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I love eating out. My goal is to cut this back to once during the week and once during the weekend.
This team is awesome because of the maturity level and no-nonesense sensibility on how each one of you can make eating clean work in your lives!

Planning / packing meals is a huge factor in weightloss and maintaining goal(weight)
It also helps on accountability :) and it makes eating out more fun :)

Time for me to go hit the gym.

I keep forgetting to sign out of here which means I need to revisit that annonymous thread :)

It's gettin' in the way of my todo list at large!!

:) night night!



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This is very do-able for anyone. I have done this successfully now for a little over 3 months. I commute with my cooler daily - its a soft sided cooler large enough to hold all of my food for the day - The trick for me was making sure to keep it interesting - I have to change it up or I get bored and think about what else I would 'want' to eat.

Some easy things I found that help a ton - Frozen single serving peas, green beans and brussel sprouts. Nothing else in the package - jsut what you need and they steam cook in the microwave. this is my all time favorite thing. I cook Sunday's usually, some chicken breast - which i cut into 3 oz portions and package and store in the fridge until I pack my lucnh. I also have gotten creative with the frozen salmon - individual cuts - very easy to make and of course I have been fortunate in that I have a treasure Island right accross the street from where i work and I grab a salad there every day for one of my meals - Sometimes I add tofu sometimes Tuna in the 3 OZ packs - and sometimes hard boiled egg. I like being able to still 'shop' for one of my meals -and I always grab one of my fruits while I am there. Everything else I pack. The key to being successful is figuring out how to make this work for you - so that you enjoy it and that you stick to it. If you do it and hate it - you wont be doing it for very long.

Good Luck all - I know you can do it!



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Line in sand. Cooking once a week is a small but acheivable goal, no? :)

Also...

I'm a single parent, so quick but easy and HEALTHY meals is key. I found good quality frozen (no sodium) veggies at Trader Joes.

I even freeze back fresh fruits and vegetables now.

You just have to take a little time to re-think your the way you eat. With a little consideration you can make small changes that will make bigger changes... just like the oatmeal.

I slow cooked a pot roast the other day and it fed us for 3 days.

Ingredients:

Pot roast
olive oil
carrots/garlic
broth- low sodium

Leave it alone for 2 hours :)

You will find a way into this that works. Just don't stress over it. Once you add stress, stop, go back and start over :)

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Good morning, everyone.

I have been doing well packing my meals. Like you, I also love carrying my prepared food. Today I have a hard boiled egg, wild salmon, baked chicken, two small apples, WASA crackers with a little natural peanut butter, oatmeal with cinnamon and a little bit of raisins, and Progresso vegetable soup (2 servings). Sounds like a lot of food, but the servings are small. This is still trial and error for me, but I'm getting better. I find I often don't bring enough food, and end up a little hungry before I get home. And if I unexpectantly go home late, I'm in trouble. Yesterday I worked late, then stopped at McDonalds (I KNOW, I KNOW! I was famished) and asked for a snack wrap with grilled chicken. I bit into it and they'd given me FRIED. I was not happy!! I wanted to turn my car around and go give someone a piece of my mind! But I must say not long ago I would've ordered a burger and fries. LOL Next time I'll stop at a nearby gas station that carries MetRx protein bars and bananas, and have that. At least that'll be the lesser of evils. But I will try not to be in that position again.

If you guys ever want to comment on my meals, good bad or ugly... feel free. I'm learning. :-) Constructive criticism is a good thing.

This group is great!





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i like the idea that would help you keep on track better


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Skinnypup -- Thank you so much for the encouragement - With all the "fast" convenient food I feel like sometimes life just spins by. Im not much of a cook, preferring simple but I definitely took pleasure in making a pot of steel cut oats this morning! I even have servings for tomorrow and the next day --- unless the kids get there first!

As for veggies, another struggle of mine over the years -- but by planning Clean Eating, it is easier to "just make it happen" and I am amazed at how I have been getting a veggie in at least three meals -- Before I was lucky to have one in a week!

One last thing I would like to share is my refound fondness for air popped popcorn (my daughter bought me a popper for Christmas)! I remember as a teen thats all we had other than the stove top method and how good it tasted, even the "old maids." Its funny, my kids really never even had that experience, growing up with the "bagged popcorn" that was really just "easy."

Our family is definitely returning (and learning) to simple, clean eating :)

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Lineinsand,

Great concept but really common sense when you think about it. We are just reverting back to natural foods cooked, eaten fresh, or even baked in as close a natural state (no additives, preservatives, sugars, etc) as possible.

The emphasis is also on more vegetables.

Meal 5 & six is really just emphasis on eating a healthy snack if you are hungry. Don't starve yourself until lunch or dinner.

Eat an apple, or a protein shake... you get the point.

I look forward to hearing about your success!



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I just love love LOVE this concept of eating meals -- I was not tired at all by mid-day and I didnt have hunger pangs at all -- I ate healthy throughout and stayed within my recommended calories --

Saturday is my self-designated "weigh date" and Im actually looking forward to the big scale event!

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Way to go on packing your cooler for tomorrow! Does your hubby work for UPS?

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I have my meals ready to go for tomorrow. TOday was suppose to be my first day back to the normal routines. Kids had a snow day (first day back from vacation) and even my hubby was called and told not to come into work...expressway was too slick and the semi-trailer for UPS was stuck in the snow somewhere south of Detroit. I'm ready to go for tomorrow!
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Urban Hottie,

I suggested that awhile back but unfortunately it's a permanent topic- unchangeable. What you can do is post a new message/reminder and clarifiy what it means for all the newbies. I'd post a new topic then post it again here.

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Pelam, congrats to you for eating clean instead of doing another program. Stepping up to eating clean andplanning meals is going to set you up for consistent behavior that will make slow change, but permanent change!

Cook plenty for a few days then simply move on to something else. Don't make food an obsession.

:)

Good luck, cutie!

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I did my normal routine yesterday. Boiled eggs, cooked a few turkey cutlets, checked my tuna/salmon and oatmeal and apples supply. I also boiled a couple sweet potatos and made a big salad.

I'm feeling pretty excited today. I'm usually joining some program about now, but this year, it was nice to just jump right back into the groove of things. I am getting a little bored, so it's time to try some new recipes.

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Skinnypup...my Spark technical guru...

Can I change the topic title without starting a new thread? It should be "Planning your meals/Packing a cooler." Or are we stuck with this title until the end of time?! :0)

Alright gang..here it is, January 2. The first day back to our "normal" way of eating. Let us know how your planning goes. Even if you don't use a cooler, try pre-planning and packing your fridge with clean foods. You will notice a difference! Good luck!

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OOOHHH, this team is for me! I have packed a cooler in the car for a couple years now and It saved my life! (Of course I have been made fun of occasionally) I'm a real estate agent and I spend an huge amount of time driving around! I HATE fast food and dashing into a gocery store is not always an option. I love that I'm not alone emoticon
This is my first week and the support sp has to offer is amazing! Good luck "Eating Clean" and much success with all you do in 2008.


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congrats Cyn! Like Magda the smurf says, failing to plan is planning to fail!

You'll find your way around the small cooler challenges, I'm sure!

I just spent the better part of the morning cooking for the week. I feel great...

:) Better living through eating clean!



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what a good idea then i guess it would be a good if you eat what you packed haha


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12/28/07 2:42 P

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I started packing a cooler in October and have lost 17 pounds since. Being prepared with my meals really does make a huge difference!

My only challenge is packing hot and cold meals (ex. yogurt, berries, hot soup, hardboiled eggs). I guess I need two containers? Currently I throw it all together, then place my cold meals in the frig when I arrive at work.



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For the newbies... we probably should have called the post packing a cooler or planning your meals...

If packing a cooler works, FANTASTIC.

The point is to do what it takes to pack and plan your meal the day before.

Chop up those lettuces...right down to onions and chicken...

Make sure you are ready to succeed for the meals...all of them!!!!

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This is definitely something for me to work on for 2008. I at least plan out my foods but not as detailed or in a cooler. But I'm going to make baby steps and do it.
I will agree though, that since I have started eating cleaner, I've noticed I'm not as bloated. But when I do eat something "unclean" my stomach goes right up!.

Thanks to everyone for introducing this to me!

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Yeah, Shelly!!

Packing a cooler puts control back in your hands, doesn't it? Even though it's Christmas, I'm going down right now, and packing my cooler with snacks. I realize I will be eating a larger 3rd meal today, but snacks are still crucial. Plan them out so you won't be tempted!

Oh, and the abs...YIPPEE!! I first noticed my abs, too, when I started eating clean. It's amazing! Congrats...that's quite an accomplishment.

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I packed my very first cooler, today!emoticon

Went and bought a cute lunch bag type cooler. It has a compartment on the bottom with its own plastic container, the main middle section, and even a front pocket to place other snacks..but I put my little ice pack in there, instead.

I have been doing soooo good with this clean eating thing! I`m even amazing myself!!emoticonMy sugar count has dropped from 50+, down to around 15 or 20, at the very most. I even bought wheat germ and flax seed.

After only 3 full days of clean eating, I already spotted a MAJOR improvement! My upper AB`s are beginning to show!!emoticonThey were probably there, for sometime now(as my weight hasn`t dropped), but until I started to eat the way my body needed me to, they just remained hidden. I kept reading that AB`s are made in the kitchen..and now I totally believe it!!

I really want to stick with this clean eating, and packing a cooler is such a smart idea. Too many times, I end up out shopping, and realize I`m way past the time I 'should' be eating..yet don`t have anything with me. But by packing a cooler and carrying it in the car with me, I will no longer have to worry if my shopping excursion is taking more time than expected.

Anyway..thought I`d share my first cooler experience with the team.emoticon

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Oh yeah, I planned for the cookies today! Didn't eat any carbs with my morning snack and didn't even have my afternoon snack! BUT, I only had 2 cookies and I had some cashews for my snacks, so I thought I did good! Even though the afternoon cashews were chocolate coated :o)

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Great idea, I never thougth about portioning out a couple of cookies. I keep saying I'm not going to have any and then I whind up going over my calories.

Thanks for the reminder, we are still human!


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Why Packing a Cooler is a lifesaver!

Fellow Eating Clean team members:

I can not emphasize enough the power of packing a cooler (pre-planning your meals). Whether you literally load up a cooler with all the necessities or you simply write out your meals before hand and load up your fridge with clean container meals. Whatever works...

This past week, I've been consumed with Christmas preparations, and I must confess...I haven't been pre-planning. Yes...ME!! The Queen of Planning Meals!! And what happens when you don't plan? You munch and munch, and grab the closest thing.

Not to worry. I realize this time of year has everyone going a little bonkers...the anticipation of Santa coming down the chimney gets me all crazy, I guess! ;)

Conclusion: Enjoy your cookies. Portion them out and plan them. PUT THEM IN YOUR COOLER! Truly...don't deprive yourself right now. If you are like me and you are baking cookies and goodies, then give them away. Make friends with neighbors and GIVE THAT STUFF AWAY! They will love you for it, and you will feel more in control.

Sit down with your family and read the Christmas Story; take a drive and look at Christmas lights; attend a candlelite service at your local church. All these things will distract from the food that is constantly coming at us.

And remember: Santa is a packer! Yes, a cooler packer. Really...traveling the world in one night can be exhausting! :) Even he realizes the importance of eating every 2-3 hours.



Edited by: URBANMOMMY at: 12/21/2007 (07:04)
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What I've been doing lately:

Breakfast: white or green tea, 3 egg whites (boiled), OR 1/2 cup egg beaters, 1 slice multigrain organic toast w/ "Olivio" calorie & fat free spray, & whole grain oatmeal with craisins.

Snack" banana or apple or pear, kashi trail mix bar

Lunch: brown rice, a piece of fruit, soup or salad?

Snack: kashi roasted vegetable high fiber crackers

Dinner: I try to make a Tosca recipe, like "Oven Baked Brown rice" with a chicken breast, or "Soybean Dinner Loaf". If I don't get the chance to cook, (I work 12-14 hour night shifts, 4 x a week, & I am sometimes in a rush!), I take a kashi frozen dinner to work. They are the cleanest frozen, ready-made meals out there! & filled with quinoa & brown rice & chicken, etc. lots of good protein & fiber!



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I stay at home with my kids all day, but I still pack food in tupperware to eat throughout the day. I don't use a cooler. It's actually useful when I go out and run errands. Eating smaller meals throughout the day doesn't make me feel "full" like I used to feel, but I feel satisfied. I get hungry again by the time I need to eat.

So what did I eat today?
Breakfast- whole wheat bran honey muffin and milk
Snack- protein shake
Lunch- chicken with curry sauce and huge salad
Snack- yogurt and apple
Dinner- spaghetti with meatballs and tomato sauce
Snack- half banana and crackers with reduced fat cheese

My kids love this diet because they get hearty snacks and good food throughout the day.

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I love the idea of packing a cooler! I will pack my first one tonight for tomorrow...


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My daily menu looks like this:

Breakfast: Egg whites and spinach and pineapple, or some other veggie combo with fruit on the side, 1/2 cup old fashioned oats cooked in water. AND lots of water or green tea to drink! (Plus daily multi-vitamin, fish oil supplement and niacin tablet)

Snack: Luna Bars! I LOVE THEM!! Theyre pretty clean too I think. I choose these over Clif because theyre lower in calories and they all arent overly sweet flavors like Clif (I have VERY sensitive teeth :-(

Lunch: Leftovers, usually some sort of clean chili, stew, with some cooked squash and broccoli over spinach and a lemon-olive oil dressing. A banana usually follows.

Snack: Waldorf Salad, or just some tuna and wasa with kiwi.

Dinner: Tuna salad with squash, carrots and spinach with lemon-olive oil dressing. Or some other protien-salad combo type thing.

Snack: If im hungry i'll make maybe some of the tofu chocolate pudding, or have some fruit.I usually enter my daily caloric stuff by now so I eat whatever is missing wether its carbs or protien.

This is honestly the most sensible diet ive ever been on. Ive struggled with my weight for about 6 years ( and im only 20!)
I was one of those highly influenced girls in middle school and I fell in with the bulemic/anorexic crowd, following all the fad diets and working out for hours a day. I did that for 5 years. For the year between then and now, Ive just tried to eat healthy and work out. But I had a major sweet tooth! Lucky for me (not really...) my teeth have become VERY sensitive recently, especially to sweets. So I pretty much dont eat sweets cuz its very painful.

I realize this has nothing to do with packing a cooler, but my daiy average menu is above! Id really love some more clean eating recipes, though, since variety is the spice of life!



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Mrs Monts... everything in life should be done on purpose :)

"The purpose driven life" is a must read for all!

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You are just as qualified as any of us!

What's calorie cycling? Is it like carb cycling? I try to do a little carb cycling..it seems to keep me stable.

Its basically increasing carbs on one day and lowering them on another. You keep going with that. It combines two great but useless diets (low and high carb) They work just temporarily.

Carb cycling is marrying the two. It works of of glycogen. Filler up, then deplete...like a tank of gas :)

:) Anyhow. I digress. Welcome to the team.

Popcorn is a good fiber filled snack option. So are apples. Make slow changes but commit to a few that you can commit to :)

The other team mates will help.



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HI:)
im EXTREMELY new here, and im not even sure if im "qualified" to be part of this team yet, cuz im still just reading here, and i havent read the book u all reference either. im also really overweight, and im wondering if 'eating clean' is something more when one has controlled one's eating habits a bit first? cuz im reading about the cooler u all pack- is this literally a cooler? filled with ice and everything? forgive me for my ignorance here...i get the idea of planning ahead, but here is my question; one person here was a stay at home mom like me, and im wondering when ure home, its REALLY hard to eat a handful of nuts and a piece of fruit and say "ok im full"...any suggestions for when u working people are at home on the weekends...and feel a bit hungrier...what do u eat for the meals? also, are any or most ppl in this team who eat clean, also calorie cycling? that is how i learned about ure team from that team.
i know i sound all over the place here- thats because i am! :)

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This is a typical day, even on the weekends.

Breakfast: hardboiled eggs w/fruit or oatmeal w/fruit or whole grain cereal w/fruit

Snack: fruit w/protein (protein is usually all natural yogurt by Dannon or Fage yogurt)

Lunch: protein (chicken, beef, or veggie burger)with veggies (I try to also include some starchy veggies)

Snack:protein (nuts ususally) - sometimes I have a high protein yogurt like the Fage greek yogurt ***this snack has to keep me until I am done cooking and taking care of the kids

Dinner: Any meat with veggies/salad

When I write it down it seems boring but I find that I like my food less "exciting" now. I am "eating with a purpose" right UrbanMommy?emoticon

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Thanks for butting in on healthy bar choices. I've been meaning to start a thread on this topic.

Good to hear that one of them is clean! (Cliff)

Making the transitional switch. YAH!

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Sorry for butting in on the post, but I have to agree about the Clif bars being the cleanest bars around. They also have a new bar called the Clif Mojo bar. The peanut butter pretzel flavor is very tasty! Some of the other bars have the high fructose corn syrup in them - NOT cool!

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I agree - Cliff bars are possibly the cleanest ones I have found - I just wish the peanut butter ones tasted better!

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Can't say I'm completely thrilled with them either, but sometimes...out of desperation... emoticon

I like Clif protein bars (soy protein, organic), Myoplex Lite bars, and sometimes, Pure Protein. Pure Protein, however, tends to do a number on my bowels, so I only use those if nothing else is available.

On the whole, I'd say over-the-counter protein bars are not really clean. They are loaded with so much stuff like sugar alcohols and preservatives...Clif bars seems to be pretty close to being a clean choice.

I'm discovering, however, that if I have them in the house, I tend to eat them without thinking. I don't plan them into my daily meals, so they usually cause me to go over my calorie range. Not to say they don't serve a purpose! As I said, they've saved me at many a party!



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I have not found a protien bar I was crazy about - which ones are you using?

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Ditto on the food choices...sounds like my menu most of the time.

I'm bad about substituting protein bars occasionally. Sometimes I'm just on the go too much and need something fast. I also find protein bars to be helpful when I'm surrounded by sweets (I took one to a holiday party on Friday, and it I was able to avoid the brownies!).

There's a picture in Tosca's book of a fridge: the inside. All these nice little plastic containers with pre-planned meals stacked neatly in rows. That's my ideal!! And it sure helps when you need something fast!



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Whoa Merry.Pink we eat almost identical! :) Good choices!

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I like seeing what everyone eats, it gives you ideas..

Breakfast: Egg whites with veggies
Snack: Chicken/fish with veggies
Lunch: Chicken/beef with salad
Snack:1/2 protein shake before gym
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Thank you that was very helpfulemoticon

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Typical day for me:

Breakfast is tea, whole wheat toast w/butter. My trainer is trying to get me to eat eggs or oats but I hate them both!

Snack is usually cottage cheese, tuna or turkey (protein) and fruit.

Lunch is a big salad with either tuna or chicken breast w/very low cal dressing.

Snack again! Usually cashews and an apple.

Dinner is chicken, lean beef, fish, or lean pork w/brown rice, vegetables or another salad.

If you get hungry in the evening, try a handful of nuts or some popcorm without the salt and butter.

This is what I am supposed to be doing. Lately I've been eating some things that I shouldn't be eating, but maybe by writing this down, I'll get re-inspired to stick to my diet! Hope this helps you!

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Hi everyone,
Can you please help me with this 5 meals a day plan. It seem like a lot of food but, I know it isn't. What things are you eating 5X's a day?emoticon

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Indeed! And I am packing almost - normally - my whole days meals. I am up and gone by 5 AM I eat my breakfast at home - then the other 5 meals I eat at work. I stop eating at 5 PM - Unless my husband is making something I can eat - in which case I wait to have my last meal at home with my family between 5-6 pm.

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In other words you are packing a lunch right?

:) I do this often. Can't fail if you pack your food!

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I have been packing a soft cooler for food since late September of this year when I began reading Tosca's book. Initially I was like, " no way - too much work, what a hassle, what trouble..." but after cooking a few Sunday's in a row, I decided this made the most sense, if I was going to do it I sould do it all the way. I have a nice little collection of half cup and cup containers and of course the ever so popular ziploc bags work well as well. I am so happy I did this, and now I dont think of it as a hassle to pack it and put it in the fridge the night before, its just my routine. ( I use a light cooler bag, because I have a mini fridge in my office to keep everything in. That has helped allot!

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I've decided to make this a "sticky topic." Planning out our meals is essential to eating clean. So, we can keep the discussion flowing here about how you like to plan out your meals.

Have fun!!

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Oooohhh...Wanda reminded me of something in a email.

I'm gonna attempt packing a cooler during my weekend in Vegas. If the airline allows, I'll take my cooler on board (not sure how this works, and it might not work).

Either way, I know with all the crazy buffets in Vegas, I'm gonna need as much clean food as possible.

This will be an interesting experiment...I'll let you know!

Peace!

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Yes - please let us know how it turns out!

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Sorry I missed all the posts for the utube video issues.
My rotis don't always puff up like her's do either. Though, last time I made them, I rolled them all out first and layed them out on a plate. I noticed the pre rolled rotis laying on the bottom of the plate (First one rolled, last one baked) seemed to really puff up a lot. So, I'm wondering if perhaps letting them all set for perhaps a half hour before starting to bake them would help in the rising.

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YIPPEE!!

Someday, we will have the ability to taste test via the internet. :)

Have fun, Wanda! Let us know how it turns out.

Oh, and I do think Whole Foods would have the ingredients for this bread.

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I've experiemented with all kinds of bread recipes. It takes a full day, just like pasta. I like to add wheat germ, flax meal, bran, just healthy stuff in. I will let you know how the bread turns out from Eating Clean, however, it may be difficult to find everything :)

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Shakenbake-We were posting at the same time so maybe you can answer my question, how do you make your bread?





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Sprouting??? Sounds rather involved. I wonder if Whole Foods have any really good mixes for bread machines, anyone seen any by chance, this is a question probably for another topic, but it's late and I'm tired.





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Can anyone give us an updated web address? I bake bread all the time. I will attempt the homemade "Eating Clean" bread this weekend, if I can find all the stuff. Thanks!

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Ok...WOW!! I've been so busy with kiddo stuff, that I didn't even notice the number of posts here! WOO HOO!! Great ideas!

Ezeikel bread: In the new "Eat Clean Diet Cookbook," there is a recipe for homemade Ezeikel bread. Did anyone see that? I have yet to try it, cause the list of ingredients is quiet lengthy. I think it even involves sprouting things, and I haven't gone that far in my cooking yet. But it might be a great project to try!

Today, I did NOT pack my cooler, and BOY DID I MISS IT!! I still ate clean, but I missed the feeling of being prepared. For me, that's the whole purpose of the cooler. Yeah, it takes time to chop, slice, mix, pack up, etc. But really, isn't it worth it? Knowing that you don't have to worry about your food for the day?

I'm so glad you guys are enjoying this topic...keep the ideas flowing! :)

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THANK YOU SO MUCH. WOW...that does sound easy!

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It's so simple, all it calls for is:
1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. lukewarm water
pinch of salt

She mixes the salt around in the flour and then adds the water and just mixes with her hand. She kind of kneads it a little bit, but not much. She puts just a drop of oil in her hand and a drop in the bowl and kneads a little bit more. She does say make 5-10 min. before cooking. Then she seperates into 4 equal parts (makes 4 flats) and uses a nonstick skillet. She rolls it out, rolling does get easier, she plops in the skillet and it starts to bubble, she flips and it bubbles some more and she lightly flattens with spatula and flatten edges a bit and voila, it's done. She puts some type of butter on it then. As you read I tried to make a healthier version and although it's good and I'll continue to make them they didn't puff like hers, I think mine are more dense. Maybe you've been able to watch the video by now. Good luck.





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I can watch it? Can you watch other u-tube stuff?



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I tried to watch the video too can not pull it up.

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Did you have to knead these, let them rise. How many did a recipe make? I'm disappointed you can't watch the video anymore nor get the recipe. Darn. If one of you guys could post it, I would be so greatful. Thanks,

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HELP...I trying to get the recipe and watch video but it is no longer available. Can you help? If you could just give me the recipe I'm sure I can at least to try to make these. They sound great. Thanks so much for your support. Hugs, Wanda (SHAKENBAKE)

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Hey BARBTWIG!
Glad to hear you liked the wraps! Perhaps play around with the measurements a bit, maybe you can find a better consistancy. I usually have to do that when I make a NA recipe, usually NA recipes for some very odd reason end up being too moist such as this one. I've even heard that sea level (I'm at sea level here in Norway) can have an effect as odd as that can sound...
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I made the wraps, Metalchick, and I think they taste just fine. I used 1/2 cup WW flour, 2T. flaxseed, 2T. wheatgerm so I think with the additional ing. the wraps were a little harder, in fact they wouldn't puff up like they did in the video at all and they did crack when I folded them over, but not enough to let my stuff fall out. The recipe calculator came in at 85 calories each and 3.5 gr. of fiber, not too bad. I will definately be making these, I think it's just a matter of getting used to those minor differences which I'm sure even my husband can get used to. I wonder what they add in those store bought tortillas to make them so high in fiber, I'll have to look at the ing. list sometime. Thanks again!

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From scratch is always better, no added extra junk, no words you can barely read let alone know what they areemoticon
I wouldn't worry too much about the fiber being lower. I'm sure you're getting plenty if you're following eating clean.

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Metalchick-I actually just picked up wheatgerm yesterday at the store, but I've been using flaxseed for quite some time now. I'm going to try to make some today, I'll let you know the results. Norway, huh, it's so fun to chat with people from all over the world!! I was curious about the fiber content, they are SO high in the store bought tortillas, I'm anxious to use the recipe calculator on this site to figure up the values. Even if it's lower, which I'm sure it will be, I feel making something more from scratch has got to have it's benefits, would you agree?





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Hey Barbtwig,
I'd say adding ground flax seed and wheat germ would be just fine. I haven't added those to my cooking yet, but I'm assuming their texture would probably be fine, and since rotis don't need to rise much, it wouldn't hinder the cooking process, so I'd say try it for sure!
I freeze the completed wraps after they've been cooked and cooled, I use them quite often, such as in place of Ezekiel (an alternative for you ;), so I don't need to worry about them being frozen too long, I usually make enough for a week at a time.
I was actually going to see if they had wheat germ at the health store next time I go.
It's a bit more of a challenge for me eating clean, I'm in Norway, don't know the language very well yet, and things new to me such as using wheat germ can be tricky for me to find here either for lack of or they don't have it here at all, or translation issues...



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Metalchick-I watched the utube segment, thanks for posting that. It inspired me, they look so simple how can you not do it. I picked up some organic wheat flour and I will be making them soon. I'm wondering if you can add some additional ing., like flaxseed or wheat germ, just to up the fiber content?? What do you think, since you make them. Do you freeze them after you've cooked them or freeze just the dough? Thanks so much!!





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I don't use a cooler, but I pack my food for the day and take it to work, as most of my meals are not at home. I eat breakfast and dinner at home, but the other three are at work. We have a fridge at work, so no need for a cooler! I pack it all the night before and make sure I cook enough for the next day. A chicken breast in my salad is great and everyone at work always wants to snack on my almonds and cashews, so I take extras occasionally. Great topic Kimmy!

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I don't pack a cooler either, as I work from home! But I always have my meals planned out. When I jump in the car I have my protein/fiber shake to tide me over.

WOW! $5 for a loaf of the Ezekiel. We pay $3.49 here! But a loaf goes a long way, as I don't eat much of that. We use a lot of whole wheat wraps.

Make it a great day!
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I don't eat too much of the Ezekiel bread, so it's okay for my budget. Occasionally I'll eat just normal grainy bread or grainy Wasa crackers, oat or rye, are they called Wasa crackers in NA? Do they even sell Wasa in NA haha, never ate them when I lived there so I'm not sure.
Here they're called knekkebrød (knekkebread) but to me they're more just like giant healthy crackers.

As for wraps, I decided to start making my own rotis instead. They're super easy once you get the hang of it, and they freeze well too. They're also a bit stonger than whole wheat wraps and don't fall apart or crack unless they're overcooked. And they're much lower in calories/fat as an alternative to wraps etc that is if you don't add butter/ghee.


Here's the video recipe I learned from:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD4o_Lmy6bU
(make sure the end bU actually attaches when you copy and paste this link, it wasn't working for me unless I added it myself...)

She states her water measurements incorrectly but you can see the correct is:
1/4 cup water rather than 1/2 like she says...

If I'm freezing them, I sometimes add a little bit of sunflower oil just patting them with a trace amount on my fingertips mostly around the edges of the roti, which makes them even more flexible while holding together well, without adding too much fat.

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I don't pack a cooler of meals...not that organized but since I am a stay at home mom this hasn't been necessary, yet. However, I almost always have a cooler of healthy snacks and drinks with me. That started when I had my son 7-years ago. Can't hop in the car without food for the troops unless you want someone screaming for a snack. So now I just make sure I add Kashi bars and fruit for myself.

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10/30/07 8:26 A

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I love the idea of packing a cooler also, especially for my DH who travels overnight sometimes. It's nice, I can look at Cooler#2 and make sure I'm including those amounts of items and it will hopefully get him through a complete day. I think the cooler plans are for how in depth you are with clean eating. They all incorporate clean eating, but like for myself I'm not away from home for any lengthy amount of time so I would just pack fruit, nuts, easy things like that. I think it just depends on what stage you are in because #3 lets you even pack low-fat cheese so that must be if you're just getting started.

On another note, I would love to get the Ezekiel bread, but the store that carries it it's over $5.00 a bag, not really sure if that's in my budget. Are there any alternatives to a piece of bread, has anyone ever found something that might be a little cheaper. Right now we eat Costco All Natural Multigrain 100% Whole Grain Bread, it has no high fructose corn syrup, but does have 4 g. sugar (brown sugar). We also eat the low-carb wraps, what wraps do you eat anyone?

Sounds like the cooler plan works well for so many, that is encouraging to hear.





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10/30/07 7:21 A

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I also will pack a day's worth of clean eating foods for the duration of my shifts for work. I find it to be really helpful as well and keeps me from temptations out of convenience.
The only thing that sometimes gets annoying about it is the time I will spend getting everything prepared, chopping, packing, pre-cooking if necessary. Depending on what I've planned, sometimes it just seems to take quite awhile to get everything made and organized, but the pros weigh out the cons here, and it's still worth it.
I try to plan simple meals/snacks, such as Ezekiel and natural peanut butter sandwiches, chopped fresh veggies, tuna, fruits, almonds, these are definitely easier to carry around and quicker to prepare, so those are what you could typically find in my cooler.
Good topic!


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10/30/07 6:50 A

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love to pac a cooler I did it for a year and had great success with my weightloss, then I met a patient while working for her I got slack and started eating the wrong way again too much southern food so I am going to get back on that plan again thanks Kim.cindi

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10/30/07 6:01 A

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I agree with you Kim, not sure why Tosca suggest three plans, however it is always a great idea to pack a cooler. I've been doing this for a long time mainly because I live in a hot climate and most of my doctor appointments are about 45-60 minutes away. I pack a cooler daily incase I find anything fresh while I am out, or I stop at farmers market and to have fresh healthy snacks. If I don't take a cooler, then I will usually stop at a fast food place and order a salad and they are always double the fat & calories becuase of the dressings etc.and never as fresh. Since I have been cooking alot of Tosca's recipes I'm realizing they taste even better when I am out and I am really hungry. Sometimes I have to say to myself this is healthier for me and you have to change your way of thinking so you will learn to like clean eating clean. Today I have packed instant oatmeal, flax meal, almonds, PB2 (powdered P. butter, mixes with water) fresh veggies, hummus, salad, flax oil and meal, sliced smoked salmon and myplex bars, and water. This does work and it'll say me money!

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Greetings, clean eaters!

If you have read Tosca Reno's "The Eat Clean Diet," you are probably familiar with the concept of packing a cooler daily with all your clean foods. I'm very curious what your thoughts are on this technique.

I started packing my cooler last week and I'm really happy with how prepared it makes me feel. I bought a whole bunch of clear plastic containers, and cooked up some of my fav meals for the next day: extra cooked oatmeal w/protein powder; grilled chicken breasts; salad w/loads of veggies; handful of almonds and cashews; several bottles of water; an apple; and a slice of Eziekel 4:9 bread. That was my cooler for today.

She lists 3 different cooler plans, and I'm still not sure I understand why. Perhaps she is giving us choices...if you really want to kick up your progress, choose plan #1. But if you are just getting the idea of clean eating, choose plan #3.

I believe she encourages everyone to pack a cooler so that, when we are going about our hectic schedules, we can eat our required meals every 2-3 hours AND we won't be tempted to grab a burger or other crap on the road.

What I love about this is the planning! I started planning out my meals at night (like I always do); but rather than just writing down what I'll eat tomorrow, I put my meals in containers! Now, they are ready to go, and I don't have to go searching the fridge.

Tell me your thoughts...I know you've got some ideas brewing!
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