Advocare 24-Day Challenge Food Ideas
Here are some foods that are good for the Advocare 24-Day Challenge that I’ve culled from the parameters on the informational booklets and from different Advocare mentoring sites around the web. I’m creating this mostly for myself as I get ready to shop/plan meals, but feel free to use as much as you’d like!
But First, Some General Guidelines:
—As much as possible, stay away from the middle of the store and the dairy section. Whole meats, veggies and fruits should make up the bulk of the meals. Venture in toward the dry goods only for whole grains or nut butters, buy sparingly, then get out ASAP. Head into the dairy section for eggs and then ignore the cheese, butter, and other assorted goodies.
—LOOK AT LABELS! “Healthy Food” isn’t always healthy. Why buy peanut butter with 12 ingredients when there are varieties with just peanuts and a little salt. Why buy wholegrain bread/english muffins/wraps with triple the sugar of other varieties or canned tomatoes and beans with five times the salt? Don’t fall for buzzwords like “natural” on the front…LOOK. AT. THE. BACK.
—No liquid calories and no liquid chemical additives. The first 10 days of the challenge is a detoxifying cleanse. Adding the myriad of chemicals in soda (even diet soda) or alcohol to your body is completely defeating the purpose. That means no sugar-free juices or pre-made teas either. No juice either, eat a piece of fruit instead. Drink. Water…lots of it. It’s 24 days! You can do anything for 24 days! Maybe, just maybe, you’ll create habits that you can take with you into day 25 or beyond!
—Be careful with produce. Buy as much as you and your family can eat, but going overboard is going to waste a LOT of money.
(Seriously, just go nuts in the produce section…limit starchy veggies like corn and potatoes, but there is no such thing as a bad vegetable.)…Fresh or Frozen is better than canned!
—Spinach —Kale —Broccoli —Carrots —Zucchini —Cucumber —Tomatoes —Eggplant —Peas —Celery —Lettuce (esp Romaine) —Asparagus —Edamame —Peppers (esp. Red) —Radishes —Mushrooms —Brussel Sprouts —Cabbage —Cauliflower —Beets —Onions
(In general, go with fruits you like. Bonus points for choosing lower-calorie and/or higher nutrient-dense foods. One site called them “Northern Fruits” i.e. Berries, Apples, Cherries, etc. Think more fiber, less sugar.)…Fresh or Frozen is better than canned!
—Apples —Strawberries —Blueberries —Raspberries —Blackberries —Kiwi —Oranges —Melons —Grapefruit (also a known fat-burner) —Banana —Pineapple —Peaches —Pears —Nectarines —Plums —Cranberries —Figs
—Dried fruit is OK, but look for added sugar!
—Grapes are great snacks, but might be wise to avoid on the 24-day challenge because they’re higher in sugar and lower in nutrients.
—Eggs —Fish (Tilapia/Salmon/Tuna/Halibut/Cod) —Canned Tuna —Turkey Breast —Ground Turkey (>93% lean) —Lean cuts of Pork —Lean cuts of steak —Ground Beef (>93% lean) —Tofu —Almonds/Walnuts/Hazelnuts (No added salt!) —Lentils
—Beef is OK, but should be considered a secondary option.
—Stay away from lunch/deli meats.
—Shellfish is good for you normally, but isn’t recommended on the cleanse.
—Brown Rice —Brown Rice Pasta —Black Rice —Wild Rice —Quinoa —Spelt —Oatmeal (Old-fashioned, no added flavors or sugars!) —Wholegrain Bread (Bonus points for making yourself!) —Squash —Sweet Potatoes —Potatoes (Limit, no frying!) —Beans/Legumes —Hummus
—Lemons/Limes —Vinegars (I <3 Rice Wine Vinegar) —Olive Oil —Canola Oil —Mustard —Wasabi/Horseradish —Mint —Cooking Spray —Soy Sauce —VARIETY of herbs/spices (nothing with added salt.)