w8less challenge review: week one

Leftover baked fish with greens, parsley and lemon!

Leftover baked fish with greens, parsley and lemon!

As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been given the opportunity to do the W8less holistic health challenge by Sydney-based naturopath and nutritionist of 20 years Kate Troup.

It’s basically a web-based, six week lifestyle plan implemeting the ‘six bricks’- naturpathic principles Kate believes will bring your body back to a state of optimum balance.

Week one’s ‘brick’ focused on ‘Real food‘ (aka ‘wholefoods’). Fortunately, I found this week relatively easy to implement since most of what I eat is wholefoods. The challenge was spending time creating the recipes in the plan, though I really enjoyed the whole process because I probably wouldn’t have tried experimenting with new meals otherwise.

Highlights of my food/meals included:

Veggie and fruit smoothies almost every morning! Takes less than two minutes to make!

Veggie and fruit smoothies almost every morning! Takes less than two minutes to make!

Kate's savoury muffins are recommended for brekky or a snack.

Kate’s savoury muffins are recommended for brekky or a snack.

Every day I ate raw nuts and goji berries for a snack.

Every day I had raw nuts and goji berries for a snack.

Go-to drinks on the program are water and herbal teas. Alcohol isn't allowed.

Go-to drinks on the program are water and herbal teas. Alcohol isn’t allowed.

Veggie stir fry was probably the easiest thing to whip up. I ate this as a side dish with the fish, but you can just add beef strips and have it as a meal on its own.

Veggie stir fry was probably the easiest thing to whip up. I ate this as a side dish with the fish, but you can just add beef strips and have it as a meal on its own.

Kate's Baked Lemon and Garlic Fish was my favourite meal that was good for dinner and lunch the next day.

Kate’s Baked Lemon and Garlic Fish was my favourite meal that was good for dinner and lunch the next day.

On other days, I made soups and omelettes, which are super easy to make. I also made my chocolate pancakes to change things up for brekky. The hard thing was giving up oats which I love using in winter, but I found that you can get really creative with the smoothies. What’s more, you can pack a lot of protein in them using nuts, pea protein powder and chia seeds which tastes so good with the veggies.

Things to note:

Plan ahead. If you’re time poor, it essential you plan ahead. Make meals in bulk and store them in air-tight containers so you don’t have to cook all the time. I found the stir-fry to be the most versatile dish to work with.

Going sugar and grain-free is recommended. Sugar is stored as fat if you aren’t active enough to burn it off. It also sets up the metabolic conditions which make us feel tired and lethargic. Grains are carbs (sugar and startches which turn into sugar inside us) which we want to replace with more nutrient-rich foods that are on the program.

I’m on week two now which focuses on movement, but I’ll still be following the real food principle during the whole program. Will keep you updated on my progress!

Much love,

christine-x

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