Hello everyone! It’s almost that time. I created and started this challenge January 2014, and doing so has changed my eating habits in a major way. For 2017, I’ll be participating in the challenge eating only vegan meals; this should be interesting.
Many people have questions about the 30 Day Challenge. So I decided to provide a shorter version of how it works.
30 Day Challenge to Vaginal Health: The Process:
Develop a daily meal plan that eliminates these types of food:
- No refined grains (white flour, white rice)
- No refined sweeteners — sugar, corn syrup, cane juice or artificial sweeteners
- Nothing out of a box, can, bag, bottle or package that has more than 5 ingredients listed on the label.
- No deep-fried foods .
- No “fast food”
Purchase and prep your foods at most 2 days before starting the challenge; lasting two weeks. Then repeat purchase and preparation for another 2 weeks; lasting the remaining days of the challenge. This possibly includes peeling, cutting, chopping, and properly storing fruits and veggies. Any method that will extend the foods expiration, save you time and money when preparing meals, and when needing quick access; minimizing a potential deviation from your meal plan. Make sure to shop at markets (or farms and gardens) most likely to have a plentiful variety of non processed to minimally processed foods. *Be prepared to spend more time in the kitchen. You should prepare to eat at least 3 meals and two snacks, per day.
The day before the challenge test your pH by using an at home vaginal pH testing kit. You will also do this on the last day of the challenge to compare results.
Preferably on the same day, choose how you will journal your challenge experience; possibly using a hand written journal, an online journal, phone app, etc. Journal experiences such as possible changes to your body; interior and exterior. You will also journal specifically about experiences affecting the vaginal and/or reproductive environment; such as possible effects on the menstrual cycle, vaginal discharge, vaginal secretion, libido, PMS, etc. You may include physical, emotional, and psychological experiences, compare and contrast what your life/body was like before beginning the challenge, and so on. If you cheat or eat a processed food, or experience any type of withdrawal from salt or processed sugars, journal that too! The more detail the more depth you’ll experience when learning about how your body works. You may journal as often or as little as you like, as long as there is enough information to make an informed conclusion about your experience.
Remember, the idea of the challenge is to experience the effects of food on vaginal health. You are more likely to experience differences if your daily food choices mostly consist of highly processed foods.
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