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The 800 g Challenge

Are you ever ready to make a change, but don’t really know where to start? Most people get tricked into starting whatever fad is ‘in’ at the moment, but end up going back to old ways in the end. I have another idea.

I am a HUGE podcast girl. I drive from home to Philly quite often and I enjoy learning something in those two hours instead of listening to music. One of my favorite podcasts is Chasing Excellence with Ben Bergeron. I recently listened to a nutrition episode featuring EC Synkowski, who runs OptimizeMe Nutrition and is extremely nutritionally educated. She spoke about her 800 gram challenge on the podcast and I want to share it with all of you.

The 800 gram challenge is to eat a total of 800 grams of fruits and vegetables a day. It doesn’t matter if it’s fresh, cooked, or frozen. Fruits/veggies from packaged or processed foods do not count and dried fruit & veggies do not count! This challenge involves eating more of the good things instead of restricting the bad things like most nutrition plans do. I like this idea for someone who has no idea where to start. The point behind this is to get the standard American diet more towards whole, unprocessed foods. If you really commit to eating 800 grams of fruits and vegetables, the majority of your diet will be filled with whole foods and you won’t be as hungry for other things. This challenge will show you how good you can feel by simply eating real food. Yes it is that simple. Eat. Real. Food. :)

I am sharing this for the majority of people who are nutritionally lost and confused and need somewhere to start. Once you start consistently eating whole unprocessed food, you can take larger steps like counting macros and nutrient timing. If you want more information go to and I highly recommend listening to that episode on the chasing excellence podcast! (#072)

- Just a Sprinkle of Jordan :)

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