November 20, 2017

What to Eat During the 24 Day Challenge

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If you’re participating in the 24 Day Challenge and wondering what foods to buy before you begin, consider this your go-to guide.  Below you will find meal suggestions, several of which are linked to recipes. Just click each one to view recipe and see what items you’ll need to buy to make each one.

If you’re new to the challenge, here are a few quick things about the two phases.

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The Two Phases of the 24 Day Challenge

The Cleanse Phase

  • The Cleanse Phase includes the Herbal Cleanse, which is herbal cleanse caplets, probiotics, and a citrus fiber drink.  It also includes Spark energy drink, and Omegaplex.
  • This phase is the first phase of the 24 Day Challenge, and is ten days long.
  • Unlike other herbal cleanses, this one is gentle yet very effective.  Many people lose several pounds during this phase of the challenge.
  • Look at the Cleanse Phase like the detox portion of your challenge.  Getting rid of wastes and toxins, and setting up your gut for good health before you begin focusing on rebuilding nutrition so that your body is ready to properly absorb it just makes sense.

The Max Phase

  • The Max Phase includes MNS (Metabolic Nutrition System), and there are three options.  MNS Max 3 – for general nutrition, MNS Max C – for help with appetite control, and MNS Max E – for increased energy.  This phase also includes Spark energy drink, your choice of flavors of meal replacement shake, and Omegaplex – those important Omega 3’s.

Optional Companion Products

  • Carb-Ease Plus – for those who tend to eat too many carbs
  • ThermoPlus – for those who want additional help burning calories
  • Catalyst – helps repair and protect muscle tissue

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Food and Drink Recommendations for the 24 Day Challenge


It is recommended that you drink the number of ounces of water per day that is equal to your body weight divided by 2.  So, if you weigh 150 pounds, then you should drink 75 ounces of water per day.


Think Lean, Green, and Clean when it comes to food for the 24 Day Challenge.

Great protein options include:  chicken breast, eggs, ground turkey, tilapia, salmon, tuna, turkey breast.

Lightly cooked, steamed, grilled, or raw veggies with healthy fats like coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil are recommended.  For a splash of flavor, try fresh lemon juice, Bragg’s liquid aminos, or Italian seasoning.

When it comes to carbs, you CAN have them – just choose the smart kind like:  beans, lentils, oats, quinoa, potatoes (not a hashbrown casserole), and whole grains.  And keep the focus OFF the carbs and ON the greens and lean proteins.

Of course fruit, nuts, and seeds are recommended, as well as cheese, milk, and yogurt.

Meal Options for the 24 Day Challenge

The following are only suggestions.  Click on meals to view recipe.  Some meals may be used more than once.  Many meals may be easily modified.  For instance, a grilled chicken and veggies meal can be totally customized to please your taste buds.  Replace chicken with fish, and choose your favorite vegetables and seasonings, etc.

Breakfast – Choose one group. Be creative.  Switch things up each morning.


  • hummus and raw bell peppers
  • one avocado sprinkled with fresh lemon juice, sea salt, and cracked black pepper, salad with healthy dressing
  • spring mix salad with grilled chicken or turkey, healthy vinaigrette
  • grilled chicken breast, smothered in pepper jack cheese, topped with fresh pico de gallo
  • garden salad wrap – whole wheat tortilla, romaine lettuce, carrot and cabbage strips, fresh tomato, cheese, dressing
  • chicken breast, steamed or roasted vegetables, one serving brown rice or quinoa
  • quinoa chicken chili topped with fresh cilantro and grated cheddar
  • tuna sandwich on whole wheat


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When are you starting your 24 Day Challenge?  What meals can you add to this list?


  1. Ok during breast feeding? My babe is 9 months

    • Hey Trish. I recommend starting with 42 Days to Fit, a program designed specifically for moms who are often nursing. I put it together while breastfeeding our 8th son. Here is a link for more info. And FYI, it’s 99 cents right now. Once you’ve weaned your little one, if you still have any lingering weight, then the 24 Day Challenge is a perfect fit! 🙂

  2. Can I also have the recipes under your food category when doing the 24 day challenge, or is it just what’s posted under the challenge meal options? Hoping I can use your other recipes as well. Please help!

    • Jackie, I am not quite sure what you are asking. I don’t have a food category for 24 Day Challenge foods. How can I help you? Need more recipes? More meal ideas? You can click here for more info on foods to eat for the 24 Day Challenge:

      • Stephanie says:

        Are we allowed to have sour cream or cheese on the 24-day challenge?

        • Brandy Ferguson says:

          Stephanie, that’s a personal choice. Totally up to you. It’s best to try and avoid during the cleanse, but al title during the max phase is okay…. Try an 80/20 approach where you eat only whole foods five days a week and on the weekend allow yourself some grace. Make sense? How did you get started on your challenge?

  3. I am also breastfeeding but not that often. Just once or twice a day. Is it still safe to use? The calorie réduction shouldn’t have anything to do with it since I don’t breastfeed as often. What I am more worried about is all the stuff I will be taking. Will it harm by baby in any way. I ordered the max 3 bundle.

    • In general, I recommend waiting to begin the 24 Day Challenge until the baby is entirely weaned. For now, consider 42 Days to Fit, which was written while I was nursing our 8th baby. Find it here>>>

  4. Celina says:

    What do you recommend for afternoon snacks on the challenge? Also, any other type of nuts other than raw almonds?

  5. I have been reading several reviews on Advocare. I am really interested in doing the 24-day challenge, but some of the reviews are kind of scary. I’ve read about several bad reactions to the large amounts of RDA Niacin in Spark and some of the other products. It’s toxic, how do you feel about this?? Thanks for your help and opinion!

    • I was wondering the same thing.

    • I have done the challenge twice now and haven’t felt anything like that. In fact, since eating healthier, I can’t even take a nap if I try because of all of the energy I have. Instead of napping, I try to go out and walk or jog instead. But anyways, those reviews are rare, and I have experienced nothing but positive things from the challenge. 🙂

  6. After dinner I have such a sweet tooth, and fruit just wont work at that time. Any suggestion’s? I just finished the 24 day challenge. I had to give up my favorite dessert…ice cream!! Is there a recipe or anything that you can recommend?

    • Brandy Ferguson says:

      Honestly, sometimes you just have to commit to breaking the dessert habit. Try brushing your teeth immediately after dinner, and maybe chewing sugarless gum…..May sound crazy, but it helps me avoid eating again.

    • Amanda Johnson says:

      Try energy bites….you can find a lot of recipes on line. I add PB, oatmeal, honey, ch chips, coconut, flax seed. Great little snack

    • A mashed up banana with a little bit of cocoa powder and frozen is about the closest I get to ice cream because of my lactose problem. It’s actually really good though. I do the same with vanilla and strawberry for a neopolitan!

  7. I am Caffeine sensitive, what would you recommend

  8. Amanda Bond says:

    I am doing the 24 day challenge with one of my friends and for our snacks we have been eating almonds but we are getting really tired of them and worn out with them. What do you recommend as another good snack for us to try??

  9. Why don’t you recommend a 24 day challenge for breastfeeding moms? There is a modified 24 day challenge for nursing moms?

  10. How long are you supposed to wait in between the meals and each snack? Is it a couple of hours?

    • Brandy Ferguson says:

      Definitely a couple of hours. But it depends on what you’re eating, too. For instance, if you eat a salad for lunch and find yourself hungry at 2:00, then by all means, a small handful of nuts or dried fruit is okay.

  11. I am on Day 3 of the 24 day challenge. Relooking at the booklet with the meals in it and I was just wondering if you’re supposed to eat everything it suggest or just pick a one or two per meal. I am not a big breakfast eater especially after drinking the spark and the fiber drink. The first couple of days I wasn’t even hungry after I finished the fiber drink. Do I need to make myself eat something even if I’m not hungry. And if I do am I supposed to try and eat a protein and fruit and a complex carb? Or would it be ok if I just ate some fruit or just some eggs? So far I haven’t really needed any complex carbs and so I haven’t eaten any is that ok or do I need to start adding those in?

    • Brandy Ferguson says:

      Listen to your body. I’m not a big breakfast eater either, but a small, healthy breakfast gives a good jumpstart to your day and boosts metabolism and energy. Don’t worry about eating a “big breakfast”. Maybe try a boiled egg or a small smoothie?

  12. What portion sizes are these for people on the 24 day challenge? Also, in some of the recipes, you include chips and crackers as sides, is that also compliant with the diet?


  13. I am on day three of the challenge and my biggest thing is I am g issues with not being able to use condiments such as sour cream , ketchup etc. are there any condiments that I am able to use in moderation of course ?

  14. I am allergic to Chicken and Turkey. Can you eat beef on this diet. I really woul like to loose weight. Thanks Kelly

  15. can you take the thermo plus with the catalyst?

  16. Is it ok to eat raw peanuts during the cleanse phase? This is my 2nd time doing the challenge and had great success the first time…..lost about 30 lbs. Over the holidays I gained about 5 pounds and wanted to do the cleanse again. Thanks!

  17. I am so confused. I started 2 days ago and if i eat according to the recommendations I’m eating a ton more than normal. Do I have to have 4ozs of protein for all of my snacks? Do I have to eat snacks?

  18. It says for breakfast protein- complex carb- fruit…. lunch protein- vegetables- complex carb- dinner- protein vegetables- complex carb…. do you eat something from each of these categories? or just pick one-two at each meal time?

    • Brandy Ferguson says:

      It’s good to eat a variety of healthy foods, so pick your favorites, and do your best. If I had to choose only two foods at any meal, I would go with protein and fresh fruit or veggies. 🙂

  19. I’m almost done with the 10 day cleanse and about to start the 14 say challenge. I’m looking at your recipes and I can really have cheese and sour cream!? If so, this made my day!

  20. Also, u have lost exactly 10 lbs in 7 days. So I’m thrilled! I wish I had researched before jumping in tho. I was stressing what to eat the first couple of days bc I didn’t realize it was an actual dieting type of program. But I can say that it works once you get the hang of it.

  21. What can I eat if I cant stomach oatmeal or salmon? I really want to do this but I am afraid that I will cheat because of the lack of meal options

  22. I work 10pm-6am and sleep off and on through out the day. Do you have any suggestions or tips on when to take the suplements?

    • Brandy Ferguson says:

      Follow the instructions for the 24 day challenge like you would if you had normal hours….Just go with your own schedule, remembering that Spark will keep you awake if you take it to close to bedtime.

  23. Brandy,
    Thank you so much for this! This helps tremendously! I’m about to start the max phase (in 2 days), so I’m looking for new ideas. I’ve mainly just been eating a chicken breast and italian dressing (with a salad) for dinner for the past 8 days (and lunch also), and that’s getting old lol (I love chicken, though). I have a question: what types of cheese and milk are allowed on the max phase, and how much? I drink skim milk already, and I like most cheeses.

    • Also, when I have pasta, does it always have to be whole wheat, or can I use normal pasta from time to time? I want to do the right thing, but I don’t want to cut things out that I can have (on a moderate basis, like chicken spaghetti…we use Velveeta, but I’m sure that’s not allowed lol).

      • Brandy Ferguson says:

        When used in moderation, and with portion control, whole wheat pasta, or even normal pasta can be okay. It is up to you. And it depends on the focus of the meal. For instance, pasta should be a side item, not the main dish. Make sense?

    • Brandy Ferguson says:

      Dairy is a personal choice. We can get our calcium from better assimilating foods like greens, but many of use choose to eat a little dairy. The thing is always moderation and portion control. Try to totally cut out dairy for the cleanse phase if you can, to allow your body to better detox, but a little dairy now and then in the max phase is okay. Try an 80/20 approach where you eat only clean, whole food five days a week, and allow yourself some grace on the weekends when we tend to be out and about. Sounds like you’re already on the right track!! Keep up the good work! How did you get introduced to the 24 day challenge?

  24. Thank you for this great list. I’m lovin it!!!

  25. Can you have greek yogurt on the challenge? For example, I was thinking of plain oatmeal with greek yogurt for breakfast- is that allowed?

    Thanks so much!

    • Brandy Ferguson says:

      A bit of greek yogurt is okay, although if you can avoid dairy, it’s always best during the cleanse phase.

  26. is almond or coconut yogurt allowed during cleanse phase? Also what about goat cheese?

  27. Can you have ham on the 24 day challenge?

  28. Laura Jenkins says:

    I was wondering if for my snack in the evening, are you allowed to have popcorn

  29. Shelley Hellemn says:

    A good idea for breakfast today is day one

  30. Hi There,
    I am starting the 24 day challenge In a few days. I was wondering about portions for the snacks. Should I still be eating 4-6 ounces of protein for a snack? Or is that just the meals?
    Also, how many scrambled eggs for breakfast??

  31. how often are you supposed to eat inbetween meals and snacks?

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