The Good Life Challenge 2020

New Guidelines and New Recipes

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The Origins of the Challenge

What began as a way to help Doug Schmidt's colleagues to improve their health 5 years ago has grown into a challenge in over 75 school districts with over 3300 participants across New York state.
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Some Changes

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The New Book!

For those that have previously participated, we have created a new book just for the challenge. My wife, Shari and I (Doug Schmidt a teacher in Victor, New York) worked all summer to write a book that would align with our philosophy on plant based nutrition and provide delicious new recipes to support you. We have made a few changes to the challenge guidelines and tried to incorporate some items to make plant based eating more sustainable beyond the challenge. It is filled with over 80 recipes with pictures for each recipe. You can do the challenge without the book but it is a help. Once you signup we will share more information, recipes and resources.

The New Guidelines

Guidelines of The Good Life Challenge

What you will avoid for the 10 days

All meat ( beef, poultry, pork and fish)

All dairy and eggs

All highly processed foods


Smoothies, alcohol, juice and soda

Added sugar and salt

What you will enjoy

All fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes

Greens at every meal (3-­6 servings a day)

Whole grain breads

Whole grain pastas (brown rice pastas are excellent)


Drink lots of water

Unsweetened tea, coffee without sweeteners and without processed creamers

Keep to a minimum

Nuts, seeds and nut butters

(Limit nuts to 1 tablespoon on your oats or salads or use in sauce recipes. Do not consume nut or nut butters otherwise)

Dried Fruit

(Do not eat as a snack but use as a sweetener)


(1⁄4 avocado is one serving. Limit to 1 serving a day)

Give yourself the gift of 10 days to show you how good health tastes and feels. After the 10 days you can use these guidelines to keep going on your plant based journey. This is not a diet, but a way of life.

Our recipes include items like tofu, tempeh and soy curls which is different than previous challenges.

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Don't Go It Alone

Change is hard. Make it a bit easier on yourself and do the challenge with a friend, a family member or work colleague. That way you have a support network to help each other through the ten days. You got this!