21-day Habit Hack Testimonial (Dana Panteleeff)

It takes a minimum of 3-weeks to form a habit…


This means if you want to form the habit of healthy eating as quickly as possible, you need a very detailed plan. And that’s what the 21-day habit hack is, it is a blueprint on how to change your eating habits for the better. More specifically, it is 21-day food plan and accountability program. This program uses the power of REAL FOOD to get REAL RESULTS. The best part there are no pills are pre-packed shakes for you to purchase.


For more information about the 21-day habit hack click here



21-day Habit Hack Testimonial


By Dana Panteleeff:


“Why the 21-day hack got my attention:  In my late 30s, I opted to go back to get a Masters degree while working more than full time and with two small(ish) kids (and an amazingly supporting husband…).  Exercise, sleep, and eating habits took a back seat and I gained about 35 pounds during those two years.  At some point I realized I had sort of accidently tried the “ignore it and hope it goes away” approach, but that wasn’t working so well….  So I switched to trying “eat less, move more,” with mixed results over time….  I kept finding myself battling mid-morning super hunger/”hangry” and a mid/late afternoon slump, cranky when I’d get hungry, and later overcompensating.  Too much of a roller coaster, and I suspected something in that roller coaster might be sabotaging my efforts.  I wasn’t feeling ready for 10-week challenge, but figured I could take on 3-weeks and see if that help reset the things I was wrestling with. Turned out to be exactly that.


Dana hard at work!



Overall: An energizing and enlightening experience.  I realized just how many carbs were in the daily routine, and that they were probably at the root of the rollercoaster. Bulletproof coffee replaced my (typical) whole wheat toast with butter and (maybe) jam in the car while commuting.  Lunches were packed from the previous dinner leftovers instead of grabbing a sandwich at the deli.  Dinner recipes as provided  weren’t too far from our usual routine, but nice to have some new ideas in the mix.  And, they were either quick and easy (even with the four of us going in multiple directions every evening) or ready in the slow cooker when arriving home.  My kids learned they do like asparagus (when it’s cooked with bacon), and while not everything that we tried will be an ongoing family favorite, many of the recipes will work into our usual rotation ongoing.


I admit I wasn’t initially a fan of the idea of taking a selfie everyday and emailing it to Jessica, but when looking back through, it surprises me how much can change in just 21-days.  I do wish I had taken measurements, but from photos and general feelings, I can tell that things are changing — visually, from the photos, ~8 pounds lighter on the scale,  and clothes are already fitting better.


I’ll also admit that Week 1 took some adjusting.  I was initially fairly hungry in the mid mornings, but once I adopted the counter intuitive advice of eating more protein at dinner the night before, that quickly settled.  By the third week, I was needing to remind myself to eat.  ” Eat less, move more” turned to “eat more, move more” and with far more tolerable results.  I had a few work-related meals and a wedding anniversary dinner within the 21-day period, so diverted a bit from the scheduled plan but used the opportunity to choose protein and veggie options since such events are (luckily) just part of my life, and my intent is to continue well beyond these initial 21 days.


Support and encouragement throughout was abundant.  Email comments from Jessica, daily texts, weekly reviews from Carla via MyFitnessPal all were key.  I’ve used MyFitPal on and off over the years, but something about knowing that someone would review and comment helped “up” my attention to detail. 


If I could offer one area to consider for the future — if meals were pre-logged in to MyFItPal, that would be awesome.  I was doing some best-guessing on matching what was logged in the tool already vs what I was eating….if we collectively added “CKO” as part of the recipe name (or similar) that could help further reduce burden/guessing/further reduce effort needed when taking on changes such as these.


All in all, awesome idea, awesome program, totally doable.  I am feeling more balanced and predictable related to hunger and moods, which is exactly what I wanted out of it. 




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