All posts by Jon Gilson

Prepare Your Kitchen

How to Prepare Your Kitchen for the Whole Life Challenge

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The only thing that sabotages a great nutrition plan faster than the twin temptations of sugar and bread: a lack of the right foods, close at hand.

Let’s prevent that.

Below, seven tasks you can perform in the next seven days to ensure you’ll always have compliant, healthy food ready to go (while facing as little temptation as possible).

Go through the steps one at a time, and by the end of the week, you’ll be ready to tackle the Whole Life Challenge’s Nutrition and Hydration Habits.…

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Virtual Moving Day

WLC Mission: Virtual Moving Day

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WLC Mission is a weekly challenge, meant to improve your life by disrupting your day-to-day routine — taking you out of your comfort zone, asking you to try something new, and challenging you to become a more complete person. Never easy, you can consider the Mission an advanced experiment in personal wellness, with you as the star.

This Week’s Mission: Virtual Moving Day The Idea

Borrowed from Gretchin Rubin and her wonderful Happiness Podcast.…

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Paleo Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Paleo Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

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Out on Yawkey Way before Red Sox games, you can buy a sausage with peppers and onions for six dollars.

In fact, you kind of have to — they smell amazing.

And if you know what I’m talking about — the wafting steam from that cart, the sweet smell of fried peppers and onions, the umami of the sausage, the vibration of excitement in the air, and the sound of a thousand Boston accents bouncing off the brick walls of Fenway — you’re going to love this recipe.…

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WLC Mission: Fitness Polymath

WLC Mission: Fitness Field Day

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WLC Mission is a weekly challenge, meant to improve your life by disrupting your day-to-day routine — taking you out of your comfort zone, asking you to try something new, and challenging you to become a more complete person. Never easy, you can consider the Mission an advanced experiment in personal wellness, with you as the star.

This Week’s Mission: Fitness Field Day The Idea

This week, you’re going to enhance your love of physical culture by taking your fitness where it’s never been before — to a new class, outdoor pursuit, or team sport.…

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WLC Mission: Travel the Hard Way

WLC Mission: Travel the Hard Way

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WLC Mission is a weekly challenge, meant to improve your life by disrupting your day-to-day routine — taking you out of your comfort zone, asking you to try something new, and challenging you to become a more complete person. Never easy, you can consider the Mission an advanced experiment in personal wellness, with you as the star.

This Week’s Mission: Travel the Hard Way The Idea

When you go somewhere this week, add as much human-powered motion to the trip as possible.…

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Iskiate Chia Energy Drink

“Born to Run” Iskiate Chia Energy Drink

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I found out about iskiate in Born to Run, Christopher McDougall’s epic book about the Tarahumara tribe of Mexico (a.k.a. “the running people”).

Iskiate (IS-kee-ah-tay), also known as chia fresca, is a water-based chia drink that supposedly confers huge amounts of energy and endurance on the drinker, bolstered by the superfood status of chia, a squeeze of lime, and a hit of agave.…

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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.

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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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