This is where you’ll find some responses to frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, feel free to reach out to us.
Why a month long challenge?
Some behavioral experts believe it takes 3 weeks to break a habit or start a new one. We added on a week to solidify those changes and give you a boost into your new lifestyle. Additionally, because there can be addiction involved, there’s going to be a “detox” phase when you feel pretty lousy and question yourself and whether it’s worth it. It is! We want to have extra time on the other side of that to make sure you feel really good.
What is detox?
The detoxing process, which can happen any time you stop doing something your body has been used to (hello coffee!), can result in headaches, lethargy, and just feeling lousy for a couple of days. Just drink lots of water, and soon you’ll be on the other side of it. In our programs, we give lots of helpful tips for getting through it. Physiologically, detoxing is when your body flushes out dead cells and generally cleans up (this processes mostly happens at night when you sleep). When you stop eating sugar, or any stimulant, your body will start flushing out all the toxins that have been accumulating, so part of feeling lousy (sometimes headaches, lethargy, achy) is your body doing it’s work to release the chemical dependency.
Do I have to give up dairy?
Not unless you want to. This program isn’t quite as rigorous as some other detox programs. That’s because if you give up all the “bad” things at once — sugar and starchy foods, plus coffee, alcohol, dairy — there’s going to be such a steep learning curve about what to eat that it can be overwhelming. And, that sort of revolution of your diet and habits would be hard to turn into an ongoing, sustainable lifestyle. We’re encouraging you to take small steps to improve your health, starting with removing added sugar and simple carbs from your diet.
You do, of course, need to eliminate all the dairy with added sugar, including flavored yogurts and flavored milks.
Do I have to give up sugar forever?
Nope! But you really do want to limit it. The more you have it, the more you need it. If you can do a one-month challenge, you can feel the freedom that comes from really being able to choose what you want to eat. If you can un-hook yourself from sugar (and simple carbs), you’ll find a whole new level of energy, and freedom to truly eat what you want..with choice and control.
What is the format of the program?
The program is hosted on a web-based learning platform, which you can get to by clicking on the Programs tab. Once you create an account, you can go directly there to login and access the course materials for the month you sign-up for. Each week, new course materials become available to you, and consist of video, text, and downloadable handouts. Most of the people who took the pilot program said they preferred reading to watching videos, so we designed the program mostly as text (with several exceptions).