Welcome to the 150 Healthiest Foods in 150 Days Challenge!

Over the past couple of years I’ve lost over 80 pounds the old-fashioned way, through diet and exercise, and along the way I discovered that I love the feeling that eating healthy and exercising provides. Now that I’m in maintenance mode, I think that the challenge is even greater. This is now a lifestyle change and I commit to eating healthy and exercising every day to maintain my weight loss, increase my fitness level and improve my health.

It’s a new year and like most people I created a New Year’s Resolution list that included “eating healthier”. But, as I thought about “eating healthier” what does that really mean? I already eat pretty healthy, I exercise six times a week and try to stay away from processed foods and typical junk food, but am I really eating the best foods for my body?

I discovered Jonny Bowden’s The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth and I was fascinated by the foods that made the list and even more surprised by the ones that didn’t. As I was reading I thought that this book is genius because it focuses on what you should be eating and not what you shouldn’t. So many diets are focused on cutting out a food group and labeling “bad foods”. I’ve been on every diet from cutting out carbs to cutting out fat to even cutting out everything except for cabbage soup. I’m trying something new this year….instead of focusing on what I can’t eat, I’m going to focus on what I can and should be eating.  In fact, I’m challenging myself to eat all 150 of the healthiest foods on earth (according to this book) in 150 days.

Some days will be easy, in fact just today, without even trying, I ate four of the healthiest foods at dinner: broccoli, spinach, goat cheese and raspberries. But some days are going to be quite challenging. I dread the “raw milk” day and I don’t even know how to cook swiss chard! But, come rain, sleet, snow or shine I’m going to commit to eating at least one of the 150 healthiest foods a day and blogging about it here so you guys can join me on my journey to eating healthier in 2010. Will you join me?

4 thoughts on “Welcome to the 150 Healthiest Foods in 150 Days Challenge!

  1. Hi Stacy! I found out about your blog from the YCM website and am SO glad I did! I love the way you write and so far, everything you’ve written about has interested me in one way or another…so much so that I was compelled to respond! I am super busy and don’t get to spend gobs of time online so when I come across a gem like this, it makes me very happy 🙂

    I’ve been on the roller-coaster of weight loss/gain/loss/gain as far back as I can remember (I’m currently 36 years old). Like so many of my friends and women I’ve known, I’ve gone to plenty of extremes in all directions with diet and exercise over the years and my focus in the last couple of years has been on finding a truly healthy balance in my food and exercise choices that I can keep uo with for life. Since the end of October 09, I have lost 22 pounds and have probably around another 40-50 to go but THIS time is going to be the LAST time because I have finally learned the secret: there IS no secret…LOL!! Making good, smart, healthy food choices 90-95% of the time and putting in a good 30 minutes minimum of cardio 5-7 days per week has been for me, the most sane and satisfying “plan” I’ve ever allowed myself.

    So, the weight is coming off more slowly than in the past but that just means it will STAY OFF this time…I am like you in that, losing the weight isn’t nearly as difficult as KEEPING IT OFF…as you said, maintaining! So, while I’m losing I’m also learning about what it’s going to take to never regain it again and to remain slim and fit and as healthy as I can and I hope to be able to keep up with your blog as part of my repertoire! I’m enjoying it so far 🙂

    • Thank you soooo very much for your feedback! I’m so glad that you found the blog from YCM – that is such a great forum. Do you live in Fort Mill or Rock Hill or other? I’m here in Fort Mill. That is so great that you’ve lost 22lbs so far! You are definitely right, slow & steady is the way to go! It’s a lifestyle change, so they way I figure, there is no rush, I have my entire life to try to figure this out! 🙂 I wish you the best of luck! Definitely keep on posting and let me know how your progress is going! Thanks for reading the blog and for the positive feedback! 🙂

  2. Stacy, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Dr. Bowdens book! I discovered it about 8 months ago. Since then I’ve bought copies of it for other family members and they love it too! I also bought another of his books, The Healthiest Meals on Earth (great recipes in that one!)

    I’m SO happy to have discovered your blog Stacy. I learned about it through Pamela Clark (a stamping friends I met online several years ago). I was one of the ladies who came down to SC this past August for a weekend retreat at Pam’s house.

    • Thank you so much for your positive feedback on the blog! I am SO very happy that you found the blog and enjoy it! I will defnitely have to check out his other book, maybe that can be challenge part II when this one is over! 🙂 Thank you again for your comments on the blog! Keep ’em coming! Thank you again for reading.

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