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10/10/13 9:41 A

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I know this is an older post, but a good question for newly 'clean' eaters.

Ditto on the chicken--I boil the whole chicken too and we eat a couple 'dinner' meals and have plenty for sandwiches. I keep chicken breasts in the freezer for a quick meal. It only takes a few minutes to cook from frozen and can be used in a salad or a sandwich. Beyond the lunch meat is the BREAD which is also a concern for many of us. Try a lettuce wrap or select whole grain bread, wraps or pitas. Limit the amount of bread/grains per day, for me--that's about one slice.

Tuna and boiled eggs (egg salad) are other alternatives to lunch meat. Skip or reduce the mayo---

I must reluctantly confess, I do indulge in -gasp- bologna and sometimes a hot dog on very rare occasions (usually from a meat tray at a party so I don't buy it or have it on hand) -- just something about those mustard and bologna sandwiches from my youth. lol



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2/16/13 8:53 A

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I love the solutions everyone posted!

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1/6/13 10:38 A

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This sounds great! I will have to try this.

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12/31/12 1:57 P

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SHIREE,

I agree 100% with your postings. Cooking "from scratch" is more time consuming, but it definitely is worth it, in terms of the health benefits!

The additional cost of organic food is offset by the fact that one usually eats less of the "clean" foods compared to processed foods, which are not always cheap either.

Many of the very salty, fatty, and sweet processed foods cause us to overeat, either because we like the taste, or because we are actually sensitive to some of the ingredients, and this sensitivity, strangely enough, causes us to crave more of these foods.

On the topic of lunch solutions: I sometimes poach wild salmon fillets in water to which I add lemon juice, fennel seeds, thyme, salt and pepper. I then turn this into salmon salad with a bit of mayonnaise and some diced celery. This makes a nice sandwich filling or can be eaten even without the bread. I have actually made this with other fish fillets as well (sole, basa, tilapia), and served it stuffed in hollowed-out tomatoes.

Highest weight ever: 220 pounds. Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.

In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Have been able to maintain a lot of my weight loss, but regained about 20 pounds over 2 years

Time to take another run at "reducing"


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12/31/12 9:50 A

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I think the problem is processed foods in general. The hardest part about getting "clean" is the fact that you can eat very little processed, prepared food. That's kind of what clean means. Whole foods, the kind where you did most of the preparation and you know what's in it. I do eat bacon, but it's from a local organic store that sells meat raised by local farmers, and it's nitrate free. I just had to decide what I wanted more. Even though it's more expensive and certainly more time consuming, I opt for whole food, local, and organic, in that order. Lunch meat and cured meats are kind of convenience foods, when you think about it.

I hope I don't sound like a food snob. It's just that clean eating is hard! But worth it. : )




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12/31/12 9:36 A

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I have wondered too about turkey bacon. Isn't there a sorta clean option for this?

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12/31/12 8:28 A

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When a busy week is looming and I'm cooking ahead, I will often grill or pan sear several boneless chicken breasts. Then I can grab one for a main meal or cut/slice/shred it for sandwiches, stir fries, salads, etc.

Another tactic is to cook a whole chicken. You eat part the first day, sandwiches the next, and eventually, cook the carcass to make a wicked good broth for soup. Two people can eat from one chicken for multiple meals.

In both cases, you'd get nice sandwich meat, and you'd know what was in it! Plus, it's economical.



“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living on a small piece of land...” - Abraham Lincoln

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them--every day begin the task anew."
- St. Francis de Sales


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12/31/12 12:06 A

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Lunch meat would not be high on my list of "clean" foods. My personal philosophy is to avoid processed foods, in general.

I might make an occasional exception, but generally I prefer foods that come into my kitchen in their original state (meat, fish, vegetables) to be processed there, without a bunch of chemicals.

For Xmas I caved and bought a pre-cooked ham. Big mistake ! The amount of salt in it was unbelievable. I gained 2 pounds of water, overnight ! And I had headaches for several days, while we were eating the leftovers.

My husband and I no longer eat grain products, which obviously eliminates sandwiches, but my suggestion would be to roast a pork tenderloin or a turkey breast and then slice them thinly for sandwich fillings.



Highest weight ever: 220 pounds. Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.

In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Have been able to maintain a lot of my weight loss, but regained about 20 pounds over 2 years

Time to take another run at "reducing"


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12/30/12 9:54 P

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Great guidelines, thanks!!

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12/30/12 9:41 P

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Read the ingredients. There should be no chemicals and things you can't pronounce. emoticon

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12/30/12 9:28 P

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i have read the tosca reno recharged book but did not see anything about lunch meat (turkey breast or ham) or turkey bacon...what is everyones thoughts on these?

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