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5/1/10 11:17 P

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You know what... I used to can my own tomatoes and peaches all the time. I love canned peaches with yogurt. They were home canned in jars though. And I loved them. Not the nasty tins. Just as well to stay away from ANY cans. Except for EDEN organics bean products, all cans have BPA's in lining in them.
We would go and pick boxes of them ourselves and take them home.
Ahhhh. Fond memories.

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5/1/10 10:52 P

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Agreed, canned is not tasty. I think maybe I was traumatized by the gray peas and green beans we were forced to eat in grade school. UGH!!

Only eat canned tomatoes and beans and the occasional artichoke hearts.



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5/1/10 8:13 P

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They are icky especially peas and asparagus (but like fresh peas and asparagus). Yea I also use canned tomatoes and beans (I rinse them first). I can't stand canned fruit, they taste like the can.

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5/1/10 7:34 P

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Canned is not my first choice either. Except, I do enjoy canned tomatoes and canned peaches (packd in water of course) lol!
Pretty much most other veggies get really quite pale and mushy when canned. They seem to LOSE themselves. Know what I mean? They are SAD veggies. emoticon

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5/1/10 7:16 P

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I never did like canned veggies and fruit and love fresh, so maybe your family should try fruits and veggies a different way before giving up on them.

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5/1/10 5:58 P

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Everyone here has pretty much summed up the tools you will need. Shopping the perimeter of the grocery store and reading labels are the probably the best tips. Also if it's in your budget get organics, here is an easy checklist to go by (buy): www.foodnews.org/fulllist.php some people go organic for the worst 12, I like to try to buy organic for the worst 20.

Also before you buy any books I agree and highly recommend you order them from your library first. Cooking and diet books can be expensive and if they are not to your liking you are stuck with them. Also there are tons of online resources and recipes that you can access free of charge.

Making "clean" versions of familiar foods might be your best bet at first. Hopefully your husband's palate will appreciate fresh good vegetables in dishes.



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5/1/10 2:49 P

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Welcome Hailey to the team!

To me the first place to start is by reading labels. That alone will be an eye opener! Not only pay attention to the calorie count but look to see if there is more then 3-4 ingredients and can you pronounce them all and do you know what they are?

Although I can pronounce Salt, Corn Syrup and Sugar, these are the cheap ingredients I know manufacturers put into their foods to "pad" it for flavor. So these should be a tip off too.

Take an afternoon and go through your pantry and fridge, reading all the labels and removing what you feel doesn't meet what you want to eat - donate to a food kitchen any canned or packaged ingredients that aren't open.

The other step that helped me cross over (though I am not pure emoticon as I would like, is to really cut back on eating out. You can guarantee anything you are eating at a restaurant is suspect. So research the restaurant and know beforehand.

Spark does have some good basic articles on reading labels, eating out etc... but IMO don't take it far enough in terms of not only calories, but ingredients is important!

Good luck and have some fun with it!

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5/1/10 8:23 A

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For me, learning to eat clean has been a gradual process. I would try to cut back on pre packaged foods and you'll do great. Like some of the others said, I would find a style of cooking you like. Check various books out at the library and try various things out. As far as veggies, I would experiment with those see what your family likes, but don't make a big deal out of it if they don't eat it. Like I said, it's a process in getting there.

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5/1/10 1:21 A

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The library is a great place to start. Mine has just recently gotten Tosca's book...

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5/1/10 1:14 A

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You can go to the library and check some books out.

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4/30/10 10:30 P

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Clean Eating mag is good... I also get Cooking Light and Taste of Home HEALTHY RECIPES (not to be confused with the OTHER Taste of Home mags)

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4/30/10 6:55 P

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There are online resources as well. I subscribe to Eating Well magazine and visit their website frequently for info and recipes. I think there's also a Clean Eating magazine, but I don't know anything about it.

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4/30/10 6:37 P

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Just did a search and found some books by Ellie at the library. I hope they get here soon.

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4/30/10 5:59 P

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Love Ellie!!!

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Amber is right; those are the main principles...

Many people also have different ideas about what clean is:
To me, clean is food in it's most natural state, or as close as possible. Foods that don't have a lengthy list of unpronouncable ingredients. Clean whole foods are foods that don't come pre-packaged. Most of my shopping is done aropund the perimeter of the grocery store. I buy lots of fresh fruits and veggies, lean protein (mostly chicken breast and seafood), dairy and whole grains.
I avoid, WHITE sugar, WHITE flour and WHITE iodized table salt at all costs. These three foods are the DEVIL. Nothing in those foods that are healthy whatsoever.

I think it is a great idea to buy the book and have a look at Tosca's recipes, but it isn't a necessity.
Tosca's books are a great jumping off point, but she isn't the end all be all either. There are some other GREAT clean cooks out there. I like Ellie Krieger (I know Amber does too!) and I'ver heard grea things about Jamie Oliver.

If you go to Amazon or any other online book seller and type in CLEAN food into the search box, all kinds of stuff comes up.

Have a look around the threads. If you have any questions just post a new thread. This is a great team and so many are here to help.




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I bought the Eat Clean Diet Recharged it is a very good book! Here are the Eat Clean Principals:

There are eight main principles of the diet.
*Eat five to six small meals spread out by two to three hours every day;
*combine lean protein and complex carbohydrates at every meal;
*drink two to three liters of water each day;
*carry a cooler packed with natural, unprocessed foods to get you through the day;
*avoid pre-packaged, over-processed refined foods;
avoid white sugar and flour, saturated and trans fats, colas, juices and alcohol;
*consume healthy fats, including fresh fruits and vegetables;
*and stick to proper portion sizes.

That is the basics but the books go over a lot more in depth. Worthy of picking up!

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4/30/10 4:48 P

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I am new to this team as well as eating clean. I have never eaten clean as I am really wanting to for me and my family. However I have NO CLUE on how to do that. I have heard of this book called the eat clean diet. Is this something I should buy to help me out. I know there are a lot of things on this forum to help me out but I just hate posting a million times about all the questions I have.

I want to eat clean as well as cook clean for my family however my husband does not like anything green except green bell peppers, pickles, jalapeņos. Also he does not like any type of fish. And is not big on fruit expect oranges, and the occasional banana.

Unlike my hubby I am willing to try anything if I know how to cook it. So as you can see I am just drowning in a pool of NO KNOWLEDGE... And I would love to get out of this pool and change my eating habits as well as my husbands, and my 6 year old son.

I am thinking about going to the book store tonight so if you think I would benefit from any EATING CLEAN books there could you tell me the name.

Thanks a million
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