Happy Wednesday friends. Today is a grand day – for one, there’s a new Modern Family on tonight (finally!) and two, I’m announcing the winners of the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook 2 giveaway (scroll down to see if you’re a winner).
Speaking of the Eat Clean Diet, I mentioned in a previous post that I was doing a 28 day challenge that involved no alcohol. The challenge is a variation of the Eat Clean Diet Stripped Plan and I’m doing it with a friend (and blogger reader) who I actually met online through an interesting chain of events. It truly is a small world! Anyhow, we both started the plan January 1st and so far our method of holding each other accountable through a shared food and exercise log is going well.
I’ve had the Stripped book since April of this year. I read through it and tried some of the recipes but never experimented with the 4 week plan. I’ve decided to follow the Stripped guidelines but also incorporate aspects of the nutrition plan I’ve been following from the Tone It Up girls. Both the Eat Clean principles and the TIU nutrition plan are meant to be lifestyles, not diets. And the main reason I’m doing the challenge is because the last few months of 2011 I was slacking on my “lifestyle”. I want to feed my body clean foods and step away from the packaged foods I was turning to out of convenience. I think it will also be helpful for me to follow the Stripped training plan as I haven’t been very focused on strength training and HIIT lately, which are a big piece of toning up.
Here are the Eat-Clean Stripped principles that I’m following:
- Eat more! Eat 5-6 small meals each day, spaced at 2 1/2 to 3 hour intervals. <– I love to eat so I’m all about this one.
- Eat breakfast every day. <– Easy peasey.
- Make your last meal three hours before bed.
- Eat a combination of lean protein and complex carbohydrates at each meal. <– I’ve had this goal for a long time so this one is pretty easy.
- Eat sufficient healthy fats every day. <– Chia seeds, avocado, coconut oil, nuts and nut butter. Yes please!
- Drink two to three liters of water every day. <– I find this harder in the winter but I’m working on it.
- Depend on fresh fruits and vegetables for fiber, vitamins, nutrients and enzymes.
- Adhere to proper portion sizes. <– I tend to overeat healthy foods so I’m definitely working on this one. The book recommends using your hands as a way to estimate portion sizes. It’s working well for me so far.
- Eat only foods that have not been overly processed or doused in chemicals, saturated and trans fats and /or toxins.
Here’s a little sample of some of the the foods I’ve been eating:
Oats, egg whites and tea.
Protein packed salads. Love this oven baked tofu!
There is more to come – these items are just the only things I’ve had a chance to take a photo of lately.
Overall, I’m excited about the challenge and hope that it will be make me feel my best – especially since I’m going to be shopping for wedding dresses soon. AHHH…. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted with how the challenge is going and what results I see after the 28 days.
Are you doing any January 1 / New Year induced challenges? I’d love to hear about them…
Last but not least – here are the lucky winners who will get an Eat Clean Diet cookbook of their own…. Joy and Emily. Congrats ladies. Shoot me an email (eatingbirdfood at gmail dot com) and I’ll get your cookbooks shipped out to you asap.