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Crispy Paleo Buffalo Chicken Wings

Crispy Paleo Buffalo Chicken Wings

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In the year 2006 B.W.L.C. (that’s “before Whole Life Challenge”) I had a bit of an issue with chicken wings.

(And if I’m honest, Trader Joe’s wine.)

I’d order a bunch of takeout wings, quaff a bottle of red, and generally descend into a buffalo sauce-driven coma. And then I’d pay for it, because Two Buck Chuck and sugar-filled wing sauce is the world’s most effective hangover recipe.…

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Dairy-Free Eating

7 Days Without Dairy: Weekly Habit Practice

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The Weekly Habit Practices are mini-challenges intended to help you fine-tune different aspects of your health and wellness. Offered between Challenges, these practices address fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, productivity, and personal connection — because health is about far more than food and the gym (and we could all use a little practice).

Try a Week Without Dairy Products

Simple Instructions:

  1. For the next seven days, you’ll avoid dairy products completely — a small experiment to see how it makes you feel, both mentally and physically.
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Fish Tacos for People Who Love Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos for People Who Love Fish Tacos

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I am a sucker for fish tacos.

But I’m not really down with beer-battered anything. Or this week’s “white fish.” Or chipotle-flavored, vegetable oil-based sauces.

And so I build my own.

This recipe is the result of that effort, and it’s Whole Life Challenge-compliant on any level that allows corn tortillas. If that’s not cool with your current plan, you can always make the fish as directed, slather it with salsa, avocado, and cabbage, and enjoy.…

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Stop Procrastinating: Weekly Habit Practice

Stop Procrastinating: Weekly Habit Practice

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The Weekly Habit Practices are mini-challenges intended to help you fine-tune different aspects of your health and wellness. Offered between Challenges, these practices address fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, productivity, and personal connection — because health is about far more than food and the gym (and we could all use a little practice).

This Week We’re Going to Stop Procrastinating

Simple Instructions:

  1. Each day this week, you’ll do one thing that you’ve been “meaning to do” for a long time.
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Go 7 Days With No Alcohol: Weekly Habit Practice

Go 7 Days With No Alcohol: Weekly Habit Practice

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The Weekly Habit Practices are mini-challenges intended to help you fine-tune different aspects of your health and wellness. Offered between Challenges, these practices address fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, productivity, and personal connection — because health is about far more than food and the gym (and we could all use a little practice).

A Week of No Alcohol

Simple Instructions:

  1. Each day this week, abstain from drinking alcohol.
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Push-up Challenge: Weekly Habit Practice

Push-up Challenge: Weekly Habit Practice

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The Weekly Habit Practices are mini-challenges intended to help you fine-tune different aspects of your health and wellness. Offered between Challenges, these practices address fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, productivity, and personal connection — because health is about far more than food and the gym (and we could all use a little practice).

Take the Push-up Challenge by Doing Push-ups Every Day

Simple Instructions:

  • This week, set a daily push-up goal (and complete it for seven straight days).
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    Evolution Fresh and WLC Team Up

    Evolution Fresh and the Challenge: 8 Recipes to Restart Your Resolution

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    Recently, our friends at Evolution Fresh came to us with a very interesting (and sobering) statistic — after running a survey of 1,001 adults regarding their New Year’s resolutions, they found that 53% of them had abandoned their resolutions by the third week of January.

    While we’re not super surprised (because change can be difficult), we’ve decided to help alter the pattern with a very simple solution — a downloadable collection of recipes and smoothies to help people get back in the groove of healthy eating, created to go hand-in-hand with Evolution Fresh’s National Green Juice Day.…

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    A Friend Indeed: Off-Season WLC Skill Practice

    A Friend Indeed: Off-Season WLC Skill Practice

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    The Off-Season WLC Skill Practices are mini-challenges intended to help you fine-tune different aspects of your health and wellness. Offered between Challenges, these weekly practices address fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, productivity, and personal connection — because health is about far more than food and the gym (and we could all use a little practice)

    This Week, Take Time Each Day to Connect with a Friend

    Simple Instructions:

    1. Each day this week, reach out to a friend.
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    Commitment: The 4 Hard Choices for Success

    Commitment: The 3 Hard Choices for Success

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    Commitment is hard, harangued by the twin devils of temptation and convenience, hamstrung by lack of preparation, blown back by our general aversion to difficult work.

    Undoubtedly, you’ve decided to change something today. You’ve decided to accomplish something.

    ‘Tis the season, after all.

    Regardless of the nature of your goal, you would do well to commit with more than mind. You’ll need to change your environs and alter patterns.…

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    A Walk Alone: Off-Season WLC Skill Practice

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    The Off-Season WLC Skill Practices are mini-challenges intended to help you fine-tune different aspects of your health and wellness. Offered between Challenges, these weekly practices address fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, productivity, and personal connection — because health is about far more than food and the gym (and we could all use a little practice)

    Take a 10-Minute Walk Alone Each Day This Week

    Simple Instructions:

    1. For the next seven days, take a 10-minute walk each day (with no particular destination in mind).
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    No Bread: Off-Season WLC Skill Practice

    Flour Less and Bread Free: Off-Season WLC Skill Practice

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    The Off-Season WLC Skill Practices are mini-challenges intended to help you fine-tune different aspects of your health and wellness. Offered between Challenges, these weekly practices address fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, productivity, and personal connection — because health is about far more than food and the gym (and we could all use a little practice).

    Go Bread Free Every Day This Week

    This week, we’re leaving flour-containing foods behind.…

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    Fresh Chicken and Sausage Stir Fry

    Fresh Chicken and Sausage Stir Fry

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    Rainbow-colored veggies, butcher-fresh sausage, and air-chilled chicken combine to make the perfect one-pan dish. This recipe is an awesome way to up your vegetable intake with a minimum of effort, packing an entire season of vegetables into every serving.

    Fresh Chicken and Sausage Stir Fry

    Servings: 6
    Preparation: 15 minutes
    Cook time: 20 minutes

    Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds, air-chilled chicken tenderloins
  • 1 pound, sweet Italian sausage
  • 5 Brussels sprouts
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 summer squash
  • 1 bunch, asparagus
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 1/2 white onion
  • fresh basil
  • Salt, pepper, cayenne powder
  • Olive oil
  • Tools:

  • 3-quart saute pan with lid
  • Spatula
  • Preparation:

    1. Shred Brussels sprouts.
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