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FAQ for the 4-Week Jumpstart Program

You have questions about the 4-week Jumpstart to the Mediterranean Diet? We have answers!

See our most frequently asked questions below. If you have more questions after looking through these, we would love for you to reach out to us! hello@themedimove.com or any of our social media links. You can also contact us directly through the website.

What are the dates?

The program is 4 weeks long and for the first time ever, it is self-guided. This means that you can do it whenever it works for you! Ready to focus on your health RIGHT NOW– awesome, grab the Program Guide and get started right away, without having to wait.

 

Will I have to buy any special foods?

No “special foods” required! While there are no specific foods required for this program, we will provide you with a grocery list that encompasses Mediterranean Diet foods. You may use this as a guide while grocery shopping each week, taking into account you and your family’s food preferences, but it is not required that you purchase all (or any) of the foods from this list.

This is an effective, moderate program designed to help you move from wherever you are in your current way of eating to a healthier, more Mediterranean style of eating. As we move through the weeks, we will help you focus on one healthy habit at a time and then continue those habits throughout the month. By the end of the month, your diet will look very much like a Mediterranean Diet; one that is perfectly suited to your palate and lifestyle!

You will find yourself buying more vegetables or fruits, more whole grains, more healthy fats, more plant-based items, and less sugar and processed foods. Pretty much everything you eat in this program can be found at your local grocery store and can be customized to your palate!

 

What does my registration fee include?

You get so much with your registration! Here’s a sample of what you will receive:

  • Access to a Private FB Group created to help you be successful 
  • Weekly videos from Jamie our Registered Dietitian covering relevant nutrition topics 
  • Program Guide with all the information you need!
  • Virtual guide to track your goals each week
  • Mediterranean Grocery Guide to make shopping a breeze
  • A Bonus Collection of Quick & Easy Recipes to use throughout the month (and beyond!)
  • Accountability, and motivation to help you succeed!
  • Your questions and comments answered in the Facebook Group 
  • Unlimited Email Support

We think that the most important thing that you get with this program is the accountability and expert guidance that will enable you to make real, lasting changes with your diet. Many clients find that a Jumpstart is just what they need to set them on a healthier path– one that they can continue for a lifetime.

 

Are there any other fees?

Nope! Once you pay your registration fee, there are zero other fees or payments. You can relax and get ready for the most awesome 4 weeks of your year!

 

Why a 4-week Jumpstart Program?

Our 30-day Jumpstart, like the Mediterranean Diet itself, is an effective, moderate approach. We won’t encourage you to eliminate whole food groups or starve yourself.  Instead, we will gently guide you to focus on eating clean, whole food in line with The Mediterranean Diet Principles. We will help you move towards eating more vegetables and fruits, fewer refined sugars, more plant-based meals, healthy fats, and whole grains. We will also focus on the behavioral changes of less mindless snacking and adequate hydration. Our Registered Dietitian Jamie will guide you through the whole process. You will leave feeling healthier, happier, and lighter!

This is an investment in yourself and your health… after months of surviving the stress and craziness of quarantine, you deserve to treat yourself to better health (and a supportive group to help you get there!).

 

Why the Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean diet has been named the best diet of 2020 (2019 and 2018!). It’s good for your gut, mood, energy levels, weight loss, and for reducing risks of disease (like cancer and Alzheimers). It’s also flexible and easy to follow and can help you meet your weight-loss and health goals! The Mediterranean Diet is more than just a “diet” it is a lifestyle that you can continue to follow far beyond the length of the program!Major principles include: more vegetables and fruit, more healthy fats, less added sugar, less processed foods, and more whole grains. (Check out our blog posts on a Mediterranean Lifestyle and Principles of the Mediterranean Diet for more. Or send us a note with questions!)

 

How does the Program work?

As we move through the weeks, we will help you focus on one healthy habit at a time and while building on the previous week. By the end of the month, your diet will look very much like a Mediterranean Diet; one that is perfectly suited to your palate and lifestyle! 

  • Week 1: Eat your fruits & veggies
  • Week 2: Get in your Whole Grains
  • Week 3: It’s all about the healthy fats
  • Week 4: Explore more fish and/or plant-based meals 
  • Throughout the month: less added sugar and better hydration

Once the month is over, you will have plenty of practice eating according to health standards so that you can continue your new skills even after the program has ended. Many people find that a one-month “jumpstart” is exactly what they need to start a sustainable lifetime of healthier eating habits.

 

Is a Jumpstart effective?

Yes, absolutely. While it takes an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic, many people find that a one-month “jumpstart” is exactly what they need to start a sustainable lifetime of healthier eating habits. The group accountability allows them to achieve what is pretty hard to do on your own: modify your diet. And the expert guidance by our Registered Dietitian ensures that the dietary changes you make will be in line with nutrition recommendations for best health.  

 

Is this 4-Week Jumpstart Worth the Investment?

Research shows confidently that structured programs, expert instructions, and nutrition plans yield great results. In addition to this, incentives and accountability are the two factors that effectively shape behavior change according to the latest research. Focusing on accountability, the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) found that you’re 65% more likely to succeed at achieving a goal when you have an accountability partner.

However, that number bumps up to 95% if you have ongoing appointments with your accountability partner or group. Experience shows that people who post their accountability in the group daily are close to 95% more successful.

Increased accountability means better results. You can do things that you couldn’t do without it!

 

I have a birthday/ wedding/ busy season coming up… can I still do the program?

Yes, definitely. For many people, it’s pretty unlikely to go a whole month without some type of celebration, festive eating occasion, or overall busy-ness. In some cases, it’s preferable to do a Jumpstart program while you are also navigating life circumstances… because that’s how life is going to be once the program is over! You will be learning how to make healthier choices even in the midst of all the things life throws at us! As long as you have some control over the food you are eating for most of the month, this will be a great experience. We don’t recommend postponing the whole program because you have one day or a couple of days that will be more challenging. You will be forgoing all the benefits gained in the other 3 weeks!

How will I access the materials?

Once you purchase, access to the Program Guide and Video Course will be sent to you. It will require that you create a log-in to access the video course and that you download the Program Guide, Recipe Book, and any other resources. You may wish to take advantage of the private Facebook Group– to do this, you will need to have or create a Facebook account.

 

Who will benefit from this program?

This program is designed for people who:

  • Have been thinking about trying a Mediterranean Diet
  • Normally eat a Mediterranean Diet but have fallen off a bit recently
  • Have had a doctor tell you that this Diet would be great for you
  • Don’t care specifically about the Mediterranean Diet, but want to feel and look amazing through optimal nutrition
  • Are looking to eat more plants, more whole grains, more healthy fats, and less sugar & processed food

Can I invite a friend to the group?

Yes, and we would love for you to! This program will be even more fun if you complete it with a friend, spouse, co-worker, or neighbor. We feel so strongly about the power of having your people be part of your healthier new lifestyle that we offer a referral discount. Contact us for more!

 

Where can I find out more about the Mediterranean Diet?

We invite you to check out our website. (These are particularly relevant sections: Mediterranean Principles, Mediterranean Lifestyle, and How to Transition.) There are also many books and articles on the Mediterranean Diet, as it’s one of the most widely studied diet in the world. (Actually, experts named it the “Best Overall Diet” for the past THREE years in a row!)

 

How do I sign up?

Simply navigate here and follow the steps! We can’t wait to meet you!

 

I have more questions. What should I do?

Contact us! We’d love to answer your questions. Reach out via email (hello@themedimove.com) or on social media!