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1/8/08 3:53 P

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Newbies,

I dug this one up for ya! great tips here.

One place to start is TRACK your food on spark.

Start watching this and you'll soon eliminate sodium rich foods (store bought frozen or otherwise).. and start making small changes!!!

My two cents for the day!


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12/22/07 5:03 P

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Wow! There is great info. on this thread:)

I love my dark chocolate too and having 1 or 2 pieces, even daily hasn't impacted my progress. I think the key here is moderation. I also love my wine and as long as I account for the calories, I'm fine. That's what I wanted to add....eating clean is absolutely great and the only way to eat BUT the amount of food eaten is also important for best results. I found that eating clean actually allows me to eat more but the calories count is still within my range. So be careful in terms of total calories...

If there is something you absolutely can't give up, it's okay. Just keep the portion in control... You must find that perfect balance because if you ban everything you love, there will be resentment and you might not be able to maintin for life but slip back into bad habits.
I like how Kim plans for her cheat meals and I guess I have done that as well occassionally but I'm not quiter doing it on a weekly basis. To me, if I'm still in my calorie range than I'm not quite doing a cheat meal but if I have a day that I'm way over because I indulged in something I don't usually have, than I count that as my cheat meal or day for that matter. Hope I'm making sense:)

Better go do some wrapping...

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12/22/07 11:48 A

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MomTo3Babes -
Adding fruit to my diet was a hurdle for me at first since I rarely ate fresh fruit. Now my hubby laughs when I tell him I need to make a fruit run to the store.
If the kids aren't keen on fresh fruit, and you need an alternative to the roll-ups. have you looked for Lara bars?
I order online because no store locally carries them. But check in the health food section where all the protein bars are. Lara bars usually have 3 to 5 ingredients, fruit and nuts. Very filling and some great flavors.

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12/22/07 8:30 A

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Hi everyone,

I'm new to the group and I'm excited that I have found the Clean Eating forum! I'm not totally new to the idea of clean eating but I have A LOT of work ahead of me. I'm addicted to chocolate and that's no joke. I have some form of chocolate daily, I know that is going to be the hardest thing for me to walk away from. I love dark chocolate so that may be my saving grace! LOL

I have always cooked my (mostly dinners)meals with fresh ingredients. Atleast I have that on my side. I plan my dinners out for a 2 week block but after skimming some of the post I see that I will have to plan out my daily meals and not just dinner. I do think the planning is key...planning and prepping.

I recently had a heartattack and that has really given me the motivation to change things. My eating habits aren't horrible and in fact it wasn't my eating habits that even put me in the hospital...it was stress. I told my cardiologist doesn't matter I have a strike against me now and eating even better is even more cruical(sp)

I'm lucky that my hubby wants to be a clean eater even more than I do. He has always preached to me about all the crap that gets added to foods and our personal type items. The kids give me grief with some items but they have done a really good job with switching some items around. I got a lot of grief when I took fruit roll-ups away from them and replaced it with fruit leathers....1 out of 3 kids liked them and then she wasnt that fond of them. So that item has been taken out of their diets completly. Granola bars have been switched over to Kashi brand and an organic brand that totally slips my mind right now. I'll allow like the organic brand graonla bars even though it is still sweetened with raw type sugar is that still considered clean eating??? I'm not totally informed on what is considered clean eating and what isn't... I put the Clean Eating cookbook on my Christmast list and told my youngest that I really want this book. I hope I get it, if not I'll just go out and buy it myself!!

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12/22/07 7:27 A

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Actually, I said Jan 1 but decdided to use December to "practice". Well practice has turned into habit and I have been eating clean for over a week! I have only had refined sugar when my blood sugar was low and I had no other choice. This weekend I'll be getting some 100% juice and dumping out the sweetened stuff. I also ate out last night and had a clean meal! Yep, there's "no time like the present!" emoticon

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12/19/07 4:15 P

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Like MICHTOTMAN, I believe I will start eating clean on January 1st (possibly Dec 30th). I will be out of town quite a bit up until that time so my food choices will be limited to what I am given! Thank you all for the advice, I will remember this when I go grocery shopping again. I will remember to stay on the outer parameters of the store too!

I just want to fit into my clothes again. Is that too much to ask?!?


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12/17/07 3:32 P

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Pineapple juice is a great marinade for chicken. I buy the Dole brand, which is all natural.

I don't use any marinade that has salt in it, unless it's practically a trace amount.

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12/17/07 1:15 P

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You've already received lots of great advice but I'll still throw in my 2 cents worth. I think one of the easiest things you can do first, to get started eating cleaner, is to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. They replace some of the "less clean" things you're eating and add fiber & water at the same time.

Oh, and why wait until the 1st? There's no time like the present!! LOL!

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12/16/07 4:34 P

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Try marinating in yogurt which softens the meat and keeps it moist. To brown the outside, spray with olive oil or grapeseed oil, 20 minutes prior to being done.

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12/16/07 4:24 P

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When I make them on my George Foreman grill they usually stay pretty moist. On the outside grill they are usually dry. I think a lot of times I overcook meat cause i'm always worried about it being done enough.

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12/16/07 4:14 P

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Cooking/prepping ahead definately sounds like a must. I'm getting ready to grill about 5 chicken breasts right now! I love to brine them for about 30 minutes, but I'm sure that's not a clean thing - all that salt and sugar. Maybe a quick 5 minute brine???? It makes SUCH a difference in the tenderness of the meat! Anyone have a trick for grilling meat and keeping it moist?

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12/16/07 4:02 P

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mmmm... sounds delicious. Can I come over? LOL
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sooooo...keep trying! -Mari2006 =o)

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There's not enough time or energy in my day... but I'll make do. =o)


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I'm a newbie also but i've been attempting to eat clean for a couple weeks now and the biggest thing that helps me is preparing some things ahead. Today is now my major cooking day and i've got 5 chicken breasts in the oven right now(seasoned with some herbs) baking, along with two turkey breast tenderloins, and some veggies. On the stove i've got a big pot of vegetable beef soup simmering and I made a pasta dish with whole grain penne, broccoli, and a sauce made with low fat, mostly natural ingredients.(it was one of my all time favorite weight watcher recipes) So, I have a lot of meals already made and I have plenty of lean protein for eating alone or throwing together a healthy wrap or salad. I am going to start planning like urbanmommy suggested. I haven't been doing that and sometimes I think if I had planned ahead I would make better choices. Also, i'm not sure how fast everybody else noticed their energy level go up but mine was skyrocketing within the first few days!

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12/16/07 1:07 P

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What great advice! emoticon

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12/16/07 11:26 A

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I agree with Urbanmommy! And yes, get rid of the white stuff! I also plan my meals making sure it includes a protein/complex carb. Also make sure you are eating 5-6 times per day. It may seem "foreign" at first, but I couldn't imagine going back to just eating three times a day!

Congrats for making the choice to eat clean!

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12/16/07 9:48 A

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Lots of great info on this thread! Thanks for asking the question and all those that responded! emoticon

The only way you'll never lose weight is if you stop trying!
- Joy Bauer
sooooo...keep trying! -Mari2006 =o)

It is through your Joy that good things come. -Abraham-Hicks

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
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There's not enough time or energy in my day... but I'll make do. =o)


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12/16/07 9:44 A

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I almost forgot. Keep your sodium down as much as possible. That will help you shed those unwanted pounds and keep your blood pressure down.

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12/16/07 9:42 A

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Find the healthy section of your local market and start reading labels. Avoid HFCS, preservatives, trans fat, and chemicals like the plague.

Consume lean sources of protein, whole grains, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. This time of year (in some areas), it can be tough to find lots of fresh produce. Fruits and vegetables that have been frozen fresh are also good. Natural peanut butter and nuts like almonds and cashews are good sources of healthy fats.

Keep your skin hydrated and terrific-looking by drinking lots of water.

Stick to your plan and you will be pleased with the results. Best of luck!

-John

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I agree...the first few weeks and months are crucial! And that's why planning is so important.

We all have the best intentions: eliminating the "bad foods," and only eating "clean." Well, we also have to be realistic. I don't always eat clean...it's about 80/20 for me. And during the holidays, it's closer to 70/30 or even 60/40! I still believe in cutting out the whites, the corn syrups, the dyes, the processed stuff, etc. And that will come in time.

Planning, however, should be foremost in our minds. That is what will keep us pointed in the right direction. I even plan my cheat meals! Plan for a cookie now and then! You will feel empowered!



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MICHTOTMAN's Photo MICHTOTMAN Posts: 819
12/16/07 8:20 A

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Thanks for the input Kimmy! I know that planning is key, (if I make a list for the day on paper it is much more likely to get done!) so thanks for reminding me! I'm just so tired at night that I don't do a good job of planning. But I know that clean eating and exercise will increase my energy, so if I can just make it through the first weeks (less?) it will become much easier.

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URBANMOMMY,

What a great system for planning out your meals! I will definitely begin doing that this morning for today! Thanks for the advice!

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I recommend that you start planning out meals everyday...get into that habit now, and then start eliminating. Here's what I do every night (well, most every night!):

I grab paper and pen, and start a column on the left side; Meal #1 through Meal #6. Now, I know I need a protein at each meal, so I add that first. Egg whites to meal #1; perhaps protein powder to #2; tuna or chicken to #3; etc. All the way down. Then, I go back and add a complex carb to each meal. Meal #1 usually has oatmeal; Meal #3 maybe corn tortilla; Meal #5 has brown rice, etc. Then, I go back and add a couple of fats and some fibrous carbs (veggies and fruit).

Voila!

IMO, planning is the most important first step in eating clean. You will feel in control for the first time.

Good luck!


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January 1st my new life begins. Until then, I'm doing some prep (research, practice and getting support). So I'd like to know... What tips would you all have for someone starting fresh? I know that if I bite off too much I'm much less likely to succeed... so what would you recommend that I DEFINATELY do first (I'm thinking getting rid of the 'white' is first) and what would you save for later?

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