OK, so here are some helpful tips for this challenge…

1. First off, WATER – you need to drink lots of it.  Research has shown you need to drink about 2/3 of your body weight in ounces.  I like to either fill my daily quota in a jug or gallon first thing in the morning, or I keep a log of the # of glasses I’ve had on my iPhone throughout the day.  HINT – the best indicator is your urine.  If your pee is dark, you’re not drinking enough H2O!

2. MEAL PREP – there’s no better ingredient for success than PREPARATION! If you don’t have your meals ready to go or at least have an idea of where your meals are coming from ahead of time you will get hungry and resort to eating whatever you can get your hands on!  (TRUST ME!!!) I like to prep for 2-3 days in advance – any more than that and your food is EW! I never reheat chicken – I eat it cold….have you ever tasted reheated chicken? EW! Some good snacks to have ready in your refrigerator…boiled egg whites, portioned cottage cheese, celery/cucumber spears with a bit of a Greek yogurt dip.  Also cut up your veggies so it is easier to prep during the week.

3. CONSTIPATION – you may run into it later on. It’s common when you change your eating habits and increase your protein intake. Just make sure to drink lots of water, and eat your veggies. You may want to switch your rice servings for a sweet potato.

4. If you want to TRACK your FOOD INTAKE, both calories and macronutrients, there are a lot of really cool apps out there… more so, these apps can also give you an idea of how much you have to eat on a daily basis to reach your goal.  For this challenge, I am using Lose It!  We can create a group on there if enough of you want to.  I am also going to create the Facebook group once we have everyone registered.

Sometimes we need a little help to get all the nutrients our body needs.  But which supplement are really necessary?
I will be elaborating more on SUPPLEMENTS over the course of the week…

Have a good night!

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