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Hi there! Welcome aboard!
I was eating about 90% clean but I'm working on goodies for the holidays and am lucky if I remember my protein shake right now. After the start of the new year I plan to go back to being more disciplined.
The goal is to eat organically, but it's difficult depending on where you are and your financial situation. I'll save the lecture extolling the virtues of organics for another time. However, I *will* mention that there are chemicals in foods that are suspected of causing or leading to obesity as well as other illnesses. So be careful about what you eat -- You could be shooting yourself in the foot! (Check out the book, the Omnivore's Delimma, by Michael Pollan.)
You DO need to have an idea of the calories you are consuming -- if you eat too many, you're going to gain weight no matter what you eat. Weight loss depends on changing your habits. On the EC Diet, you consume higher quality foods with a greater nutritional payoff in small amounts more often.
I recommend that people work on getting the basic philosophy down and learn to create and assemble their meals in the beginning because it can be a bit of a challenge and it's important not to skip meals.
At any rate, drop by and post to let us know what you think of the book when you read it!
Co-Leader: Eat Clean Diet Group!!
I am also a wine a holic and anything sweet a holic, lol :) I am going to the library to get the Eating Clean book today as I've been researching it a lot online and have a good understanding of the plan. My question is how many of you eat clean 100% of the time, and how many do 80-90%? Also, I read somewhere that you may not notice an immediate weight loss with this plan, but I assume that's because its not heavy on calorie counting? I mean, certainly you will lose if you stay in your ranges, right? One more (sorry) do you have to eat organic? Whole Foods is REALLY expensive here in KY!!
Mini Goal-5 servings fruit/veggies a day
Mini Goal-No junk food in the house-go out for ice cream or other treat if i crave something and make it an outing, not just eating
Maxi goal-Bikini bod May 2012!