take a trip to the Farmer’s Market and/or buy what you can in bulk to save some of that hard earned cash.

    I’ve provided you with a good variety of meals and snacks, but don’t feel obligated to make every single thing. The plan can be easily modified to suit your needs and budget! 

    #2. Food Prep 

    Set aside a couple of hours to focus on food prep this weekend. Within the e-book, I made some suggestions on preparation you can do in advance. If you are starting the plan Monday, try to do this Sunday. The more you prepare in advance, the easier it will be throughout the week! 

    #3. Drinks Lots of Water!

    If you don’t have a 1L water bottle, get one this weekend. Try to drink at least 2L of water per day throughout the challenge. If water just isn’t your thing, here’s some ideas for how to make it more enjoyable. 

    #4. Stay Positive 

    Enjoy the week. No seriously. I mean really take the time to appreciate the healthy decisions you are making. Don’t look at food prep as a chore, but rather use it for a time to disconnect and reflect. 

    #5. Stay Connected 

    Strength lies in numbers. Stay connected on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. I post daily updates and photos on all of these networks and hope you will do the same using the hashtag #thatcleanlife. Stay connected and stay accountable! You can always email me at abigail@thatcleanlife.com if you have any questions. 

    Have a great weekend and see you on Monday at the starting line! 

    The Back on Track Challenge kicks off Monday September 15. Grab your copy here.

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    It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to write. I’m restless. I’ve been having trouble sitting still. I’ve mentioned that we’re working on building something bigger for That Clean Life and as with any change in life, it’s been followed by some high highs, some low lows, a lot of questions and the occassional doubt. I’ve been planning, writing, searching, studying…

    I’ve learned about business models and value propositions. I’ve learned about product development, customer development and immersed myself in principles of the lean startup. I’ve studied marketing campaigns, referral campaigns, landing pages and SEO. I’ve skimmed the surface of so many things, which are all going to be so important when it comes to making a go of this. But way above all of this, I’ve dug deep to really ask myself “why?”. And this is where shit starts to get emotional.

    I’ve stopped to take a good hard look at how I’ve gotten to this place. I’ll be perfectly honest. It started with vanity. I just wanted to look good. I wanted to lose weight. This would solve all my problems. 

    But somewhere between then and now, my perspective shifted. It has become so much more than myself and my own issues with body image.

    The “why?” has led me to take a good hard look at food. FOOD. The one thing that seems to brings us all together in some shape or form.

    The reality in our world right now, in this very moment, is that we as a society are heading down an extremely slippery slope when it comes to what we are putting in our bodies and even worse, what we are putting in our children’s bodies. As it stands, today’s children may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, all because of the food that surrounds us. I don’t know about you, but this scares me. 

    Processed food and obesity are massive problems that continue to grow. The toll is felt by each and every one of us, whether we are the one suffering or a loved one. The issue is so widely felt. But the good news is …. it’s totally preventable. But we do need to change. 

    Change needs to happen on so many levels. It needs to happen in the grocery stores, in restaurants, with labelling and especially with the corporations that make our food. The list goes on and on. But I’m here to focus on what we can do at an individual level.

    I believe that by changing the way we purchase and eat our food, we can create a growing movement. I believe that with the right tools and directions, eating healthy can be the most delicious investment you make for yourself and your family. This is the heart of That Clean Life.

    The Back on Track Challenge kicks off September 15. Grab your copy here.

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    Your kiddos aren’t the only ones heading back to school next week. I am too! 

    Since I started That Clean Life, I’ve been having so much fun learning about REAL food. The kind that nourishes our mind, body and soul. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again a million times - re-shifting my focus to a clean diet has made extraordinary changes in my life and nothing makes me happier than to be able to share my learnings with you. 

    When I finished nursing school I was pretty turned off of the world of academia. Don’t get me wrong. I love, love, LOVE learning but university just wasn’t for me. So when I heard about the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program, I knew it was calling my name. This is a new and innovative program from best selling author Meghan Telpner that will allow me to deep dive into the world of real food. 

    The incredible people at Genuine Health have been so kind to select me as their winner of the Live Life in Bold Scholarship to the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. I’m so pumped to be aligned with two organizations that not only respect but share my values when it comes to living a healthy life. 

    I truly believe that big things are on the horizon for That Clean Life and I know the Culinary Nutrition Expert program is going to help us make these dreams a reality. 

    Thank you so, so, soooooo much for being a part of the That Clean Life journey so far! Together I know we will make the world a healthier place for not only ourselves but for the ones we love. September is going to be an amazing month. Hold onto your hats!