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3/27/12 9:27 P

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Soda is my problem child, I usually drink 3 tall glasses a day, today I did better with only 2 small (8oz) glasses. I would like to quit drinking soda all together however I get unbearable headaches if I haven't drank a coke by mid day. I've taken advil in hopes that would relieve the pain without giving in to soda but it doesn't. Has anyone else dealt with this issue?

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11/6/10 4:39 P

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Yesterday was a really bad eating day for me, I made alot of wrong choices. I ate totally clean for a year straight, now as soon as I eat something processed, it doesn't agree with me, I feel like crap even now, 24 hrs. later! Why don't I just learn my lesson!

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11/6/10 4:31 P

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Yesterday was a really bad eating day for me, I made alot of wrong choices. I ate totally clean for a year straight, now as soon as I eat something processed, it doesn't agree with me, I feel like crap even now, 24 hrs. later! Why don't I just learn my lesson!

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11/4/10 4:41 P

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I stared at a coke yesterday. An ice-cold coke with all of the bubbly. Then I walked away! My eating clean voice was speaking loud and clear, "Move away from the coke machine"!



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11/4/10 3:44 P

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I was out and about today and I succumbed to Coke Zero. Ahhhh! What was I thinking? I just had to have a little bubbly, but couldn't drink a whole lot. It didn't agree with me. But that's a good thing! That means my body is starting to reject toxins!

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11/2/10 9:37 P

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The first and best thing I gave up is soda. It has an incredible amount of sugar and the diet soda is no better - just toxic! I do occasionally slip when I feel like a little bubbly, but it is very rare. I'm working on my water intake. It just doesn't come naturally. All those years of sugary drinks messes with your taste buds.

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10/28/10 8:57 P

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i will be elminating jello snacks after reading whats in there!! no more.

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9/18/10 8:26 P

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I choose to eliminate white potatoes for sweet potatoes . I made baked sweet potato chips w/ olive oil and it came out very nice.



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9/14/10 3:34 P

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Today at Krogers in the health food section, I picked up an all natural sea salt with no additives called Red Monkey seasoning grinder all natural sea salt. Most of the other sea salts, like Hains, have additives to prevent caking. You can see that this sea salt is granular and the container's top is a grinder.

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9/4/10 7:24 P

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6 days without cofee, I can't believe it whoohoo! Went to starbucks and got a chamomile tea with honey lol. $3 bucks cheaper too!!

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9/2/10 10:43 A

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I understand about the baby steps :) I have gotten to the point where all of the food in the house is clean, quality food except for hubby's snacks.

He still has not made that choice to eat clean, but I do all the cooking so the meals are always healthy. I am hoping that he will get on board eventually too!

When cleaning out the junk in the house the most shocking thing for me was my spice cabinet. I thought that pretty much all the spices would be clean, but I quickly discovered that a lot of the spice mixtures have junk including msg and trans fat! Yuck!

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9/1/10 6:52 P

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Considering finances I will use up often eaten foods and then replace with homemade. The rest that is used seldom and mostly taking up space I will give away or throw out.
I am day 3 no refined sugar - I am using maple syrup and sucanat. I have honey but I haven't touched it yet that will come tomorrow when I attempt cookies with it for my kids (have 3 take care of 4 more).

Once these moderate sugar cereals are eaten I will buy sugar free only and put the honey on the table. Suck it up, eat or go hungry lol. Same with oatmeal - make from scratch. I think I will pick a specific morning that I will make a pot for everyone and the rest of the time just for hubby.

I am making baby steps for the family so there won't be a revolt. A little change here then another there. Next thing they know they are Clean Eating. Although I do not fool myself into thinking I can make the kids completely Clean - just Cleaner :o)



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I cleaned out all my "junk" and gave it to my brother. All the processed boxed stuff and sweets that would tempt me. The rest I donated to the local food bank.

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7/17/10 10:31 P

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I don't eat much WW bread anymore as I can't afford the really good stuff. I do however, eat a lot of WW pasta, brown rice, oatmeal.

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7/17/10 10:25 A

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How do you deal with say, pasta? Is whole wheat pasta considered processed or whole wheat bread?

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7/12/10 10:22 P

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This week I'm going to get rid of all the microwave popcorn I've collected and buy the fresh kind to cook in canola or sunflower oil.

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While totally processed food-free cupboards may not happen, our cupboards are pretty dang healthy. I would say that the majority of things that I make are now from scratch. I’ll admit, I do use canned tuna and I love sardines in tomato sauce. The processed and pre-packed foods that I do have are from the boyfriend’s job (Whole Foods) so while they’ve been processed, they’re healthier than other options.

As far as fruits and veggies go, I eat them fresh 99% of the time.

As for bread, I don’t make it…maybe one day. For now I usually eat Alvarado Sprouted Grain Bread (it’s great toasted with a little fresh avocado!).

When it comes to snacks I tend to have things like an apple with natural PB or a handful of raw nuts and for dessert, I’ll have a few squares of organic dark chocolate or a square of Raw Decadence or Indigo Nights (both from Everything Raw).

The boyfriend, on the other hand, eats a lot of processed junk if he’s not cooking. When he does cook though, he insists on all fresh and natural ingredients so he balances things out a bit.

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6/22/10 8:59 A

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So glad I came across this. I've been reading the Eat-Clean Diet Recharged and I am slowly cleaning out our pantry and refrigerator/freezer. Can't afford to toss things as we are in the process of moving from one state to another and money is tight. So will use up what we have and replace it with cleaner versions.

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6/15/10 3:01 P

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My DH resist also, but realizes how much better I feel. He'd like to feel better but doesn't want to give up pancakes, etc. He has to cook his own now, I won't cook what I won't eat.

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6/4/10 6:06 P

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Wow, totally hear you. My husband drives me nuts with his on and off support. We have cleaned out tons of the process foods from our pantry and freezer, mostly eat natural meats and lots and lots of fresh veggies. And then out of the blue he will bring home a "CASE" of mac and cheese! OMG.

My daughter has done fantastic with the better diet. It's not a perfectly clean diet, but sooo much better than it was before and we haven't been to the hospital for almost a year with any attacks. My son is grown (21) and away in the military, but I sure would love to turn back the clock and begin this process sooner. I am hoping to show him by example now how to live clean.

I would love to have our household on board very soon, have to find a way to get my DH on board. I have a feeling he will be my biggest hurdle. I do have to admit that I am guilty of bringing in terrible snacks for my family too...and then I participate in consuming them. Gotta find a way to stop that! LOL.

I am up to ongoing support given and received.
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6/4/10 12:38 P

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Hi Mommydiva2!!! You and I seem to be in the same place. Truly THE same place. I keep looking at your photo to make sure you are not in fact me!

I have a husband who is on board with me about 30% of the time. When he's good he is very, very good but when he is bad is horrid. And he tries to drag me down with him. "We deserve it". "Just one day". "Let's have some fun".

I too have a daughter with digestive problems and she too is supposed to be taking miralax but I am hoping to combat it with diet instead.

I have a son who is great about going with the flow but of course prefers to eat junk. I find myself buying junk for him and eating it myself. Of course buying junk "for him" is also a bad idea b/c if I shouldn't be eating something b/c it is bad for me then he shouldn't be eating it either.

My goal is to bring the family on board by the end of the summer. I figure with all the fresh foods and veggies and the beautiful grilling weather I might be able to do it without them really realizing it.

My first step will be purging my pantry of processed foods - this will be hard because the frugal part of me can't stand to part with it but in the end I know the $30 of food I get rid of will only benefit my family.

Second step will be the freezer - way too many Costco convenience dinners. I imagine what I will do there is plan one convenience meal into my weekly menu and slowly whittle it down.

I see that participation here is a bit spotty but I am committing to hanging out here and am looking forward to getting to know you and everyone else!

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6/3/10 3:21 P

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I love the eating clean concept, something we have tried several times over the last couple of years. Not staying committed and falling back into the "easy" food traps have caused problems. My goal for my family is to refocus once again. I know it helps my daughter physically when we are eating clean. She has suffered from severe digestional problems for the last 3 years. The docs wanted her on Miralax twice a day for 2 years. I decided we are going to eat clean and even though we aren't perfect....she is not on the medicine and doing so much better.

My other struggle is with my husband. He is not as committed to making a lifestyle change as I am. Believes that just because he is thin, he is healthy. Which I don't believe for a minute. He eats tons of junk food and smokes, doesn't exercise..so I know he isn't healthy on the inside.

I am going to start our family down the eating clean path once again, with more focus and direction. I am hoping this board will help out a floundering but dedicated to eating clean member.


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The day I decided to eat clean I went and just threw out all the overly processed junk. If I couldn't read the label, it went into the trash! However I keep whole grains around because they are a complex carb (slow digestion) and keep you feeling full longer and take time to process.

I gave up all carbonated beverages a few years ago for Lent. It was quite a difficult task. It is doable! Just keep trying and before you know it, you won't even crave them anymore. :)

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4/20/10 10:08 P

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I am going to give up processed sugar. I have to take baby steps, it's just easier for me. But they problem I have found is that because I live with my grandmother I find temptation everywhere and she would never eat clean for me. One day she says I need to lose weight and I've gotten bigger and the next day she asks if I want some pie. I try to talk to her, but she doesn"t get that I'm trying to save my own life. Any advice.

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I've been learning what clean eating means. I gave up soda, which was a huge struggle. I'm replacing things as we finish them with the clean version of the product. I'm not buying produce from Mexico or China.

Basically, I think I need to go to the neighborhood natural store and live there! The unfortunate thing is that they have a vegan bakery that tempts me!

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4/6/10 9:20 P

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Dear HOTCOWGIRL,

That's a great suggestion. Thanks! I'll have to try it. In the past I tried making homemade frozen dinners with a meat, starch and vegetable selection, but found that they didn't freeze well. And mixing up the ingredients will help stave off the boredom of eating the same thing over and over again. emoticon

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Make huge casseroles of clean food. Like whole wheat pasta and veggies (very heavy on the veggies), with some no sugar/salt tomato sauce (or clean "pesto"). Throw in a little low fat goat cheese and lean meat of choice. Freezes very well. You can change up the combinations so that you can have a different casserole every day.

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4/6/10 4:31 P

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I am new to this forum and would like to ask for some help in figuring out how to eat clean with very little time to prepare my food. My body does not process processed food, sugar, caffeine, white flour products, etc. well, and eating clean is the ideal lifestyle for me. However, I have a very busy life . . . . as we all do. I know that advance planning and preparation is key to being successful at clean eating, but so often there just aren't enough hours in the day. I know I have to put myself first in order to be successful at this, and I work at that daily. Any suggestions from all of you on how to make quick, clean meals and snacks? I prepare food on Sunday for the work week, including cooked oatmeal, nonfat cottage cheese, fruit, and yogurt for breakfast, and for lunch a make large batches of homemade soups which I freeze in individual serving containers that I can grab on my way out the door. The hardest meal for me is dinner. Right now I either (A) skip dinner; (B)eat a frozen serving of soup, which I grow tired of quickly if I repeat it all the time; and (C) eat something 'unclean'. Grrrr! It's frustrating.

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For those coffee drinkers my mom used to say she could never drink it black now she does because she gets flavored coffee and adds a little splenda hope that helps or any feedback is appreciated (not on the splenda I'm always on her case about that).

I'm trying to figure out what exactly is a processed food I LOVE LOVE LOVE bread any type white, wheat, rye, pumpernickel I don't want to give that up :(

Also as far as sugar goes I do not use any of those artificial ones if they were in my food I'd accept it (before starting to eat clean) but I'm sorry I'll take the extra what 20 calories in plain sugar over the potential health hazards of chlorine or any other stuff they use with these sweetners!

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I fell off the clean eating wagon today. Sausage and crackers, then wings and pizza. When will I learn???? And now, I have to survive Easter tomorrow.

I already have my grocery list ready for Monday. I will be eating so clean, it will feel GREAT!

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I have been working on eliminating sugar. Unfortunately, before joining this team, I had replaced it with artificial sweeteners. But, as of now, the only sweetener I use is a drizzle of honey in my morning coffee. And that amount is getting smaller and smaller. It's amazing. I had always heard that once you were able to get away from eating a lot of sweets, you would stop craving them as much. Fortunately, my sweet cravings are more fruit cravings and I keep those in check also.


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I'm not so sure if a bit of really dark, high quality chocolate is that bad really... anyone else want to weigh in on this???

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I'm TRYING to weed out the processed foods. I've only had 3 diet pepsi's since Jan. 1. That used to be a daily habit. Been trying to do fresh veggies and fruits, meal by meal. Having a hard time giving up the 1 oz. of dark chocolate, though!

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Diet coke was hard to give up! I've been free of it now for about five months but seriously thought I'd have to join a support group - the cravings were that tough to ignore.

The other day I was running low on time so used a prepared jar of pasta sauce (we usually make our own). Despite it not being a bad version in comparison to some others, I couldn't stomach it. Was so sweet/salty disgusting, you couldn't appreciate the tomatoes, pasta or anything - just additives.

My palate is def. changing for the better.


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What is processed... well I think for many clean eaters, including myself, it matters more what is added too the food. For example. Pasta is "processed", but it is flour (hopefully whole grain!) and water, and sometimes a binder, like egg... to me that is "real food" and counts as ok as long as you are eating your proportions correctly.

What does not count is canned pasta that USED TO BE real food, but is now drowning in a "sauce" that is a little bit tomato, but mostly salt and sugar.

Does that make sense? Do others agree? Disagree?

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Instant yummy health food? :-D Whole wheat couscous! Just watch your portions though. It is sooo awesome with some frozen steamed veggies and a bit of low sodium natural chicken broth I can go overboard.

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everything ive ever learned in nutrition points to the fact that grains are beneficial and neccessary to the body...

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You can't eat whole grains at all when you're trying to lose weight??? I thought you WANTED to eat grains, not only for their nutritional value, but for their fiber which digests slowly in your body making you feel fuller longer. Why would you cut out whole grains?? Last week, all I ate was brown rice, whole wheat pasta, barley in my soups, lean proteins, fruits and veggies, and I lost 4lbs...

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When you're trying to lose weight....grains should not be consumed at all, eventually brown rice (preferably organic rice) is acceptable. Whole grains are full of toxins-wheat, barley, rye, etc...don't get me started on corn. lol And I'm Indian! That's a hard one for me to give up.

Corn is routinely a GMO, as well as barley, soy and tomatoes....and who knows what side effects will arise from consuming so much of that. Very scary stuff....

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Thank you fearless life, that was a good article. Inspired me to buy better frozen foods. No more Mexico or China made veggies.

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Rice is a whole grain..why would you throw that out?

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sounds great! Been doing that for a year now. I cook everyday, three times a day at least. No processed foods, no junk.

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Okay I'm new and never received an email from this thread before until now.

So I went back and found this from the original poster, on the first page:

"Spice, popcorn, pastas, rice... no boxes of processed anything :)"

YES! That's how I live. So this is already done. I want to learn to can, and until I do I do have some canned goods. But they are not canned junk food; they are canned tomatoes and canned ingredients. You rinse the ones that are rinsable to get rid of some of the salt. And I have a freezer FULL of frozen bagged veggies. When they are on sale for $1.00 you can bet I'm there with bells on. Kale & collards are extremely nutritious but time intensive prep to cook yourself . . . opening the bag of frozen takes care of that, and, the bag of frozen takes sooooooooo much less room. The one thing I'd say with frozen bags of veggies, is, flip them over and look for the tiny teeny print that gives the country of origin. Mexico and China are the two biggest importers of chemical poisons on the planet; many of those chemicals have been banned by the US and other countries as unsafe; but China and Mexico use them on their fields, and then ship the end result to us. Whole Foods was selling California Blend Organic Frozen Veggies, made in China. Independent lab testing found them full of chemicals including known carcinogens banned in the US; and the USDA cannot enforce any organic standards on food from outside the US. Much of Walmart's fresh produce and frozen veggies comes from Mexico. Don't buy it.

Other than those examples and peanut butter (spice, popcorn, pastas, rice), I make everything from scratch, including dressings and rice pilaf. I found the Ranch Dressing Recipe people were talking about on this page, and am reposting it. Thank yous go to the original poster of the recipe - not me -


JANET'S (NANJANB) RANCH DRESSING
I've been using a this sugar-free ranch recipe for some time now. It's by no means low fat, but it's sugar free (which I need), and it's real food. My husband and I enjoy it more than any commercial ranch dressing.

3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon onion powder - or sub. onion juice
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
salt to taste
pepper to taste

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i am also trying to clean out the pantry! i am getting creative with the bijillion diced tomato cans i have and donated the not so clean eating stuff to the food bank

when the world gives you lemons... make grape juice so that they can wonder how you did it.


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I've been wanting to do this for some time now. I have to organize my shelves anyways, so this would be the perfect time!

I'm planning on giving anything unopened to the local food bank. That way I'm helping me and helping others.

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I just wanted to remind everyone that now is a great time of year to clean out their pantry. Of course food donations are needed year round but the food drives are typically more numerous and accessible this time of year (I dropped mine off at the elementary school in my neighborhood's food drive). Many food banks will actually box it up to save for later on.

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BEEN GONE FROM HERE HERE AWHILE BUT I DECIDED TO COME BACK

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This is a great challenge that I started last December on my own. Cut out all processed foods. The result... 74lbs lost since Dec 13 2008.

I am telling you, processed foods is the devil lol! (although I still enjoy an occasional box of mac&cheese as a guilty pleasure!)

For anyone thinking about doing this challenge, it works!

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Okay! I just emptied my cabinets with all the boxed, processed CRAP that has been making me fat for the last 30 years!!!! I have two reusable shopping bags FULL, somewhat overflowing to give to my Churches food bank this weekend as well as freezer stuff I'm giving to a friend tomorrow!!! I went shopping and bought tons of fruit and veggies (although I forgot some!!) and chicken, and sirloin steak and some shrimp! Trying to get this all down, hopefully I'll do well! Still looking for the book, and mag (I cant find it anywhere).

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ok so i kept my word and yes i did it this weekend. im excited still waiting on my book though. but i do have the cook book cause i got inpatient and bought it friday night. but yes im stoked

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I grew up a homesteader for the most part on only ate processed foods after I left home but now I am back to clean eating only and love it.

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iam defiantly up for this. i will actually be doing it this weekend. more than likely Saturday night because i will be going shopping on Sunday. im really excited about this truly i'am. well good luck to all on this hopefully life long journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I definitely will be participating in this challenge. I'm giving up anything white in it. ie flour, rice & sugar.

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I definitely will be participating in this challenge. I'm a recovering coupon addict who has bought so many processed foods because it was cheap/free with coupons. Boy is my local food bank going to love me!!! I can't wait to feel better!!

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I'm going to be giving up processed foods starting Friday (when i get paid so i'll have money for groceries). This is a huge challenge for my boyfriend and me because we are addicted to french fries, ice cream, and all the other convenient foods. No more lean cuisines or any of that fun stuff, but at least i'll be cutting out the sodium and all that other junk that doesn't need to be in my body.

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When going through your pantries and finding foods you would rather toss than consume, please think of your local food banks and donate the food instead of throwing it away. One poster mentioned she was going to bring the food to her church - a great idea!



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I just want to put out there that artificial sweeteners are way beyond what we would call a processed food. They're a fake food. Meaning that it's not even a food. Please beware of these if you're eliminating processed foods. Try raw honey or agave or better yet don't eat or drink things that need that much sweetening.

I am on a three week challenge to completely eliminate processed foods. After that I will re-introduce only some whole stone ground grains and perhaps some organic dairy in limited quantities but the sugar will stay out.

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I am trying to get into this.... I filled my cart this weekend with fresh produce, no chips, pop, crackers, sidekicks NOTHING... that is really good for me LOL


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I will not drink any soda of any kind today. . emoticon emoticon

All things work for the good of them that Love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. Is one of my Favorite Bible Verses.

Something else I have started doing more is genealogy. I have things from both sides of the family. I wish I had asked even more questions, but I have been reading more about how to do it. I still have my Mother to ask questions on her side of the family, and 2 Aunts that might be able to help on the other side. My father lives in Australia so he is hard


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I am new at this but I have read that Smart Balance is the way to go. Husband picked it up for me yesterday. When I look at the label it doesn't look clean to me but maybe it's just that much better than any other option? It does have flax oil, omega 3 and omega 6.

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This is a great idea for a challenge. I know I need the pantry space. My husband and kids have been totally on board with his. Hubby does the grocery shopping and he has been great- he gets it, looks at labels and does his best to buy clean. However, I think he would slam on the brakes and leave skid marks if I tried to give all the packaged stuff away. He would say, what about when we just don't feel like cooking?!?! So, I will work on it slowly, taking a bag of stuff to the food pantry at my church every couple of weeks. If it disappears slwoly he might not notice. :)

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when I drink my coffee I use Stevia, which is really sweet!

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RUNBECSRUN- I hear you with the coffee. I am on day 4 of trying to eat clean. I use fat free vanilla creamer w/sweet and low. I dont know if I can drink my coffee black yet. But I have cut down to one cup in the am.

I do belong to a co-op for organic foods. I am making my own bread for the family and I also buy Ezekeil for myself. I found 5 boxes of girl scout cookies the other day- they are going in the garbage! I am going through our cupboards this week.



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Well I am trying my best to get organic foods and healthier choices. I have a husband however that loves his chips, salsa, ramen, and coke. I think I am going to take an idea from one of you on here and move the healthy options to the bottom shelf, and put his junk up higher. My son eats junk, but a lot of healthy foods as well so I will be doing my best in eliminating certain foods slowly but surely. I am also thinking of doing some foods in big batches that I can freeze, such as soup. Is there a brand that has no perservatives in it?
I will be chopping fruits and veggies as a quick grab as well. I am really hoping this 3 weeks of the oxygen diet can help me get rid of my sweets temptation and closer to clean eating!

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i've only been doing this for a week or so, but things are looking good and my only vice right now is coffee with french vanilla creamer (full fat and sugar!!!). i don't think i could ever drink my coffee black, so i need to start transitioning to green tea. not quite ready to make the leap yet, though! i think i'll wait until i have a few weeks of clean eating (other than creamer) under my belt before i make the change.

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I'm having a hard time parting with my Splena. I gave a full box to a friend,but I found a small amount in my cabinet...

I used a pinch yesterday to make a vinegar&oil dressing for a salad.OOPS!

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Diet coke is also a really big issue for me too. That's going to be one of my biggest challenges. Hopefully, eating clean the rest of the time will make me not want to have one!

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I am giving up ice cream and frozen meals. This summer I'm going to attend the farmers market every Saturday morning to get fresh veggies and fruit. I also need to start packing my lunches the night before so I'm not crunching for time in the mornings. This is a true self challenge for me. I can do it!

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we are all making progress,mine is that hubby enjoy eating vegie,fruits,nuts,brown rice,thats make it easier for me,but am working on processed biscuit.hopefuly i will subdue the craving.

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They say that diet pop is worse that regular Good for you!





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Could you repost the ranch dressing recipe. I have started making my own spice mixtures too like for tacos, the packets are sooo salty. I will post it I have to find it. Also I was wondering if the Soy crumbles, soy and veggie dogs, boca burgers are considered processed food.

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Diet Coke has been a big one for me...think I lived on that stuff before...I have replaced it with green tea for meals and water for any other time.

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Well, I made it two days without a Diet Coke! emoticon My step-son brought me one today, not knowing I had declared March as a non-Diet Coke month! He was so sweet to bring it totally without me asking, so I couldn't turn it down. So, I will begin anew tomorrow!!

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these are the things that i am giving up.

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I noticed that many of you have given up your Diet Coke. This is probably my biggest vice....I only drink the fountain diet cokes...and I love them! But, I am giving them up for March...at least that's a start for me. I may not even want one in April! I heard on the Biggest Loser last week that even diet drinks add to the belly fat. I've had a hard time getting my belly down, so I'm gonna give this a try!! Wish me success!!

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I have been slowly going clean. I struggle when at conferences ( minimal food choices) and away from my home and packed lunches. BUT I try to hop back on the wagon when I return. Struggling with letting go of Splenda BIG TIME! AND with the lil 100 calories bags of goodies. Also have a hard time leaving my Can't Believe It's not Butter margarine any ideas???

STicking with veggies, stirfrys, whole grains (like Ezekial).
Is 100 cal microwave popcorn not a good choice????

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I just recently cleaned the pantry. Was shocked at the number of expired canned goods. I live on the Gulf Coast of FL and each hurricane season, DH would say stock up. We never ate the canned soups. This year, I refuse to stock up. If a hurricane was really coming, we will high-tail it out of here. Those canned goods have way too much sodium and don't really taste all that good.

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I was slowly moving in the clean living way before finding this group. Will get a copy of the book soon. Have a long way to go but as said in other groups, "baby steps".

For those giving up sodas with caffeine, you might want to substitute a glass of water or non caffeinated drink for every other soda to avoid the headaches and make the switch slowly. I was a real caffeine addict. I had switched back to sweetened coke because of the splenda in diet coke. Then I became concerned about HFCS. So I switched to unsweetened home brewed iced tea. Then I replaced the caffeinated tea with decaf by slowing substituting a bag of decaf for the caffeinated. This process took me about 6 weeks. We each have to go at our own pace. I am now drinking a glass of water for every other glass of tea.

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I've maybe had one soda in the last 90 days and most of my meals are fresh. I've done away with the Lean Cuisine Frozen Lunches. That's my start.

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Giving up the processed foods will not be easy for me. But I got to do it for my health. I already gave up sodas. This week I am giving up candies.

This is a learning journey... I am learning to eat healthy, to love exercise, but more important, I am learning to love myself.

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2 weeks in this week I'm giving up white flour. I'm sure it will be easier than sugar.





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Traine... the diet coke is a hard one to give up. I want to say I drank at least 6-10 a day without even thinking about it. Now I am down to 1-2 a day.

I purged all the processed food in our house. My husband is still on the fence so he has some cereal and things for just him to eat but it has been a good week. Since I weighed in I am at my highest weight and all there is.. is down.. HERE I GO!

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One week without soda and I must admit it was the easy one. this week I'm going to add White sugar. I know this will be harder. I'm finding sugar in so many things I eat.





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It's been about 30 days with no booze, diet coke, red meat, anything "enriched", sugar & salt. Wow, I have lost 7 pounds (with exercise) and I feel good. I was still craving a glass of wine yesterday, but didn't have one. I will have one on my birthday in 2 1/2 weeks. I still want to loose more weight and the alcohol just adds calories.

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Someone said a good way to start was to give up or add one thing a week. I'm going to give it a try. I'll plan clean menus but not beat myself up over slips.
The one thing I will give up this week is soda. Now it is print so I have to do it
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