I agree that Clean Eating magazine has been an extremely helpful source. They have a 2 week menu plan in each issue. Although the calorie count of the suggested meals are somewhat higher than what my intake should be, I find it's a great resource for helping me plan out my own menus. What I find very helpful is that they will call out brand names of foods (like breads, pastas and cheese) that are considered "clean."
I also bought Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet Cookbook and have found that to be a great resource as well.
As far as breakfasts, I have several favorites: Egg white omelettes with tomatoes, onion and basil and a piece of toasted Ezekiel bread. Toasted Ezekiel bread with almond butter or natural peanut butter (I buy Naturally More) and a piece of fruit. Kashi GoLean cereal with skim milk and a diced apple. Kashi GoLean oatmeal and a diced apple. Cottage Cheese (I eat fat-free) with blueberries, wheat germ and cinnamon.
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Subscribing to Clean eating Magazine has really helped me decide what to eat. I make at least five recipes from each issue. I also think Tosca Reno's book, The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook will be helpful. I use them both to plan my weekly menu. Good Luck. :-)
When I started "clean eating" I also started exercising. I was very strict with what I ate. fruits and veggies (except tropical and root) and protein I ate as much as I wanted. Carbs, even clean eating carbs were limited. The exercising was all cardio. The elliptical to be exact. I started with 20 minutes a day. after a month upped it to 30 minutes and every 2 weeks added 10 minutes until I was at an hour. and just did that everyday. I lost 2 lbs the first week and 2-4 lbs each week after until I was down almost 60lbs. It's all about the eating and the cardio. They are a team. I still prefer cardio to weight training. But I'm living proof it works. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
I have been clean eating for about six months now. I recently fell off the wagon for a couple weeks. My first week back on I lost six pounds. I will say that when I was doing it regularly, the clean eating itself never made me lose weight. I still really need to track my calories. But I definitely have a ton more energy and am much more positive.
I lost weight on the scale in the third week. I think it takes your body awhile to flush out and detox. make sure you are getting the right balances of protien and carbs....use the tracker it helps!!! :)
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