Wow. Our 21-day Transformation Program is well underway and That Clean Life members are kicking serious butt. Can I just mention how blown away we are by the number of people committed to this and by the community that has taken shape over the past 7 days?! You guys are seriously the best. Thank you for being so awesome and for sharing your photos, comments and enthusiasm with us.
If you haven't jumped in yet, it's not too late to join. The meal plans, grocery lists and prep guides are waiting for you whenever you are ready to begin.
Before we head into a recap of Week 1, let's remind ourselves why we are doing this. Remember,
This is the time.
This is the place.
You are the person.
Whether you started this challenge for healthy food inspiration, to develop a new habit, or to get back to feeling good in your own skin again... Let's not lose sight of what led you here in the first place. Any blips you may have had in the week are now in the past. If you've fallen off the wagon, we're here to help you get back on track.
Eating healthy is so much easier when the meals are delicious, easy-to-make and you have a supportive community that pumps you right up! If you haven't joined our private Facebook accountability group yet, request access through your Programs page after logging in. And of course, you can always choose to observe from the sidelines or shoot a private email or message to any one of us. We love hearing from you :)
Okay, on to the fun part..
Top 10 Highlights from Week 1 of our 21-day Transformation Program!
1. Day 0 Prep Day!
We loved seeing everyone gear up for Week 1 of the challenge, by doing groceries, getting the necessary equipment and making some of the recipes ahead of time. We've talked a lot about making our environment work for us and one way to achieve this is by cleaning the junk from our pantry, fridge and freezer. For some this meant sacrificing the rest of their homemade holiday fudge, and for others this meant devouring it all before challenge week.
One of our members shared a brilliant storage idea to transfer bulk items to mason jars and identifying them with their original labels. Gone will be the days that I confuse sesame seeds for hemp hearts, and poppyseeds for chia.
2. Case of the Skeptical Husband
Just before rolling into Day 1, emerged the concerns of many a husband... except for the one guy that made 138 brownie bites (swooon). Remember: Feel free to add meat or extra protein to any meal. Have an extra snack if you are feeling hungry. You should never feel hungry or restricted - that is not what this is about. It's just about fuelling your body with clean food.
We knew this would take a bit of time and by the end of Day 1, we already had a few converts thanks to our Deluxe Portobello Pizzas.
Well the Portabello pizzas are a hit! My hubby enjoyed every bite and even ate the second one! Whoo hoo! Very delicious - K.M.
Loved the portobello pizzas....my husband even ate them and liked them - L.J.
Speaking of converting the husbands... I made the cream of broccoli soup last week, thinking I would get to have the whole lot (because of my non-soup eating husband)... And I think I got 3 small bowls of it! It's gone. - A.K.
3. That Clean Life for Kids, or Monster Boogers?
We talked about creating food art and modifying meals to get your kids on board with healthy eating, but simply calling it something else? Brilliant. Apparently removing Cream of Broccoli Soup from the menu and offering Monster Boogers instead makes a huge difference, according to @melblock728 and @jbbiesinger.
4. Surviving Shiftwork
This one hits close to home as Abigail and I are both nurses and understand the challenges of shift work including its major impact on eating habits. We plan to delve deeper into this topic but here are the major tips that emerged from discussions with our members about surviving night shifts. Of course, this will vary depending on what time your shift starts and the flow and culture of your workplace.
- If you anticipate a longer stretch between meals, have a slightly larger first meal or add a snack. Snacks are key!
- Try splitting your dinner in two. Have dinner before your shift and a second light dinner during your night shift.
- Try your best to maintain normal mealtimes and make adjustments if necessary. For instance, have a small snack for breakfast (before crashing into bed) and have a later lunch around 1-2 pm after you've rested.
- Bring a protein smoothie and/or a variety of healthy snacks to get you through the night.
- Favourite night shift snacks: Our Coconut Brownie Bites, fruits, nuts, Paleo Granola, veggie sticks and hummus, apple and nut butter, Apple Cinnamon Bites, hard-boiled eggs, and any of our other protein-dense cookies and bars.
5. Smoothie Boosters
We love smoothies for breakfast because they're so quick and easy to throw together. They're packed with nutrition and help us kick start the day. Here's a list of extra protein and fats our members recommend adding to give us that "satisfied" feeling and keep us fuelled throughout the day.
- Chia Seeds
- Ground Flax Seeds
- Protein Powder
- Or add an extra snack between breakfast and lunch
6. Cravings... for other That Clean Life recipes?
The beauty of That Clean Life is that you can modify meals to suit your own needs and preferences. You can adjust serving sizes, move around meals to a different day, and even swap out a recipe for a different one. But it seems like everyone except me called each other over the weekend to coordinate swapping in the Crock Pot Chicken Shawarma. I felt super jealous and left out. Whatever.
7. Personal Modifications
Speaking of modifying meals, we loved seeing how you guys changed up a recipe and took things to another level. For instance, the Kale, Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad was a surprise hit but I would've never thought to also add olives, tomatoes or quinoa. YUM. And the Deluxe Portobello Pizzas on brown rice tortillas? Stop it.
8. Celebrating the Wins
We set up a private Facebook group for this 21-day challenge so that we could support each other and promote accountability. It's a place to ask questions, share photos and connect with others. Over the past 7 days it has also become a place to share those special wins, big or small, like convincing your partner that eating healthy can be delicious, getting your kid to take 6 sips of a smoothie, successfully avoiding a free pizza lunch at work, or participating in this challenge right after giving birth and combatting sleep deprivation! C'mon.
9. All the Week 1 Recipes
And of course, a major highlight of Week 1 was all the healthy delicious food itself! By Day 2, our members already voted our Chickpea, Avocado and Feta as their favourite recipe, followed closely by our Curried Chicken Crockpot Stew. Our quick and easy breakfasts did not disappoint either. Our classic Blueberry Overnight Oats helped kickstart the challenge and the Blueberry Chia Parfait and Blueberry Detox Smoothie won the hearts of many.
10. Sharing the Love
Personally, the top highlight for us was getting through this week together. Hearing how much fun everyone is having with us on this healthy and ultra delicious journey is so inspiring. We are SO pumped for Week 2!
I loved week one and am excited for week two!! I drizzled some balsamic vinegar on the Flatbread tonight and it took it up a notch - pretty tasty!! Excited to try a few new recipes this weekend. - A.K.
Week one was great! So much easier having everything ready especially at dinner when the three kiddies are wild. - E.B.
Week 1 was great! Looking forward to next weeks menu. - M.H.
Week 1 was awesome! I can't believe how quick and easy this week's meals were AND tasty. It was great having a meal plan and I didn't have to stress on what to make and what to have each day. - K.M.
Week one was fantastic I enjoyed it and getting my mum and daughter involved was great so looking forward to week 2 eating healthy is so great I could feel the difference within my self thank you Abigail and your team and thanks everyone who have made suggestions on the difference ingredients you can used. - K.B.J.
Tips Heading Into Week 2
- Remember why you're doing this in the first place and why there's no better time than now.
- Check out our Prep Guide for Week 2 to help you navigate this week's meal plan
- Join the Facebook group if you haven't already for inspiration, support and accountability.
- Don't be afraid to scale your portion sizes up or down as needed. We are all different and require different amounts of food to keep us functioning at our best!
- Made too much? Freeze the leftovers for another day.
- Swap a recipe for another That Clean Life recipe. If you want to add your own recipe, simply submit one to your Recipe Box.
- Feel free to make modifications to a recipe if you don't like something or have special dietary needs. We'd love to hear what you've changed as it could also benefit someone else!
- Let go of the things that didn't work out last week and celebrate the small wins.
Get ready for another week of budget-friendly, quick-and-easy meal plans to help you eat clean, feel awesome, save time and save money! Bring it on, Week 2!
It's not too late to join in on the fun. Sign up and work through the program at your own pace at thatcleanlife.com.