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7/23/10 2:12 A

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My ex never went for it. Now I could eat what I want. I'm staying with my bro and I cook for us all so its tougher but he does like his food clean and whole when possible. But unlike me wants to eat animal protein.

I'm starting to menu plan so this should make it easier to eat clean on a budget.

My daughter is all about vegetarian whole foods. She eats things a lot of kids her age wouldn't touch. Loves her broccoli anyway she can get it. lol Strange kid! People in the store are always shocked she is begging me to buy broccoli and avocados. Just the other day we were sitting at the orthopedic hospital while my mom has surgery and a commercial came on talking about avocado she goes "yummy avocado" and a lady by us said you eat avocados she's like "yeah"

But I do know what its like to run into family that isn't supportive of the changes.

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7/17/10 2:07 A

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I think in a lot of cases you're right to choose fish over a steak, but a lot of that is because of all the crap they pump into cows to make them grow faster, grow fatter, and not get sick. The omega-6 and omega-3 ratios are all out-of-whack in a factory cow, and when you think of all that unnatural food they've been fed, all they've been injected with, and then you EAT that stuff? It's a whole different game when you're eating beef from a properly-raised, grass-fed cow.

I haven't made it all the way through Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma," but I read far enough to get to the part where they are bio-engineering salmon, a normally carnivorous fish, to take corn as a food source. Talk about screwing with a good food source.

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7/16/10 11:04 P

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You are so right. However, I weigh almost 300 pounds, not a feather weight like yourself.

My advice is to not choose a t-bone steak over fish. Yes, I eat butter, olive oil (every day), avocados, flax seed oil, etc.

For someone who does not know a lot about eating clean, I simply was trying to help her out. I don't want to confuse her by giving her mixed signals. I follow The Eat Clean Diet, by Tosca Reno. Her idea of eating clean is to cut out unhealthy forms of saturated fats.

I know I feel like crap when I eat a chicken fried steak or a big beefy hamburger. I try to limit those types of meals.

Always a feisty bunch of eat cleaners! Just can't win for posting anymore...

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7/16/10 6:38 P

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I have said this a lot on this team; saturated fats are not the devilish thing we've been taught to believe. The scare about it started way back when some tests showed some link between saturated fat consumption and health problems. What happened is that good, natural saturated fats got lumped together with bad trans fats--a man made disaster. Trans fats ARE saturated fats but not all saturated fats are trans fats. A lotalotalota money was made by manufacturers of things like margarine and vegetable shortening when butter fell into disrepute. That was a bad thing because it was the margarine and shortening (hydrogenated oils) that caused all the health problems, not the butter, not the lard. (BTW, it's almost impossible to find pure, non-hydrogenated lard in the grocery store anymore so it's now a trans fat too. If you can get it freshly rendered from a butcher you will be getting a healthy fat)

I really want people to know these facts. We haven't been doing our bodies any favors by cutting fat out of our diets. YES! get the trans fats out for sure!!

Sorry, I just get miffed at the way we've all been taught so wrong by food manufacturers...and the government. There's just so much more money to be made in trans fats than in fresh, non-hydrogenated fats.

Enjoy a bit of butter.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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7/16/10 6:25 P

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BESQUIVEL:

Try making your own chili (you control the ingredients). I can only imagine what is in Wolf brand chili. Darn if it doesn't taste so good.

You can find clean tortillas at the health food stores or in your freezer section of most grocery stores here in Texas (Ezekiel brand is awesome).

I consider cheese clean. Just depends on where you get it and what source it is from.

Clean eating should be low in saturated fats. Hope that helps.

Good luck! Check out the Clean Eating magazine in your grocery stores. Comes out every 2 months. Great/delicious recipes.

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7/16/10 6:22 P

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Remember, "clean" isn't just about saving calories and/or fat. In fact, when our diets become very clean we don't have to worry so much about those 2 things because we are eating foods that our bodies can actually process into energy. "Clean" means fresh, whole and natural.

Most authentic Mexican dishes are very nutritious when made with fresh ingredients. For the meat part you can roast a turkey (or turkey breast) or chicken the day before, pull the meat off the bone and plunk it down into a very simple tomato-based sauce seasoned with Mexican spices. You'll even have meat left over for another use like sandwiches or salad.

You can put fresh or canned tomatoes in the blender along with things like cumin, chili powder, garlic, a bit of corn meal for thickening, salt, chilies--stuff like that, and blend it all together to make a sauce to go with the pulled-off meat. Making it yourself will give such good, fresh flavor.

For the store-bought tortillas, look for the ones that have only a very few ingredients like corn flour, salt, and some kind of fat and lime. Reject the ones with chemical preservatives and get organic if you can.

Or make your own tortillas; your family will go crazy for them!

Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 7/16/2010 (18:26)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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7/16/10 6:12 P

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Tahini is simply sesame butter. Just like peanut butter or almond butter but it is ground up sesame seeds. Very traditional ingredient in middle eastern cooking. It's very good mixed with honey. You will find it in the peanut butter section.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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7/16/10 5:51 P

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my husband is hispanic and loves his enchiladas like his mom makes..and I've perfected the meal. I'm not sure how clean it is since I'm new to this, but it's low calorie. I use fat free turkey chili no beans (wolf brand) wrapped in corn tortillas with low fat cheese on top and salsa...I'm not sure how clean corn tortillas and canned turkey chili are or cheese for that matter..but if I can keep from drenching the tortillas in oil before I use them (how he prefers) then it's really a very low cal meal.

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7/16/10 5:47 P

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I also have problems with my husband wanting junk. I have just started taking out one thing at a time. I started with Soda. Next I will take out the gummy snacks that my kids are addicted to. I Eat Clean all the way but I educating my kids as I take things out about how bad this stuff is for you.
Im from Texas to but I just moved to Colorado. It helped because their Mexican food is not as good. But I make mexican at home. You can salsa, whole wheat tortilas, lettuce, tomato, and any lean meat you want to put on it. As for chips, you can bake pita bread to get your crunch on! I hope this helps.


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7/16/10 4:22 P

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40DOOM, same thing in our house. I cook dinner and he eats crap in his packed lunches. He is getting better and lately has liked more of my CE food than he has disliked. Progress :-)

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7/16/10 3:52 P

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I love hummus and usually buy it premade, simply because I don't know what tahini is or where to find it in the store...what aisle would it be on?? It's sesame oil or something like that? But I don't know where to look for it. I went with veggies and had a few. I had eaten my clean lunch before so I wouldn't feel starved...but then ..at the very end I gave in to temptation and had some bites of a homemmade chocolate cake...but hey... I didn't eat the whole thing, BABY STEPS! :)

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Good luck! Take it easy. My husband was a little freaked out at first, but now loves all the real home cooked meals. What he does on his lunch break is his business. Ha-ha.

I don't know if you have a recipe or not to take to your party, but this is something I always take and EVERYONE asks for the recipe. So simple and delicous. I live in Texas as well, so I love to take something with the Mexican flavors.

"Shrimp Ceviche"
*1 pound pre-cooked frozen shrimp (tails and shells removed)
*Pico De Gallo (I use Central Markets already made; about 2 containers) I sometimes make it from scratch.
*cilantro (chopped handfull)
*avocado (2 large, small diced)
*1/2 cup Ketchup (I use a clean version from Whole Foods)
*1 lime (juice only)
*sea salt (as needed)

Mix all ingredients together (not avocado). Let it chill for several hours. Right before you serve it, cut the avocado and gently mix in. Add salt at this time if needed. I serve these with tortilla chips (very easy to find clean ones). Serve in a pretty clear bowl, if you have one.

note: I let my shrimp sit out to thaw (if you have time), without running cold water on it. Keeps it from getting that freezer burn flavor.

also: Pico de gallo is made with tomatoes, onions, jalepenos, cilantro, lime, and salt.

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7/16/10 3:19 P

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Awesome, thanks!

I buy tribe and I think it's clean enough but if I can make my own, more clean and possible for less money, I'm all for it.

Thanks!
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ANIDUCK's Photo ANIDUCK Posts: 10,850
7/16/10 3:16 P

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Here's my own kitchen notes on the very basic hummus I make:

Drain 1 can garbanzos reserving about ¼ cup water
Mix together 3 tbsp lemon juice and a couple tbsp garbanzo water in small bowl
Mix together 6 tbsp tahini and 2 tbsp olive oil in another small bowl
Process the heck out of the well-drained garbanzos until very smooth along with 1 small pressed garlic clove, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp ground cumin and a pinch of cayenne. Add more garbanzo water if needed.
Pour water/lemon juice in a steady stream into the beans with the processor on.
Pour tahini/oil mixture in a steady stream into the beans with the processor on.
Chill for at least 30 minutes.

NOTE: reserve all the liquid from the garbonzos because, depending on the other ingredients, you might need to add more. But use caution 'cuz you don't want your hummus to be overly runny, just moist and dippable.

I sometimes use dry garbonzo beans that I have soaked over night and cooked earlier in the day. This method takes a bit more work but gives more excellent result. But the canned beans work just fine when you have time constraints.

Good luck.


Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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7/16/10 12:45 P

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ANIDUCKTHISTLE, do you have a recipe for hummus you can share or can you point me/us in the right direction to find it online?

Thanks,
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ANIDUCK's Photo ANIDUCK Posts: 10,850
7/16/10 10:42 A

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Hummus is a favorite dip around here and so, so nutritious especially if you make it yourself. Have you made it before? Do you need a recipe for it?
And yes, there are a few really tasty yogurt dips as well. Cucumber and mint (or parsley) are good additions to it---YUM!

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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7/16/10 9:31 A

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Thanks everyone! After having read Coach Nicoles Daily Spark blog this morning I'm feeling a little more grounded. I got a little overwhelmed last night and freaked out. :) We're still doing good this week and eating clean, today is my first challenge, I'm going to a party with "finger foods" I wish I could think of something to take besides veggies, but since that's about all I get to eat at lunch today anyway that will be a good option with maybe some yogurt based dip. Thanks again everyone, it sure is nice to have people around to ask questions to. :)

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7/16/10 12:07 A

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I agree, do your thing. My husband does not eat as clean as I do, but if I'm cooking dinner, he'll eat it. It's just natural for me to cook for myself. My husband will spout my nutritional stuff to anyone with questions, and he agrees with it, he just doesn't want to follow it. We're okay with that. I just try to buy the highest quality stuff for him instead of cheap garbage. He's pretty down with that.

There are plenty of options for clean ice cream. You could invest in an ice cream maker and make your own, or I just freeze bananas or pureed strawberries and have that instead. I was a hardcore ice cream lover when I was a kid, never thinking I could give it up, but just switching like that made it pretty easy, and now I don't miss it. I do have it on occasion, though.

As for eating out, sometimes you just have to choose your battles. I live in Texas, too, and when we go get Mexican, I try to stick with the fajitas and eat them without tortillas. Or, sometimes I just let myself eat what I want. That's what makes it a lifestyle and not just a "diet." You CAN cheat a little.

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. - Victor Hugo

Music is my religion. - Jimi Hendrix

There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another. - Frank Zappa
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7/15/10 11:30 P

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You are on the right track and I agree that it's important to take one thing at a time. It's time for you and this obviously important to you. Stay focused and strong with your intention. Make meals for yourself and allow your husband to have what he wants to eat. Actions speak louder than words. It's important you do this for yourself despite any negative opposition you may encounter. You don't need anyone else's permission to take care of you.

You will do great and bravo to you on your new health and wellness journey!

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7/15/10 11:14 P

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You will get a lot of ideas from the other team members as they reply to this. I think the one thing that must be kept in mind is when starting out to go slow and just tackle one thing at a time. Things will fall into place. Offer one side dish that is really yummy and full of good nutrition (you'll get lots of ideas and recipes from the "Clean Eats and Recipes" team as well as here)

And, everyone has their own idea of what "clean" is. For most of us "clean" simply means eating food in as close to its natural origin as possible--not in a refined, pre-cooked, chemically altered and refined state. Think of a veggie that your husband really likes and Google it. You will find lots of recipes.

Remember, one thing at a time; one step at a time. that's how we are all doing it. You will learn a lot here and meet some awesome people.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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7/15/10 11:07 P

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I've read the books, bought the cookbooks, I'm psyched to do this for me and my family. But who else is doing this without the support of their spouse and family?? Mine just doesn't get it, and he doesn't believe I'll be sticking with it once he makes his famous "peppers" or go out to eat or anything else. So here are a few of my frustrational questions if anyone has an answer I'd sure love to hear it! How do you eat clean when your husband scoffs at you and doesn't want it? HOW do you eat clean icecream??? WHAT do you eat when you go to a Mexican restaurant...I'm from Texas, of course we're going to eat Mexican once every week or so at least. I get that I can make my own clean cakes and cookies, and just not eat junk food from the stores...but I don't think I could give up icecream for the rest of my life, is there a good option to go for? I have more questions but I'm so frustrated that my husband wants to go out for bbq when our little diet is over that we were doing this week. He thinks of it as just a diet..I'm thinking longterm! How do I cope?? Oh yeah...and how do you deal with all the cooking it requires? For summer vacation I'm doing fine, but once school starts back up this fall I don't know how I'll have time to cook for my family like this...we're usually a one-pot supper kind of family...I've never actually taken time to make sides before (ie veggies and grains to go with the meal) Usually it's a sloppy joe by itself, or maybe sausage and fried potatoes...umm...I'm seeing a pattern of why I'm trying to lose weight now! :)

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