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Take the Whole-Food Wednesdays Challenge!

Taking steps toward a whole-food, plant-based diet is a great way to diversify our menus at home. More important, we're helping our bodies and the planet -- a win-win!

I'm so excited to be rolling out a challenge that I not only live everyday but one that I believe can be a stepping stone to drastically improving, maintaining or regaining your health.

It's no secret that I advocate a whole-food, plant-based diet. I applaud campaigns such as Meatless Mondays that encourage people to abstain from meat-based dishes at least once every week. What I’ve found, however, is that many don't take Meatless Mondays far enough. While reducing meat from your diet is a good first step, the type of food you eat in its place matters.

For example, giving up a 10-ounce steak in favor of white pasta with garlic and oil and a half loaf of Italian bread with butter is not a healthful option; however, replacing that steak with a whole-food, plant-based dish is.

That’s the goal of Whole-Food Wednesdays.

Together, we’ll not only work to reduce our meat intake but also to increase our consumption of plant-empowered foods. It’s a wonderful way to diversify our menus at home and also add delicious and healthful recipes to our growing repertoires. More than that, we’re helping our bodies and the planet.

I’ll post a tried and trusted whole-food, plant-based recipe on my Breaking Four blog every Wednesday morning. I’ll also share throughout the month on our Facebook page Eat This, Not That plant-strong tips.

Win a Free Cookbook!  Each of you who shares a whole-food, plant-based recipe, success story, fitness and nutrition win or technique, or your own personal Eat This, Not That plant-friendly example will be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win your own copy of one of my most treasured plant-empowered cookbooks! Share two little gems and you'll be entered twice. Send me three and you'll be entered thrice! You can comment directly on this site or e-mail me at breakingfour@gmail.com.

The raffle goes off at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Good luck!

Click here to see today's first Whole-Food Wednesdays recipe.

Peace, love & kale!

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