INAUGURAL 2014 MAKE A CHANGE CHALLENGE
I am not a licensed nutritionist, dietician or fitness trainer. Views expressed on this website are based on my own personal research and experiences. Please consult with your doctor regarding any concerns you may have regarding your health.
In October I started looking into gluten, how it may or may not affect our health and how we feel and who should be on a gluten free diet. Wow! I had no idea! What caught my attention immediately was the connection between gluten and thyroid disease. I’ve been on medication for years for hypothyroidism so I have decided to explore the possibility of how the foods I eat (specifically gluten) might affect thyroid functioning. Who knows? Maybe I can make a change and as a result stop taking the medication all together or reduce the amount I have to take. That brings us to the
2014 #MakeAChange Challenge
When does the challenge start?
==> January 6, 2014
What is the challenge?
==> Commit to 21 days of a diet change of your choice. Challenge yourself. By challenge, I do not mean a competition or a “you must lose this much weight” effort. I mean, we come together in a positive, supportive, non-judgmental way to really make some changes that will positively influence your health.
Why should I join this challenge?
==> Making total changes to your diet can be overwhelming. Making one small change for a short period of time is doable and may lead to feeling better and better health.
==> Obviously there’s no such thing as a perfect diet. Biochemically, we’re all unique and have individual needs for how much to eat, what to eat, and when to eat. Not to mention the fact that there are social and psychological components to eating well. We’re all here to do our best to find our individual best nutrition/lifestyle match.
How do I participate?
==> Sign up by completing the form below. There will be a place for your name, email, goal and blog address (optional). You must put in a name and email. If you have a blog please add it so we can create a Make A Change blogroll.
==> At the beginning of the challenge decide what change YOU would like to make to your diet and set a goal. You know where your are nutritionally and where you want to be!
==> Mark your calendars! Leave a comment [on this post] on Fitness, Health and Happiness on January 6, 13, 20 and 27th with your update/progress for that week. When you come leave a comment with your goal/check-in you will be entered to win one of the prizes each week!
My personal “Make A Change” will be to go gluten free for at least the duration of the challenge and if all goes well I will continue for 3 months.
“…researchers found that…organ-specific autoantibodies (i.e., thyroid antibodies) — will disappear after 3 to 6 months of a gluten-free diet.”
During the challenge I will share my experience, information, recipes and resources as it all relates to being gluten free.
What’s a challenge without a badge? Feel free to use it on any and all social networks…or not.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via the Contact Jill tab above in the menu bar or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell your friends and family! Tweet #MakeAChange, pin the image on your Pinterest boards and share the announcement on Facebook!