Thank you all for your help:) I have been mostly following the "diet" this week. I say mostly cause i had some late out nights(kids games,choir practice etc) and didn't plan properly. Even with the slip ups I lost 3 pounds and feel better. I said I was trying to detox to quit smoking but I also need to lose weight and just be healthier. I ordered the clean eating magazine and will go get the new book about kids as I still have two at home who really need to eat right. My side of the family has had a history of all kinds of cancer and my husbands side has arterial and cardiac problems. so thanks again:)
Just wanted to let you know I just picked up a copy of Tosca's Clean Eating for Kids & Families and I believe it contains a much more comprehensive explanation of the diet than her first book. It's primarily geared toward finding ways of getting kids to eat healthy but the first part of the book explains the reasoning behind the diet so you can make educated decisions on what to buy and eat. Then, there are adaptions of standard family recipes like mac and cheese, pizza or even hot chocolate!
I think this is a really good book not just for people with kids, but also people who are just learning about the diet and need transitional recipes.
First off ~ WELCOME and CONGRATS!!! Eating clean is wonderful. It can be a bit daunting at first, but you can do it.
What I did when I first started is made a meal plan for the week and it was basicaly the same thing for breakfast, snack, lunch, pm snack and dinner. It may seem a bit boring. But I learned portion sizes and was able to create a small, simple grocery list and learn my new way of eating WITHOUT being overwhelmed.
My usual produce list for people for 2 weeks looks like: 1 head of romaine lettuce, a container of Fresh Express Spinach, a bunch (4 - 5)of tomatoes on the vine a bunch of bananas 7 - 10 oranges, 7 - 10 apples 7 zucchini 7 squash a bunch of celery a pound of carrots
Start off buying for a week. See what you run out of, what you have left over. Over a few weeks, you'll figure it out.
Have you bought any of Tosca Reno's books? Robert Kennedy's (Tosca's husband) Clean Eating Magazine is another incredible source of information and recipes.
If you have any questions, please let me know. I'll help out however I can.
Do what you can - focus on what you can change, do not dwell on what you can't change.
It's my opinion that anything that helps a person transition to clean eating is good. But remember, frozen foods are only second best. Often they are treated with gases before freezing to keep their color and texture. I'd also be concerned about how long the grocery store has had them in storage or whether they have experienced thawing or freezer burn. And one other thing, freezing seems to soften many vegetables which means you might not get as much fiber.
I know fresh is expensive (I'm on a budget too!) But try to include something fresh in your diet every day.
I am just starting the eat clean diet. I am trying to prepare my body to quit smoking. I know the object is to eat foods with little or no additives or processing but I am wondering if frozen fruits and veggies are ok? I find them cheaper and easier to keep. Thanks for any input.
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