October 25, 2014

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

Water 

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.

Food

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.

Lunch

  • 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

Dinner

If you haven’t ordered your challenge yet, it’s not too late.  You can order here.

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

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Comments

  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. http://42daystofit.com/books/ 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!

  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>>>http://42daystofit.com/books/

  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!

  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.

  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?

    Thanks!

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