I appreciate all the comments so far. Thanks. It's nice to see that there are people who check in even though there's not a whole lot of activity.
I find it very hard to make the time to prepare all my foods and to actually sit down to eat them this summer. We just have a lot going on right now. I hope that after Wednesday I can start to create more of a routine. I did make 3 cooler plans that are foods I know I will eat and can easily stock. I'll just rotate through those to keep things simple for a while.
FYI - I have four kids ages 13, 13, 11, and 8. Their cousins ages 14 and 11 are spending these two weeks with us. My husband's 50th birthday party was yesterday, and we're spending the day together on Wednesday. Summer has little to no routine anyway, and all of this makes it even harder.
I've made some very good changes in my life over the last several months. Now I need to add more consistent food patterns.
The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close as possible. It is not a diet; it's a lifestyle approach to food and it's preparation, leading to an improved life- one meal at a time.
Eat five to six times a day- three meals and two to three small snacks. Include a lean protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. This keeps your body energized and burning calories efficiently all day long.
Drink at least two liters of water a day (preferably from a reusable canteen, not plastic, we're friends of the environment here!).
Get label savvy. Clean foods contain just one or two ingredients. Any product with a long ingredient list is human-made and not considered clean.
Avoid processed and refined foods such as white flour, sugar, bread and pasta. Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.
Know thy enemies. Steer clear of anything high in saturated and trans fats, anything fried or anything high in sugar.
Shop with a conscience. Consume humanely raised and local meats.
Consume healthy fats (essential fatty acids), or EFAs every day.
Learn about portion sizes and work toward eating within them.
Reduce your carbon footprint. Eat produce that is seasonal and local. It is less taxing on your wallet and our environment.
Drink water with a lemon wedge instead. A glass of red wine for a special occasion is OK but it should be a rare indulgence. The health benefits of red wine are reversed after more than one glass a day.
Slow down and savor. Never rush through a meal. Food tastes best when savored. Enjoy every bite.
Take it to go. Pack a cooler for work or outings so you always have clean eats on the go.
Make it a family affair. Food is a social glue that should be shared with loved ones. Improve the quality of your family's life along with your own. end copy.
As I say, these are basic and a good start to learning a new healthy eating lifestyle. I have learned and adapted to what works for me, but I started with these basic things as outlined by Tosca Reno in her Clean Eating books and Magazines. I have, to this point lost 70 lbs. and am in maintenance. With the help of Spark and Clean Eating.
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Hi there! Thanks for checking out our board! I'm trying very hard to be a more active team leader. The problem lately is that life got in the way. But, we all have those times so, I'm just reprioritizing my efforts! I agree with you! Before I got pregnant with my son, I was doing this program for about a month and lost 15 pounds! It's amazing and really drives home the point that you are what you eat! Please do stick around. I'm working on some weekly challenges for the rest of July and then we'll really get things moving in August. Good luck with your new endeavor! We hope to see you around soon!
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I found this group and it looks great except there isn't a whole lot of activity. I'll keep checking back because I love the idea of a weekly challenge focusing on one of the main Eat Clean principles. Meanwhile, I've also joined the Clean Eating group.
The one time I stuck to this for two weeks I felt awesome and lost more than 5 pounds without really trying. The prep time is what slows me down, but I find I'm slowly improving.
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