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2/1/11 1:35 P

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Some people consider an occasioanl glass of wine to be clean. But, I'm not so sure that any type of alcohol is clean. lol Some people believe that the antioxidant effects of red wine is valuable, but you can get the same antioxidants from drinking grape juice. SANS the alcohol.
Behavior Analyst, eh? I bet that is interesting? You work for large company?

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2/1/11 1:17 P

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Hi All!

We're phasing it in around here, too. I do love to cook and we are have pretty much phased out the majorly processed junk and cook mostly with whole foods, but I think I can continue to do better by learning more about different flours, sweeteners, things like that.

I'm a behavior analyst by trade, so I know a thing or two about habit creation and right now I'm working on tracking what I eat (so I can go back later and see where to look for future tweaks) and incorporating more fresh veggies. (We already eat a ton, but the more we can get in the less room there is for the other stuff). In the meantime I'm reading as much as I can.

We're not much for sweets usually, but beer and wine are our indulgences. Are they considered clean? I imagine the tricky part there is the sugar.



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1/28/11 7:12 P

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There is a reatial store in town (Dave's Teas), but it looks like you can also buy online.
Naturopath suggested "Momma's Little Helper" for panic attacks. I sometimes have them especially when she upped my meds a little too much last week. lol. No problem though.,.. just have to gradually increase the dose. It contains an herbal ingredient (forget the name) Nature's "valium" lol. It also contains green tea...
I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE "Forever Nuts". Damn that stuff is good.
Also, "Bear Trap". Berry Berry Good! Mix of berrys
I'm going back this week to see what other kinds I want to try.
They have chocolate blends with no caffeine as well as one tea that sparkles.

The teas I got I think are all in the HERBAL TEAS section. I have to try the Dulce & Banana!!!

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1/28/11 6:03 P

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Yup, slow and steady; it's a process. One thing a week is a good idea for a while until eating healthy food becomes closer to second nature for you.

Laura, what are some of those teas you mention?
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1/28/11 4:39 P

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May be you can change one healthy thing once a week.

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1/28/11 3:34 P

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Slow and steady is the way, especially if your transforming an entire family!
Every time you establish one healthy habit go on to another and practice it until it becomes habit.
It really does take time to change your lifestyle, but SO worth the effort! Good luck!

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1/28/11 1:56 P

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It looks like you're off to a great start.
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Try to eliminate buying processed foods. Prepackaged foods with long ingredient lists.
I also aim to eat 8-10 servings of fruit & veggies (mainly veggies). If buying canned products like tomatoes, beans or pumpkin (for example), get low sodium or NO SALT added varieties. If you can afford organic, even better!
Find 5 good CLEAN recipes. One for each weekday. Most families have 8-10 recipes that are used again and again.
Experiment with foods like quinoa, kasha, barley, etc.
Try to use healthy fats instead of margarine. Real butter, olive oil, macadamia nut oil, avocado oil (mmm), coconut oil to name a few...
Try using stevia in your tea.
Also, I am a reformed coffee drinker; I quit many years ago. And until last weekend I HATED tea. My naturopath has turned me onto some GREAT tasting teas that don't need sugar or sweeteters. They are yummy. Berry flavors, nut flavors, etc.

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1/28/11 1:09 P

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I'm back. I've floated around this page off and on, but am really wanting to shift my diet to the cleaner end of the spectrum. But I know me and I cook for a family, so I've got to phase it in. Since the beginning of the year, I've cut caffeine, I recently switched to green tea and now putting honey in it instead of Splenda. I try to stick to whole grains, I put flaxseed in my smoothies. Working on more fruits and veggies, but that's not always saying much. So I'm not completely fast food every day status, but I could definitely use some work.

Where do you suggest I go from here??? Remember it's gonna have to be slow and steady...

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