So I ordered my copy of "The Eat Clean Diet: Recharged!" by Tosca Reno about 2 weeks ago. I had heard a lot of great reviews on this book and Tosca herself as a motivator so I figured it wouldn't hurt to read it and see what all the fuss was about. Well turns out...I fell in LOVE with this book. It's not your typical diet manual. Tosca herself has been where many of us are (or were) and she know where we are coming from. I know it sounds cliche, but this is not a diet, it's a lifestyle change. This book uses basic principles to teach how to eat for a long, healthy life. In a nut shell, here's what it is:
In the book, Tosca discusses the benefits of many foods, such as oatmeal and flaxseed. She also created 3 different diet plans for people to follow, depending on what they are looking for. The plan that I plan on following is called Cooler 3 and here's what is:
Avoid: unhealthy fats, whole eggs (one may be eaten each day with egg whites), white table sugar, refined and processed foods, junk and fast foods, fried foods, excessive salt and sodium, excessive alcohol.
Eat: oatmeal cooked with milk, high protein sugar free cereals, homemade soups and stews, plenty of fruits and vegetables, leaner cuts of meat.
Of course the book goes into greater detail. Tosca also discusses how to eat on the go. Sometimes you have to stop at the drive through and she gives you ideas for popular places like McDonalds, BK, and Wendys. She also says that it's okay to enjoy an occasional treat, but remember, your body craves natural foods.
She also talks about snacks. She recommends things like yogurt and almonds. I love these things, but she says plain yogurt and raw, unsalted almonds are best. Even though I understand the logic behind this, I CANNOT eat yogurt unless it's flavored. And I love my flavored roasted almonds. I think this is one rule I'm going to have to break
But overall, I recommend this book to anyone who loves processed foods like I do; I mean love them to the point where they make up most of your diet. I realize that I need to incorporate more natural foods into my diet for my own benefit. Well, we'll see how it goes!