Whole-grain bread instead of white, brown rice or wild rice instead of white, whole-grain pasta instead of white, and no sugar for two weeks.
This is what I asked of my grade 8 Home Economics students. It was an optional assignment. There were approximately 30 of my 140 students who chose to take part in this experiment.
This assignment coincided with my unit on healthy eating. My hope was that students would realize that making good food choices is not that difficult, and that maybe they would make some permanent changes in their diets. I also wanted them to become aware of how many foods contain sugar.
I was very excited by the comments made by the students who took part. They felt more energenic, healthier, and began to have an aversion to junk food. After two weeks on this "diet", when they could eat whatever they wanted to, eating white again made many students feel ill. A bonus for some students was a loss of belly fat.
I put my entire family on this experiment in January, and we have continued to incorporate these ideas into our daily meals. I have lost over 8 pounds, and my husband's belly has disappeared. We all just feel healthier.