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Weekly Challenge: Processed Foods

Challenge: Eat clean for a week.

This challenge will be very difficult for some people, and fairly easy for others.  I previously wrote a post about what constitutes a “Clean” diet.  For this challenge, I am going to set a few simple guidelines to make things easier.  This is the first Beast challenge, so this is not only a learning experience for you, but for me as well.

Guidelines:

  1. No white breads, rice or white sugar. Eat whole grains.
  2. Limit your grocery shopping to mostly the perimeter of the store.  The only foods you should be getting from the aisles are whole grains (brown rice, wild rice, plain oats, etc.), natural nut butters, plain or raw nuts/seeds, vinegars and dry spices.
  3. Buy lean meats, and use turkey bacon and turkey burgers in place for their high fat cousins.
  4. If you drink coffee, drink it black, or use a natural sweetener such as honey, agave, or stevia.  Use low fat milk, or try almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk (the carton type).
  5. If you eat eggs, use only egg whites.
  6. No oil.  Instead cook with water, broth or vinegar.  If baking, use unsweetened applesauce or mashed bananas in it’s place.
  7. Drink a lot of water.
  8. No juice.  Instead eat a whole piece of fruit instead.
  9. No canned foods.
  10. Frozen fruits and vegetables must have no additives such as salt, sauces or sugars.  Should be 100% fruit or vegetables.
  11. Limit the foods that have labels.  If you must eat something with a label such as yogurt or cheese, make sure the ingredient is short and you can recognize the ingredients.  Try greek yogurt and cottage cheese.

Is this tough? Hell yes it is.  But I know you can do this.  Think of this not just as a challenge, but as a learning experience.  I am sure you will be surprised at how many foods you eat that are highly processed and have an ingredient list longer than Tina Turner’s legs.  I always know that I’ve had a healthy and clean shopping experience when I only have to go in the aisles for a couple of items, usually nuts or seeds and most of the foods are foods that came from the earth.  I will do my best to post the foods that I eat on my facebook page, I will also provide links to some great pages with wonderful recipes.

I encourage you to share your own experience with this, whether good or bad because your experience might help someone else.  Feel free to post your meals, pictures and your thoughts on this.  Please be respectful and supportive however, I will not tolerate hateful language.

Websites:

http://www.skinnytaste.com/

http://www.littlebshealthyhabits.com/

http://www.thecleaneatingmama.com/

http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/

http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/

http://cleancuisineandmore.com/

http://www.eatcleandiet.com

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jamie-eason-livefit-recipes-main-page.html

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