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Ever struggle to stick to a healthy way of eating and living even though you know you should?

Fall to cookie-dough-and-potato-chip-binge temptations despite resolving to eat healthier?

Know you should stop using toxic chemicals but don’t know where to start?

Understand the benefits of exercise but have trouble actually doing it?

Need to start cooking and living healthier with your family but just don’t know where to begin?

The Wellness Challenge is for YOU!

Making lifestyle changes can be overwhelming! My Wellness Challenge is here to provide a community to help you as you improve your family’s lifestyle. There are always some wonderful prizes along the way and I love getting to e-meet a lot of you through the mini-challenges.

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What Is It?

Over the next 30 Days, you will receive an email each day with a mini-challenge to help you make any health changes you’ve been struggling to commit to. To make sure you get the chance to participate in each one, make sure to sign up for the Wellness Challenge Daily Emails below, which will include a daily mini-challenge, a boost of motivation, and some easy steps to a healthier life!

The Mini Challenges:

Over the next thirty days of the Wellness Challenge, there will be mini-challenges to help you switch to a healthier lifestyle. I’ve tried to design the challenges to help you take baby steps to a healthier lifestyle without breaking the bank. There will be a new challenge every day via email, but here’s an overview (click on the title of each step for helpful tips):

  1. Eat Real Food – Start consuming a nutrient dense diet if you aren’t already and avoid processed foods.
  2. Drink and Use Clean Water – Avoid chemicals in drinking water with a quality water filter and neutralize chemicals in bath or shower water.
  3. Breathe Clean Air
  4. Exercise
  5. Reduce Stress
  6. Sleep
  7. Avoid Toxins

There will be more details to come, but I’m looking forward to this journey with you!

Get Started Now!

Commit right now to living a healthier life for the next 30 days. The Wellness Lifestyle is designed to be a healthy lifestyle that is actually doable, even with kids, traveling or health challenges.

Start right now by committing to improving your family’s health for the next month. Don’t wait until Monday morning, don’t wait until you finish the Doritos in the cabinet… start now!

To help you in the journey, I’ve created a daily step by step guide that you’ll receive via email when you sign up on the list below. I’ll also be re-opening my meal plans toward the end of the month with the new MEAL PLAN GENERATOR that will let you create your own meal plans from all of my recipes (and 200 new ones!) and will generate a full shopping list customized to your family size. (Make sure you are on my email list if you want to find out the details).

Here are a few free printables for quick reference:

You can also check out my Start Here page for a round-up of helpful articles and my Resources page for Real Food and Natural Living Resources. If you’re up for it, also start a Wellness Journal with your goals, and take a “Before” picture to keep yourself accountable!

SPECIAL NOTE: The Wellness Challenge focuses on avoiding grains, sugars, chemicals, food additives and pesticides for 30-days. If you are immune compromised or have an auto-immune disease, you may also consider giving up dairy, nightshades and eggs to test for reactions to these too. The book It Starts With Food has a good explanation of why these foods can be harmful and how to avoid them.

Make the Commitment to Healthy Eating for 30-Days

Start now and give it a 100% effort for one month…. I’m here to help and there is a great community to back you up! What better incentive than improved health, more energy, increased libido, and weight loss is there?

In the comments, tell me three action steps you WILL take this month to change your health!

Sign up here to receive a daily email each day for the next 30 days with a short health challenge for the day and some motivation along the way. I’m looking forward to seeing your progress!

Sign up Here:

If you’d like to receive the daily emails with a mini-challenge, motivation, and easy health steps, please enter your email here. No spam ever and you can unsubscribe at any time! Once you sign up and confirm that you want to participate (check your email) you’ll be directed to the quick start page where you will find some quick start action stpes and more complete details (for all of you self starters and over-achievers!).






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The Rules! (and other fine print)

  • This challenge is designed to help you improve your health and stay motivated for 30 days. I’m not going to police the guidelines or do anything to ensure that you are following them… you are on the honor system.
  • Check out my Affiliate Disclosure statement for more details, but I receive small affiliate commissions from some of the sponsors of the giveaways and from some of the links on my blog. The small amount that I make from these sites allow me to justify the large amount of time spent creating and curating content for WellnessMama.com, and I truly appreciate any affiliate links you click on. If you don’t want to use my affiliate link, feel free to visit the site directly.
  • More resources to help you during the Challenge are available on my Resources and Wellness 101 pages.
  • I’d also encourage you to keep a journal to keep yourself accountable throughout the challenge.

Are you in? Please introduce yourself in the comments and let me know what your health goals are!

Reader Comments

  1. J Magnant says

    I’m Jenny. My husband & I have been following your blog wellness challenge for a few months now. While he’s gone completely paleo, I have been cheating here & there. So I’m taking the challenge. I vow!

  2. Susie says

    Hi. I’m Susie, late fifties, and trying to manage my own and my family’s health challenges with good nutrition. I have autoimmune spinal arthritis (inflammation!) and my husband has type II diabetes; I am a caregiver for a disabled adult child (autism and Lyme disease). So you see, I need all the community I can get to support my resolve to help my family with their health issues!

    • Casey Mehl says

      If you take this challenge, some of these problems will go away. I’ve suffered with severe allergies and asthma my whole life, and avoiding wheat, I’m just about asthma free and off my inhaler. and I only take allergy medicine sporadically. My son was told he had ADHD for many years, we took care of it by taking out artificial foods. My wife hs lot over 25 lbs, and neither of us have by more cravings for salt, sugar, etc. stat with the diet and don’t cheat. It’s more expensive to eat better, but so worth it!, good luck to you.

  3. Pam says

    I’m Pam. I’m in. As an almost 2 year breast cancer survivor I need to eat healthier. I stumbled upon your blog a couple months ago and I’ve learned so much. I am ready to start the wellness challenge!

  4. Tolliverfamily2000 says

    I am Miriam, homeschool mom of 3 (12, 9, 2) and a lover of nutrition information. but not so much the following it part. My family went primal a few months ago and I lost 5lbs (still need to loose 30lbs), my 12yo son lost 12lbs and gained muscle tone, my 9yo dd gained a needed 3lbs, and my 2yo gained a needed 2lbs. We completly fell off the wagon on vacation so I can’t wait to join this challange to get us back on track :)

  5. Loretta says

    I’m so in! Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for us. The sleeping part sounds so good right now. I’ve been ok with the diet for the most part, but it’s not very consistent…I’m excited to get started!

  6. Trista says

    Hello, I am a SAHM of 7yr old twins and I’m already on a journey of working out and trying to cut out process foods, I am just looking for MORE ideas to eat healthy for myself and children, taking this 30 day challenge will help me create a habit in making healthy meals for my children. Thank you!

  7. Hallie says

    Hi- I am Hallie and have been very strict Paleo (with the exception of red wine with dinner a few nights a week)  for about 2 years…..trying to kick the red wine habit!  Starting the challenge to do just that.  I have the skincare, toothpaste and cleaning down with natural ingredients, but still looking for the natural haircare solution that works for me- not having much luck.  Anyway- I am in!

  8. Rbhofmcpa says

    I am Becky, I am just discovering this way of life, but I am a cheater. I don’t want to cheat anymore, I want to change. I also have high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes that I want gone.

    • Deana says

      Becky, I found that when I got on Armour thyroid and started taking minerals and vitamins and supplements that I became less of a “cheater” on my diet. Now, I am currently not doing great as we are living with family and building a house and my routine is completely messed up. BUT I don’t think of food like I used to. With high cholesterol and diabetes, you are missing some minerals and vitamins in your body that will make it easier to stay the course if you fill in those gaps. Although, eating better will help fill those gaps. Once your hormones get balanced and your minerals and vitamins get filled in, you will notice it becomes MUCH easier to resist over eating and eating as much junk. Not saying it’s super easy, but MUCH easier compared to when my body was completely lacking tons of hormones and vitamins and minerals. I believe, from personal experience, that if you are having strong cravings for things and just can never resist that you have an imbalance of some kind. For me, I craved salt in pretty ridiculous amounts and it was Adrenal Issues that caused that. Also, some things we just have to break the addiction (like sugar – we literally become addicted to it).

  9. Ryan1debra says

    Debra here, a SAHM of two. Last year my brother introduced me to your site and from August-December I ate paleo and lost 40 pounds! With relatives and travelling I started cheating more and more this year though and have not had the benefits of it I did last year (feeling great, weight loss, etc). So I am interested in changing things for me food-wise. I make your remineralizing toothpaste and make your cleaning products but I need to shift all of our other toiletries/makeup to more natural options.

  10. Desiree says

    Hi! I have been interested in health and wellness for a while. I think I eat pretty healthy, but do cheat from time to time. I cut out dairy from my diet and no longer have an arthritic knee! :) I am committed to taking the challenge and will enjoy showing the results to friends and family.

  11. StaceyC says

    I am Stacey. I love all things natural but until the past few weeks, my husband was never on board. This made it very hard at home to go completely healthy and natural. We both had gained a bit of extra weight and began suffering from various ailments… headaches, joint pains, allergies and my husband’s normally low cholesterol had skyrocketed. We are now eating almost completely paleo and starting to exercise more intentionally. I also make a lot of my own cleaning ingredients. I am ready to kick it up to the next step and cut out cheating when we are out or in a hurry! 

  12. Foursillysisters says

    I’m MaryBeth, and I have been working toward a healthier lifestyle for my family for the last several years.  We are moving at the end of this month, but I still think we’ll be up for the challenges!

  13. Raina says

    I’m Raina mother of 4 and busy military wife. I love all things health and nutrition. I gobble up books on the subject. I dabble in a primal but cannot seem to commit fully. I use mostly homemade cleaners and I eat mosly healthy food and have even excluded grains for a week now…. BUT I am the person in the intro that does the potato chip binge. I have them in my house bc of a fear of taking them away from my kids (I know….). So I hope that this time I can make the changes stick!

  14. Susie says

    I’m Susie, mother of 3 young children. My husband and I have been moving our family into a more natural, sustainable, real-food-based lifestyle over the past year or so. We’ve changed a lot of things, but I know we’re still missing a lot. We’re ready for a little challenge. :)

  15. April says

    I am April.  I have been Paleo for 60 days and feel fantastic.  My family is not on board and we will be visiting our parents for the next week.  Sugar will be everywhere!  I am trying to make it for a full 90 days with no cheats.

  16. Rachel says

    Hi, I’m Rachel, I had been eating healthy with several slip ups over the past couple of years. I’m ready to get back on track with eating right and exercising.  I already enjoy all the posts, new ideas, and look forward to many more.

  17. Brianna says

    Hey! I’m 33 weeks pregnant and the mother of a 2 year old little boy and so ready to completely revamp my lifestyle! I’m struggling with minor health issues which I know can be cleaned up with a cleaner lifestyle. Thank you for the challenge!

  18. mandychalman says

    I am so in! I have started my wellness journey already and this is just the motivation I need to stick to healthy eating and exercising. By the way, I entered in my info but I don’t know if it took it. The page just refreshed to the same “Step One” screen. Suggestions?

  19. Maranda B says

    Hello!  I am Maranda.  I’ve been living a primal lifestyle since November, but struggle with regular cheats and exercise.  I look forward to the challenge to help get me back on track.  I feel great when I don’t cheat so I look forward to getting back to that place.

  20. Jmm2858 says

    I’m in!  My husband and I have been eating paleo for about a year now but I really need help getting into exercising.

  21. says

    I’m so happy you’re running this! It’s been looooonely over in the Wellness Journal section!

    I’ve been Paleo for about 2 months because my baby has eczema and I suspect it’s food related.  I’m doing alright avoiding dairy and gluten, and even sugar for the most part, but I just can’t give up real chocolate!  I guess it’s time to go all the way. Sigh. I mean, WOOT!

  22. Karen says

    I’m in!  I eat a primarily paleo diet, but still have those days where I give into chips, etc!  I love all your advice on homemade, healthy body and cleaning products too!  I’m ready to start the challenge!

  23. Kaylene says

    I’m Kaylene, and I am in. I am a school teacher and want to make a habit of being much healthier before the school year begins again; it will be much easier to start healthy and continue from there!

  24. Melissa Shirley says

    I’m all in, 100%! This dovetails nicely with my summer goal to improve my physical fitness and stop drinking, socially or otherwise, in a community (or is everywhere like this?) where people only gather in bars or around alcohol. Thanks, Wellness Mama, I’m stoked!

  25. Sara says

    Hi I’m Sara. I started  out good a few months ago but have fallen off the boat of eating good things due to a very busy time of year. I’m eating Cheetos and cleaning my cabinet out, I’ll stop right now, eating the Cheetos that is!! I’m married, have a 4 year old and one due at the end of July. We’re in!!

  26. says

    Hi, I’m Nikki. I have been off-and-on trying to loose weight for the past 4 years and am finally ready to put my health as a number-1 priority. I am happy to post it here and can’t wait to take this journey!

  27. Mclanek says

    Hi, I’m Kristen.  I’m a wife and mother of three (11, 8, and 15mo). I’m making a commitment to the 30-day healthy eating challenge because I’m about 75% of the way “there” but still fall back on poor choices. I’m looking forward to the accountability as I continue to establish healthy habits for myself and my family.

  28. Amy V says

    We have been eating Primal/Paleo sinceMarch of this year and love it. We both lost over 20 pounds but have plataughed. I started drinking coffee (with cream) recently after giving it up and notice pain in my hands as well as my Mom taking me for high tea yesterday and giving in to eating some of the bread with the sandwiches. I had already decided to start fresh again today so this is perfect. I’m excited to see more weight loss and my hand pain go away. I love how inclusive your blog is. Thank you for sharing so much!

  29. Jessica West says

    I’m Jessica, a SAHM mom with a rambunctious 2 1/2 year old boy. I’ve been doing a grain-free diet off and on since last year, and Wellness Mama has been such a help. I’ve told so many friends about this blog. I was getting lazy about diet and starting to feel crappy again, so I actually got strict with myself about two weeks ago, with the intention of doing 30 days – but I will happily add another couple weeks in order to participate in this challenge! Thanks for hosting!!

  30. Mark J says

    My name is Markus, and my family and I are climbing aboard for the challenge.  I’m in to lose a few pounds, my wife is in to work on maintaining a healthy pregnancy, and my kids are along for the ride!  Looking forward to a healthy 30 days!

  31. says

    Hi!  I’m Angie.  I’ve been eating Paleo for a year and a half, and have just recently gotten to the point where I no longer want to cheat (my body won’t let me!).  I’m doing the challenge for the community aspect – my husband eats Paleo but all of our friends and family are not very health conscious – my mom is always telling me I need to eat more whole grains!  I also work in public health research for a university and everyone is still on the low-fat bandwagon….it’s frustrating.  I can also use some help with using natural methods for beauty and cleaning and learning about what supplements I should take.  Looking forward to the challenge!!

  32. onepinkfish says

    I tried to sign up but it didn’t work.  At least, I don’t think it did.  I would love to join i even if it is a bit late.  My name is Tammy and I live in Texas with my boys and husband.  I teach kindergarten.  I recently read The Eating Clean Diet and have begun to change out diet over the last several weeks.  I already am pretty good at using more evironmental friendly and health friendly products around my house.  Just thought this would be fun.

  33. Carol says

    Hi, my name is Carol.  I’m a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of 3 blessings my husband and I adopted in 2007.  I am also the primary caregiver for my mother-in-law.  I stumbled on this website and have been reading/learning as much as possible, (short on time), wanting to change the way we eat.  Today, I commit!  Even if the rest of the family won’t.  I need to do this for my health and show them that it’s a good thing.  They may make it harder, but, what will happen if I don’t change for the better and am not around any more to manage this household?

  34. Ashley says

    Hi I’m Ashley and I am so ready for this challenge!  I’ve been reading your blog for the last couple of months (after I stumbled upon the Paleo diet) and have been finding great ideas & suggestions for lifestyle changes I need to make.  It couldn’t have been better timing!

  35. Holly1414 says

    I’m in! I am a 34-yo wife and mom of two boys aged 12 and 5. I’m also a full-time Kinesiology student, graduating in May, so I have a really full plate! I’m also a vegetarian, so this should be interesting ;). I’ve already given up grains, and am working on making all of our household cleaners and toiletries. My 5-yo and I will be making laundry detergent this afternoon (had to go to 4 stores before I found washing soda!). I recently made your shampoo also, and my hubby LOVES it! I’m looking forward to more natural solutions and better health!

  36. mommajarjar says

    I’m married to Markus (commented above) and we are excited to climb on.  We’ve been trying to be grain-free/Paleo for sometime now, but find it can be difficult when pregnancy fatigue and nausea set in (I guess I influence the eating habits of the whole family!).  Really looking forward to support and motivation to keep forward momentum in healthy habits for all 4 (…FIVE!!!) of us!

  37. Mamarama says

    I’m having trouble entering.  I fill out Step 1 and hit enter, and it reloads the page without my info.  (Tried it a couple of times, and I’m a web designer, so I’m not *too* much of a troglodyte!)  I’m on a borrowed Mac on Safari.

  38. wahminsc says

    I’m Sherrie.  I found your blog thanks to some FB buds and have been following ever since.  I just went gluten-free and it was the beast thing ever for me.  

  39. Whirleysgirly says

    I’m Kristen, have been following a primal diet for a little over a month now. Me and my husband are parents of two little ones 3 & 1 (yep-we are in the war zone) I had gestational diabetes issues with both pregnancies and still experiencing some slight insulin resistance with my fasting numbers. I feel so much better eating this way and I owe it all to stumbling on to the Wellness Mamas website-thank you! Doing this challenge to help me stick to it, sounds fun!

  40. Emily says

    I’m in! My husband and I want to start a family soon and the thought of growing a new life is the biggest incentive I’ve ever had to be healthy!

  41. Cathy says

    I’m Cathy, diagnosed with lupus (SLE) and some other lesser autoimmune problems, as well as being 1.5 years past my thyroid cancer diagnosis.  I eat fairly well but there are still many areas which could use improvement.  Sugar consumption being one.  I also need to lose a fair amount of weight (around 50 lbs, maybe more but I’m not stuck on a number) and have started the exercise program Chalean Extreme from beachbody.  It’s focus is strength training.  I have seen my measurements drop these first few weeks on it though my weight has only gone down two lbs so far, due to increase in muscle mass, I believe.

    My other trouble area is getting my kids on board.  They do like fruits and veggies and meat, but like their grains too, though I don’t feel they eat a huge amount of them and certainly not anything like the USDA suggests.  Mostly in the form of toast or sandwiches.  I bought the meal-planning service and we liked some things but not others, so I haven’t been using it lately.

  42. vimom says

    I’m in!  My husband and I have been working on eating healthier and developing better habits.  I am the full-time caregiver for my mentally handicapped daughter, and I need to stay healthy and active for her sake!

  43. hollymama4 says

    Hello. I am Holly. I am a mother to four beautiful children(8,5,3,9mos). I have been a vegetarian for 3 years. I am always reading about how to be healthier but when it comes to putting it into action I am usually weak. I am pretty sure I am addicted to sugar and I just don’t know how to not eat it! Looking forward to the challenge!!

  44. Sherri says

    Hi, I’m Sherri and I’m totally in!!  I’m a 40 year old special education autism teacher and also a homeschooling parent of a 15 year old.  I have hypo thyroid issues (only one lobe left, the rest removed with a large mass) and tons of fluid and inflammation.  I found out I have “leaky gut” on the Wednesday before Easter and have been Paleo ever since.  The fluid and inflammation are totally gone!  I have NEVER felt better.  I have looked at this adventure as my “LIFESTYLE” and not a “DIET”.  I’m glad to have this group of people for support and encouragement. 

  45. Massies6 says

    Yep we’re in!!  My name is Holly and we are a family of 6, just needing to get back on track with eating healthy, exercise etc! Perfect … 

  46. Amanda L says

    I’m Amanda and I always love a good challenge. I’m in the process of starting my own health coaching business and would love to have another valuable tool and teaching moment to use with my clients. The challenges I participate in and learn from are great tools for teaching others. I also would just really love to win a Vita-Mix! 

  47. says

    My husband & I have been Primal for a year and a half.  It was his idea in an attempt to help my daily headaches and periodic migraines.  I have seen improvement; however, it’s still a work in progress.  Some of your mini challenges may help as well like better sleep, exercise, etc.  Thank you for this challenge and everything you do.  I love your blog.

  48. Vribbron says

    Valerie, 48 year old homeschooling mom to DDK and loving wife to DHJ.  This past 18 months, DHJ and I have focused on trying to eat more healthy, but the uber picky teen, DDK, has fought us kicking and screaming all the way.  It’s exhausting trying to convince her that the junk she loves (and to be honest, we love junk, too!) is toxic.  I would really like to have some help in getting her to try new things and in convincing her that making food at home is not punishment.

  49. JhiVely1 says

    My name is Jenni, I’ve been eating Paleo for 2 years on and off. During challenges I’m pretty strict with great results. More lienent when not participating in challenges. My goal here is to bring everything back to the basics, especially all the chemicals, I’ve cut back, but would love to be chemical free!

  50. Ashley Benson says

    I’m in, which means my husband is by default in too! :-) We’ve been primal for a few weeks, so this will be fun, interesting, and motivating! Since eliminating wheat, my son (I exclusively breast fed) sleeps so much better, so I’m super stoked about this!

  51. Easterlingmichele says

    Hello I am looking forward to the summer wellness challenge to help pay more attention to healthier lifestyle

  52. T Russell says

    I’m Tiffany. And in! I’m 24, a mama to a beautiful one and a half year old little man, wife to an Air Force man and finishing out my BA in holistic medicine. I have been back and forth on being paleo, I get really solid and feel great and end up allowing myself to fall back. I think it would be great to be apart of a group who is doing it together :)

  53. K Dowd says

    Hi! I’m Kelly and have been dabbling in paleo for the last 6 months or so.  It’s time to get serious so that I can determine if this change of diet/lifestyle can eliminate the extra 20 lbs I have been carrying around since the birth of my 3 children.  I know conventional diet/exercise recommendations don’t work for me since I just ran a marathon in the fall and have never been one to eat processed crap!! Game on!

  54. Rebecca says

    I discovered paleo eating about a year ago and felt great eating that way! Then I found out I was pregnant in January and had bad morning sickness the first 20 weeks. My eating habits got really bad and I moved back to eating processed foods and grains. :/ Now I only have 9 weeks left of my pregnancy and want to get back to eating healthy…and feeding my son and husband healthy foods! This challenge comes at a perfect time. :) It will help get ME back on track for my own health, for my growing baby, and for my family!  

  55. Newgrowthwithplants says

    Hi, my name is Terra, my husband and I have recently changed our eating lifestyle to almost completely paleo. I am going to take on the wellness challenge, maybe my household will be more excepting this time around. Good luck to everyone.

  56. Holmes Michaela says

    I’m Michaela a teacher and mother.  Our family is generally healthy, but everyone can use support!  Looking forward to seeing your ideas.

  57. Brooke_rEdfern says

    Hi. I’m Brooke. My husband and I have been making the transition to a more natural way of living the past few months, especially when it comes to eliminating processed foods and harmful chemicals . This challenge will hopefully be able to give me the push I need to be fully committed.

  58. Deanna says

    Hi, I’m Deanna. I am ready for the challenge. I started eating gluten free 8 months ago in an attempt to eliminate skin irritations and allergies. I was pleasantly surprised to also loose my ever increasing brain fog and see noticable increase in energy. However, I’ve yet to see any weight loss. I’m ready to take things to the next level and make even more healthy choices. Thanks for the incentive and support!

  59. says

    I’m Brenda and I tried to edit my earlier note, not sure if it worked or not.

    I just turned 27 and am in the USAF. I’m deploying in Nov and need to get in shape and healthy before I’m eating deployed food… oh yes, and I have a fitness test coming up. I’m super stoked for this!

  60. CrazyChef says

    I am so excited about this challenge…it couldn’t have come at a better time!  Can’t wait to see what you have in store for all of us.  I am a SAHM of 3 home schooled teens (17, 15 and 12 – my oldest 19 is graduated)  We started this journey when our oldest was diagnosed as gluten and potato intolerant.  I love what I I have found here…in one word…home!  Thanks for all you do, and keep up the good work.

  61. Lisag says

    I am in! I am actually a personal trainer, and I need help being accountable. I am also a holistic nutrition student, but I need support like the next person….plus I will be 40 in July and I want health to be a gift to myself. 

  62. Lisa Doodeman says

    My husband and I began eating primal in Nov. We have two of our children fully on board and the other five eat primal about 80% of the time. I gave up dairy a few days ago. I have been having a lot of migraines and facial pain fir the last three months without any answers from any tests. I would love to up my fitness level and lose more weight (22kgs lost so far). My energy levels are fairly depleted over the last few months. I sleep between 8-12 hrs per night depending on how I feel and rest as needed through the day. My family have been really helpful picking up where I fall down in doing extra chores but I want to be the mum and wife that they all need and used to have. Looking for some extra support :-)  

  63. Kim J says

    I’m Kim.  My family and I have been mostly paleo for about 3 months.  I’ve lost 35 lbs and my hubby has lost about 20.  My son hasn’t changed much, except he’s not sick anymore (he had a cold for like 5 months).  I’d like to change the “mostly paleo” to “totally paleo” and even cut out some of the nightshades to see if hubby feels better.  Excited!

  64. Melissa says

    My name is Melissa. Super excited to start your wellness challenge. I lean more WAPF than paleo, but am looking to do this with a group of people. I convinced my husband to join!

  65. GiNa g says

    Hi, I’m Regina, mid-30s, and have been on a local food, real food interest/kick the last few months. When I read the challenge, I knew I wanted to be in! Excited to take this into practice for a good change.

  66. Bayjessi says

    Hi, I’m Jessie. I changed my diet about 3 weeks ago and it is going well, but I want to keep incorporating new healthy habits and new recipes. Can’t wait to start!

  67. Jessica says

    Hi I’m Jessica.  My husband and I have been following your site and eating primally for the last 2 months.  I am currently 30 weeks pregnant and still down 3 lbs from when we started in early May!  Would love the extra support for 30 days to avoid all cheating.  We have 2 preschoolers as well and they are a work in progress to cut out all the junk marketed and given to kids (e.g. chicken nuggets, goldfish, etc.)  Slowly but surely! :)  

  68. RJ says

    Hi, I’m RJ!  My husband and I found your website 4 weeks ago this Tuesday and went grain-free cold-turkey that very day!  It has been awesome!  We have gradually for 4 years been removing chemicals and buying organic, but were mislead in what was “healthy” for so long!  After years spent eating “healthy” while feeling horrible, always feeling hungry or shaky and gaining weight, it’s great to feel great finally!  Looking forward to the challenge, its nice to have goals and structure! We’re all in! :-)

  69. Becca S. says

    I’m in! I’m just starting my own wellness challenge (trying to do a Whole30 but I’m not going to give up or beat myself up if I’m not as strict as them).

  70. Nicole Greene says

    This will be great!  I love having more accountability.  I am, however, pregnant so I’m not completely sure how the food part of it will work out but I will do my best!

  71. says

    just joined today! sounds like so much fun. i had a thermography done a couple of months ago, and they said between my body being so acidic and some other things I was a good candidate to get cancer. my mum and her mum both died of cancer at a very young age. we already invested in a juice but would love to add blender to our routine. :)

  72. Cao_lmft says

    Love your challenges. Helps me take a look at where I need to improve. Appreciate all the tips you provide!!

  73. says

    I’m Cassandra and I’m already well into my journey towards a healthy life, but participating in a solid challenge is always helpful to keep pushing me along. Community and comraderie is a good thing.

  74. Britt says

    I am Britt. I am really trying to go completely paleo for my health. Most of the other aspects of my life are healthy lots of exercise and sleep. Minimal stress. So I commit for 30 days. Paleo all the way. Can’t wait.

  75. Lynda Potter says

    I was doing well, then I fell off the wagon for about 3 weeks and have suffered for it…saw this today and here I am! ready to do this again! thank you! love your site and have already made the switch to natural cleaners, deodorant, shampoo and body wash, baby wipes…just need to make the switch to makeup and get back on board with eating..

  76. Nicole Lavarias says

    I’m in!! We eat paleo and my husband and I own a crossfit gym so the eating and working out should be simple….what I need to do is get rid of the chemicals (soaps, shampoos, etc)!! I have almost everything to make lotion bars. We already make our own face wash and antibiotic cleaners. 

  77. says

    Hi! I’m Susan. I’m ready to start the 30 day challenge. My body is a mess after the past few years of abuse. I had great success some years ago eliminating sugar and grains, I don’t really know why I didn’t stick with it. I’m looking forward to feeling good again.

  78. says

    I’m Aj. I’ve been gluten- and dairy-free for eight weeks, and now I need to experiment with egg-free as well. As a homeschooling, wahm of three, it feels a bit overwhelming! I’m hoping challenge with group support will help with advice, sharing of resources, and getting to receive and offer encouragement!

  79. Dana says

    I’m Dana. I have signed up for you challenges  in the past, and never done very well. I was enticed by
    your challenge to reduce the stress in your life, which is something
    that I really need to do. I am excited by this challenge and hope to
    actually complete one.

  80. ThePistachioProject says

    I’m Brittany mama of 3 (6, 5, and 1.5) with one more on the way. Homeschooling, crunchy, blogging, etc. Since getting pregnant (in February!) I’ve definitely gone slack in our eating habits! Thanks for doing this!

  81. Stephanie says

    how come when you click to enter the contest it says that the contest ends july 11th? is it not a 30 day challenge? I am in for sure! do you send your prizes to canada?

    • says

      It does, just this particular mini-challenge ends on Wednesday… there will be more mini-challenges and the grand prize at the end. I can ship to Canada for this one…

  82. Pcordova84 says

    My name is Priscilla and a mother to a great 7 year old boy. I’ve been struggling with my weight and with it, I keep having more and more wrong with me. It started with elevated liver enzymes ( to date they are thru the roof! ), Menstrual problems ( now I’m told I have PCOS), and now my cholesterol and sugar are starting to go up and I never ever had problems there. I need to do something now. I’m 27 and should not be where I am. Also, my energy level doesn’t even exist anymore. I thank you for what you are doing Wellness Mama and I hope I can commit myself.

  83. Sara G says

    I’m in! I have been doing “paleo” since November with amazing results. We’ve had a few sneaks here and there which are becoming more frequent lately as we have been extremely busy. I haven’t ever dropped out dairy, nightshades or eggs so I’m going to bite the bullet and do it and see how I feel. I also would like to challenge myself to cleanup the rest of my diet. Can’t wait for this challenge!

  84. Linda Schrage says

    Hi Katie!   Please share why Stevia Powder is on the “Foods to Avoid” list.   Love your challenge, and esp. like the fajita chicken in the crock pot recipe. Can’t wait to try it!  Do you typically brine your meat?  My best to all of you, Linda 

    • says

      Hi Linda… How are you guys? Stevia powder isn’t horrible but in order to make it white and powdery, it is bleached and almost always has corn based ingredients added. I sometimes brine meat, though not always (mainly because of time) but it definitely improves it :-)

  85. M Sousa says

    I’m in. I’ve been following Paleo pretty closely since October but now & then I need a 30 day challenge to get my cheats under control. Love your site – been making cleaning products, and personal products since I discovered it a few months ago.

  86. Dbarret says

    I am Denise, homeschool mom of two boys who are 16 and 13.  On and off healthy eater, recently off the wagon with much travel to soccer tournaments most of this summer.  Trying to get back on so I can lose weight and my 13 year old can gain weight.   Need my coffee though, so I don’t think I will be giving that up :)

  87. Katie says

    Hi! I’m Katie, a homeschooling mom of two. I am excited to take this challenge – I have been dealing with chronic exhaustion for quite some time, and am hoping some changes to my diet and lifestyle will help me regain some health and energy!

  88. FredaD says

    Absolutely I am so in!  This is an awesome way to keep feeling better everyday.  It’s a awesome way to keep on track & be accountable!

  89. Em says

    My name is Em, I am a SAHM of two kids, 2 and under.  I have been slowly moving towards this type of lifestyle for my family.  I’m hoping that this challenge will help motivate me to get started in areas outside of just eating habits and to be able to stick to it.  I’m looking forward to your challenges as helping me take the baby steps  needed for the complete makeover.  Seems like it will be a more manageable transition than the big “dive in” that I’ve been thinking about for months. 

  90. Vicki says

     I’m Vicki and I’m in.  We have been mostly primal the past month and have noticed how much more energy we have and fewer sugar cravings.  We have a 10 year old with food allergies to wheat and eggs, so we have been eating mostly whole foods the past 8 years, but needed to get rid of the grains and starches.  So excited to start this challenge.

  91. Ms. K says

    Hi, I’m Stephanie and I’m in. I purchased It Starts With Food on Friday and I’m so ready for a change! Thanks for all the wonderful information you put on your website. You are very inspirational!

  92. Jeanmarie Steele89 says

    Hi, I’m J.M. & I’m in with both feet! I found your website 2 weeks ago & since then, I’ve lost 6 lbs ( insert happy dance here:)
    I am committed to a healthier life because I have a rare cancer & need to be around for my family for a long, long time. Thank you for your fabulous website & app; looking forward to your inspiration for the next 30 days!

  93. Paula says

    I’m Paula.  New mom to a 4 month old.  Have been a pretty healthy eater all of my life, but this giving up grains thing is a little scary.  I’m in.  Do we receive an email to start? Where do we start- I need some help with the shopping list and meal planning. 

  94. mdurant says

    Hello Everyone. I am so excited to do the summer challenge.  My life kind of depends on me getting this stuff down.  I have registered using the “Click Here to Enter”. But nothing happened after I hit submit.  Please help me navigate this.  Am I registered to participate in the summer challenge?

    I AM SO SO EXCITED  !!!
    Mary Durant

    • says

      I think you are entered, and the contest above is just for some gift cards and re-usable grocery bags. By commenting, you are in the challenge and I’ll be posting daily about new challenges, recipes, etc. Welcome! ;-)

  95. Amber Weber says

    I’m Amber.  I am turning 30 this Fall, and I have 4 kids, ages 6 and under.  I am about 45 lbs. overweight, and I have adrenal fatigue, chronic insomnia, and Hashimotos.  I want to get fit and healthy, and just be able to feel good again.  I also CRAVE sugar and grains, and would love to conquer those cravings.  Look forward to seeing what the next 30+ days have in store for me…and I’d love to win that Vitamix! :)

  96. FredaD says

    Just reading all of these comments is encouraging me already!  And I am looking forward to recipes & really looking forward to the meal plan generator.  This Wellness Challenge is entirely health motivated.  I always feel best when I am on this type of an eating lifestyle & this will help me return!
     

  97. Steph says

    I’m new to the wellness journey, but with good reason.  I had cancer this year.  I’m in my early thirties and it was a wake-up call, to say the least!  I’ve gained a bunch of weight after a hysterectomy, and although I’ve made a major overhaul to the diet, I’ve had a ridiculously hard time giving up bread and sweets.  I need help!

    I’ll be away for one week of the month, but I’m determined to make a lifestyle change that sticks!  Thanks for the encouragement!

  98. nebtlly says

    I’m a day late to the party, but I’m so in! I’m Nelly: baker, nanomaterials research student and wannabe traceuse extraordinaire. 26, live alone, make lots of raw milk kefir, kvass and sauerkraut a la Sally Fallon and like to render my own lard and ghee. Still, I’ve been eating too much bread at work “just to taste-test it,” and don’t always take enough time to exercise. Or eat. Or sleep. And that needs to change.

  99. Pam M. says

    I’m Pam! I’ve been eating mostly Primal for about a year but want to take it a step further. I have lost about 25 pounds and have another 25 to go.  I just turned 40 and am stronger and healthier than I have ever been. My husband mostly eats primally and my kids too. I may have registered more than once since nothing happened when I registered. I hope you have my information!

  100. isaacsonamy says

    I’m Amy. I’m 36 and have an almost 3 year old and a 16 month old. Life is full here and I’m finding it hard to have the energy to keep up. My little ones both have allergies, so I am looking forward to this wellness challenge and seeing how it impacts my family. My husband is not looking forward to a grain-free life and I’m pretty sure if my littles knew what was in store, they’d be protesting too. It is going to be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to the end results! :)

  101. Kortney Bewley says

    Hi, I am so in on this :) Two of the challenges I actually did #5,6,&2 last month-got rid of ALLL chemicals and printed out all your recpies, cleaning checklists, etc, and printed out your food planner sheet and have been using it every week! It’s all the other things I need to work on now! I commit to 30 days of eating healthy whole foods and clean eating! Dinner tonight we are having roasted eggplant and roasted okara.

  102. H8davols says

    Hi!!! I am so excited about this challenge!!! I need to get back on track – I lost 12 lbs in January by sticking to my paleo eating plan, but have been stalled (and cheating – weird coincidence, huh lol) ever since. My goal is to be healthy and fit, not to be a specific weight or size. I love learning, and have recently realized that every single health problem I have is DIRECTLY related to MY poor dietary choices over the years. I want to teach my kids to make better decisions than I have, and am very pleased that I now have the knowledge to do so!

    • Michelle says

      Hi, My name is Michelle since my kids were little I have lost weight and grown passionate about health and wellness fir me and my family. I recently have become a Dr. Sears health coach for family as well as pregnant women. I love learning new things about natural things and real food but struggle to start things that I know would be good for us and my clients cause change is hard. Im committing me and my family and live it for my clients to see. I love your website and refer to it all the time thank you for all I have learned for you. Can’t wait to see more positive changes in my family’s health.

  103. says

    I am in! We have been making our lives more and more natural and have recently switched to primal/paleo living. I have lost about 20lbs since starting a few months ago and have much more to go. I am now adding in exercise – and anything to keep me motivated is great! 

  104. says

    I’m Olyvia and I’m excited to try this challenge! I read articles off your website to my husband often, as this is new to us. I desire to have a healthier lifestyle and provide nutritious meals for my family, especially as our little boy will beginning solids soon! 

  105. Reginablood says

    Hello,
    Regina Blood here, :)
     Thank you so much for this challenge! My family went Paleo in January, but seem to have gotten off track this summer. The physical effects of the added gluten and sugar are impossible to ignore. My husband and I We were just trying to come up with a summer challenge on our own. Its like you read our thoughts! Back to Paleo we go minus the cheats!! No Coffee or 1/2 and 1/2 is going to be our biggest challenge as that is something we have never been able to give up. Here we go!!

  106. Anni says

    Hi! I’m 28 years old woman from Finland. Even though I don’t have weight problems I don’t feel very healthy and energetic. My aim is to decrease chemicals too.

  107. Nugirlygirl says

    Hi, I’m Adrienne. I started eating Paleo in Feb 2012.I had a few false
    starts but learned a lot along the way. I’m hoping to streamline my
    eating and incorporate more natural products into my life. I’ve lost
    15lbs and lot of inches. My goal is another 15 or at least the belly
    fat.

  108. adrienne says

    Posted under the wrong name….

    Hi, I’m Adrienne. I started eating Paleo in Feb 2012.I had a few false
    starts but learned a lot along the way. I’m hoping to streamline my
    eating and incorporate more natural products into my life. I’ve lost
    15lbs and lot of inches. My goal is another 15 or at least the belly
    fat. 

  109. fitadrienne says

    Hi, I’m Adrienne. I started eating Paleo in Feb 2012.I had a few false
    starts but learned a lot along the way. I’m hoping to streamline my
    eating and incorporate more natural products into my life. I’ve lost
    15lbs and lot of inches. My goal is another 15 or at least the belly
    fat. 

  110. BasicIngredients says

    I am in! This is just the motivation I need to get me in gear! I have been slacking these days and I can tell! I am Sarah, a momma of two toddlers. I get little sleep and need a boost. I love healthy food but often lack the motivation to spend the time in the kitchen. Thanks for the challenge!

  111. Dbd3099 says

    Hi. I’m Dawn, I’m so glad to be able to participate in this challenge! I have 2 boys and an awesome husband, that unfortunantly, doesn’t want to go without grains. I’m trying sooo hard to stay away from the bread and to keep my boys away from it too. Glad to have this as motivation.

  112. says

    I’m definitely in! Tried clicking the link just now and got an error, however, so I’ll try it again tomorrow. I have type 1 diabetes (autoimmune), asthma, and strive to live a healthy lifestyle with my husband who is gluten-sensitive and our two children. We eat a Primal diet and I stumbled on your site when searching for a primal macaroon recipe a few months ago. I’ve learned so much since then about keeping my family healthy and am so thankful for all that you do! 

  113. Vcannoles says

    I am in! I am Vickie Cannoles, 37 years old, mother of one and would love to have one more child. Trying to clean up my family’s diet, health care and cleaning products. I have switched to a paleo diet this year. I did great for so long and felt so good, but the last month and a half I have been back sliding and need some help and motivation to get back on the horse!

  114. Linda says

    Hi, I’m Linda.  I think your blog was my jump start into primal eating.  I’ve been (mostly) following  the diet for about 2 months.  My weight is down by 15 pounds :)  
    My husband isn’t totally in to the concept, but he has enjoyed many of the recipes that I have been making.  My 2 boys are also enjoying most of what I make, but still need to break them of their sugar habit.  I stick with it at home and even when we eat out, but my biggest challenge is when I’m a guest in someone’s home.  It’s hard not to offend people by not eating their food.  I usually bring food, but it is also difficult when someone else samples it, doesn’t like it, and throws it out…  especially when I know that cooking healthy can cost so much more. 

  115. Sonnie721 says

    Hi! Just curious…on the list of foods to avoid, I see grains such as quinoa among other things that I have been told were excellent for you. And on the foods to eat freely, I see all sorts of meat and seafood. I am confused by it. Why are grains bad and animal products good? I learned so many things from you and even ordered coconut oil tonight but the list totally threw me off. Looking forward to hearing back from you. Thanks.

  116. Breckfisks says

    I’m Beth; SAH mom of 3 (7, 5 & 3) and looking forward to some accountability. Completed the Whole30 Challenge last June (2011), and lost 16lbs in 30 days – felt great and started the paleo way of thinking. Hafta say, I like that this challenge includes some dairy. I was in a really good place with meal plans and homemade yogurts and almond milk…then stopped. Need to find the habit again.

    I’m curious why no coffee and organic milk in moderation…it’s not possible to find raw milk close enough in my area. I have found a fab minimally-pasteurized, non-homogenized, milk. Both tea and cream are green-lighted so…I’m wondering.

    Looking forward to feeling tip-top and saying good-bye to the lard-baby (or carb-baby?).

  117. King Rosemary says

    Hi, I’m Rosemary. I have a 16 month old son and really want to get away from all the crap food out there. Need a healthier lifestyle for myself and my whole family. I’m really looking forward to these challenges!

  118. Dana says

    Hi. I am so ready to do this all in and not just little bits here and there. I did have trouble signing up for the challenge though. For some reason every time I put in my info and hit submit it would just go back to the same screen to enter the info in. However, if I would just hit submit without putting my info in it would say I earned one entry… so I don’t know if I am signed up or not. I am going to do if I am signed up or not but would like to know. Do you get an e-mail after you sign up? Any help would be great! Thanks.

  119. Madeline Souder says

    Hello all! I am Maddie. I try to eat a balanced diet. I don’t like to be too strict otherwise it feels like a chore but I’m looking forward to this challenge! I danced for 18 years but my exercise regime has  slowed since I’ve been working full time. I’m hoping to change that with the help of this challenge! Excited to be part of the community! Good luck!

  120. Kelly k. says

    I’m in! Although I have been eating very cleanly I still continue to struggle with leaky gut symptoms.  It’s time to do a few more eliminations. Your blog has helped me tremendously so I’m sure I’ll learn a few more helpful tips this month.

  121. JustTheFlax says

    Am I in? I subscribed but it brought me back to the sign in page so not sure. This challenge is exciting! I’ve been slowly making changes but this will give me the kick start I need to be ALL IN and tackle my weak spots…snack foods!

  122. AmyA says

    I’m totally in! Our family has been paleo for a year now, and we’ve seen great health benefits from it.  I have been following your blog for nearly a year, and have made many of your delicious recipes.

    Can’t wait for the Sleep Challenge.  That is my biggest struggle, for sure.

  123. Chantel says

    I’m in! My husband and I adopted paleo about a year ago shortly after having lost weight (me-35lbs, him-65lbs). We do well at home. However, when we go out to eat, there is always some cheating going on. We became foster parents in February. We have a 3, 5 & 6 yo. Since we’ve become foster parents, we’ve been going out to eat too much. That’s when we eat fries and tortilla chips. :( I’ve gained 9 lbs since January…EEEK! I just decided this week to really kick it into high gear so your wellness challenge comes at the perfect time! I’ve been following your blog for a while now.You are my hero. Thanks to you, I now make our toothpaste, cleaning spray, laundry detergent and shampoo. I think you need to sell t-shirts that say “Everything I know, I learned from Wellnesss Mama” or “Wellness Mama is my hero.”  I’ve recently begun studies to become a Naturopathic Doctor, Master Herbalist, etc. You have changed my life. I just adore you! THANK YOU!

  124. Nicole says

    This is amazing.  I am Nicole, 33,mom and wife. We do crossfit and are about 80% paleo, but fell off the wagon bigtime lately so this is just the motivations I need!

  125. says

    Would love to participate in your wellness challenge.  Not fair that your prizes are only applicable to US citizens. 
    I have been eating healthier for over 3 months now with the odd fall off the wagon for chocolate.  Red Ice Radio orignially got me going with the Dr Davis wheat belly show.  I am finding it takes more time to prepare meals now as no more ‘prepared’ prepackaged stuff.   Love eating raw almonds too for the crunch factor and snack appeal!  Wondering if I am eating too many almonds ?

    • says

      Depending on where you live, most of the prizes may ship to you since I’m buying them myself this time. Enter anyway and if I can’t ship something in particular if you win, I’ll sub something better and send it :-)

  126. Stacie P says

    I am Stacie. Married with an 18 month old son and an 8 year old stepdaughter. I am forever on the quest to live healthy, ALL the time! For the most part we eat well, however, we have hard time resisting sugar around here. I’d like to lose the last 10 lb of baby weight. Hopefully this will help!

  127. Veronica says

    I’m in!  I’ve been following you for over a year.  I still have ups and downs with diet/exercise, but definitely better overall than a year ago!! I’m pregnant with baby #3, due at the end of September.  Looking forward to the challenge!

  128. Liz Taylor says

    Hi, I’m Liz, I am 30 yrs old, married w 2 young children. I got diagnosed 6 years ago w Multiple Sclerosis, which was a blessing in disguise (though I didn’t know it at the time), beginning my incredible journey to health.  I love challenges like this and since I eat paleo already, I’m hoping this will be fairly easy for me. We’ll see! Good luck to us all!

  129. MonIque m. says

    Hi, I’m Monique, early 30s. I’ve had all sorts of auto-immune issues which only got worse by filling a low-fat whole-grain diet. Nothing has helped me more than ditching that diet and following a strict gut healing protocol. However, I got married several weeks ago and following my diet has been quite the challenge – and I’ve paid for it!
    I can wait to get back on the bandwagon full swing!!!!
    Thanks for this challenge, I’m do in!!!

  130. Socorro says

    My name is Soccy. I’m a homeschooling mama of 4. We’ve been on the road to a traditional diet for 3 years now. Still far from perfect. I still crave and eat sweets and have about 50 pounds to lose. We’ve made a lot of changes but I’m still a sucker for fast food and sweets. I’m hoping I can stick with this challenge. thanks.

  131. Kristin Friesen says

    I’m in! I’m Kristin (26, SAHM), my husband Justin (29) and I have been wanting to REALLY do this for a long time but just needed a good PUSH. We have been kind of half-assing it off and on (sometimes we get into a really good groove and other times we are really bad) for about 2 years now, ever since my husband was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. We have 2 boys (5 and almost 2) who are pretty good eaters and I think they will do well with the transition. I read a lot about nutrition and we eat really healthy when we are trying/planning, the problem is when we get lazy or rushed we end up doing drive thru, frozen pizzas, etc. I’m hoping this will help me get better at planning so we don’t fall back on our usual junk.

  132. Sarahzam says

    Hi I signed up but I don’t know if it went through or not?

    I’m Sarah, 35 stay at home mum to 2 boys.  I mainly eat this way but i’m the only one in the family that does, kids still have sandwiches for lunch.  I just need to reconfirm this is the right way to eat because I tend to flip from one thing to another:)

  133. Berry Vine says

    I am going to give it a try. It is a challenge as there is no way I can get the husband on board. His diet since he was a child is meat ,bread and sugar.Maybe if I do well I can get him to change some of his eating habits.

  134. Venusroze says

    Hi, I’m Brittany, a SAHM of a 3 yr old and 6 month old and I’m getting married in September (we did things a little backwards to society’s norm but just as happy nonetheless!). I would like to lose some weight and get back in shape for our wedding and of course stay that way. I found your blog while researching making my own toothpaste and ended up using yours as part of the inspiration to do my own recipe. We already make most of our own cleaning products and now we are ready to get our eating back on track.

  135. Salexander2458 says

    I AM IN!!!! I am 54 and a grandmother to two wondeful children.  I want to get healthy and lose the extra 100 lbs. I am carrying  .I want my family to learn how to be healthy.  Of course I have type two diabetes. 

  136. Bethany says

    I’m in!  I need a good kick in the pants!  I love nutrition and health, but life has been so busy lately, I haven’t been eating and taking care of myself and now I’m feeling not so good.  I need to be reminded why I do love eating healthy, that it makes me feel so great and is worth all the planning.  Thanks for this opportunity, I know I need it.

  137. Angela redd says

    I’m Angela, 30 year old wife and mother of 3 girls 7, 4 and 2. This is the what I have been looking for! It’s everything that I have been taught, but with the scientific proof to back it up! I know this will be a challenge, but it will be SO worth it when my family is “whole” inside and out,

  138. Rossana says

    I have been Paleo for the last 10 months and loving it! I’m starting a 30 day detox just because. We did very well during the holiday season but a few glasses of wine here and there and some sweet cheats. I’m 52 and feel amazing wearing size 4 after being size 10 like for ever.I’m in for the detox/challenge.

  139. says

    I have been following this blog for almost a year now, reading and studying a more natural, healthy life. I have already been making my own skincare and getting down to the basics of healthy eating. Ready to take it a step further and get my sleep, exercise and weight issues under control.

  140. says

    I’ve fallen out of my healthy habits and I’m ready to get back! I’m stopping all sugar for a while (even honey and maple syrup, etc), and no grains, and I will be adding exercise back in, too…

  141. says

    Looking forward to getting more tips and support to help me succeed in the healthy goals I have set for myself and my family of five. Hoping to cut back on grains, get more sleep and exercise more. I’m excited for the recipes!

  142. disfordelicate says

    My name is Danielle, and I am so excited to participate! I am a grad student in my twenties who generally eats healthy (though I do drink a bit) and walks a lot. I make almost all of my beauty and personal care products as well (still working on cleaning up my makeup bag, though). My diet hasn’t been so great over the holidays, so my goals include getting back on track nutritionally (including more fermented foods!), working out more effectively (with Christmas money, I bought a kettlebell yesterday!), and incorporating some supplements I have had trouble affording (also with Christmas money, I ordered FCLO and Natural Calm). I have also talked my sister into participating as well, so that should provide some nice, real-life moral support.

  143. says

    My name is Laura and I’m single without any children…but I do have a beautiful Siamese cat. I’ve been overweight for 40+ years of my 47 years on this earth. This Challenge is perfect timing! I’ve already made baby steps towards a healthier lifestyle and home. Action step 1…eat healthier. I’ve been compiling grain free and paleo recipes for a homemade cookbook. Action step 2…exercise more. Each day I will get up and do something…Walk in the park, LA Fitness or a DVD at home. Action step 3…less chemicals. Each payday I’ll work on healthier and more natural alternatives for me, the cat and our home.

  144. charmaine says

    hi i’m charmaine. i’ve been experimenting with different foods etc for awhile now and seem to have found a system that works well for me. always open to trying new things though. what i’m really hoping to get out of this is to find ways of being more active without spending money. also my dental health continues to be an issue. so i’m looking forward to thinking more about that. i’ve also signed up for the heal thy mouth summit so the timing couldn’t be better. good luck everyone and enjoy!

  145. ASG_N'sMom says

    Hi, I’m Amanda. I have PCOS and need to lose more weight. I have lost 70 pounds over the last four years and am looking to continue that but without grains and sugars. I want to lose more belly fat and learn to eat in way that my family will enjoy and want to be along on this journey with me. I have already cleared out my house of all toxins and have made my own household cleaners. I have switched my baby to all natural washes and oils that I have myself. Looking to jump start my weight loss again and exercise more.

  146. says

    Hi, I’m Amber, Three weeks before Christmas I went grain free..I’ve been gearing up for this for a long time..I had a few slip ups over the holiday..but I really think my mindset has changed..and that helping of rice I had..and the snickerdoodle..did’nt send me over the edge..I ate it and didn’t beat myself up for it..(HUGE for me) This challenge is perfect timing for me..I am going to lose weight, start up my t-tapp on a regular basis..and hopefully get prego in 2013!! I beat cancer at the age of 25 and am ready to really start living again :)

  147. Eunice Pond says

    I’m Eunice, and I really enjoy your blog. I quit eating junk almost two years ago, inspired by the Daniel Plan (Danielplan.com). It has made a huge difference in my health, as well as the overall quality of my life. I eat pretty well, and my weight is fine, but regular exercise is a real challenge. I also hope to encourage the rest of my household to have a healthier lifestyle.

  148. Monique Pyylampi says

    Hello from Finland! My name is Monique. We have been mostly primal for about 5 months but made a lot of exceptions over the holidays. We started the Whole30 this morning to break my paleo-fied sweets and stevia habits at home aswell as evaluate how dairy is affecting us. We also went no-poo last night and I will be cleaning out my cabinets of any left over chemicals. We already use solid castille soap for body wash, coconut oil for moisturizer and make our own deodorant. :)

  149. Stacey L. says

    Hi! I am Stacey and I have been following you for a couple of months now. I have been making changes to my home routine and diet slowly over the last couple of years. We are almost 100% toxin free with regards to our personal care items and cleaning routine. My first goal is to finish that journey by making deodorant and toothpaste. My next goal is to try and go grain free. This will be difficult, but ai am battling IBS and my husband has very high cholesterol. What we are doing is not working so changes must be made. My third goal is to become more active and create a routine that my husband an I can stick with. Even though we are both at healthy weights, we need the exercise to be healthy on the inside. Thank you so much for doing this!

  150. Leeanne says

    Hi! I’ve been slowly detoxing my home for years in anticipation of having children. I don’t use toxic cleaners, and generally, make my own. I use coconut oil as a moisturizer when needed. I make my own body scrub/soap. I’ve experimented with homemade shampoos. Unfortunately, I think our water is too hard, so I’ve switched to a “cleansing conditioner” for the time being. The hardness changes depending on the time of year, so I may be able to try again in a few months. I’ve always eaten fairly healthy and have no problems with eating foods in moderation. I am currently trying to eat fewer processed foods such as yogurt and breads. I recently purchased a Paleo slow cooker cookbook and started using the “Fast Paleo” app on my phone. We are all enjoying a more natural, healthful way of eating. I am trying to “clean up” my husband and little boy’s diets, but it is very difficult when family/friends are constantly offering cookies/crackers/baked goods as snacks when they visit. Currently, the only recourse we have is to say that the little one can’t have snacks, because they interfere with his meals. My little one has eczema and coconut oil helps, but does not seem to be stopping it completely, so we may try the GAPS diet. I’m looking to continue my quest for a chemical free home, find healthy recipes that taste good to encourage my husband and little boy to eat healthy, and find a natural way to heal my little one’s eczema.

  151. says

    I am so excited about this challenge, because it is exactly what I need to do. I have tried to go completely paleo several times, but have never made it a full 30 days. It’s very difficult when you are the only one who wants to make such a drastic diet change. Now that the holidays are over, my body is very unhappy with all the junk I consumed.
    I have always had undiagnosed stomach pains (and suffered SEVERE colic as a baby), but lately my stomach has been hurting more. In addition to that, I have been getting frequent headaches, some nausea, lots of acne, and some other unpleasant symptoms. I know that I am gluten intolerant (and try to avoid it), but I am now convinced that there is something else that is wrong with my gut. I drink aloe juice daily, and it helps to soothe my angry gut to some extent, but it’s costly. And I want to figure out the underlying issue.

    My Three Goals:

    1. Eat healthy for 30 days without cheating to see if it helps my gut and overall health

    2. Exercise regularly

    3. Figure out what supplements I may need

  152. says

    I’m Debbi and in for the challenge as well. I’ve been eating Paleo-ish for several months now, but made more allowances through the holidays than I ought to have. Time to get back on track. My three action steps are 1.) making sure to have coconut oil with each of my three main meals – makes all the difference in helping me feel sustained between meals and keeps me from needing to snack. 2.) putting myself to bed by ten o’clock. 3.) Excercise regularly, T-Tapp BWO+ or kettlebell 5-6x weekly. Thanks for an official challenge!

  153. Tanya Quinn says

    Hi, I am Tanya. I have been reading a lot of articles and trying out recipes since August. I even tried to live the wellness lifestyle at first (with my husband and now 2 year old) …but everything went downhill when my daughter wasn’t eating much, and then on the third day of this was completely irritable. I know I gave up too early, but I don’t think I (we) were completely ready. I wanted to try again as the new year began and be tougher this time. I am excited that there is a challenge that sounds like it will help :) thank you!

  154. Levi and Allison Johnson says

    I’m Allison and I’ve been semi-paleo for about a year and a half now. But I want to be ALL Paleo! My one year old is 100% and will only stay that way if mom and dad are as well. He’s the biggest insentive I have. He’s hardly ever sick, full of energy, and mild mannered. I want to be just like him! I’m going to throw out the sugar/candy/chocolate I have hiding on my fridge (sigh…), I’m going to be better about making dinner, rather than buying dinner, and I’m going to not let myself have “special occasions” all the time with family events (which are always full of yummy gluten-bombs).

  155. Colleen Free says

    I’m in for the challenge. My 3 goals are: remembering to take my FCLO and magnesium more regularly, making bone broth and consuming it more regularly (got a big pot on now!) and recommitting to grain-free. And praying hard that my husband and kiddos will hop on board instead of sabotaging me this time!

  156. says

    Hi there! I’ve been a stalker/admirer of your blog and fan page on fb for a while now ;) Our family has made lots (and lots) of little changes over the last three years. I’ve been doing homemade cleaner and natural beauty products for a while now too. However, the final frontier seems to be eliminating refined sugars. I think it is time. I’m a huge sugar lover though (even though I’m not a pop drinker or don’t bring home store bought sweets) so it is a little bit scary! I did really well when I took ACV every day and didn’t seem to have sugar cravings when on that, but my tummy just can handle that any more.

    I’m hoping this challenge means the meal plans will open up soon too? That would be a huge help! (better meal planning is goal #2) Looking forward to the week you have available now!!!

    Also, I need to “move” more (exercise is a dirty word in my book, it causes me a mental shut down.) So….here I am….nervous but at the point I NEED to do this.

  157. says

    I am Michelle. I’ve been slow to go fully grain/sugar free, so am ready to commit. I also would like to implement an at-home fitness routine (just ordered my pull-up bar from amazon!) I also desperately need to balance my hormones… All things I hope to improve in the next 30 days! Thank you for this blog!

  158. Regina says

    Hello! Regina here. I have been following your blogs for quite a while. This years goals are to get back to basics. Dial our diet back in (rebound from the holidays!) Get back to our family schedules and emilinate the unnecessary stress from our lives!

  159. michele says

    I love your blog! It has helped me see that grain free is not so scary. My main goals this year are to : 1/ eat paleo, 2/ exercise every day, 3/ get more sleep. Thank you so much

  160. Jean says

    I am in! I am a stay at home homeschooling mom to six aged 3mos to 9 years. My three biggest goals are to go grain free, exercise more frequently and get my family on board!

  161. Sabrina says

    I’m in! My three goals are:
    1. Doing a Whole 30 for January
    2. Get my sleep 100% Dialed
    3. Begin experimenting with homemade body care options

    Thanks for doing this!

  162. Kiera Fritsch says

    Hi, I’m Kiera Fritsch. I saw one of your recipes on pinterest and now I LOVE your blog! Since reading some of your posts, I decided to become gluten free. I have been GF for a week now, and these are my three goals:
    1-To lower my sugar intake
    2-Get more exercise and
    3-Start using natural beauty products.

  163. says

    Hi! I’m Melissa and I’M IN! We started making heslthy changes and felt grest. Then came Christmas and eating things we shouldn’t. My husband and I are ready to feel great again. Our 3 goals: 1) Eat grain/gluten free, real foods. 2) Drink bulletproof coffee to start our day with good fats. 3) Add other supplements need (mag oil, ferm cod liver oil, gelatin, etc…) Excited to feel great again!!

  164. Nikki says

    Bring it on! I’ve already begun to make some big changes, but need the help and accountability to keep it going. I just quit smoking, so my number one is to stick to it. Number two is to get back into a steady exercise routine – I think T-Tapp is really going to make that achievable and fun. Number 3: My husband and I eat healthy about 50% of the time. We’ve got to kick that up a notch and really plan to keep it healthy consistently. I have hypothyroid and I just want to do all I can to get my body back to taking care of itself. I am in my early 40s and just got married about a year and a half ago. My husband and I do want a child, but with age and other issues, it just hasn’t happened. My hope is that taking control of my health will improve our chances in that area as well. Here’s to action mixed with a dash of hope. Thanks for the help!

  165. says

    1. Doing more Yoga and mediation
    2. A lot less cheating while listening to my body more
    3. Work on positive affirmations and begin to appreciate my body more

    I eat pretty well, don’t use chemicals and such, I’m just trying to work on my spiritual/emotional body more so my physical body can appreciate the nutrients more.

  166. says

    Hi. I’m Kari. I have two beautiful God gifted boys, and a good portion of the weight that I gained with my second. I suffer from constant neck and back pain and overall aches. I have migraines and borderline depression and anxiety. I currently do not eat poorly, though I know I could do better. I struggle with working out and have convinced myself that I hate it (loved it in college though). I definitely know it is time for a change. I can feel it in my body, my heart, and my mind. I know that this will be a huge benefit to me and to my whole family. I am excited to get started.
    My goals:
    1. To cook and eat regular healthy meals.
    2. To exercise more and shed some pounds.
    3. To reduce my daily aches and pains.

  167. JenniferD says

    1. Drink plenty of water
    2. Plan all healthy meals a week at a time(daily pack hubby’s lunch)
    3. Organize and diligently take all supplements

    One of my focuses this month will be encouraging my husband to enjoy the benefits of choosing a healthier lifestyle. I know I have to set the example first, so that will be my greatest accountability.

  168. Susie says

    I’m Susie! I live on a beef cattle farm in KY with my husband (a teacher), my 9 month-old son, and our golden retriever. We already do lots of things like use cloth diapers and natural laundry soap, and we are big exercisers and healthy (but not organic) eaters, but I want to do more.

    1. Find a real solution to buying organic products in rural America.
    2. Make our personal care products.
    3. Find natural alternatives to many of the products I use daily
    4. See about natural ways to treat my rheumatoid arthritis, though I admit I’m hesitant since my (probably toxic) meds work so well for me.
    Looking forward to this!!

  169. longforthis says

    I meant to post these, but it slipped my mind until now!

    1. Discipline: To be able to be disciplined regarding the food I eat, physical activity, and overall wellness.

    2. Major Decrease in Sugar Intake: To eliminate sugar in my diet, to the best of my ability.
    3. Drink Herbal Teas: To condition myself to love herbal teas. lol I recognize the health benefits, it’s just getting me to enjoy them. (I’m a Southern Sweet Tea kind of gal.)

    I hope to gain control of this!

  170. says

    Hi I’m Alison
    I am a breastfeeding mother of two boys, ages 5 years and 6 months. I love my boys, including my husband, so why would I not want the BEST for them.
    My goals
    1. Cook ALL of our meals-no restaurants, no gas station snacks etc
    2. Cloth diaper my baby boy
    3. Better alternatives for one of the largest organs of our bodies-our skin
    4. Go outside for at least an hour a day-this one will be tough, the temps are pretty low right now.
    Looking forward to this!..THANK YOU:)

  171. Caroline Pattat says

    Hi, I’m Caroline. I have been following you for a while now and have been making my own products and using your recipes, but am ready to be 100% committed to this challenge. I have been gluten-free for about a year, but am ready to be totally grain free as well. My husband is slowly coming on board, but it’s harder for him to remove some things from his diet than it is for me. My health goals for 2013 are:

    1. Start exercising. I plan on finding the right kind of exercises that work for my husband and I that can be done at home yet still be effective.

    2. No more going out to eat. I want to provide a home-cooked meal made with all natural ingredients for my husband and I (including no sugar or grains).

    3. Last, but not least, I want to get my body ready to have a baby. We don’t have children yet, but it is very important for me to have a healthy body in order to have a healthy baby…hopefully in the near future :)

    Thanks for this wonderful website. I have learned so much and look forward to this challenge!

  172. says

    My name is Lacey. Your blog was the thing that actually finally made me decide to go Paleo. I have been doing it since about mid-September, and I’ve lost about 26lbs so far. I feel pretty good. I have also used a lot of your body care recipes to eliminate shampoo, toothpaste, and lotion from my life.
    1. I would like to continue this trend of replacing commercial products with homemade ones.
    2. I would like to consume more bone broth.
    3. I would like to be better about exercising on a regular basis. I have been terrible about this one, so this is probably my main goal right now.

  173. KirstinG says

    I’m in (almost) completely.
    My husband and I have been looking for a way to start eating healthy and improving our lifestyles without selling off an arm and a leg. We’ll be starting this next time we go shopping.
    Minus the limitations on coffee and bread, I have a feeling that this is going to add to our lives immensely. It also helps that I’m somewhat obsessed with DIY, so making most everything from scratch is more of a fun thing to me than a challenge.(:

  174. Amber says

    I’m in. I have been paleo/primal for over a year now, but i see this as a great way to reset after too many holiday indulgences (Whole30s and 21DSD are more than I am looking to reset to). Healthful and conscious eating will be a great way to kick off another year of paleo lifestyle.

  175. says

    I’m Ruth and I want to be and live healthier so I can pass on to my children a lifetime of healthy living and teach them healthy choices. My challenge to myself is to loose 50 lb in the next year by making small healthier changes and choices. I currently weigh 210 lb. I have already started this week by making my own toothpaste and laundry detergent. I look forward this year to making more small changes and choices to a healthier life.

  176. Rochelle says

    My name is Rochelle. Over the last year I have started putting some of these healthier choices in place, ie I use a honey sugar scrub to wash my face, homemade laundry soap etc. By doing simple things like this I save money but also know I am doing good things for my skin/body/home. But there are still things I could do to be even healthier and since I live off the grid on a mountain my health, and my husbands health are vitally important. I am looking forward to continuing to learn new things and maybe losing that last 20 lbs to boot. Best of all my two grwon daughters are starting to see the difference in me and wanting to know more!

  177. says

    Howdy-do! I’m Jeneal, a 25-year-old stay-at-home wife & mother of 2 precious girls (3 years and a 25-day-old). I’ve been reading your blog for several months now, but have been too intimidated by prices and, well, EVERYTHING, to get started on any one thing. I wanted to try all your homemade baby products before our newest addition was born, but without any of the ingredients on hand it was too expensive and now I’m afraid it’ll be too time consuming trying to make my own stuff while adjusting to having 2 kids instead of 1. I’m much more interested in the DIY products than changing our diet right now, so I guess my main goal is just to get started with a single recipe and stick to it throughout the whole year (i.e. don’t revert back to buying the product from the store because it’s easier). So, well, here it goes! Wish me luck!

    • Katie Flynn says

      just plain vinegar in a spray bottle is an amazing & safe cleaner. step it up by soaking lemon or orange peels in vinegar(for a while – like a month) then filter out into the spray bottle (i use my tea strainer). smells great! east! inexpensive!

  178. Christine says

    Hi! I’m Christine. I’ve suffered with asthma and allergies for 33 years out of my 36 year life! I’m on prescription drugs daily to deal with my asthma. I was introduced to Paleo at the end of 2012. Started eating paleo for several months and felt better than ever! But slowly, slowly, I fell off the wagon and as the holidays rolled around I completely fell off! I have two young children, one who suffers from some kinds of nasal allergy, and a husband who eats pretty much anything. This year I am determined to get not only myself, but my family on the right path to natural health! Let’s do this! :)

  179. Jayleen Hildebrandt says

    Hi all, I’m Jayleen. I have been following this blog for a few months now. So far I have everything I have implemented from wellness mama I have loved. I started t-tapp 2 weeks ago and am loving it. I’m currently 16 weeks pregnant with baby #3 and the movement has significantly reduced my low back pain. I love that it is only 18 minutes too. I made my own deodorant and it’s the first natural deodorant that has actually work for me. Hallelujah! I’ve started making my own cleaning products and have been cooking more from home but I haven’t taken the full plunge. This challenge is perfect way to do that. My top three goals for the 30 day challenge are as follows:

    1- Eliminate sugar completely for 30 days. This means telling my pregnancy brownie craving to shove it, my health is more important and I will survive.
    2- Make homemade meals for 30 consecutive days
    3- Spend time outside everyday even though it’s cold. Sunshine is healing and my family and I are deficient in vitamin D.

    Thank you wellness mama for all the time you put into this blog. The information is fantastic and I truly appreciate it.

  180. Sara says

    Hi, My name is Sara. After an injury that has taken away my very active lifestyle for almost seven months now I have gained 57 pounds. I have never been a “healthy” individual but have some sort of ailment on a constant basis. A friend introduced me to the idea of vitamins and that’s when I began reading articles online. I realized how I have been setting myself up for failure. My goal is to make a lifestyle change and start backing my body up instead of tearing it down. Also, this is an excellent opportunity for my husband to work on his heart health! I am so excited to start feeling healthier!

  181. says

    Hello, my name is Racheal. I have been married for just over nine years and we have a just-turned 1-year-old who is the light in our eyes. I have always had an interest in health in addition to illness prevention, but have never eliminated grains out of my diet. Since the second of this month, I began my grain-free journey. For the last 3 weeks I have been looking for an eating plan that will help me to feel better. I first learned of Sally Fallon and Nourishing Traditions about three years ago. It was then that I also discovered gnowfglins. I became a member and began incorporating these concepts into our eating. My husband has soaked oatmeal for breakfast every morning as a result. However, soaking/dehydrating nuts and soaking all grains prior to eating went to the wayside. I am a full-time nurse as well. As you can imagine, my schedule has been pretty full these last couple years.

    I am still carrying on about an extra 10 lbs from the pregnancy that I’ve been wanting to lose for many months. I had a gym membership, but I found that I didn’t really enjoy attempting to find someone to watch my son at least three times a week for a couple hours while I go to the gym when I already work 13 hours three days a week. So….for the last three weeks, I have been doing workouts in my bedroom and that has proved to be successful, as I can do it while my little guy is napping or just after he’s gone to bed for the night and it’s FREE!

    I have also been noticeably tired for the last year. While I have been attributing it primarily to new motherhood, my son sleeps through most nights and has always been a great sleeper. So I finally came to realize it must be more than that; plus I was eating pretty much anything and everything. I know it starts with diet, and so here I am. So to repeat my three steps I am taking this month:
    1. Lose the extra 10 lbs
    2. Eliminate grains for a month
    3. Workout 3-4 days a week (I don’t like to workout on the days I work…it seems to be a bit much right now.)

    Thank you for posting this challenge!

  182. amber jones says

    I WILL to remove the chemicals from my house, STOP reaching for the pill bottles everytime someone in my family gets a tickle in their throat and be grain free. I would like to have a completely Paleo Diet but if we can be grain free by the end of the year we can work more on what veggies and dairy to cut out next year. Baby steps for the husband. He is having a hard time with the corn and potatoes! They are his favorite!

  183. Amber Wagley says

    Hello my name is Amber. I’ve always been interested in nutrition and health, but I haven’t always walked my talk. For example, I know that I have a gluten sensitivity and a bit of a sugar addiction, yet I’ve not been committed enough to give them up for an extended period of time. I used to teach yoga, but since my daughter was born, I’ve not been on my mat or exercising at all. I’ve elimated all chemicals from our home except for my shampoo; I just can’t seem to find a natural solution that works well for me. My goals during this challenge are to give up wheat and sugar and to start exercising daily. And maybe I’ll try another shampoo or two :)

  184. Sarah says

    I have always been interested in health and nutrition, but unfortunately “know” more than I “do.” My sister-in-law has been following the GAPS diet for about the last year and is having so much success that I wanted to try it, but was overwhelmed with all of the rules and restrictions and could never think of what to eat and what to fix for my family! I am excited to find this website–such a great data base that breaks things down and makes it easy to be healthy! Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together–I am super excited to get started on a road to a healthier family (and me!).

  185. Stephanie says

    1. Take better care of myself mentally
    2. Take better care of myself physically/nutritionally
    3. Take better care of myself spiritually

  186. TimsArmyWifey says

    I’m in … I started a journal on the site so I won’t repeat myself here. I’m a 44 yo Mom of 4, Army Wife, Homeschooler (one 12yo presently as the rest have graduated). Wanting to get back on track with our overall health – in all areas body, mind and spirit. Look forward to it! :)

  187. says

    Have been following your blog for a while and love all the info you have here. Switched to natural cleaners and now not afraid to ask kids to clean the house.
    1. Get more outdoor time
    2. Sugar free
    3. Wheat free

  188. says

    I’m Jacque. Mom to 4 blessings aged 1 1/2to 6. Quit to stay home and make my house a home. I am finding this a few weeks late but am taking the plunge! My goals
    1. Pray daily
    2. Eliminate all grains (no cheats)
    3. Make 3 homemade health/beauty items.

    Love this blog! Thank you for all the great resources! Looking forward to getting healthier in 2013

  189. says

    My name is Andrea, I found your website yesterday while looking for natural lotion options and it swallowed me whole. The laundry sat in the basket and dryer, the dishes sat on the sink, the kid’s shoes scattered and stuff scattered all over the floor, sewing projects in mid-completion. I couldn’t pull myself away from your site, it’s lovely. There is so much information and so many links and so many ideas. I honestly couldn’t do anything yesterday. I was so happy to find this site because my “doctor” (special chiropractor) discovered that I had/have dysbiosis and put me on the SC Diet about 3 months ago. I have felt so good physically and emotionally but socially I feel like an outcast. “I’m sorry, I can’t have that, doctor’s orders” have been a huge part of my vernacular, especially through the holiday parties, church functions, and family gatherings. I’ve even had to remind my kids daily that this or that is a grain or a sugar or whatever and I don’t eat that anymore. Anyway, I’ve been feeling kind of discouraged on Monday and thinking it would be so much easier to grab a handful of pretzels to snack on than cook another egg when I said to myself, “It may be easier, but I’ve never felt as good as I do now and I’m OK with doing hard things,” so I heated a frying pan and cooked up a couple of eggs. I am definitely a rule follower and have done very well living this way except for having a good support system. No one I know lives like this and that is an overwhelming thing to me. I’ve considered bringing my family along for the journey because I know they would benefit from it but I’m still trying to make food that tastes good to me, let alone 4 other picky eaters. So, Here I am resolving to help myself and my family. The 3 things I am changing today are-1-oil pulling for the teeth. I hadn’t ever heard of this before, but I tried it this morning and thought I could probably do this long term. 2-Replacing our lotions and soaps with good to great options. I’ve been purchasing specialty soaps at the health food store but they’re SO expensive and they still have a lot of unpronounceable things in them and 3-I am going to make only one meal for the meals my family and I eat together. I will no longer make two separate meals, one for my husband and children, and a smaller one for me. When we eat together, we will all eat SCD. Sorry so long, but your site is an answer to my lonely prayers.

  190. says

    My husband has been on night shift for the last 3 months and we’ve had talks about taking better care of ourselves. Last night was his last night shift for the time being. I think it’s time to get started. I’ve been following this blog for about a month and I like what I see. I’m looking forward to the support!

  191. Heather says

    My name is Heather. I am a full-time working mom to 3 kids. I am looking for some motivation to get back on track. Before having kids I excercised and ate well. Since having kids I have fallen into a major rut!

  192. says

    Hello, My name is Petronille. In the past three years, I have learnt so much on real food as well as artificial food in our system. I will like to take up this challenge and work at incorporating real whole to our diet.

    1) Drink water and maybe juice only for the next 30 days.

    2) Exercise daily

    3)Reduce or eliminate the use of everything refine (i.e. sugars, breads, grains. etc)

  193. says

    hi My name is Sandy My sister who has been eating paleo for years talked with me about taking care of my health i was dx with ovarian cancer three years ago , that same year My brother with lung and another colon ( both have passed away ) since then a sister was dx with Hodgkin’s so last March ( my Birthday ) i decided to eat mainly paleo once a month i would cheat and have a slice of pizza :( i got off track this Nov and Dec since then I’m back on track with My husband now on broad too ) I decided not to indulge in pizza ,unless paleo My goal is to eat whole foods and be more active and teach others to eat whole foods and to use coconut oil and real butter for better health as well

  194. says

    Hi three years ago i was dx with ovarian cancer same year two brothers were dx with lung and colon cancer ( sadly they have passed away ) last Nov a sister was dx with Hodgkin’s Last year on My birthday i was talking with my sister who has been eating Paleo for years she suggested i try
    eating paleo to be healthy , so i jumped on broad I was eating great up until this Dec I now want to re commit , i have been eating paleo for 3 weeks now and my husband has also joined me :) My goal is to continue this lif style and to teach others to eat whole foods stay away from grains and sugar and to use coconut oil and real butter

  195. says

    I’m Jennifer, I’m very new to natural healthy eating and am having a very hard time trying to get my family to do so. My goal is not to be skinny or model like-my goal is to be healthy and happy. I’ve been suffering from daily migraines since August and my neurologist has been pumping me full of medication which has only made them worse. I’ve since refused the medicine and am looking for a natural life style to help me out. Here’s to you, Wellness Mama -wish me luck!

  196. says

    I’m Andrew and I’m getting an early start to living healthy. I love farm-fresh items and homemade food. I try to avoid anything that could be harmful to me.

    My biggest problem right now is trying to get my family to live healthy as well. Food-wise, I really want to start eating only grass-fed, local meats, but the price difference is the problem.

    This month I will:

    1. Bring my consupmtion of grains down to a minimum.
    2. Use only natural body wash and floss (I already use natural toothpaste), and learn more about oral health.

    3. Start exercising regularly to prepare for an upcoming 5-day bike trip.

  197. Dallis says

    I feel weird doing this.. But what the hay! I’m Dallis and my husband’s name is David. We are young newly weds (a year in June!) and have both gained a lovely amount of new marriage weight. I have Hashimotos Thyroditis (I know right? I don’t even think I spelled it right.) but my Husband is particularly healthy! We are joining your challenge not just to lose our newly found love handles, but to also live healthy. I’m afraid of I continue to feed my disease that my fertility may be affected, I’m afraid it already is… So we are doing this for our future family, for the daughter I dream of. We are doing this for Molly!

  198. Ria says

    I’m Ria. My husband and I have been trying to get healthy and stay that way but we both lack the strong will to follow through and stick to it. I’m hoping that by joining your challenge, I will find that strong will we needed to finally live a healthy lifestyle. I have a dry skin, very loose skin in my belly and bad stretch marks from 2 pregnancies and losing the weight. Also, red dots that look like a cluster of tiny pimples in both my upper arms that formed after my 1st pregnancy and just stayed there. I’m very uncomfortable right now in my own body. So my goal is to clear up my skin and improve its look and feel. My husband on the other hand, wants to lose the protruding belly and tone up. My first son has a very sensitive skin. He develops eczema every now and then, I believe it depends on the season. And he has nut allergies. My youngest son is fine so far,but it would be great to get him used to eating healthy food while he is young especially because he is a picky eater. So, I am ready to start this challenge.

  199. Mary Barber says

    I’m sharing this with my FB friends and family, these are tips I am constantly giving to people, this would be a great way for them to have it all in one place and actually start living better. Well Done!

  200. Alicia says

    Hi, my name is Alicia and I am so elated about this. I am going to soon become a wife. I want to ensure that My husband to be and I are healthy and have an established health system in our lives. We want when our children are birthed that they will be taken care of accurately from the beginning. So, this challenge is my fuel to get the system established. Thank You very much Katie for your mentoring

  201. Alicia says

    Hi, my name is Alicia and I am so elated about this. I am going to soon become a wife. I want to ensure that My husband to be and I are healthy and have an established health system in our lives. We want when our children are birthed that they will be taken care of accurately from the beginning. So, this challenge is my fuel to get the system established. Thank You very much Katie for your mentoring

  202. Avery C says

    Looking forward to doing the challenge! My 30 yr old husband is in active treatment for an epitheliod sarcoma, so these healthy living guidelines will only boost the chemo he is receiving, and hopefully help to heal him faster! My personal goals other than aiding in his healing and recovery will be exercising six days a week, making an effort to meal plan, and getting a more restful sleep.

  203. Erin Baker says

    I am Erin. I have two kids, 4 year old girl that is addicted to grains
    (cereal and bread) a breast feeding almost 6 month old son, and a
    husband that is addicted to sugar. I am trying my best to plan my meals
    and I have been working out consistently for the last week and a half,
    trying to build that up to be permanent. I have a lot of weight to lose left over from the first and second pregnancy’s.
    I am having a very hard time coming up with the good food on a tight
    budget. I need the help of this challenge very much. I want to do
    this.

  204. MamaSchulze says

    I’m Chris, A stay at home mom of 3, homeschool, run a daycare ect. I am needing to not only lose the extra pounds my babies have helped me gain but also have become more and more concerned with the extra additives in our foods. Been trying to do whole foods for a while now and always need the extra encouragement.

  205. Cori Oliver Crews says

    Hello. I’m Cori – a full time mommy, wife, and professor. I love your
    site and have already converted our household cleaning and many of our
    toiletries and cosmetics to chemical free versions. I love your baby
    wipe recipe. My son has never had diaper rash. We have also recently
    been decreasing and eliminating processed foods and trying to
    incorporate more “real” foods and organic meats, vegetables, and fruits
    when possible. I would like to increase this. I want to raise my son (1
    year old right now) on good, wholesome nutrition. I would also like to
    get back to my pre-pregnancy figure if possible. I’m not too far away
    but need an extra push and can’t go back to my food journal, eating
    every 2 hours, and counting calories. I don’t have the time or the
    sanity. I need some good, easy, quick, and budget-friendly meal ideas
    that my husband and hopefully my somewhat picky son can and will eat
    with me.

  206. Kara says

    Hey I’m Kara. I’m in my 20’s and struggle with major panic, hormonal incosistancies, acne and IBS. I’ve been trying to eat healthier raw foods but I could really use that extra kick plus the support to really be consistant. I know that cleaning up my diet is the key. But I come from a family that says “If you’re craving it, your body must need it.” So I could really use some support in the war against junky foods.Thanks for coming out with this at such a perfect time! xx

  207. Yasmin L says

    I Have been in a journey for the past 2 years to detoxify myself, and try to encourage my husband to do the same, and now I have a baby on the way, so now more than ever it is important I commit. I have already removed most of my toxic cleaning/beauty products and started making my own, but I still need to just remove the rest instead of waiting for them to be finished. And although my nutrition has greatly improved I still have a ways to go, and I think the challenge will keep committed.

  208. Theresa says

    I have decided to take you challenge as I have made July the month to get back to my healthy ways. I am committing to drinking at least 1 gallon of water a day, no fried foods and every meal will be 3/4 vegetables. Looking forward to some amazing changes.

  209. Shelly says

    Hi, I am Shelly. I will be 51 in a few months. I have 2 boys still at home ages 7 & 17. I am about 65 pounds overweight and take a thyroid replacement. I had to see a doctor recently because we were transferring to Japan. She doubled my thyroid replacement, put me on iron, and blood pressure medicine. I would love to get off of all pharmacuticals. I want to eat good food that feeds my body. My husband and boys are all slim and healthy but are picking up my sugar and starch addictions because of my shopping patterns. But I am ready to change. We have been in Japan for two weeks and it is time to change. Thanks, Katie, for doing what you do!

  210. Jennifer Tucker says

    I’m still new to all of this. I have a question about one of the things listed on your list of foods to avoid. Quinoa? I’ve noticed a lot of gluten free recipes call for quinoa. Why should we avoid it?

  211. Alyssa Hill says

    Starting the Challenge! I do not, nor have I ever had a weight issue. I do have Celiac however. My goal is to heal internally. I won’t be posting pictures because you can’t really see the progress that I am making. However, I do run my own Blog, Instagram, and Twitter semi-based off of my new Health issues!

  212. Caroline Hepburn says

    Hi Katie! Found your website last night after researching homemade and natural cosmetics/lotions. I am in awe of what you are doing here and I am so up for the wellness challenge! I promise to eat healthier and follow natural, unprocessed and unrefined way of eating, to exercise and become physically healthier and also to try and make my own natural products to use on myself. Thank you for your wonderful website!

  213. Sabrina Sangster says

    I have recently found your blog and am very excited to start the Wellness Challenge! I have discovered over the last few years I have a sensitivity to wheat and milk products. I also have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and have a whole slew of health conditions as a result of that. I have been trying to live a healthier lifestyle since my diagnosis, as I am only 36 years old and have 3 wonderful active children to keep up with. But I am finding it very difficult to stay on the wagon, especially with grains…. I have made some positive changes and I notice the difference, but I find it very difficult to commit 100%, mainly because it is hard to find good solid information, and a healthy eating plan. So…..my 3 action steps are eliminate ALL grains, get proper daily exercise, increase my Vitamin D levels. THANK YOU!!!

  214. Peanut Gallery says

    I really want to join the challenge. The issues I have are…my wine, I love my Merlot, and I am such a picky eater. .I normally do not adhere to the “healthy” foods because I do not like the healthy stuff. Anyone else with these issues who has made it through the challenge? II want to lose weight so much…I look so much older than I am yet I feel so much younger??? Makes me depressed.

    • Peanut Gallery says

      I also want to add that I take care of my Mom…who I affectionately call “Honey Badger” she is a Diabetic with Congestive Heart Failure and Emphysema. It is a mess but my daughter and mom are the best of friends and I really want honey badger and her “slip” (aka my daughter) to make it through a lot more before the memories are just that. So, it is me and my Honey Badger who need the help!

  215. Angelina Fazio Glass says

    I’m IN!!! and posted it on facebook, asking if any of my friends want to join in the challenge with me!!!!

  216. Kim Ludeman says

    Hi, I’m Kim! I am trying to conceive and this sounds like a great way to boost fertility! I’m strict Paleo and my hubs is GF, but I am new to cleaning out the chemicals in my home. Super stoked to be teaming up with all you awesome people!!!

  217. Calais Johnson says

    Hi. My name is Cal and I’m a stay at home mother working a part time job via home too. I want and need to get healthy. My goal is to remove toxins from my family’s lives, loose weight and be a good example to my children.

  218. Tiffany Lees says

    Hello! I have just stumbled across your blog and am hooked! I, here and now, vow to eat real, non-barcoded food, quit slathering myself with chemicals and toxins and to get back to making my own home cleaning supplies. Thank you for this challenge. I accept!

    “External things should, as much as possible, excite only ideas of beauty, truth and happiness.” A. Bronson Alcott

  219. Lorraine says

    Optimal health for my age: 63. I feel marvelous and have never had any major health problems. I want to keep it that way. My husband and I are both in great health. Our daughter is marrying this next month and we hope to live long enough to enjoy those grandchildren we hear are so wonderful!

  220. Kelly says

    Im excited to read about what supplements are best for me!!! I have chronic fatigue that I feel Im not managing very well!!! Im going to give the bone broth a go tomorrow :-) thank u

  221. Karin K M says

    I’m Karin. I am overweight with hormone problems. My daughter has developed food allergies so this is the perfect time to dial it in for our family.

  222. Jessica says

    I’m Jessica. I have been reading your website for awhile. Hope it’s not too late to try this challenege. As a sahm breastfeeding a LO and feeding a wonderful husband, I really want to learn more about how to provide healthy options for myself and my family. My family isn’t the healthiest (with autoimmune diseases now surfacing, weight problems, etc) and I just want the best for our growing family!

  223. Barbara Powers says

    I’ve been in love with all you do here ever since i found you. You have helped open my eyes, to many things, and have helped me and my family live healthier. I’m so up for a challenge like this; it’s rather overdue. I’m a bf sahm with 4 Littles and a husband who desires a healthier lifestyle as well. My husband and i would love to eat healthier as a family and lose the extra pounds that have creeped up on us over the years. I’m going straight to the pantry to throw out that crap we sometimes mistake for food. Thanks again Katie for all your inspiration!

  224. Moonmama says

    Hello, I am Brynn! 22 with a 17 month old daughter. We will both be cutting out all sugar, grains, and most dairy. Thank you for providing us with easy to find and understandable resources so we can begin on this journey!

  225. Maedchen Britton says

    Hi I’m Maedchen and I’m trying to get healthy and stay healthy! I’m 19 and I figure that practicing good eating and exercising habits now will help me have a healthy body my whole life :) I’ve dealt with weight issues in the past and I’m trying to maintain a healthy weight with a healthy body, and encourage my fiancé with the same goals. I’ve been researching a lot of healthy lifestyle choices with organic, non-gmo food sources, and I love how your blog puts everything I’ve been looking for at my fingertips! Thank you!

  226. Kristina Brooke says

    I am going to do this now (even if it is not still an active program). I love your blog and have spent a ridiculous amount of time here and devouring your posts.

  227. Vanessa says

    Yayy! I’m totally ready! I am 5’1′ and weigh 190 pounds! Yea! Not good. I have been experimenting with all of your recipes and then I came across this challenge. My fiancee and I have been talking about how we need to lose weight! I’m going to have him participate with me. My personal goals for this challenge are: 1.) Get back to my BMI=130 and under. 2.) Completely convert to a natural and frugal lifestyle. 3.) Be an inspiration to others and have them eventually participate in this challenge! Like my mother! She has always wanted to be thinner!

    I am so so excited and motivated!

    Vanessa<3

  228. AliB says

    My name is Ali. I have recently interested in nutrition as I am a college basketball player. I am really interested in learning and growing in this!!

  229. Ana Delia Centeno-Torres says

    I am Ana. I have turned to a vegan lifestyle around three months ago. I am taking little by little the leap to go completely naturally non-chemical on teh outside now by using homemade cleaning products, make-up etc. I am taking this 30 day challenge to help me in my great endeavor.

  230. Lynn Orr Correll says

    Hey! My name is Lynn and I want to get well! So happy I found this challenge and the guidance that comes with it. I’ve recently gone gluten free and found a lot of improvement in my health but I have more to go. Thank you for this help!

  231. Sandy Blackburn says

    I’m Sandy, 55, and taking the hard route through menopause. I’m not one of the lucky symptom free gals. My husband is having health issues due to being overweight. So my goal is to help him loose weight, balance my body, sleep better, and give us good health as we look forward to retirement.

  232. Amanda Marker says

    My name is Amanda, a stay at home mom of 2 amazing boys! My husband works away alot so me working outside of the home is not an option without spending a ton of money on childcare. I would prefer to spend our money on getting healthy. I can honestly say we are the definition of UNHEALTHY at this point. We eat processed foods regularly, because it is cheaper and easier, use modern medicine to treat EVERYTHING and have every bad habit a person can have (aside from drug abuse)! I see the downfalls of eating and doctoring this way! Our children have allergies, behavioral problems, no motivation… as do we as well. I have made a decision to change things NOW! I smoke currently and am a bit on the “fluffy” side, he chews and has an occasional beer or two daily when he is home he suffers from gout but wont do what is necssary to help that aside from taking perscription meds daily, the boys are totally addicted to sugary fatty foods…gummie snacks, cookies, candy, sodas etc. It is time! When my husband comes home we are going to sit down and use this website and others to form a plan… in the mean time rather than sitting on the couch today I am going to get on that elliptical machine I just had to have, and start making safe natural cleaning products with whatever I have in the house to do so! Going to take the challenge and keep it going. Good Luck to all the others out there who are considering or have already started the challenge! Looking forward to meeting and sharing with so many new people out there!

  233. DEBRA says

    My name is Debra……i know i need to make changes…we have obesity, tooth decay, allergies…child on singulair ugh…just haven’t known where to start…thank you, thank you, thank you for direction I am starting now as you advised…How do you get your children to take fermented cod liver oil/butter if it tastes so awful? My daughter has a cavity and i would like to have her take this. Thanks again.

  234. DEBRA says

    forgot my three steps……chucking out the candy, informing my mother in law, nicely, to quit bring over junk. Starting to read all the free paleo books i have downloaded for free

  235. Carly Jo says

    Hi I’m Carly and I’m scared! I am a stay at home mom of 2. I have fibromyalgia so finding the strength sometimes to switch out all the junk is hard. Do I have to cook all the time or is there some more convenient items? It just seems like I will be in the kitchen quite a lot. Any advice I really do want to get myself and family healthy.

  236. Jessica Miller says

    Hi I’m Jessica. I just got married and we are really trying to simplify our lives and be healthier. My personal goals are to use chemical free products at home and on my body. I have struggled with very itchy dry skin and want to see if I can heal my body. I also want to get off of sugar! Thank you for the inspiration and modivation.

  237. Stacy says

    I’m Stacy. I first found your blog when I was pregnant with my daughter and looking for the best ways to start solid foods. She is now 19 months old and has unfortunately inherited my extremely sensitive skin. I am finding it difficult to keep her healthy as well. This is my next step in providing her with the healthiest lifestyle possible. My thought is, how can I expect her to eat healthier if she sees me eating differently. So, bring it on!

  238. Birdie Gurley says

    Hi there,

    I am 46 and have been getting gradually sicker and sicker. I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (auto-immune hypo thyroidism) and rheumatoid arthritis. I can feel that this is a systemic problem. The irony is that I used to eat really well and as I have gotten sicker that has become harder and harder to do.

    I have recently bought a vita mix and have only just started to put it through its paces. I am looking to incorporate things like flax seed, berries, yoghurt, aloe vera and brazil nuts so I would love to hear if you can make any generalist statements about what quantities to use to get enough health benefit and maintain taste.

    I have also just heard about magnesium oil and am waiting on a delivery to see if this lives up to the promise – many users report great success with this – I’ll post here again when I have given it a go.

    Thank you for this great offer of the 30 day challenge – it is much appreciated.
    Namaste 3~’

  239. Natalie Grose says

    I’m Natalie. I am trying to heal cavities focusing on eliminating grains and sugar. More exercise is also a goal.

  240. Stephanie says

    I’m Stephanie. I had started eating well, lost weight, and started feeling better, but I plateaued for 6 months and became frustrated. I didn’t realize how much weight I had lost and how much better I had felt until I started eating bad again and tried on clothes I was able to wear then that are too small now. I came to this site about a year ago for gluten free recipes. I have since changed some other things I do such as washing my hair with castille soap and using vinegar to rinse. We have also started using less toxic cleaning supplies. I am wanting to do this challenge to make myself more accountable.

  241. Mary Wilson says

    Hi. I’m Mary. My husband and I both have heart issues and diabetes. I am a one year cancer survivor. We both need to lose some weight and get our health back on track.

  242. Kristie says

    Hi, I’m Kristie. My husband and I have started working on eating more healthy and we have cleaned our house of toxins but we do give in to the temptation of faux foods from time to time. I am looking forward to the help, encouragement and meal planing, ( cause I really stink at meal planning ) as well as a healthy future.

  243. Samantha says

    Hi, there.
    Recently, I’ve been kicking myself for letting my oral and physical health slip so much. I’m so unhealthy it’s unreal. I can’t run anywhere, can barely lift a heavy bucket and my teeth are weak and yellow. I read up on your notes about Grains and I couldn’t believe it!
    I really want to try this. If I can convince my mum to try it with me, we should be good to go next month, or even the next.
    I just have a quick question.
    My family have an unbelievably low budget. Sometimes we can’t even afford fresh fruit. I understand your choice to never ever consume any grain of any type, but should we ever fall into a financial hole and have to purchase store bread/pasta for a few weeks, will that put us back to square one or will the limitation be okay for us?

  244. Nathan A says

    I just have a few issues with the Food to eat/in moderation/avoid lists. First off, I don’t think avoiding any fruit or vegetables is good advice. Everything I have read says that fruits and veggies are good. Of course some are better than others and it depends on how they’re cooked, but I think all fruit should be on the eat freely list as they are full of natural vitamins and minerals, they are natural foods, full of pure water and natural sugar. Also, there were some grains on the avoid list. Why avoid grains? Quinoa is extraordinarily healthy for you. Red meats are a no go in my opinion. They should be on the avoid list. I love your blog, but that’s my two cents on the matter.

  245. Jeanine Molella says

    In response to Nathan. All fruits and certain vegetables have an extremely high sugar content. Although the sugar is natural, it is still sugar and something to avoid during the initial weight loss period, but acceptable to work back in in small amounts as soon as your body’s metabolism has had it’s jump start of sorts. Either way, sugar natural or not should be moderated. Green veggies are the best. Also, if you read her analysis thoroughly you will see that fats are not the issue. Media has put a bad rep on red meats because of it’s fat content. However, red meat is a crucial protein source. After all, our most primitive diet consisted of red meat and vegetables. And for quinoa, needless to say, do not adhere to the media so quickly.

  246. Jeanine Molella says

    Also, going forth in this challenge I really need help finding a dairy substitute for milk! I’m lactose sensitive and gluten intolerant, so that rules out soy milk and now I’m finding rice milk and almond milk are out of the question as well, so that just leaves coconut milk?? Anything else? Is there such thing as a lactose free milk? Lol.

  247. Monika James says

    I am totally new to this kind of lifestyle and honestly im overwhelmed, BUT I will commit t 30 days. I appreciate the start here guide. For 30 days I will start eating clean, stop killing myself on the treadmill, and start, and start looking at this as a lifestlye change for the whole family.

  248. Michelle says

    Hi, I’m Michelle…I discovered your website while looking for some info on Group B Strep and can’t believe how much valuable information is on here! I’ve told so many people about it since discovering it! I’m a SAHM of 2 (son 7, daughter 5)…we eat pretty healthy for the most part…gluten free but haven’t cut out grains yet and have been having too many “treats” lately…I need some motivation to get back on track so thought the 30 day challenge would be a good place to start. Two questions…you say you’re a coffee addict but it’s not allowed on the plan…how strict does that need to be? Love my coffee!! Also, no half and half but full fat cream is ok…can that be used in coffee with a bit of milk to thin? P.S. I hate anything banana and married into a musical family too (read your bio)!! :-)

  249. Tara says

    Hello, I’m Tara and I’m starting now. I just finished watching most of the Real Food Con health summit for this year and realized I already followed you on facebook. I suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis, Hashimoto’s, insulin resistance (early stages), adrenal fatigue…to name a few. I am also approximately 70 pounds overweight and can’t remember the last time I had a pain free day. I’ve tried so many different diets, supplements, ways of thinking, etc, that I feel like nothing is going to change. I’ve spent thousands upon thousands of dollars, only to end up with more problems, more pain, new symptoms, and less money. I’m tired. I’m confused because there’s so much conflicting information out there regarding lifestyle and health. I’m scared because I’m young and feel like my life is going to end because of the drugs I have to take to control pain. I’m also broke. After spending so much money trying to heal myself, then being so sick that I have missed countless months of work, I’m stressed out trying to figure out how I’m going to catch up financially. And last but not least, I’m weak and have a terrible food addiction. I love bread, sugar, fat, chemicals…anything and everything that’s bad for you. I quit smoking 2 years ago and started a new habit- food addiction. It’s bad. I mean, hiding candy bars from family until I can eat them by myself bad. My willpower with food is pretty much non-existent and I share space with another family that lives off of junk food. So not only is this going to be the biggest challenge of my life, I’m going to be living with people who eat the food that I think I love and now cannot have. I don’t blame them, as everyone has their own reasons why they do the things they do, and their own set of beliefs. But I know it’s time to change or things are going to rapidly get worse. I have been somewhat stable for the last two years with weight, and just notice over the last several weeks that I’m starting to gain again. This means something is changing, and it cannot be for the better. I feel like this is my last chance to get it under control. I hope I can afford it, and I hope it works. One thing is for sure… I will give it my best shot.

    • Tracey Pequeno says

      Tara, I hope you are doing well!!! Hang in there!! I know losing your favorite foods is hard physically and emotionally. I dicovered my food allergies (i’m Celiac)and Candida about 6 years ago. Sometimes I still cry because I miss wheat and corn and have to watch all my family members enjoy them. I pick up their food and smell it like a creeper but that is as far as I go. Blessings!

  250. Janet Krouse-Weber says

    Hello all,

    Janet here, over the past year I have been working toward a healthy lifestyle. I am 51 raising my 6 year old granddaughter and want to be a good example for her and be here for her.

  251. KimmyA says

    I am a mom of 2 wonderful children, a wife, and a student. I want to start living more naturally without chemicals in everything my family and I touch and consume. I have been dealing with back problems for the past 10 years and have seen chiropractors, physical therapists, done yoga, worked out, but nothing has seemed to help much. And none of those doctors have offered a solution or a reason as to why I constantly have knots all over my back. So I have recently been thinking that maybe it’s something I’m eating (or not eating). I’m not excited to cut out some of the foods I love, but I think it’s worth it to try and find a solution to my problem. I’m all in! I have already made my own deodorant, laundry soap, lip balm, sugar scrubs and a few other items. It’s so fun and exciting knowing exactly what I am putting into and on my body. Soap making is next!

  252. Amanda says

    My name is Amanda. I am in my 20’s and newlywed. I have been following your website for a few months and now my husband and I are ready to take the official challenge! We want to develop healthy habits and ways of living now that will benefit us in the rest of our lives and also the lives of our future children.

  253. Claire Green says

    Hi, I’m Claire. I’m a college student. During this health challenge I will try to lower my stress levels, eliminate processed foods and commit to a set exercise routine.

  254. Amos says

    Hi I’m Amy, I’m 39 y.o. I am a homeschool mom of 3 girls (7, 10, 11) with a 19 y.o. son who no longer lives at home. I am about 25 – 30 lbs. over weight, I have diabetes, low hdl and very high triglycerides, along with several chronic health issues. I want to get my blood sugars and cholesterol to a good level. I think if I can do that I will naturally achieve an appropriate weight and become free of my health issues. I just want to be healthy and feel good.

  255. Tracey Pequeno says

    Hi! I’m Tracey. I am just too young to have so many autoimmune problems. I have been on the GAPS diet for 3 weeks now and would like to stick with it, start working out at home, and reduce my exposure to toxins and chemicals.

  256. Amy Nunziato says

    My name is Amy, I am 42 years old and living in the EU. My family has been here almost 6 months and we are still learning the ropes in regards to healthy living and eating. We started on this journey a few years ago, but with the change in location and lots of stress some things have gone by the wayside. I am taking this challenge to improve our overall health (ability to handle stress) and to model right living/eating to our children. My three steps…. Drinking more water, eating with less sugar and grains as well as increasing our exercise – although here we walk everywhere. Thank you, Katie for doing this. Your website and knowledge has been a real blessing already to our family.

  257. Amy says

    My name is Amy, I am 42 years old and living in the EU. My family has been here almost 6 months and we are still learning the ropes in regards to healthy living and eating. We started on this journey a few years ago, but with the change in location and lots of stress some things have gone by the wayside. I am taking this challenge to improve our overall health (ability to handle stress) and to model right living/eating to our children. My three steps…. Drinking more water, eating with less sugar and grains as well as increasing our exercise – although here we walk everywhere. Thank you, Katie for doing this. Your website and knowledge has been a real blessing already to our family.

  258. Katherine Ewing says

    Hi-My name is Katherine and I am 56 years old. I am taking the challenge because I am struggling with being down and not having motivation to do the basics. Today I will stop eating so much sugar. I will do 5 minutes of exercise.

  259. Megan Leigh Lemmen says

    my name is megan and i’m 21, in my third year of college, and frankly very sick of feeling unmotivated, tired, and unhealthy. ready to make a change!

  260. Sheena Good says

    Hi Katie, my name is Sheena. Stay at home mom of 15 mon. twins. I’ve been trying to cut out gmo’s and trying to live a overall healthier lifestyle for my family, but it’s so hard! I’m hoping to get my husband and board, and looking very much forward to your emails! Thanks!

  261. Linda Wann Wagner says

    Hi, I’m Linda, a 67 year old lady with 2 grown sons, 1 grown daughter and 5 grandchildren. I have Type ll diabetes and a lot of weight to lose and I’ve never been good at “taking care of” either of those problems. My A1C usually runs 7. 8 or 9, but today it was 6.7. WooHoo! The only thing I have been doing different is drinking 2 T of apple cider vinegar with 8 to 12 ozs of water at bedtime. I’m on Januvia and Metformin tabs (no insulin, thank goodness). I would like to be more in control of both my weight and diabetes, and I would LOVE to be better able to keep up with my family. I have a habit of starting things with high hopes, only to “fall by the wayside”. I’ve been checking into the Paleo diet and the ketogenic diet. I have done well on the Atkins plan, in the past. I will try my best to be “in” but I may have to wait until after Christmas.

  262. Penny Hewey says

    I am going to learn to make kombucha and water kefir, add back an exercise routine for myself and daughter, and meal plan better. I’ve meal planned in the past and it worked very well, for our dinners, breakfast and lunch is difficult to pre-plan because it’s based on the produce in the house and what’s leftover from dinner if any. I’m going to do my best to remove grains. I’ve already removed wheat, however oats, rice, and corn will be difficult. I know this will be much easier now that I’ve got a vitamix though :)

  263. Desiree Brown says

    I would love to sign up bit it says the mailing list isnt active! Can you fix?? I have started seeing a new doctor that wants me to go off all grains, corn, wheat, and gmos so reading your blog has been great!

  264. Shannon Casper says

    I just got an error message saying that the mailing list is not active. Boo! I’d really like to sign up.

  265. jamey says

    I am so excited about continuing my healthy life with the wellness challenge. It is in line with what my doctor recommends. I am forty, ughh and need to lose 120 lbs. Finding your blog has answered so many questions along my journey thank you for inspiring me to keep searching for me and my family. God bless you. I have done so much work over the last year with getting off of meds and getting on supplements and my hormones in better shape but when my naturopathic doctor suggested a paleo diet, I thought ugghh. But with more and more research I realize it is definitely a step I need to take. Thank you

  266. JR says

    I’m Julie. I recently got fed up with being overweight and unhealthy. I started with a cleanse that lasted through the holidays and thought this would be the another great way to keep it going. I look forward to dropping more weight and continuing to feel great. I am making some overall changes for our whole household. :)

  267. Ashley Davidson Bear says

    Hi, I’m Ashley. I’m a single mom with an active 9 year old son. We’ve been eating really poorly the last couple of years and we need to get back to being healthy! He is ADHD and diet really has an effect on him and I’ve put on weight because of the poor eating habits we’ve fallen in to! I can’t wait to get started and get back to being healthy!!

  268. LEE says

    I am Lee, just wonder what will happen to my glucose level after taking the challenge for 30 days. I monitor my glucose level after 10 days. There is no sign of getting down. And my weight also fluctuating around plus minus 1 kg. May i know what else that i should do in order to see the results ?

  269. Cory Houde says

    I’m Cory, I just found this site about an hour ago and haven’t left it yet.. I am 20 years old and I have had bad eating and lifestyle habits basically my entire life. I cannot wait to start this challenge so I can be as healthy as possible!!

  270. Charmaine Taylor says

    I did the Wellness Challenge last year and went from an obese vegetarian, with no energy to a much improved Wellness Mama follower. Took the Challenge, doing my best to overcome my ethics, it took well into March before I was eating meat. My family was on board by May. We fine tuned our budget and officially made the diet switch by July.

    This year I’m working on exercise, oral health a and stress. Wish I could join you all on the challenge this year! Best of luck you all!!

  271. LettieF says

    Katie.
    I know I am late, but I am definitely IN!!!! I am almost 53 and have felt terrible for the last several years. I watched my mother health decline over the last 30 years with no help from her doctors. I am going to be a grandmother in March and want to see my grandbaby grow up. I think this is a better start than the doctors office! I also looke at your “getting your hormones under control” page and plan to use that to help! Thank you for such an informative website!

  272. Deana says

    Hi, I’m Deana! Very much needed challenge. Currently stressed out building a new house, working, and I home school our two girls. I have been putting off eating right and going natural on products until we get in our house. For my sanity, I cannot tackle it all until I get moved in. In the meantime, I’d like to do a few things so I feel good on Moving Day! I have Adrenal issues, Hashimoto’s, and Hormone imbalance, which is probably just symptoms of eating chemicals and being toxic. I have made huge strides in my personal health that went downhill fast and hard after the birth of our daughter 10 yrs ago (thankfully this led us to our 2nd daughter adopted from China). But I still have a ways to go, and I know changing my lifestyle even more is the way to do it. I’d like for ALL of my family to become healthier so my girls won’t struggle with these choices when they are grown – I want it to be a way of life for them that is easy and natural when they are moms. Thanks for the blog!! It is already EXTREMELY helpful to me (got here by doing a search on magnesium, which I know I am severely deficient in). It is well organized and works for people with concentration/memory issues (magnesium deficiency…haha). I have already saved the recipes for some of the things so I can make batches of them when we move in the new house. :) I believe eating the way God designed it is the way to find REAL healing. God gives us a way to heal physically in vitamins/minerals/foods and spiritually in His Son, Jesus Christ.

  273. Tracy says

    Hi, I’m Tracy and I turn 50 in August. My motto for this year is “Fit by 50″! I am attempting to regain health & vitality by getting on a nutritious diet plan that works for my body. I am diabetic, with all the associated problems, including being 100 lbs. overweight. I know that I need a quality lower carb, good fat & moderate protein clean diet & am researching & following all the good info I can find. I can’t wait to see what you have to offer!

  274. Megan Sanders says

    Hi, I’m Megan. Last year, I made the full conversion to a paleo diet with an intensive martial arts workout two times a week. I felt great, had reduced my body fat and increased my muscle mass, and was ready for another great year of clean eating. Until the holidays completely derailed my plans. Bread and sweet pastries, my arch-enemy! I am taking this challenge to get myself back in line, and motivate me to return to my previous state of well-being. Let’s go!

    • Heather says

      That happened to me too! It takes so much to remove the conditioning we have had. Oh and to break free from the treats!!

  275. Angel Kalvaitis-Bingham says

    Hi, my name is Angel, I’m 42 and have 3 beautiful children. I was on the right path for a long time but stepped off and need to get back. My goals are to reduce my stress, exercise more regularly, lose about 40 pounds, educate myself about prper nutrition and just lead a healthier lifestyle in general, but most importanly, be a GREAT role modle for my 15 year old daughter! Nice to meet you all!

  276. Leah Hutto Hannon says

    Hello. I’m Leah, and Ive been really reading alot lately that shows me how crappy we live! I’m slowly trying to change, but need help! I have MS, and large amounts of pain daily, so hopefully this will help some. I’m excited to see how things can be better! Thank you!

  277. Cathy Z. Wilson says

    Hi, I’m Cathy. Single, 59 y.o. Struggling with allergy-related ongoing sinus infections and cough lead me to discover the Neti pot, which has helped tremendously. My goals are to get outside in our beautiful Tucson winter weather and walk daily; to use magnesium, a probiotic and FCLO; and to eat more “real” foods. Thanks, Katie!

  278. Erica Price Kendall says

    I’m ready to shake off that 10lbs of processed sugar and white flour (aka:fat), cleanse my body for conception, and develop healthier habits for my family.

  279. Str8NnUp says

    Hi Jenny, my name is Yolanda and I’ve been trying to transition to complete natural everything and your blog has been so inspirational, motivating and encouraging. My long term goals are to lose 50-60lbs and keep it off. God willing I can achieve this goal WITHIN a year. I am taking the challenge this year. I realize this a few years old but, I’m totally interested.

  280. Christin Lattimore says

    This is great! I’ve always been a heath freak but some times fall into the world of toxic foods :/ Im hoping this will help my family out! I’m all signed up and can’t wait to get started! Thank you so much for this!

  281. Tanya Theademan says

    I am on day 13 of the wellness challenge and I am still lacking energy. I just feel exhausted all the time. Is this normal? Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  282. Alyson H says

    Hi! I’m Alyson, late twenties, battling a cold that started two weeks ago. I like to think I’m a healthy person, but when I feel like crap it’s so easy to give into bad habits. I see that my willingness to take care of myself in a holistic way is slacking. I need a kick in the pants and guiding hand to be back on the right track.

  283. Jane O'Brien says

    Hi,
    I’m a fifty-eight year old woman, a wife, mother of four grown children and six grandcherubs! My husband and twenty-eight year old son, who still lives at home, are eager to join me in my quest for health. I am so happy to have found this site and I am very grateful for your help. I recently read the book Grain Brain, by Dr. David Perlmutter, and have gone gluten-free. I have a long way to go, but I’m eager to change and basically plan to re-invent myself! Thank you so much!

  284. Andrea says

    Hi Katie,
    I’m newly 25 and newly pregnant, thankful to be in great health, yet knowing it can be better. My husband and I already eat a whole, natural food diet, but with soaked grains. Having upped my healthy fat intake to help with fertility, I am excited to omit grains now. I can’t begin to say how strongly I appreciate the wealth of wonderful, well-researced, and fully-lived information you share with us for wellness! My 3 kick-off resolves: 1) Find a source for unpasteurized milk in our area (have been putting this off; 2) Re-read A Mother’s Rule of Life 3) Be steadfast in healthy eating & exercise for my baby.

  285. Stephanie says

    Hello. I’m Stephanie and I am going to try this out. I have been trying to become healthier for about a year now and finding the motivation is extremely difficult. I love sugar and carbs, I hate exercise, and I’m breastfeeding my 7-month-old and would really like to be healthy for her benefit and as a future role model to her. My goals are to give up sugar entirely, work towards a gluten-free diet, and spend at least an hour a day exercising (even if that means just walking with my daughter).

  286. Dharma luster says

    I’m in! I’m so excited to start. I have been following your page for about 8 months now. Have used quite a bit of your recipes for baby and myself. Love what you do. I want to start paleo. I’m dairy free and soy free and easing back into eggs due to allergy with the baby. I want to go full throttle for my little guy to make sure I’m doing what’s best for his health. Thank you for offering such a great opportunity.

    • Dharma luster says

      Oh, forgot my actions. 1. Cut out sugar! Need help with this one. Making sure none is in the house period is the first step. 2. Meal plan. Excited to learn how to and implement it. 3. Learn to brew kombucha for healthy probiotics.

  287. Mollybeth says

    About six weeks ago I started learning about the Paleo lifestyle and have began to change the way I eat and live. I was so excited about my paleo research I began sharing my findings with my Mom and how much better I felt just after a month of changing a few way of the way I eat (mainly completely excluding wheat & grains from my diet). My Mom, who rarely takes note of my food choices, decided to try a few of the changes I’ve made and now calls me every other day to see what new recipes I’ve tried. The amazing thing is that she and my step Dad are now out walking 3 or more miles a day and feel so much better at 74 :) Thank you for this Wellness Challenge. For the 30 day challenge 1. First I would like to go alcohol free 2. build up my kitchen to reflect a Paleo lifestyle 3. Sleep earlier and get up earlier but with still getting 8 hours of sleep ..I have to add 4. I want to learn how to make Kombucha!
    Thank You

  288. Amanda says

    Hi, I’m Amanda.
    I have tried to commit to Paleo in the past without success. I listened to you in the PaleoCon and looked over your website. I am really impressed by both. I am really excited to get started on my challenge! I am ready to sleep more, eat much better and get more exercise both for myself and my family!

  289. Heather says

    I have not committed yet to the whole challenge lol, but I will. I am probably on day 4 of OCM (no issues yet, knock on wood), I am hoping to go no’poo, though I am struggling a little with that one since I like to get my hair highlighted and I think it would be depressing for me to go without lol! I ordered a few supplies to make lotion and toothpaste. All these things I am going to start on me, then slowly incorporate in my household… my husband thinks everything is “hokey” lol. Even mainstream medicine.
    I did a 30 day paleo challenge in November/December. I thought it would be really hard cause I love bread, grains, and greek yogurt was a staple in my life. Oatmeal, wheat, rice, quinoa… Wowsa talk about change my whole world. Well, I did it (except Thanksgiving Day) and it was not as hard as I thought it would be. I followed a set menu (but repeated a lot of meals out of pickiness) and it worked for me. I had a lot of digestive issues before and this helped a TON! And I was always bloated etc. until the challenge and I felt great and had energy. Then Christmas came. I took a day off… then it turned into a couple weeks. Then January came, and I tried to get back into it, but just have really struggled. I *know* I feel better in so many ways, I just need to commit and do it. I want this to be my lifestyle, I know I need it to be (I cried the night I realized that, lol!)and I would like to convert my family as well. I feel like the days are gone when you were just healthy. Everyone has something nowdays, it is insane. I am so sick of that. I want us to be healthy and live a life free of blood pressure meds, add meds, whatever.

    I love your website and thank you for it. I will google something and I always see a link to you, so now I just automatically come here! I thank you for being my guide and look forward to doing this 30 day challenge.

  290. says

    Hi Katie
    I have enjoyed your blog and have used many of your ideas for over a year now. I decided to do your 30 day challenge and correlate it with an elimination diet. (I have been gluten free for a year and a half due to intolerance, but still don’t feel as well as I should). I don’t see how it’s possible, but my joints and/or muscles are moving freely after only 3 days on the diet. I do Classical Stretch daily, but always feel “sticky” in my joints. I am amazed at how my stretching felt today. I hope it’s not a coincidence, but a benefit or healthier eating. Thanks for this inspiration!

  291. Monica says

    Hi there! I had seen your blog once or twice over the past year but when I heard you on Paleocon I really got inspired. As a family we cut out gluten awhile back but never cut out grains completely. My pregnancy with our daughter is what really kicked us into high gear exploring the concept of health and wellness as more than just the absence of illness! She battled severe constipation when we started introducing solids and NO pediatrician would consider evaluating her diet. They just saw it as a “normal” childhood complaint and suggested a regimen of Miralax! Not satisfied with that instruction we began seeking other options. I think the next frontier for us is fermented foods and natural beauty care and toiletries neither of which we have much experience! Looking forward to learning more and exchanging ideas!

  292. Noelle says

    Hi Katie, I’ve been battling with my own conscience about my bad eating habits for some time now. I have struggled with sugar cravings and regular evening binges for about 2 years. I have addressed/am addressing stresses in my life stemming from work and social unrest but am finding it hard to break the bad habits I have developed. I desperately want to break the cycle but have been embarrassed to seek help, I wake up with great intentions but to be honest once I feel a craving/start a binge it all goes out the window. I have lacked motivation and guidance but this WILL change! I live in a very health conscious household with people that have VERY strong opinions on food and very little understanding/tolerance for my issues which has led to unhealthy secrecy. I have fully opened up to my Doctor and a friend who is an acupuncturist/health therapist, this simple act of airing my habits already feels like progress. The info here on Wellness Mama very closely matches the guide lines my Doctor has set out. I am not very over weight but if this vicious cycle continues it may spiral out of control. I’m really looking forward to getting back to the slim healthy energetic woman I was 2 years ago, it starts NOW! I have put together a binder with some of your advise, guidelines, short and long term goals and a journal section to help structure the next few months. Thank you Katie for the effort you put into sharing your knowledge, from what I have read you are helping many people on a path to a better healthier lifestyle!

  293. Monique says

    Hello,
    I am Monique, a wife and stay at home mom to 13 children. I have been reading and studying different paleo blogs and information and although I’m not sure if the budget can handle this eating style I can certainly see the benefit and reason behind it. I am up to the challenge!

  294. Sequoyah says

    Hey,

    My name is Sequoyah. I have always wanted to eat healthier but have had so many struggles with knowing what to eat vs. what not to eat, and of course the excuses of it’s too expensive, too time consuming, etc. I have already started to make changes because I am so tried of being fat! I used to be a decent size but after just 1 kid…I gained soooo much weight. I lost 40 pounds doing Weight Watchers a few years ago, but I have gained a little more than double that amount since. I’ve also recently been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis (at 26!), mild Bipolar Disorder, Adult ADHD, and Anxiety. I have been meditating and using hypnosis on my own, as well as seeing a therapist, and obviously taking “meds” (mood stabilizers) to try and improve my negative outlook, irritability, and anger. I do feel that the medicine is helping, although I’m not sure if it’s good for the rest of my body? I have stocked up on all kinds of foods I have never tried like avocado, papaya, and coconut oil for cooking. I have done a ton of research about nutritious eating for myself, but it seems that for everything I read, there is just another contradiction. I have already replaced several “bad for you snacks” with good stuff like unsweetened shredded coconut and nuts. I just don’t know if I’m doing this right because I feel like I should have lost weight by now. I’m going on 4 weeks with a new, healthier diet, but I have cheated here and there. I am drinking water, but I get dreadful cravings for soda, in which case I may take 1 sip of my husbands every few days. So that’s where I am now…I am ready to take this challenge and I look forward to bettering myself!

  295. Jackee says

    Hi my name is Jackee, I have been transitioning to a cleaner healthier lifestyle for about 3 years now (after my niece was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder). We (my supportive husband and I) made some changes pretty quickly and some not so quickly. I am a mother of four and getting the family on board has been a trial. Nonetheless, consistency and perseverance is starting to pay off and I think it’s time to take it up a notch. I found your site a while back and have visited on occasion, I think it’s wonderful how you have managed to take care of your family and share so much information with others. Thank you! This past week I heard you on paleocon and thought I could use a challenge (I seem to be motivated by competition) to help me continue to grow toward a healthier lifestyle. Staying accountable seems to keep me on track. With this challenge I hope to be able to fully eliminate grains from our pantry, the occasional gallon of cow’s milk and provide more vegetable options for our family. I would also like to begin making our deodorants, toothpaste and skin care.
    Thank you again for inspiring me!

  296. Susan says

    I’ve been seeing a naturopath for the last year to help with thyroid issues. I’ve read tons of articles, blogs, books, but feel like I’ve read too much. I can read an article only to find a contradictory one. In the meantime I’ve crept up 20 lbs. I like the idea of the challenge. I need to focus!

  297. pcannon says

    Hi, my name is Patricia. I have been trying to eat healthier, and have quit eating any kind of sugar, dairy products, coffee, and the wrong kind of fats. I have incorporated coconut oil, olive oil, flaxseed and chia seeds in my diet and still need an incentive to keep focus on my daily routine and use other options to maintain a better way of life to stay healthy. I would like to lose about 20 to 25 lbs. I am looking forward to your Wellness Challenge.

  298. Heather says

    I just found your website and this challenge comes in good time. This time of year is challenging for us and we tend to lean a little more on processed garbage and it is really showing. Going grain free is a bit scary but i’m curious to find out how it may improve our health. Thank you for all the great information that your putting out there. I plan to make this a regular resource.

  299. aimee gunderson says

    Hi, I’m Aimee. I am trying to become healthier in general. I want to cut out processed and refined foods, drink more water and exercise more. I am single now and my child is grown. I need motivation to cook again instead of rely on fast convenience foods. I find the meal plans and shopping lists helpful.

  300. Audrey says

    I have been procrastinating for years and blaming others for my unhealthy habits. but I’m tired, and praying that this is the motivation I need to finally get it right.

  301. Kristina says

    Three active steps I am going to take are to eat right, manage my hormones, and to get myself on a good healthy schedule. My life is so filled with junk food/processed food and I really just need to suck it up and start cooking the right way. I’m also a huge fan of starting a new healthy routine and then ditching it after about two weeks. I’ve already started to cut out a lot of the harmful foods you mention on the blog and have started taking some supplements that you mention as my immune system is shot but I still cheat a lot and I just want to do this 30 day challenge to get myself into a good routine and to discover some really yummy foods that fill me up and don’t contain junk. I find myself tired all of the time (the cause being a poor diet and a drowsy daily medication for anxiety) and I just want to wake up everyday filled with energy and ready to take on the day.

  302. Naomi says

    It’s been 5 months since my second child was born, and I still haven’t lost that pregnancy weight (25 lbs)! I’ve always struggled with sugar cravings and candida, so I’m ready to get my life back in gear and have the energy to be active and outdoors with my family like I was before (and hopefully inspire my husband to get on board as well, when he sees the change in me). More importantly, I want my body to function the best that it can and my immune system to not be jeopardized.

  303. Hillary says

    Hi :) I’m very excited about this challenge! My husband & I have 2 kids, ages 6 & 8. We’ve been attempting to get on board with the healthy eating train but, it’s so easy to fall back on the “normal” & “convenient” way of eating. We’ll do good for a bit then grab an unhealthy snack on the run and ruin it completely. I’d love to lose 80 pounds and keep it off for good! I am ready for the 30 day challenge & look forward to your help in reaching my goals.

    Thank you!

  304. Danielle says

    Baby #1 is on the way, which is reason enough to get this going! I also made the switch to work from home, and my dislike of our house grows every day…I’m sure it’s just a case of cabin fever, but I’d love to get this house into an all-natural flow. People “back in the day” did quite well for themselves without all of the plastics/chemicals/processed food we have today, and I’m ready to re-visit simpler times! We’ve already started to slowly incorporate organics into our meals, and I started using all an all natural cleaner in the kitchen. We have a wellness store within walking distance of our home, so I’ll be trying my hand at homemade soaps and other cleaners. My plan is to start in the kitchen – the hub of our home – and switch to glass storage containers in the pantry, and to stock up on cleaning essentials like baking soda and lemons. We’ll also start recycling and composting once the weather is better. I’m so looking forward to this lifestyle change!

  305. Trinity says

    Hello Katie!

    I’m in! And really looking forward to this! I am a former collegiate athlete and recent grad student. Let’s just say making the shift from intense training to sitting at a desk more than I’d like to admit has been a huge lifestyle adjustment. I have managed to maintain and break even in some ways, but boy do I wish I had stumbled across your site 4 years ago. Keep up the great work :)

    Here is what I plan to start doing immediately to get my Wellness Challenge going:

    1) Make bone broth
    2) Eat veggies with every meal
    3) Do something that is fun AND exercise at least once a week
    4) Breathe

  306. Sarah says

    Hello! My mom and I are going to be completing the wellness challenge to jump off lent this year! We had both already made commitments to give up all refined sugar so why not jump in all the way! I exercise all the time but my nutrition as of late has been lacking. I am looking for this to be the kick in the pants that I need to get back on track!

    Sarah

  307. Kathy says

    Hello, I’m Kathy and a 40 year old single mom of 5. i notice we rely on noodles/rice/breads as they are cheap and filling. But having been raised on a small farm, I miss the days when lunch was a fresh tomatoe sandwich of several peppers (which we called “mangos” crazy-right?) hand picked from the field. As I contemplate the concept of health and wellness I think of my wonderful family and how we were raised. I fondly remember my grandmother saying how she needed to know {“who’s hands planted the food and who’s hands picked the food and who’s hands canned the food). I guess we were “homesteaders” before that became a cool thing to be. But we grew all of our own food and canned to provide for winter months. But they did eat foods that conventional health says is not good. They were dairy farmers and we drank our own milk, made our own butter, cottage cheese, whipped cream, sour cream, etc. Definately not low fat diets. Most of the meal was vegetables and fruits or by products of same, but we also did eat meat. They also baked home made bread, muffins, and biscuits and that was a main part of the diet. Not to mention that just about EVERYTHING was fried on a cast iron pan in lard. FAT FAT FAT. Yet my great grandmother lived to 92 without ever being in a hospital or under doctor’s care; my grandmother lived to be 93 without needing doctors care or medication until her last 2 years; My great uncle was 94 and swore by nibbling alphalfa fresh from the field, my great aunt was 87 and did battle cancer, my other great uncles lived until late 80s . I’m trying to wrap my mind around how they could have all been in such health and want this for my children and myself. I am going to study various schools of though through out the year and see what I feel comfortable with. Please teach me your spin on all this miss katie!! Thanks

  308. Kari says

    Hi! I am new to the blog and the wellness lifestyle, but I love them both! I have been eating paleo on and off since last year. I joined the navy so for a while I was given food and thats what I had to eat! LOL Since I have my job now it has been a lot easier to start living healthier. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how I can make a wellness lifestyle easier to achieve while living in the barracks. I have a small skillet and a microwave to cook with and thats it! also, I only have a mini fridge that myself and my roommate share. Any advice or tips are greatly appreciated! :)

  309. Starletta says

    Count me in! I’m just discovering how bad most of the foods I have been eating are and need this kind of support to be successful in my journey to regain my health. Thank you so much!

  310. Laura says

    Hi, I’m Laura and I’m 29 years old. I’ve struggled with my weight for almost 10 years now. It’s gotten to the “worst point” now and I’m sick of hating my body. I want to set a good example for my daughter and show her that beauty is not all about what’s on the outside, but I want to be healthy as well. I find I do best with a strict plan to begin with and once I’m off and running, I stick to it pretty well. I’d love to join this challenge and get my family on board too.

  311. Misty says

    Hi, I’m Misty. Looking forward to your plan. I will be drinking more water, eliminating sodas, and eating real food. I’m on the road a lot and use that as an excuse to go back to convenient, unhealthy foods way too often.

  312. Snoozie says

    Howdy, I’m a mom of 3 teenage boys who can and do eat everything, and a wonderful hubby who has no interest or will in improving his health by eating better, so I am pretty alone in this. I am not “unhealthy” or grossly overweight, but am afraid I will be if I don’t turn things around now. I gotta do this and make a life change, and hopefully family will follow.

    • Snoozie says

      I forgot to add my 3 things!
      Eliminating bad oils and switching to coconut, grass fed organic butter and unheated olive oil only
      No more chemicals on the skin – switch to homemade oil cleanser, moisturizer, raw honey, etc.
      Drink water. Lots of it.

  313. Becky says

    Hi – I’m Becky – have been doing good last year or so with doing a couple of Whole30’s and engaging in better eating habits, and more physical activity – not where I want to be, but do feel much healthier than I have in the past. So, am going to do this challenge to help me “click” and find what it is I’m missing that makes me not make the full commitment to better health. I’m also doing this b/c I have a great friend who struggles as much, if not more, than I do with the commitment and want this to be a challenge we can complete together.

  314. Vanessa says

    Hi,
    My name is Vanessa, I’m a mother of 2 (3 & 4month old). I have postnatal depression. I am looking forward to the challenge as I want to have a healthy diet and incorporate more exercise in my life.

  315. Ann Ross says

    I really lack discipline with my eating and exercise. I am desperate to find a community to help me define and execute my goals. Hoping to get some great information on here, as well as support :-)

  316. Andrea Shaw says

    I had a baby just before Christmas and gained quite a bit of weight. I need to lose this weight to be healthy.

  317. Tania Maillet says

    I want to learn everything there is from natural DIY’s, natural healthy protein meals, natural masks, beauty and health recipes. Tips and Tricks on the do’s and don’ts of natural products and mixes. thanks! ;) looking forward to this challenge!!! bring it onnnn! :D

  318. Sue Rhea says

    I am interested in eating real food & getting healthy. I’m 64 & want to take better care of myself. I drink my morning coffee then it’s water the rest of the day. I haven’t been exercising like I should & lately my diet has been poor. I feel your program will help me allot.

  319. Erin says

    Hi I’m Erin! I’m 22. I’m not a mom of kids but I do have 2 puppies that I see as my children. Most of my life I’ve been pretty healthy. Until recently which my body has decided to attack me at every turn. I would like to eat healthier, exercise more, and use more natural products. I wanna be the best mommy to my boys before it’s too late. So I vow!

  320. Tara says

    I can no longer download and print your guides of what to eat etc! Please help, I need to do this challenge.

  321. Marie says

    Hi my name is Marie and I have a family of 5. Money is tight around here so I am hoping that this challenge works for us. My partner and I have to lose some weight and we are hoping to cut out a lot of junk out of our diet. Looking forward to the challenge.

  322. Sarah M says

    hi,Im Sarah
    last year i lost alot of weight using diet pill and once i got off of them I gained half of it back,im looking to start and stay with a healthy life style for me and my family naturally.I love this site and will support it any way possible, wish me luck i vow to take the challenge

  323. Wendy says

    Hi! I’m 53 and gained about 30 pounds last year due to stress related to my youngest daughter trying to commit suicide. I wasn’t sleeping and was eating very poorly and didn’t care about myself. Now, I have a lot of weight to lose and it doesn’t want to come off. This sounds like what I need to get back on a healthy path. I don’t want to eat prepackaged meals or use chemicals. I’m looking for a lifestyle change that I can live with the rest of my life.

  324. Debbie says

    Hi, I’m Debbie.
    I’ve been reading your blog and getting your emails for a couple of months. I’ve recently been diagnosed with clinical depression and have been out of work. The combination makes for bad food and sleep habits. I think getting physically healthier and more chemical free will be a great benefit to me. I’m ready to take on the challenge !

  325. Mary says

    Hey! I’m Mary. I’m late 20s, husband, and 3 girls 5 and under. I try to be relatively healthy, but I know there is so much more I could do. My parents are mostly (they have added some eggs and fish back in w/ new research). I do pretty well sometimes, but pretty standard American other times. I’ve had trouble getting back in the swing of exercise and consistent healthy meals since my 3rd baby (who will be 1 at the end of the month). I listened to your talk on the mom conference and was excited to check out your blog! I look forward to the 30 days :)

  326. JennyM says

    Hi I’m Jenny. I’m 7 weeks pregnant with my 4th and want to have a healthy pregnancy. I love sweets and processed foods and always give in when tempted. I’m sick of being a slave to food and want to give my body what it needs. If I wasn’t pregnant I would be trying to lose weight. Since I am pregnant, I want to gain only healthy weight.

  327. Aleisha says

    Hi! I am so happy to have found you through the Mom Conference. :) I am a SAHM of two sweet kiddos. I have been striving to feed my family more cleanly and get away from processed foods. Until three years ago, I have always had a clean bill of health. Now I suffer from severe asthma and allergies. I want to reverse this through natural methods… Clean foods, getting rid of unwanted chemicals… I am excited to go on this new journey. Thank you!

  328. Vera says

    Hi,

    I found your blog while surfing about better nutrition/supplements for hypothyroid and low adrenal. I’ve been on the ever-so-slow journey of fixing my thyroid. I switched from synthetic to take natural dessicated thyroid a year ago and it’s been helpful. I’m just tired of being tired and having this super stable (but too high!) body weight! I really think I should give up the grains and eat more meat… I’ve browsed your blog and found your natural products very interesting (I had never heard of oil pulling). You’re getting me to rethink coconut oil… it used to have bad press (I think because of saturated fats?)… and I eat very little fat/oil as a rule. And Kombucha/water kefir? That sounds fun to make…. but isn’t it a lot of sugar, which I try to avoid?

    I’ll give that challenge a go. Some say change something and do it for 21-day and it becomes a new habit!
    Thanks.

  329. Desley says

    I am 58 & a mother of 4 adult children. Husband recently retired. I have Hashimoto’s Disease and had my Gall Bladder removed 3.5 years ago. I sincerely want to commit to a new lifestyle incorporating healthier eating and daily exercise. I have gained 5kgs in four years and feel fat, lethargic and moody most days. I desperately lack motivation! I know I am addicted to sugar. I suffer from severe bloating, indigestion and acid reflux. I hope to be inspired by joining this online community.

  330. Allison says

    Hi, my name is Allison. I am 36 years old with two boys (6 and 2). I live in Melbourne, Australia. My health goal is to lose some weight but to also eat foods that agree with my body! I have been struggling with food intolerances for over 15 years now! It’s time to listen to my body!

  331. Kimberly says

    Hi, my name is Kimberly. My goals are to reduce my allergies, loose weight, gain energy & be healthy! I do many of the things you recommend, but life gets busy & I go for convenience. Thanks!

  332. Nicola Williams says

    Hi – I have been trying for years to make healthy food, household, toiletries choices. I have often failed to feed myself in a healthy way (greed, addiction to sugar and bread, not enough self love!) but I thought I was making the best choices for my children. Very few sweets (an occasional treat only), no junk food meals made at home – all cooked from scratch (occasional fast food treat). Organic, whole foods. So I thought! I happily fed them oats, brown rice and pulses several times a week. I cooked meat only now and then. Tons of fruit. Tons. I am now shocked to read what is being said about grains and fructose.

    I have felt unwell for as long as I can remember. Possibly all my life. The last time I felt refreshed after sleep was when I was 20 years old. I remember it because it was such a surprise to wake up and feel ok. It was only the one day though and hasn’t happened since. I am now 42. I also have hyper-mobile joints which have been causing increasing amounts of pain. To cut a long story short, I was off work recently for nearly a year with exhaustion and pain. I researched anything I could find about joint pain and fatigue. I read that gluten can cause my symptoms and although I really didn’t think wheat was the problem (blood test for Coeliac markers were negative) I was so desperate that I decided to try being gluten free. (sorry – not good at making the story short). After two or three weeks I crumbled and gave in to my “munchies”, ate several pieces of baklava and then crashed. Within half an hour, headache, awful fatigue, reflux, sinus pressure, dreadful feeling – like I’d been drugged. Now at this point I assumed it was the sugar, not the wheat that had caused the crash. I have a FH of diabetes and a personal one of gestational diabetes and reactive hypoglycemia. So I was aware of the way sugar affected me. So after a search I found Sarah Wilson’s IQS. I have been struggling to follow her book but have given up fructose. I continued not to eat wheat because I thought I might as well. Then I caved again and had four super “healthy” wheat grain crackers. Same reaction. I could have slept standing up. And I had a feeling of fullness but still craved food. I just wanted to eat anything. So am back off the wheat and after more research I found Wheat Belly and then you.

    I have taken the challenge. Despite loving my daily porridge and oat cakes, brown rice and legumes. I have banned all sugar, grains and vegetable oils (I thought cold pressed organic sunflower oil was ok). This is day three. I have had some potatoes. Not as big portions as usual. I have also eaten a few sprouted (by me) organic beans. I have continued to use dairy (for me) but am now looking for suppliers of organic raw dairy. (UK)

    I am happy to be doing this but I have so many questions about what I should be eating and what I should be eliminating.

    For example, I love seeds but I see that they should be soaked to reduce toxins. That’s fine with large seeds like sunflower or pumpkin but what about Flax and Chia. If you soak those they go slimy!

    Are garden peas safe? Green beans? Sugar snap peas etc?

    Chia or flax? You seem to recommend Chia. But then I read that you say seeds in moderation only. I was very excited to learn that chia has more calcium than milk. My children are allergic to dairy and I hate using the awful supplement the doctor prescribes.

    Is there such a thing as too much coconut? (I’ve never liked it! But am determined to acquire the taste!)

    Is there another flour for baking other than coconut or almond?

    Do you use tinned tomatoes?

    What’s wrong with potatoes?

    How can I eat more meat without it breaking the bank? (organic pastured meat is expensive! and without pulses to make it go further, the meat doesn’t make anywhere near as many meals.)

    I wonder if my children’s allergies will lessen once we remove these other toxins. Grain and sugar – once they have detoxed I would love to see if they can handle some raw milk. They are 7 and 3. Millie (7) allergic to peanut (carries Epipen), dairy and eggs. Betsy (3) pineapple and kiwi, and possibly dairy and or egg but much harder to be conclusive about it because it possibly causes eczema so reaction not immediate. (Millie vomited within a minute of ingestion of even the smallest amount and had urticaria on contact.) Betsy is also asthmatic and on steroids etc. I would love to eliminate those drugs.

    Today’s challenge was to get rid of the junk from the kitchen. DONE!

    I am looking forward to tomorrow’s challenge. I do hope you find the time to reply and hopefully answer at least some of my questions. Thank you. Nicola

  333. Nicola Williams says

    There is a section above which mentions a meal planner and shopping list. Where is that? And the meal planner generator? Thanks.

  334. Samie says

    Hi! I’m Samie, I just joined the challenge! My husband and I have our first anniversary in two weeks and we’ve decided we’re ready to start having kids! In my research on healthy pregnancy and preconception health I learned that if I want to lose any weight I need to do it a while before getting pregnant. Needless to say I was pretty disappointed when my husband insisted that we both get healthier before trying (I was kind of hoping for an anniversary baby). We’ve been eating healthier in general and getting rid of as many toxins as we can for a few months, but I’ve still managed to gain over 15 lbs since the last time I decided to lose weight… So, my goal is to eat clean, exercise, lose about 35 lbs and make myself into a strong, healthy, baby makin’ machine!

  335. Sara A says

    Hi I am Sara. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s in February after I started seeing a functional medicine practitioner. I am currently following g a Paleo autoimmune protocol as well as a leaky gut protocol. I am hoping the challenge will help me with changes beyond diet as I continue on my journey towards being the healthiest me possible.

  336. Sarah says

    My name is Sarah. I am SAHM of 3. I homeschool my children. I have been having hormonal issues an debilitating back pain for 2 years now. I pray this wellness journey will help me become the women I know I can be without pain. 1) I will start going to bed at 10:00 or earlier. 2) I will only eat “real” food 3) I will start moving every day even if I’m in pain. I know I can at least go for a walk! Thank you for this opportunity.

  337. Katy says

    I have seen your blog a few times in the past, now I am a huge fan. I like a lot of your shopping tips and recipes. I am starting to get into homemade makeup, but my concern is the how the coco powder will affect my puppy. I love her, and I don’t want to make this makeup if it can harm her. Do you have any alternatives?

    Also, I am having trouble signing up for your programs, I am not getting e-mail confirmation in inbox or junk.

    Still a huge fan and will continue to follow! Thanks :)

  338. Ann says

    I’m Ann, and I suffer from chronic bloating and indigestion, as well as rather severe insomnia. I’m going to do the 30-day wellness challenge to try and improve my digestion, sleep, and overall health. I’m hoping it might also lower my physical anxiety, as my cortisol levels are very high, for some yet-to-be-known reason. If it goes well, I might even get my dad to try it! He has IBS, GERD, and often stress-eats, so this might help him too!

  339. Rosey Storm says

    Hi Katie! My name is Rosey, i am a single mama of my awesome 11 year old son. We live in the beautiful state of Oregon and I am exciting to start doing my shopping at local farmer’s markets, my son and I would both like to loose weight, detox our bodies and minds and learn how to take care of ourselves through your wonderful info, meal planning and your motivation! Thank you so much! We have been trying to figure out how to be our best and help others and our planet…I stumbled upon your website and found this 30 day challenge, here we go!
    #1. Total transformation in our family how we shop, cook, eat and live
    #2. Be active to be healthy and encourage each other
    #3. Eat to live, not live to eat! (Planting our own garden right now!)

    Rosey Storm

  340. Martha says

    Hi! I’m Martha a single mom of two little ones and I just signed up for your challenge. I’m looking forward to it. We are a super healthy family, rarely get sick or have any allergies of any kind whatsoever. I’m always looking for very healthy recipes to cook as I love cooking from scratch, but I’m also an emotional eater. When depression kicks in (which is more often than not) I go to the store and buy the bad things and then I can’t stop. I usually don’t keep a lot of processed foods in the house as I have changed my eating habits for about 2 years now. I came across your blog through Pinterest following a coffee scrub for cellulite that you make :). I’m up for the challenge as I want to kick my bad habits once and for all and also to keep motivated to exercise although I love working out, I have big time commitment issues with it :(. I hope this community is all I need to keep me encouraged! :) Good luck everyone

  341. Connie says

    I’m excited to get started in this new lifestyle. My 3 main goals are: 1. learn to make healthier choices 2. lose weight 3. teach my children to be healthy by example.

  342. Sarah says

    Hi I’m Sarah, I am studying for a diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition with CNM. I have Fibromyalgia and am looking to cure my condition and then go on to help others. I follow a paleo diet, and have given up coffee, black tea and alcohol. I am looking for exercises that do not aggravate my condition. Other ways to boost my diet, and how to keep my cortisol steady throughout the day.

  343. Seu says

    My name is Seu and I live in rural Oregon. I came across your blog months ago and I am hooked! My kitchen is a science lab and I’ve never been so excited about it. I’ve always loved to cook, but using real food that I grew in my own garden and eliminating processed food is a challenge I am so willing to take. Cooking is now “culinary alchemy” and I can’t wait to experiment at each meal. Your blog is amazing and I thank you for taking the time to share your life with all of us. Wish me luck!!

  344. Nicola Hall-Cunningham says

    Hi, I am a 31 year old mother of a 2 year old. I would like to change my eating habit and start exercising. I am on a mission to be more healthy and to be around for my child the next 30 years. I need your help and advise.

  345. Chloe Dusser says

    Hi! My name is Chloe and I have been wanting to clean up my eating for a while now! Particularly going wheat-free! I love your blog and admire you so much for living and raising such a healthy family!

  346. Carrie O'Neal says

    Hi! I’m Carrie. I’m 34 and just found out I have high blood pressure. I was told it has a lot to do with my stress level. ( I stress about EVERYHING!!) But I know changes in diet and losing the 35 extra pounds will help! I am committing to this challenge of a healthier lifestyle!!

  347. Anne says

    Hi,
    I am a single working woman with four family members who are at various stages of being diagnosed and treated for cancer.
    I am looking to really improve my health for the best. And of course lose weight and get in shape.

  348. Elizabethe says

    Hey! I’ve been diagnosed with some health issues and I am willing to try anything to feel better! I just did my 1st 5k race in 23 years and plan on that being the 1st of many to come! Love Wellness Mama – it’s given me so many answers and suggestions to help me. I am totally committed to this 30 day challenge!

  349. Amy says

    Its time for me to take the wellness path! I am a 37 yo NP (nurse practitioner) and the stress (and its mis-management thereof) from completing my degree while working, moving multiple times, having 2 daughters and starting in the field have resulted in some really bad habits I am ready to let go of! I know there is a vital, loving, and healthy mama in here somewhere, but she’s covered under a couple of layers. I also want to say thank you for your blog, which I just found recently. There are so many suggestions for bringing wellness to my family and self. Helping me to be the kind of mother and wife I always dreamed of being before life became so full of distracting responsibilities!

  350. Melissa says

    Hi There,
    My name is Melissa and am a wife to a wonderful husband and a Mama to 6 amazing kiddos (2 of which are in Heaven). I have a whole slew of health problems that have been going on for the past 10 years or so and I’ve been to doctor after doctor after doctor only to leave feeling discouraged and hopeless. My conditions have only worsened over the years and now I feel like a big huge mess :( BUT as I have been learning more and more about living healthier, responding to symptoms naturally and really paying attention to what i’m eating, etc…I have begun to notice some small improvements! So I know there is hope! I’ve been following your blog for a few months now and my husband and I have talked often about “taking the plunge” and finally diving in to healthy living and not looking back but we keep procrastinating. Well, no more, now’s the time! We’re ready Katie…thank you so much for all your encouragement and articles and wisdom. I loving reading them and am now happily sharing with others. Here goes!!! :)

  351. Kay says

    I’m Kay, I will be turning 60 next month and need to get healthy. I need to lose weight and my Cholesterol level was a lil high on my last blood work. I want to get that under control before I have to go on another pill. I take medication already for my Hypothyroidism.

  352. Laurie says

    I’m very excited to prepare for this challenge.
    I’m hoping to cut out sugar consumption, incorporate more exercise, and definitely an accountability person.
    I have recently found out that I have diastasis recti so trying to find exercises I can do without affecting that.
    Blessings to you all on your journeys through this program!

  353. Corinne says

    Your site is awesome! You have successfully done what you intended to in giving tired, busy mama’s (and everyone who lands on your pages) clear, concise, meat and bones understanding of the issues and remedies. No site is as broad, or clear on how to apply the ideas, as your site. I appreciate your recipes and links/references to some of the science and rational supporting your choices and/or ingredients. I do believe finding your site is part of, one of, the answers to many hours of prayer. I have several health issues that have left me in pain every moment of every day. I have trouble taking care of my families basic needs, and trying to sort out the good from the bad in foods, cleaning supplies, etc, well, I’ve been underwater so long that we all are starting to feel poorly. I believe I will feel tremendously better, and may even shake some of the health conditions by changing my diet and environment. I want my children to learn what I did not, so I want to learn from you to teach them! The way you have set up your pages with links to products, I believe I can actually manage to get them and make things like re-mineralizing toothpaste for my family. We are trying to eat more fruits and veggies and I am looking for more help finding recipes and foods that we will eat, we’re a picky meat and potatoes bunch! I look forward to this journey and am ever so grateful that you have spent so much time to help people like me!

  354. Katie says

    Yes, it’s another Katie here. I love your website! It makes natural living SO much easier! Today I’m starting the 30 day challenge as a stubborn girl who loves baked treats. . .
    This morning I had two eggs scrambled with a tbsp. cottage cheese and a tbsp. natural saurkraut. DELICIOUS!

  355. Emily Casey says

    I’m Emily, mother of 3 young children. I needed this today! I’ve been slipping on my food, spending too much and not getting much nutrition back out. I tell myself that it’s probably healthier than such-and-such because I bought it at this or that store. I tell myself it’s better than eating out. I tell myself that my 3yo won’t eat anything else. (He’s developing a picky palate.)

    No more.

    I’m really looking forward to the meal plans. :)

  356. Meg Sutton says

    Megan, mother of 3 and health nut. I have had a lull and after my third child have not focused on exercise and have gained weight that needs to come off. I am hoping this will inspire me since the Wellness Mama website has been a blessing. Here we go…

  357. Ellen Watts says

    Hi, I’m Ellen and I will be 50 in 3 month’s time. I’m an author, speaker, trainer & coach & I love my work & most people with think I am on top of my health too – I eat pretty healthily and I do walk a lot but lately I feel lacking in as much energy and vitality as I would like. I have so much that I want to do and accomplish. I know I must prioritise my vitality to enable me to do these things so I decided, just this morning to focus the next 3 months entirely and single mindedly on raising my vitality. And then, after following your blog about being a prepared writer – I’ve found your challenge!! What a great result! I’m really looking forward to following your plan and to the boost in energy & vitality it will bring. Thank you for sharing with us all.

  358. Elie says

    Hello,

    I would very much like to take the challenge however, something was mentioned about weight loss? I am not trying to lose weight, in fact I would like to gain a few pounds. Is it still safe for me to do this?

    Namaste

    • says

      Of course! The Wellness Challenge helps you to change your entire lifestyle to become as healthy as possible. Many people want to lose weight and use it as an incentive to help with that, but it’s certainly not a requirement.

  359. Stephanie says

    Hi, I’m Stephanie. Me and my husband are empty nesters trying to get healthy and drop the excess weight. We both work full time jobs and we are beekeepers in our “off” time as well as having 2 grown children and our first grandbaby. We lead very busy lives and need all the extra energy we can muster and extra support along the way is always appreciated. I have been receiving your emails and really enjoy it.

    Here are the 3 things I vow to do this next 30 days:
    1-Remove processed food from our diet
    2-Cut out all sodas and fake sweeteners
    3-Be physically active for a minimum of 30 minutes atleast 3 times a week

  360. Jenn Stilwell says

    My name is Jenn. I am 39. I am married and I have 4 sons. My oldest has autism. For myself, I am trying desperately to turn my own health around. I have periodontal disease. I have eczema. I am always bloated. I am always tired. I miscarried 2 babies within a year of each other and the last one was 2 years ago in which I almost died also and I haven’t had a period since then. I know I’m getting close to 40 but I’m pretty sure I’m still too young to be pre-menopausal. Lol. I am a junk food junky. I am a sugar junky. Although for the last year I have been trying to go grain free and sugar free and I can do it but I cave to cravings ALOT! I would like to get my health and hormones in order to live the best life I can live for myself and for my family and I want what’s best for the health of my family. And maybe just maybe through taking better care of myself maybe God will open my womb back up and bless me with another baby! :)

  361. Claude says

    Hi!! I’m Claude, 34 years old. I moved to a big city last September for a great new career opportunity but I now work many more stressful hours and can’t seem to eat anything OTHER than crap and processed food. I was never a big fan of “formal” exercise like going to the gym or anything but I used to have a pretty active, on your feet all day job and enjoyed hiking on the weekends. Now, I work primarily at a desk, sitting down all day and I would probably need to drive quite a while to find some nature trails. Last week, I had blood work done as part of my physical and my fasted blood sugar is really high!! I freaked out but now that I’m calm, I’m ready to do something about it!! I’ve been using your beauty DYI natural recipes for a while now and your approach to nutrition makes a lot of sense to me. Time is a big issue for me but a lot of your recipes seem pretty simple. I’m excited for the challenge! Cheers!

  362. Allison says

    I’d like to loose some pounds but not really diet. Life changes that my whole family can live with.

  363. Gaylene says

    I commit to not eating sugar, grain or processed foods. I need to get healthy! My 5 wonderful kids and amazing husband need me to be healthy!

  364. Veronica says

    Hi, My name is Veronica and I have struggled with losing weight and struggled with a sugar addiction for many years. I have started to eat healthier and eat more clean because of a chronic health condition I have developed, it is still hard and I relapse sometimes and pay the price of stomach discomfort and pain. I am joining the challenge so I will keep myself accountable and that I will finally start eating healthier and feel better. I also like the support aspect of it. Can’t wait to start.

  365. Tiffany Pruitt says

    I love your blog! I have learned so much. I have been contemplating living a more natural and healthy lifestyle for quite some time and I am ready to jump in. I have made some of my own household items, which has made me feel better, but I am ready now to focus more on the food health side. Can’t wait!

  366. Raechel says

    I’m a young mom to two beautiful children. I was diagnosed with Graves’ early this year and am on the fight to go into remission. I love in a town where doctors are scarce so I went 6 months battling hyper thyroid symptoms. Which has exhausted my organs and now am having severe digestive issues. I know I can heal my body and learning to eat a grain/dairy free diet will help. It’s something I’ve never had to do and seems extremely hard. My hearts desire is to have more children. I’d love to do this 30 day challenge with you.

  367. Helena says

    I am currently taking thyroid meds. and I would like to see if I can change the reason for taking them,
    I am senior, who has been on this med. for years, and I don’t see any improvement, but am encouraged by your interview and information you share.
    thanks for offering this opportunity.

  368. jane says

    Hello
    I just turned 71 and have had breast cancer twice, am in remission. Have Hashimotos and CFS, Just diagnosed with heart disease, needing surgery down the road. I know, it sounds like I am in rough shape, however, am not. My husband and myself cut and haul our own wood, make maple syrup, garden and are generally very active people.
    Hope to take charge though and spend more time on health.
    Looking forward to losing some weight and maybe some thyroid symptoms while I am at it.

  369. Angie says

    I’m in, looking forward to the challenge. Hopefully this will help the skin rash and ear infection that has been plaguing me for the two months.

  370. Whitney says

    My name is Whitney, in the last 2 years I have taken some drastic health measures naturally to help me heal from some lifetime health issues! I am doing better and better but it is a long term and steady journey and I admit I struggle to stay away from, for long periods of time, coffee, sugar, and chocolate my major weaknesses. I know I will get better so much faster if I really challenge myself to stay away from the very things that may cause more damage and undo some of the progress I am making! I have pretty severe adrenal fatigue as well as slow and not so good digestion, as well as a few other problems that have only gotten worse as I have gotten older. My husband and I are both on this health journey together, but it is a challenge to stay away from sugar. So I am excited to have stumbled upon this wonderful blog, that is just what I needed to help me take the next steps in my wellness and health! My main goal for this 30 day Challenge is to stay off of grains, carbs and sugars, caffeine too but that one can always be a bit tough on days when I have work and really need a little energy boost, but I should probably include staying away from caffeine within these 30 days as well, my adrenal fatigue will get so much better without it!! I am excited to receive the emails, you have so much awesome information that is right on track with my health and nutritional journey! My husband and I look forward to starting a family but due to my extreme adrenal fatigue (I was born with adrenal fatigue) I need to heal and get my adrenals to a higher function before I can have kids, so I am eager to heal and get even better, and am definitely better but it is a steady journey that I am not always diligent about! Thank you for all your wonderful insights and information! It is amazing that you are a mom of 4 kids and you have this awesome blog with so many great resources and information! Thank you!

  371. Amanda P says

    Hello I’m Amanda. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and thank you for all of the interesting information I have learned already!
    I’ve just ordered a bass toothbrush, so will be using that soon. I am also planning on making my own toothpaste and laundry detergent.
    I’m looking forward to commiting to this challenge 100% and hope it helps me shed a few pounds, get rid of my migraines and even out my mood.

  372. Jenna says

    Hi Wellness Mama,

    Where can I find the Quick Start Guide? I don’t see the link and I’d really like to try the 30 day challenge. Thank you!
    Jenna

  373. Monica Post says

    Hey all! Monica here. I am 28, I have an inactive pituitary microadenoma that I would like to stay that way. The depo provera shot ruined my life for over a year, and I am hoping that this change will finally help me normalize. I am excited for this challenge. I already make our laundry and dish washer detergents, I have the magnesium foot scrub and toothpaste made, I got rid of all the bug sprays and sunscreens, I make our cleaning supplies, and I threw out all the vegetable oils. My big tub of coconut oil is ready to go. I live on Okinawa, and finding grassfed and/or organic foods is difficult, as I don’t read Japanese, and the on base commissaries here import everything from the US and its all processed and chemical-ed. It is so easy to say “oh well, I tried” and eat the garbage that’s offered. Does anyone have advice for getting their husband to go along with, nay, be excited by this lifestyle change? I want to change our habits before having kids.

  374. Chelsea says

    I have a multi-nodular benign tumor that has taken over one side of my thyroid. I do not want surgery, though was given no other option. I have changed to Gluten-Free eating habits and I believe the growth is shrinking? Has not been confirmed by a doctor BUT I believe!!
    I want to change the house hold eating and lifestyle habits. My boyfriend has high blood pressure and digestive problems. We would both benefit greatly from Natural remedies.
    I take the challenge and look forward to our new, long, healthy life!

  375. Nessa says

    Hello! I’m a 38 year old mom of two boys and a small business owner. Life has been crazy, and my diet has taken a back seat. I have been on a grain free diet for two weeks, and I’m feeling inspired. I am excited to start the 30 day challenge!!

  376. Linda says

    I am trying to get back on track eating healthy. This is just what I need. Hormones are out of balance. Trying to deal with a tremendous amount of stress, which makes a healthy night’s sleep very hard. I really believe this 30 day will help me a lot. Thank you.

  377. Christina says

    I’ve been reading this encouraging blog and just now noticed the challenge. Looking forward to the first email but also wondering if it is actually going to be feasible to make the drastic changes I’m expecting. We are a mostly chemical free house in terms of cleaning; use essential oils for a host of things, and diet is plant-heavy and lactose-free out of necessity. Living in AK, groceries are super expensive and the options can be limited… well, here goes!

  378. Sharron says

    I have been following your blog for a while ever since I found it when googling for natural shampoo recipes. Alas, I have never got around to taking any action as such – I have merely been researching and listening to various podcasts and reading online articles. However my digestive health has worsened over the past year and I feel that I need to start somewhere and very soon, Where do I start and how without causing further problems?

    I have downloaded the articles on the challenge and I have noticed that certain fruits should only be eaten in moderation – I wondered why that was? I absolutely love fruit and could graze on it all day long. I also noticed that you recommend avoiding anything labelled as fat-free/low in fat. Why is this? My dietitian recommends eating these type of yogurts particularly with probiotics in them to help with digestive problems.

    Very very new to this type of lifestyle and being from UK – it’s difficult to find some of the brands you advertise here but I am very keen to take baby steps.

    • says

      Welcome! The basic idea behind eating fruits in moderation is that the amount of sugar they contain can overload your insulin response. Fat-free/low-fat foods come with a host of problems, honestly. Many of them contain vegetable oils to replace saturated fats, which is a terrible problem, or they add a massive amount of sugar or salt (not the good kind) to make up for the lack of flavor, or they don’t have nasty additives but are void of taste, and who whats to eat tasteless fluff when fat is actually good for you? Probiotics are excellent, by the way, so totally keep doing that ;)

      If you want a quick jump start, maybe check this post out: http://wellnessmama.com/4320/implement-nutrition-changes/

  379. Rachel says

    Hi I’m Rachel. I’m a 32 year old mother of 5. Two girls and three boys. My 2nd youngest son died from SIDS at 3 weeks old. I’m battling depression and hopelessness, although I try to be the best I can for my living children. They deserve me at my best. I know I can be better. I found your website through searching for relief from severe pms symptoms. I tired of feeling sick all the time. Through studying about SIDS we have found the terrifying reality of toxins in the things we use everyday. We have been slowly switching to all natural. I’m ready to plunge into a true lifestyle change, for myself and for my family. Thank you for this opportunity!

  380. Joss says

    Hi & thanks so much for all of the helpful information you post on your blog. My husband and I started a real foods diet about a month ago and we both feel amazing… we already ate well, so the change in our eating habits basically meant cutting out bread, most other grains, reducing coffee and beer to about once a week and increasing our healthy fats intake by a ton. I’m a PhD student (always under high stress!) and have had chronic migraines for over 12 years… yikes! nothing has helped as much as this switch to a high healthy fats diet. My favorite part is eating the foods I love like bacon, pork roasts and tons of local greens and actually losing 5 pounds in a month …. how is that possible?! (I didn’t have any weight loss goals, but am still intrigued by this…). Hoping the 30-day challenge will cover more bases and help reduce my headaches even more. *thank you!*

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