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CA Congressman Sam Farr and Nutrition Educator Mary Toscano
team up on 30-Day Challenge!

The “Sam Farr Challenge” is a health and fitness-oriented community event to help people lose weight and feel healthier. It was inspired by my visit with CA Congressman Sam Farr in Washington DC as part of the American Diabetes Association. I witnessed how difficult it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle on Capitol Hill. From that experience, I invited Congressman Farr to a special, 30-day challenge. He said yes! We both saw the opportunity to open this Challenge to the public to improve the health of many.

We launched the Challenge on July 14th, 2014 and 325 people joined us. Eighty percent of participants reported weight loss and feeling great. [Read success stories.]

Thank you Congressman Sam Farr for leading the way and motivating us all to lead a healthy lifestyle. According to the CDC, one in three of us will have diabetes by 2050. You have shown that 3 simple rules is enough to reverse this trend.

How Does the Challenge Work?

Participants chose the Basic or Extreme level, and followed those 3 simple rules for 30 days.
By making just these three changes you can lose extra weight and greatly improve your health and overall well-being.

  • No alcohol after 7:30pm
  • No more than 1 serving
    of bread or pasta per day*
  • 7,000 steps or
    30 min exercise daily
  • No food or alcohol after 7:30pm
  • No foods with flour or >20g Sugars (per serving)
  • 10,000 steps or
    1 hour exercise daily

*Whole grain preferred. Eliminating bread will be the hardest thing to do, but is the fastest way to drop weight. Flour is the biggest source of hidden sugar in the American diet. A single plain bagel dumps 12 teaspoons of sugar in the blood. A typical serving of spaghetti will dump 22 teaspoons. Any sugar the body doesn’t use for energy gets turned into fat.

Registration is Closed

The Sam Farr 30-Day Challenge started July 14th and ended August 12th, 2014. Participants recieved daily educational and motivational emails, and were able to interact on Facebook with Congressman Sam Farr and Nutrition Educator Mary Toscano (via her Sweet Fire Book page.)

Would you like to be notified when Mary hosts another 30-Day Challenge? If so, sign up for the Mary Toscano Healthy Living email list. You will recieve occasional emails with nutrition and healthy living information, and you'll be the first to know when another 30-Day Challenge is happening.


Who is Congressman Sam Farr?

Congressman Sam Farr, a fifth-generation Californian, represents the state's beautiful Central Coast. Throughout his 20-year tenure, Mr. Farr has been a leading advocate for California agriculture, an outspoken activist for affordable housing and a champion of the oceans. [Visit Website]

Who is Mary Toscano?

Mary Toscano is a Certified Nutrition Educator and the author of the book, "Sweet Fire: Sugar, Diabetes & Your Health." Because of her family history (both sets of grandparents died from complications of diabetes) and her own sensitivity to sugar, she has dedicated herself to figuring out the role of sugar in health. [Visit Website]


Cutting out flour had an almost immediate impact: the weight loss was really easy. – SG

I'm sleeping better, feeling less "doughy." – JC

I can get into a size 4 Vera Wang slacks I bought in 2009 and zip them up, which I could not do before the challenge. – JG

My blood sugar dropped to the point that I have been able to reduce my insulin injection by one third. – WS

I feel lighter and stronger. My clothes are looser and I can move about with a quicker step. – SM

Lost 5 more pounds and my sugar level and A1C are now in normal range. – PM

I lost 8 pounds, and I'm happy about that. I will continue to watch what I eat and I hope to lose another 10 lbs. – TS

I feel so good each day and sleep well too. Plus, the bonus is that my sciatic pain in the left hip is gone. – MLN

I now choose foods that have fewer carbs and less grams of sugars. I have recently learned that I am pre-diabetic, so this is an important change for me for my health and prevention of Type 2 diabetes. – AF

I felt really included. Loved that others were doing it also. Was fun to root for Sam. – BM

I loved the simplicity of the Challenge. There weren't too many rules to be followed and there was no guilt trip implied. – KR


© 2014 Mary Toscano Healthy Living