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  • Eating Clean

    26 posts, 14 voices, 1393 views, started Sep 17, 2008

    Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2008

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      Diamond
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      I recently started transitioning to eating clean. I’m looking for people who are also changing the way they eat (or already eating like this). I started a group on this site called the Eating Clean Diet where we can share ideas, recipes, tips.  

      Eating Clean means:

      • Eat foods free of all unnatural additives (like High Fructose corn syrup)  
      • Not eating food if it is man-made (hydrogenated fats, trans-fats, etc.)
      • If eating meat, sticking to lean meat, chicken, or fish.
      • No eating simple carbs, white flour, or sugars.
      • Eating Lots of fruits and vegetables
      • Drinking enough water.  
      • Eating 5–6 small meals each day.

      Eating clean is really just eating very healthy, and it is also a great way to lose weight.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 17, 2008
        • Hi Annie, I eat lots of fruit and veggies, I make nearly everything we eat from scratch. Gosh, I even make my own mustard. My friends think I’m strange, until they get a care package from me. I have chickens in my yard so I usually have some fresh eggs around. I’m Sicilian, so I draw the line at pasta, however! I don’t eat as much of it as I used to and I sometimes use semolina flour and eggs and make it myself but I just gotta have my pasta! And I eat some sugar but I buy organic, minimally processed sugar and I even use that type when I have to add sugar to my chocolates.

          Do I qualify as eating clean?!

          Hope you‘re doing well today. I enjoy reading your posts!
          Cynthia



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          Pjohns wrote Sep 17, 2008
        • I have adopted the same type of nutritional lifestyle.  I have been following this lifestyle for about 1 1/2 years.  In that time, I have lost over 70 lbs and have gotten OFF bloodpressure medication.  I currently - eat alot of fresh raw fruit and veggies; refrain from red meat; eat mainly poultry (chicken or turkey); refrain from processed foods; cut my soda pop intake; drink mainly green tea; and limit my carb intake.  Not only have I lost weight but it has helped me with my energy level.



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          Sandy Ochoa-West wrote Sep 17, 2008
        • I have pretty much been “eating clean” for a while now and I have lost around 29 lbs. But the best thing is that I feel better, more energy. I really do believe “garbage in garbage out“!!So many people don’t realize that just a few changes in their diet can make such a difference. A warning though, if you eat a lot of sugar or carbs don’t try to cut it all out at once, your body will actually go into withdrawls. Eliminate one thing at a time. A lot of people give up after a few days of trying to eat clean because they get a lot of headaches and feel “blue“. Take it slow and you will see more benefits.



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          Holly Beck wrote Sep 17, 2008
        • How strictly to you abide by those guidelines? I have similar ideals, but am not a real stickler. It is so hard to do this in today’s world!

          Eating local food it important to me, also.



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          Sandy Ochoa-West wrote Sep 17, 2008
        • I don’t deprive myself of anything. As soon as I tell myself I’m on a diet and I can’t have something I am like a ravenous pig who will stop at nothing to get that thing I am not suppose to have LOL. I just eat the bad things in moderation. Chocolate was meant to be enjoyed but a little at a time!!!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 17, 2008
        • Thank you for saying that, Sassy. That’s music to a chocolatier’s ears!

          I tend to eat everything too, within reason. I must say I feel fortunate that soda wasn’t given to me as a child and I never developed a taste for it. I also don’t go to fast food restaurants although I understand they have much healthier choices these days. I always keep fresh things in my cupboard and fridge. When I get that 3:00 in the afternoon desire for something I put 1/3 cup of all bran into a bowl and pour a little soy milk or skim milk on it. It satisfies me until I’m ready for dinner.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 17, 2008
        • I’m in! If I don’t have my 2 cups of coffee in the morning I’m just impossible to live with. This is actually causing me to rethink some of my chocolate flavors, in a good way. I used to do solid dark chocolate infused with ginger, lavender oil, lime, mint, espresso, basically just solid pieces with natural flavor oils added. Sometimes I made dark clusters with toasted macadamia nuts or dried blueberries. I think I’m going to start offering things that have no dairy added besides the truffles I make.
          Sorry for the rambling. This site is great for ramping up the creativity.



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          Leeann wrote Sep 17, 2008
        • I try and eat clean. But I have to have coffee in the morning or I will not make it all day. I think the coffee I drink is clean. I hope so Because I can’t give it up. I eat fruit and vegs all the time. I don’t drink soda. I drink soy . I love salad. I am in for eating clean.



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          Pjohns wrote Sep 18, 2008
        • I do enjoy coffee in the morning....  But, I think the real trigger is the processed foods (including fast foods) and red meat. Stay AWAY from this stuff—please if you really think about it - it is expensive....   I have found such an array of meat including bratwurst to meatballs to hamburgers - all with turkey.  Red meat slows your metabolism - because it takes longer to digest.  I rarely have any red meat and when I do - I feel more a bloated/lathagic feeling.  The other key is eating alot of fruit and veggies...  Believe me you will feel the difference!!!!



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          Psportster wrote Sep 20, 2008
        • I have tried to eat clean and I loved the food!  But, I have a husband who doesn’t know how to eat anything but canned, processed foods.  He won’t even try anything I fix.  Same goes for his daughter.  So, it’s really hard for me to stick to this type of “diet“.  When the sugary, processed foods are in the house, I eat them.  What can I do when it’s my healthly eating lifestyle against there so bad for you foods?



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          Msemacn wrote Sep 21, 2008
        • I think chocolate (though I don’t eat it) and coffee (which I do drink daily) is fine.  I think with any food you must look at what the infamous “they” are doing to it.  I mean, I can say I eat chicken.  But has anyone seen these petrified pieces of prepackaged chicken breast that are for making sandwiches?  How can that type of preservation be at all healthy? For me, eating clean is looking at what has been done or added to the food and deciding if it will go into my body.  The more that it is plucked from the ground, cleaned, and now I can eat it, the better.  

          I agree that eating locacally is one of the best, most cleanest way to eat.  How is it that I can get “fresh” milk from California and I live in Alabama?  I don’t agree with all the preservatives “they” use.  And it is not so that I can keep it in my refridgerator longer. But so it has a long shelf life so I can BUY it.  

          I am with eating locally because it takes less to preserve it for my consumption.  I think that is the cleanest way to eat.  I have been protesting for years:  Down with market driven food production!  Up with growing and producing your own food and creating food co-ops!  I think if we do this, we can live longer, healthier lives independent of western medication.

          However, with this kind of thinking, we will continue to bring down the economy, ladies.   What will Proctor and Gamble do if we stopped buying their pre-packaged processed, overly preserved food?  A group I belong to here, called the Southern Rural Black Women Iniative has taken eating healthy and economics to heart.  They encourage local co-ops.  It doesn’t take much.  One lady grows garlic, the other basil, you get the picture.  

          I know, I know, I am from Alabama.  Most of you will think we all live in cow pastures and we can throw seeds outside and the next day we have a giant bean stalk in our yards that can feed our 9 barefooted children.  But of course all that is a sterotype of southern living.  Most of the farms here are for cotton still and chicken plants.  The farmers are wealthy men, whose names appear on the packages of food you purchase from the store.  The small farmer and gardens have gone away because everyone has to work to make a living to get this, put food on the table.  

          This is why the co-op took off.  Because you work to support each other and not these greedy corporate farmers whose interest is making money not feeding a nation.  And now “they” will not feed my family—me and my fellow sisters will.



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          Lori41 wrote Sep 21, 2008
        • I need some of that chocolate.... that sounds wonderful!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 21, 2008
        • We have a bumper crop of papayas right now so lots of good fresh fruit to help in the clean effort. My avocados are just about finished. Three fell yesterday and I couldn’t get to them before the chickens and deer had their share. But I’m planning to freshen my garden this fall and have a winter crop of fresh greens for salads.

          I love the chocolate comments. Music to this little chocolatier’s ears!

          psportster, it is tough when we feel like the lone ranger in our home, I agree. Sometimes we’d like to just pitch all the tempting foods so we don’t have to deal with them. I wish your family would at least give the healthy choices a chance! By the way, Love that bench you‘re sitting on in your photo. Looks like a giant butterfly!



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          Msemacn wrote Sep 21, 2008
        • Jolly, it is in west Alabama.  The concept was develop resources in this very deprived area of Alabama.  Where the next nearest larger city is almost a hour and a half away.  The Monreville outlet mall closed some years ago and since then, this area has been struggling with resources.  I live in Montgomery, AL but the type of social work I do, I am all over the state.  

          These co-op’s (they have more than just a food one, they also have a clothing and crafts one) have market days where they sell their items including the food.  In Wilcox County (Camden, AL) they have a store that only sell local items from food—I bought honey, homemade syrup, homemade jelly one made from kudzu.  In addition, in Selma, AL (for all you history buffs that remember Black Sunday where the civil rights marchers attempted to cross the Edmound Petis Bridge and was harmed and killed) at the foot of the bridge they host a market fair where the local vendors come and set up shop to sell their items.  I don’t eat pork but I purchased some homemade skins, which my family had not had since we farmed in Tuskegee when I was a young girl.  That was over a year ago and they still talk about the taste of these skins.  My mother, soon to be 80, proclaimed, “There was still pieces of meat on there, just like when I was a girl and food tasted like food.”

          Jolly I am in Madison County often, maybe you can recommend some good places to eat.  In montgomery, at the food market near the collisieum there is a resturant that uses the farmers produce to cook the meals.  The food is great, the line is long, and they sometimes run out of the items you need.  So if you are ever my way, please stop in for some good eats.



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