Before I dive into the week, I am totally putting myself out there and sharing the results of my blood work. If I can stay true to the program, there are some items that should decrease, namely my cholesterol. So here it is in all its glory – prior to starting the E2 Challenge. Fortunately all of my stats fall into the normal range, but I don’t want to be normal/average/ordinary. I want to be amazing, off the charts as healthy as I can be.


Test Result Normal range
Cholesterol 185 140-200
Triglycerides 79 35-135
HDL 73 40-95
LDL 97 70-100
Fasting glucose 95 70-100


E2 Challenge Week 1: Eliminate all dairy and processed foods. This was a big week. But it’s been a really fun week too as I explored all sorts of new recipes and some spices I have never tried before. What I love about the challenge is that it’s forcing me to be organized with my eating. On the weekend, I plan and prep. I carved out a few hours on Sunday to shop and cook. I haven’t done that in years.


Week 1 recipes:

Sweet Holy Deliciousness Soup: Sweet Holy is right! I used a new spice in this one – Garam Masala. Tim loved it too. Page 41 of the downloadable E2 Challenge Guide.

E2 recipes

Handstand Burgers: So easy, no machinery needed. Very tasty and versatile. Plus it made 8 patties. Page 45 of the downloadable E2 Challenge Guide.


Jen’s Fabulously Fudgy Brownies: This is a recipe from my vegan friend, Jeanette K, who introduced me to the concept of “accidentally vegan.” These are no accident – I’ve never used tofu in a dessert and they are really yummy. This is the first (and only) time Wilder has eaten tofu. Cuz I snuck it into a chocolate treat!

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I hope you will consider picking up the E2 Challenge partway through. I know I perform better when I know I’m not alone out there!