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14 Days to a Healthier You

By Rebecca Joerres, January 16, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Rebecca Joerres

Every January it happens. Lines form for the cardio machines at the gym, extra fruit and vegetables work their way into shopping carts and just about everyone you know is talking about their health goals for the coming year. Then by February, the cardio machine lines have disappeared, processed foods start edging out the fresh produce and you notice pizza delivery ringing your no-carb-neighbor’s doorbell.  Hey! I’ve been there too. I don’t judge.

For many who’ve been successful, the secret isn’t always a complete and radical overhaul – instead, they focus on just a few simple changes that can really add up over time.

With that approach in mind, we’ve created the 14-Day Blast Off. It’s a fun series of 14 easy-to-accomplish missions to help you be a healthier you in just 14 ways. With just one small step a day you can make giant leaps toward better health. Cue the space puns! Oh wait, I already did.

Each mission is a simple thing you can do to help get yourself healthier. Plus you’ll find tips, recipes, cooking instruction and a great community that you can share your successes with.

Join the 14-Day Blast Off.

Sample Mission:

Try an Unprocessed Snack

Don’t let hunger eclipse your health! Send your energy level to the moon with a quick snack that combines two or more whole foods. 

Spread your favorite nut or seed butter on a slice of whole grain bread with some fruit-sweetened jam, munch an ounce of raw almonds with a piece of fresh fruit or try some hummus and veggies with a few whole grain crackers. You’ll feel more powerful than a solar flare!

Are you ready to watch your health skyrocket? Tell us, how will you take one small step toward better health in 2013?





Category: Healthy Eating




dvp says ...
Great initiative! Can we participate if we choose not to join Facebook?
01/16/2013 6:20:45 PM CST
cyn gintner says ...
I have begun a daily food journal. This allows me to track my calories and protien. I need to reduce calories and increase protien. The journal also gives me latitude for intake of fresh fruit or vegetables for snacks if I'm hungry between meals, instead of eating junk calories.
01/16/2013 6:27:38 PM CST
Phillip Mayes says ...
How do you unlock beyond day 1?
01/17/2013 8:03:31 AM CST
sonya says ...
become a vegan
01/17/2013 11:02:19 AM CST
Aco358 says ...
I couldn't go past day one either.
01/18/2013 2:57:03 PM CST
Soooz says ...
Baked acorn squash today. 400 degrees for 1.5 hours. Yum! House smells great and is warm too.
01/20/2013 5:22:19 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DVP - We'd love for you to join in! You can go to the link on our website at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blastoff to sign up!
01/23/2013 11:49:28 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@PHILLIP - The daily tip will be unlocked each day of the Blast Off. By the end of the 14 days you should be able to see all of the tips!
01/23/2013 11:50:13 AM CST
cyndi says ...
am eat a salad 2mr for lunch
01/23/2013 8:41:46 PM CST
Liz says ...
Started with a Delicious Heirloom Tomato for dinner last night- Feels good not eating junk!
01/24/2013 6:55:08 AM CST
Polly Anne says ...
I vow to keep my system natural and as alkaline healthy as possible by keeping hydrated with filtered water (add not to the landfills), and maintaining a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables. I'll be driving past those fast food lanes and my rump shaker will be thanking me!
01/24/2013 8:51:59 AM CST
Marisa Procopio says ...
Hi Rebecca--Great piece, and love your idea of nut or seed butter on whole grain bread with jam. For a great, filling breakfast, I have a whole wheat roll with natural peanut butter and some low sugar pumpkin-apple butter. Delicious! mcproco.wordpress.com
01/30/2013 9:07:39 PM CST
Dawn Kline says ...
I have two dilemmas. I live alone and find it challenging to buy fresh vegetables like celery and use it all before it goes bad. So I could use some suggestions in that area. Also I am just beginning a plant based diet and I don't know how to meal plan. I learned how to plan meals around meat. Do you have any suggestions?
02/01/2013 9:03:50 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DAWN - Thanks for your question. One of the best ways to be able to eat veggies without them going bad quickly, would be to try to purchase frozen vegetables. This way you can eat the amount needed for a recipe and the rest will keep in the freezer for a longer period of time. You can find some quick and easy recipes on the HSH website at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/healthy-eating/health-starts-here/meal-planning-cooking/quick-simple-recipes. They feature a wide range of options to help get you started!
02/04/2013 4:09:38 PM CST
Colleen Forster says ...
I really want to start eating healthier I just don't know the foods I should buy or how to prepare them. I'm very, very limited on money, I mean sometimes only $50 for two weeks. I did start by buying coconut oil,almond meal/ flour,flax seed meal/ flour and coconut meal/flour. Part of the problem is that I work long hours and sometimes 6 days a week. By the time I get home and eat I'm too tired to do anything. I take vitamins. I think maybe a healthier diet can solve some of this. Can you please help with food choices(cheap), and recipes. I love to cook and try new things. Thanks for any help you can give me. Sincerely Colleen Forster
06/12/2013 9:38:40 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@COLLEEN - We have some great budget friendly recipes and coupons that come out in our Whole Deal (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/whole-deal). You can also buy in our bulk department which allows you to get however much you need for the recipes. Another option for having little time would be to prepare your meals for the week on Sunday and then have them on hand for quick reheating. Freezing is always a great option too!
06/13/2013 4:59:11 PM CDT
Aaron Scott says ...
I'm going to finish my year off stronger than I started. The Raw Kale Salad at the fresh market at The downtown Detroit location has been a miracle worker for me during my lunch break! I don't want to diet I just want tot eat healthier and make better choices.
11/07/2013 4:39:54 AM CST
Michelle says ...
for quick easy meals, keep grains on hand like: cous cous, quinoa, and have frozen vegetables in the freezer. Now that summer is winding down, I've been buying farmers market corn, grilling it and then freezing it to use in the fall months. Do the same thing with beans - reconstitute them and then freeze them for when you want to use. sundried tomatoes are a great staple that can last weeks in the refrigerator.
09/10/2015 8:39:10 PM CDT