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What Is a "Well-Being Practice" and Why Would I Do One?

What Is a “Well-Being Practice” and Why Would I Do One?

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The Well-Being Practices are exercises in practical mindfulness — guiding you to pay attention to your thoughts, your relationships, and your automatic actions, and to alter them as needed to live a calmer, more connected lifestyle.

The Well-Being Practices span categories throughout your life, including improving your personal relationships, increasing productivity, doing more of the things you love, serving others, connecting with your thoughts and feelings, expressing gratitude, and examining your relationship with technology.…

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Why We Keep Score (and How to Do It Like a Pro)

Why We Keep Score (and How to Do It Like a Pro)

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Each day during the Whole Life Challenge, you’ll pursue the 7 Daily Habits — and you’ll give yourself points for completing them. 5 points each for Nutrition, Exercise, Mobility, Hydration, Sleep, Well-Being Practice, and Reflection.

Given this daily scoring, you’d be forgiven for thinking the score itself is the point of the Challenge. That line of thinking goes something like this:

  • Score higher and you’re doing better.
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    Grocery Shopping Whole Life Challenge

    How to Choose Your Whole Life Challenge Nutrition Level

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    The rules for healthy eating actually are simple — and to understand them, you’ll start by identifying the foods to avoid.

    Foods to avoid come in packages and bottles, and they’re found in the interior of the grocery store — among the chips, crackers, cookies, candy, cereals, sodas, and frozen foods. They also dominate the takeout menus tacked to your fridge and the menu at your local restaurant, where manmade oils (like canola and vegetable) are the primary cooking substrate, and salt and sugar are added to everything.…

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    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.

    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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