LOMBARD – Kick-starting healthy lifestyles is the overall goal of FoodCamp, a 21-day program beginning next month at Custom Fit in Lombard.
“It’s basically clean eating – avoiding processed foods,” said Julianne Schager, owner of Custom Fit. “It’s very, very safe.”
The third installment of FoodCamp begins May 5 for clients enrolled in one of Schager’s BootCamp classes. Schager started the program last July to encourage her clientele to eat healthy by eliminating processed items like white sugar and white flour.
With the help of Clean Eating Magazine, Schager creates a three-week meal plan for participants to follow. Each day consists of three meals and two snacks and totals about 1,300 calories per day, she said.
The program begins with a three-day detox, which features smoothies and helps to cleanse the palette.
“For a lot of people, when they’re left on their own, it’s hard to come up with [healthy] recipe ideas and they fall into a rut,” Schager said. “With this, they get a fresh, new perspective on clean eating.”
Schager stressed that FoodCamp is not a diet plan.
“I don’t like the word ‘diet’” she said. “This is more of a lifestyle.”
FoodCamp goes hand-in-hand with working out, which is the reason Schager requires all participants also be enrolled in one of her classes.
During the three week duration, Schager brings “clean” snacks into her classes and discusses the importance of clean living. Her clients also fill out a food log to track their progress.
The individual who achieves the best results during the camp wins a free month of BootCamp.
“They find camaraderie doing this [program] with the group and talk about the challenges and successes,” Schager said. “People have found fabulous results.”
The initial FoodCamp was held last July and featured 34 participants. The winner lost 15 pounds.
Clean eating doesn’t just have to mean broccoli and egg whites, said Custom Fit client Jenn Schindler, who completed the FoodCamp program last year.
“It was eye-opening,” Schindler said. “There are plenty of flavorful meals that are healthy and family friendly. FoodCamp is a great way to learn how to eat clean and enjoy quality food.”
What initially felt like a lot of preparation and shopping eventually became second nature for Colleen Rostis, who said she continues to follow the principles of the program.
“It’s just a part of the daily routine [now],” Rostis said. “It no longer feels like a lot of work, especially in comparison to how [good] you feel.”
Schager, a Lombard resident, opened Custom Fit in June 2012. The gym features about a dozen BootCamp classes per week, as well as personal training sessions.
“I have all levels in my classes and all exercises can be modified up and down [skill levels],” Schager said.
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FoodCamp meal plan
The weekly meal plan includes three meals and two snacks per day. Each Wednesday, participants follow the program's detox plan, which includes smoothies that also contain protein. Each Friday is a free day for participants to enjoy what they want. The remaining days follow guidelines that include clean, unprocessed foods.
Here's is an example of a Monday meal plan:
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with one whole egg & two egg whites, 1 cup of berries
Snack: 6-to-8-ounce container of Greek yogurt
Lunch: 2 cups mixed salad
Snack: Hummus with carrots, celery and/or cucumbers
Dinner: Chicken with rice or rice pilaf
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For more information on Custom Fit, visit www.customfitpt.net.