Still not sure whether the 30-Day Nutrition Upgrade program is for you? Here are answers to some of the questions I got about the program this week. If others are wondering, maybe you are too! And if you have a question that I haven’t answered here, feel free to email me.
Q. I can’t make the live kickoff session. Can I watch it the next day?
A. Yes, I will be recording the entire thing in dazzling HD Video and will send a link the following day. Those who are with us for the live session will also have access to the recorded video, in case they’d like to watch any part of it again. Although it’s not essential that everyone start their 30 days on the same day, I encourage you to watch the video and start your challenge as soon as you can. It’s just more fun that way.
Q. I’m not ready to start the program right now. Can I just register when I’m ready to start and watch the recording then?
A. Although you can watch the recording and start your 30-days whenever you like, registration for the current cycle will close on April 10, 2017.
Here’s why: After the the launch of first 30-Day Nutrition Upgrade group in 2015, I decided to make a recorded version of the program available on demand. But I learned that those who accessed the recorded class later in the year simply didn’t have the same experience as the hundred or so people who all embarked on their journey at more or less the same time. From now on, I’m going to only offer this program twice a year so that everyone who does it will enjoy the amazing support and camaraderie of doing it in a group.
Q. I have a vacation/work trip/special celebration coming up. Won’t this interfere?
This isn’t some extreme 30-day detox that will interfere with vacation plans or holiday celebrations. It’s a simple yet powerful approach that will fit easily into your (and your family’s) daily routine. The whole idea here is to develop habits (and attitudes about healthy eating) that are flexible enough to accommodate life’s little ups and downs, instead of going on and off various regimens.
I loved this comment from a previous participant: “Our family went to Disneyworld right in the middle of my 30-day challenge. Being on the challenge didn’t ruin my vacation. Even better, being on vacation didn’t ruin my challenge!”
Q. I live in Europe/England/Australia/etc. Is the program geared around things only available in the States or is it suitable globally?
A. We have folks participating from UK, Europe, Middle East, and Australia! There are no specific products or brands involved. The challenge focuses on entire food groups. As long are there are vegetables, nuts, and so on where you live, you’ll have what you need! And although there’s not a lot of measuring involved, when I do offer guidance on portion sizes, I always provide metric equivalents.
Q. What foods do I need to give up to succeed with this program?
A. There are no forbidden foods in this program and the goal is not to get a “perfect” score every day. The more healthy choices you make, the more room there is for a little indulgence. The goal is to find a healthy sustainable balance between the two.
Q. My diet is already pretty healthy. What do I have to gain from this program?
“I wasn’t sure that the program would be worth it to me because I eat pretty well already. But the program revealed a couple of “blind spots” that I had about my diet. I did end up improving my diet and it was a very enjoyable process.”
There is absolutely no calorie restriction involved. We focus on shifting food choices to healthier choices and trying to be more consistent. You should have no problem getting enough calories…it’ll just be from more nutritious foods! People who want to lose weight frequently do lose a few pounds during the challenge, but it’s definitely not the focus of the program.
A. The challenge is based on ten aspects of your daily diet for which you earn/lose points. Vegetarians and vegans have a slight advantage in that they presumably will never lose points for eating cured or processed meats! But that still leaves 9 other aspects to work on. We have had vegetarians do the program in the past with great success (and I’m a about 90% vegetarian myself!)
Q. Can I do the challenge if I don’t use Facebook?
Participation in the private Facebook group is completely optional–and you always have direct access to me via email. But to be perfectly honest with you, the interaction and support in the Facebook group is pretty awesome and continues long after the 30-day challenge ends. (The group from last September is still active.)
I totally understand wanting to steer clear of Facebook. But it is possible to participate in a closed group without getting sucked into the whole Facebook ride. Although you do have to have an account, you don’t have to friend anyone or share any personal information.
I found a short You Tube video made by a history professor who uses Facebook groups for the discussion groups for her classes. She walks you through how to set up all your settings to minimize your presence on Facebook. Here is another slightly longer one that goes into even more detail on your privacy settings. Finally, for those who would like to participate in the group but minimize the distraction that Facebook can present, you might be interested in the Facebook Group app for your phone.
Q. How can I be sure this will be worth the money?
A. 100% of the people who registered for the first challenge said afterward that the program was worth what paid. (36% said is was worth more than they paid.)
Still not sure? Drop me an email.
Ready to take the plunge?
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