A New Year’s Resolution: The Challenge


If you’re wavering on the edge of a significant New Year’s resolution, there’s still time to sign up for the much talked about challenge that has helped well over 1,000 East Enders collectively loose thousands of pounds, drop blood pressure, blood sugars and cholesterol by hundreds of points and watch their energies soar. If you’re tempted by the svelter looks and healthy glows seen around these parts, you have until Jan.16  to sign up for the East Hampton Wellness Foundation’s latest six-week Challenge.

Challenges will be held  in East Hampton, South Hampton and Hampton Bays in the evenings and in Bridgehampton on Wednesday morning beginning the week of January 19 and ending the week of March 9.

While there is still time to register on line at WFEH.org under “programs” for the $150 challenge, registration is closing soon. You need to factor in the time required for a doctor’s permit and necessary lab tests required before starting.  The $150 materials fee includes the Wellness Challenge Guidebook, Wellness Challenge Survival Guide for Beginners, food for demonstrations and tastings and other supplies. A new jump start guide will include a two-week menu plan and shopping tips.

I took the challenge a few years back because I was writing a story about the Wellness Foundation for Edible East End at a time when it only ran 28 days. I told those around me, “I can do anything for 28 days, but on day 29 I’m out of here.”  When Day 29 came, to my astonishment, I discovered I was hooked on vegetables, especially kale. Without any effort and eating exceedingly well —since I’m passionate about flavor—I lost a total of 30 pounds in the weeks that followed and it hasn’t returned. The challenge has a knack of making converts.