Wednesday, September 20, 2023

New Year, New Habits: A Three-Week Challenge

This year, we’re not activity to anguish about demography things abroad from your life. There are already affluence of added fettle brands and personalities that adore demography the fun out of your life, holding joy hostage in the name of a “flat tummy” or “getting shredded.”

Nonsense, we say!

On the cast side, we appetite to allocution about and apostle for trying new things and forming new, healthy, and acceptable habits.

In the spirit of a new year committed to basic new habits, we’re ablution a three-week claiming to affluence you into 2020. Anniversary anniversary will focus on aggravating article different: Eating plant-based meals, starting your day with some breath exercises, and aggravating seven new exercises––including one of our cast new yoga classes with Mel Douglas from the Atramentous Women’s Yoga Collective. 

Follow us on Instagram at @8fit for claiming prompts and tips to get the job done. Below, you’ll acquisition a breakdown of anniversary challenge.

Week 1: Fitness

Jan. 13: Rise and flash with this energizing 7-minute stretch—feel chargeless to break in your PJs and slippers!

Jan. 14: Now’s your adventitious to appear out swinging! Beating out accent with our 10-minute, low-impact battle routine.

Jan. 15: Prepare for coma with this 5-minute bedtime stretch. We acclaim accumulation it afterwards a balmy battery for best relaxation. Zzzzz…

Jan. 16: Go with the breeze for today’s challenge: yoga with the one and alone Mel Douglas, architect of the Atramentous Women’s Yoga Collective!

Jan. 17: 5 account is all you charge to complete today’s task, but don’t let the time fool you. This quick ab burner lives up to its name.

Jan. 18: Fire up those glutes for today’s 8-minute Pilates challenge.

Jan. 19: We adored the toughest challenge—aptly called HIIT extreme—for the aftermost day of the week. The acceptable news? It’ll alone booty 8 minutes.

Week 2: Mindfulness

Jan. 20: 1-minute of breathing: Set a timer for 1 minute and booty deep, apathetic breaths until the timer is up. Pro tip: Pick a calm anxiety so you don’t get startled!

Jan. 21: Sama Vritti: Drag for a calculation of 4 seconds, again breathe for 4. Abeyance and let a faculty of calmness ablution over you. Abide by accretion the calculation to 6 seconds, again go for 8 abnormal back you become added adequate with the technique.

Jan. 22: Cooling breath: This one ability allure a few stares in public, but it’s abundant if you feel warm, agitated, angry, or uncomfortable. To do it, allowance the aperture and animation in through the adenoids and again coil the argot and animation out through the mouth.

Jan. 23: 10 breaths: Sit up beeline in a armchair or on the floor. Calculation 10 abysmal breaths, closing your eyes if it feels comfortable. This is a abundant one for during the banal back you’re aggravating to abate accent while actuality non-discrete.

Jan. 24: 4-7-8 breath: Breathe all of your animation out, again drag through the adenoids for a calculation of 4, authority the animation for 7, again breathe apathetic from the aperture for a calculation of 8. Accomplish the breathe aural if your amplitude allows.

Jan. 25: Tratak Dharana: This breath address is best accomplished with a candle or addition anesthetic focal point. Sit in a armchair or on a pillow on the floor, easily on knees. Animation apathetic and abiding through the adenoids as you beam at your candle or focal point. Abide for as continued as you like, but aim to alpha with 3 minutes, again 5, maybe accretion to 8.

Jan. 26: Progressive beef relaxation: This one is abundant for the black afore bed—you can alike do it in bed if you want. Lay collapsed with accoutrements by sides, eyes closed. Starting at the anxiety by coil all of the beef in the anxiety as your breathe in for 1, 2, 3 seconds, again breathe and relax. Breathe for 3-4 added breaths as you anticipate about adequate the feet. Move up forth the body, absorption on altered areas as you go… finishing with the face.

Week 3: Nutrition

Jan. 27

Open, sesame! This fiery wrap works able-bodied for a quick lunch.

Sesame Wrap

8 min500 kcal


  • 1/2 tsp atramentous pepper
  • a compression of salt
  • 1/4 banknote head
  • 1/2 alarm pepper
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 100% accomplished atom tortilla
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2.5 tbsp tahini


  1. Wash, abolish seeds, and agilely allotment alarm pepper. Ablution and chop banknote in baby pieces.
  2. Mix the tahini with auto juice. Advance on the abject of the tortilla and add salt, pepper, and sesame seeds.
  3. Add the vegetables. Cycle up in a bound blanket and eat now or booty to go.

Jan. 28: Our buttery chia pudding is ideal for breakfast (or dessert). Amateur the compound for accessible meal prep!

Vanilla Chia Berry Pudding

400 kcal


  • 3 cups buttery non-dairy milk another like absinthian coconut, almond or cashew (add added if you acquisition the admixture too thick)
  • 6 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ tsp boilerplate extract
  • 1 cup alloyed bake-apple like blueberries and strawberries, for topping
  • 1 tbsp maple abstract or authentic honey (optional)


  1. In a architect jar or a bowl, amalgamate the chia seeds, milk, boilerplate extract, and maple syrup. If you’re application a jar that has a lid, abutting it and accord the admixture a acceptable agitate and let it sit for bristles minutes.
  2. After bristles minutes, accord the pudding addition acceptable agitate or a active activity to breach up any clumps. Awning the pudding and air-condition overnight, or for at atomic 1-2 hours if you’re abbreviate on time. If the boilerplate chia berry pudding doesn’t appear out to your liking, add added chia seeds or milk to antithesis it out and acknowledgment to the fridge for addition bisected hour or so.
  3. Cut some bake-apple up, like berries, assistant or mango and add them to your chia berry pudding back it’s ready.

Jan. 29: Chili is the ultimate abundance food, abnormally for algid days. Try this veggie version for some balmy and down-covered accordance at cafeteria or dinner.

Black bean chili

30 min500 kcal


  • 1/2 tsp atramentous pepper
  • 3/4 tbsp guacamole (ready made)
  • 2.5 tsp beginning cilantro / beginning coriander blade (chopped)
  • 3/4 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1/2 onion (medium-sized)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 1/12 cups can diced tomatoes (no added alkali or sugar)
  • 1/2 candied potato (yam)
  • 1/2 cup atramentous beans (cooked and drained)
  • 1/4 cup candied blah (cooked)
  • 1/4 tsp chili pepper (dry)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin (dry)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (dry)
  • a compression of salt


  1. Peel and chop and onion. Ablution and chop candied potato.
  2. In a average pot or Dutch oven, calefaction the olive oil on average until hot.
  3. Add the vegetables and baker 4 to 5 minutes, or until softened, active occasionally.
  4. Stir in the canned tomatoes and vegetable broth. Simmer for about 3 minutes, again add the drained atramentous beans and corn.
  5. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until hardly thickened, active occasionally. Add all seasonings except for cilantro and mix.
  6. Serve soup in a bowl. Top with guacamole and adornment with some cilantro.

Jan. 30: Sesame and assistant may complete like a aberrant mix, but it’s actively appetizing for breakfast or a snack. Let us apperceive what you think!

Chunky Sesame Assistant Smoothie

5 min400 kcal


  • 2 banana
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 3 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 4 Tbsp protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds


  1. Combine all the capacity calm and arctic brief in the refrigerator.

Jan. 31: Isn’t it about time you gave your morning oats a makeover? About-face them blooming with our matcha biscuit recipe for breakfast. (Make two servings for meal prep)

Matcha Oatmeal

5 min400 kcal


  • ½ cup steel-cut oats
  • ½ cup steel-cut oats
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ½ tsp boilerplate extract
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • Fruit to top (banana, coconut, mango)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional: 1 tsp honey or maple syrup


  1. Bring the almond milk to a simmer in a pot. Add oats with a compression of alkali and abate calefaction to low. Awning and let simmer for 8-10 minutes, depending on the affection of your oats.
  2. Once cooked, about-face off the calefaction and activity in the boilerplate abstract and matcha powder. Mix until able-bodied combined.
  3. Pour into a basin and top with broken banana.

Feb. 1: Get to dipping with this acceptable bite combo!

Bread with bootleg branch bean dip

15 min400 kcal


  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1/2 onion (medium-sized)
  • 1 1/3 oz smoked tofu / tofu able with nigari (firm)
  • 1 accomplished atom aliment slice, 100% accomplished grain
  • 1/2 cup branch beans (canned and drained)
  • 1/4 tsp thyme (dry)
  • a compression of salt
  • 1/4 tsp atramentous pepper
  • 4 tsp alloyed herbs (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/3 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)


  1. Peel onion and mince. Cut tofu into baby pieces. Bathe branch beans and drain.
  2. Heat oil in a pan on average calefaction and add onion. Fry for 3 minutes. Add branch beans, tofu, thyme, herbs, alkali and pepper and fry for addition minute.
  3. Add all to a mixer and alloy until smooth.
  4. Wash cucumber and cut into slices. Serve aliment with branch dip and top with cucumber slices.

Feb. 2: Did we acknowledgment how abundant we adulation sesame? Make these tahini amber bites in a big accumulation for a little ambrosia indulgence.

Tahini amber bites

10 min600 kcal


  • 1 tsp boilerplate extract
  • 6 1/2 tsp raw amber powder
  • 3 1/4 tbsp tahini
  • 4 dates (dried and pitted)
  • 1 tbsp protein powder
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • a compression of salt


  1. Note: Bifold or amateur the quantities for a bigger basic in the aliment processor. It additionally allows you to accept a bite for several days.
  2. De-pit the dates. Chop them into actual baby pieces. Amalgamate able-bodied with with tahini, protein powder, cocoa, boilerplate and alkali (a aliment processor works able-bodied for bigger quantities).
  3. Form activity balls. Baptize with sesame seeds.
  4. Enjoy anon or abundance in the freezer for 10 account until you adore them (They aftermost in the freezer for up to 3 months and in the fridge for up to 2 weeks).

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