Authentic Challenges are monthly challenges I’m setting myself in order to move myself forwards towards a life that feels more me. Some are big nuts to crack, others are just small “for fun” things, others are geared towards forming a positive habit in my life.
I’m planning some radical changes for October. I’ve suffered from allergies all my life and generally I feel my health is below average, despite the fact that I live a much more active lifestyle than most of my peers and already eat a pretty healthy diet. (No fair.) I’m currently on a 10 day fast, because my nose was so bogged up recently I could hardly even think anymore and I’m sick of it. 3 days into fasting my nose cleared up. I’ve recently come to suspect that I may have food allergies or intolerances, and the plan for October is to figure it out and do whatever I can to solve the issue.
OCTOBER // Authentic // Keep a gratitude journal
I had a really rough phase in my teens (don’t we all), where I hated my life and thought everyone hated me. Now I just hate my life. (Kidding – my life is pretty rad actually, but I’m far from satisfied.) At some stage I decided to choose happiness, so I kept a gratitude journal where I had to record at least 3 things every day that I was grateful for. And it really helped. My whole attitude to life changed, I gained new friends and confidence and I was happy for no other reason than that I was happy. So this month I want to bring back the gratitude journal. I’d love to fancy it up, but probably won’t have the time, so I’ll probably be keeping it simple, just notes in a notebook.
OCTOBER // Creative // Draw every Day
This worked pretty well for me last month in the sense that I drew a lot more than before that, but it’s still far from an ingrained habit, so for October Creative I’m sticking to the same challenge as last month, draw every day. I’m determined to get back into a serious drawing habit, and the only way to do that is to DO it.
OCTOBER // Free // Clean Diet
This is the real biggie this month, and it has priority over the other two. If I just manage this one, I’m better than good. I recently read the book “Clean Gut” by Alejandro Junger, and it all made a lot of sense. Junger doesn’t propagate one diet that is supposed to be healthy for everyone, but allows for the fact that every human is unique. He puts down a host of health-issues to a deficient digestive system and sets a 21 day program to remove all allergenic food and rebuild the gut flora, then makes you reintroduce foods one by one to uncover your toxic triggers.
I’m already currently putting my body through a pretty radical cleanse by fasting for 10 days, but this time, I want to be more careful about what I eat afterwards. I’m planning to stick as best as I can to Junger’s Clean Gut diet for the time after, then see if I can figure out if and what I’m allergic to. Social events, a training course I’m on and little time will make this challenge very difficult for me, but if I do fail, I’m planning to use this phase as a kind of practice run, where I can test recipes and meal plans to see what works and doesn’t work, and then I’ll attempt the same thing in the spring (after another fast).
That’s the plan for the coming month. Wish me luck and determination, I’m going to need it
Do you have any Authentic Challenges you’ll be setting for next month?