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Healthy Lifestyle Challenge #28 – Eat Clean

Hello everyone! Happy Friday!

How has your week been? Are you following through with the daily challenges? We’re getting close to the end… I hope you have adopted a few new healthy habits and that they have become part of your healthy lifestyle 🙂

TODAY’S CHALLENGE is to:

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Why?

I’m a huge believer in the Clean Eating lifestyle…here are some of the reasons why…

Clean Eating promotes (source)

  • fat loss
  • weight loss
  • increased energy
  • clearer skin
  • shinier hair
  • better sleep
  • increased mental well-being

And a decreased risk of (source)

  • cardiovascular disease
  • obesity
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • type 2 diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • some cancers – colon, prostate, lung, breast

How?

  • Well, I guess the first step is to understand what Clean Eating is….

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Here is a grocery shopping guide to clean eating20130627-215606.jpg

For some great recipes check out the Clean Eating Recipes page in the menu above or go to The Eat Clean Diet or Clean Eating websites.

Share your favourite Clean Eating recipe (or the link to it) in the comments section below. I’m always looking for new ones!Happy Long Weekend to all of my Canadian friends! Have a good one!happy canada day

Three Things Thursday – Check out These Recipes!

This weekend I’m hoping to get back on track with my Clean Eating. Here are 3 recipes I’m going to try:

1. These yummy treats…Jamie Eason’s Low Carb Coconut Macaroons

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2. Some Kebabs on the BBQ:

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3. And for breakfast Sunday morning…

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I’m hoping this is the kick start I need to get me doing weekly food prep and quality meal planning!

I hope you have an awesome weekend!

I’d love to hear what Clean recipes you will be trying this weekend!

13 in 2013 – Week 4 Update

Wow, it’s hard to believe we are already approaching the end of January! It’s crazy how fast time is flying by!

I know you are not ‘average’ so you don’t really fit in with this stat, but did you know that of those who make resolutions or sets goals for the New Year only 64% stick with it through the first month!

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Are you part of that 64%? Will you be part if the only 8% that stick with it all year long? I guess it’s time to ask yourself…

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I am happy to say I am still doing well with my 2013 goals. Although I’ve been sidetracked with illness and injury, I feel as though I am still in control and on track. After 4 weeks, here’s where I’m at:

1. Spend less, save more – as always, this is a work in progress. As I was browsing the Internet for easy ways to save money, I came across a couple of great sites that I thought I would share with you:

Money Saving Mom, a blog dedicated to helping you find great deals, stretch your hard-earned dollars, and live on less than you make, so you can save more and give more. Each Monday in 2013 Crystal will be sharing a different way you can save money this year, check it out!

The Nourishing Gourmet is doing something similar with 52 ways to save money on a healthy diet. Check out her site for more money saving ideas!

This weeks money saving focus: do laundry only once this week – on the weekend, during low cost hours.

2. Run a 1:58 half marathon – Things are coming together! I’ve decided on a 12 week training program to prep me for my May 5th half marathon. Training officially starts February 12th! I will post a copy of my training schedule over the next few days if you are interested.

3. Try one new clean eating recipe a week – Last week I made 2 clean eating treats.

I made Dark Fudgy Brownies with Avocado from the January/February 2013 issue of Clean Eating Magazine. They were absolutely delicious! You should give them a try!

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I also made Eat Clean Apple Crisp that was probably the BEST apple crisp I have ever had. You can find the recipe here.

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4. Become a certified RPM instructor – I’ve finally made it back to RPM! It almost killed me after such a long time off, but I loved it! This latest release is intense!

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5. Do 10 chin-ups – Week 3 of my chin-up program was put on hold as I dislocated a rib last Monday and needed to give the surrounding muscles a chance to heal. I will be taking another week off and getting back into it next Monday.

Maybe I’ve finally learned to start listening to my body!

6. Build Strength – I’ve also had to put my strength training workouts on hold too, but will also be restarting those on Monday too.

7. Go to bed earlier – I’ve mastered this one! Last week I went to be ridiculously early – like 7:30 early – on more than one occasion. It was awesome!

8. Blog more – Last week was another great week in the blogging world. I posted 6 times and I’m hosting my first ever giveaway! I am also working on building a Happier, Healthier, More Fit Me Pinterest account and Facebook page.

9. Run 3x a week – Last week was a terrible week run-wise. With the crazy cold front that hung around most of the week, running outside was pretty much impossible. I did make it to the gym for a treadmill run once, but overall, I’m pretty disappointed with my progress last week 😦

Stats: 1 run, 4 miles, 38:29, 424 calories.

Goal Check: 100 miles by February 28

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Yikes! Better get running if I’m going to reach my goal!

10. Drink more water – Getting better, but still need to drink more water!

11. Read 52 books – Last week I finished my 2nd book of 2013 – The House of Sand and Fog – and I’ve now started to read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Run Less Run Faster by Runner’s World Magazine.

12. Take at least 2 family trips – planning in progress

13. Date night once a month – Thinking dinner at the Keg to celebrate hubby’s birthday will be our night out this month!

So, overall, not too bad. I can definitely say some of these goals have become habits and are now no brainers. There are a few things I still really need to focus on, but I feel as though I am moving in the right direction! Now that I’ve made it though the first 4 weeks, I am going to be doing monthly rather than weekly updates.

How are you doing with your 2013 goals? Are you on track? Losing momentum? Or kicking butt? I’d love an update!

WIAW #3

It’s Wednesday, which means another instalment of What I Ate Wednesday!

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My focus this week has been on packing a bigger “lunch” with more snacks to help me make it through the 3pm sugar cravings!

My work schedule allows me the opportunity to eat between 9:30-11, 12:15-1:30, and after 3pm. Although most people would be ok eating lunch at 12:15, I am not! There is no way I can go from 6:30 am to 12:15 pm without eating! No way!

So, I pretty much split my lunch into smaller snacks and eat at little at 9:30am, a little more at 12:30pm, and the rest at 3pm. And, I’m pleased to say, it’s working! By eating more frequently throughout the day, I am craving less sugar and not eating like a hug pig the minute I walk in the door after work!

So, here’s what I ate today….

Breakfast (6:30am)

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2 egg omelet with shredded cheddar cheese and a slice of light rye toast with raspberry jam. My husband bought me an awesome little omelet maker for Christmas and I have to say, it makes THE best omelettes ever! The are so fluffy!

Snack #1 (9:45am)

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One avocado. This was the first time I had ever eaten plain avacado…it was yummy…but really filling!

Snack #2(12:30pm)

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Crackers and Cheese, 1 Apple (sliced) and one Eat Clean Dark Fudgy Brownie

Snack #3 (3pm)

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Banana

Dinner (5:30pm)

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Pork Tenderloin, Broccoli and Grilled Red Pepper

Snack #4 (7:00pm)

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Eat Clean Apple Crisp This apple crisp was ah-mazing! Seriously, probably the best I’ve ever had! You should make it, it’s easy, quick and clean…what more could you as for?

Here is a nutritional summary of my day:

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How was your Wednesday?

What do you eat?

Elf For Health Challenge #1 – Go Meatless!

Today is Day 1 of the Elf For Health Holiday Challenge and today’s challenge is to prepare a meatless meal.

So, for dinner tonight we had Pesto Pasta with Fresh Veggies and it was delicious! I first had this dish last summer while visiting my sister and her family at their cottage. Not only did I taste amazing, it was quick and easy to make, and it’s healthy – my kinda meal!

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Interested in making it….here’s how:

Ingredients:
3/4 box whole wheat spaghettini
2 tbsp Classico pesto sauce
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon
White wine
Fresh veggies – peppers, broccoli, asparagus, snow peas, (or whatever fresh veg you like)

Cooking Instructions:
1.Heat frying pan
2. Add pesto sauce, garlic, olive oil, and a splash of white wine and the juice of 1 lemon.Mix well.
3. Add fresh veggies and cook for 5 minutes on med-high for crisp veggies
4. Pour over drained pasta in pot and heat for 2-3 minutes on low to combine it.
5. Add Parmesan or asiago cheese and salt and pepper to finish.

I love the idea of eating a least one meatless meal a week, so meatless Monday is going to be a regular thing in our house. With that, I ask…

What are your favourite meatless dishes? Share your recipes (or link up) in the comments section below!

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What’s Your Favourite Thing to Cook? – August Writing Challenge #16

I have to be honest, I’m really not much of a cook, although, my ability to follow a recipe has improved immensely since getting into Clean Eating!

My favourite thing to cook as of late are homemade Clean Eating Pizza’s.

I’ve been on a bit of a Spinach and Turkey Sausage kick lately – eating it almost weekly, but I’ve also made the Eat Clean Deep Dish BBQ Chicken Pizza. Both are ridiculously delicious!

Here are the recipes:

Eat Clean Spinach and Turkey Sausage Pizza

Eat Clean Deep Dish BBQ Chicken Pizza

What’s your favourite food to cook? Please share the recipe!

Clean Eating Challenge: Day 38

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Day 28

 

 

 

Breakfast- Mixed Berry Banana Green Smoothie

Ingredients:
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 banana
1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp ground flax

 

 

 

 

Lunch – Vanilla Greek Yogurt and Chocolate Love Crunch – not really a substantial lunch, but at least it was healthy!

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Dinner – Eat Clean Waffles with Fresh Strawberries I think I’ve posted the link to this recipe before, but here it is again. These super healthy waffles are pretty tasty when topped with fresh fruit – and according o my husband – when loaded with maple syrup too!

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Water Consumption:
8 glasses

Sleep:
5.5 hours – this was probably the crappiest sleep I have had in the last 38 days. Both kids were up in the night and I could not fall back to sleep after feeding Tanner…I was up from 3:15 until after 5…at least the kids slept in a bit so I could at least get some sleep!