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Now I want you to know that I reached my goal of losing 20 pounds! I am down a jean size and am enjoying being able to fit into old clothes I had saved for when I met my goal! I cannot give a report on my cholesterol numbers because I have not gone in to get them checked. But, I am hopeful! I am hoping to lose 10 more pounds and focus on exercise and toning in the coming months. I am learning so much! I fall off the bandwagon once in a while (I had a giant frosting-laden cinnamon roll AND creamy alfredo sauce over white noodles AND chocolate chip cookies all in one weekend - ugh!), but I am more often "on" than "off," so I try not to get discouraged!
Over the last months, my husband and I have spent much time together studying Clean Eating and trying to implement what we are learning. We have watched documentaries and read books and followed websites to give us ideas. I wanted to include some of those in this blog.
The documentaries that we watched were:
Forks Over Knives
Food Matters (and the follow-up Hungry For Change)
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Queen of the Sun
Some documentaries that have been recommended to us that we have not seen yet are:
Farmers For America
I follow these great websites regularly:
The following websites have been recommended to me as well:
I enjoy spices from Penzey's because most have no or little salt. You can get those at www.penzeys.com. Our favorite is Mural of Flavor (we sprinkle it on fish). Coborn's has organic spices that can be bought in bulk as well.
My husband and I try to make as much food from scratch as possible. But, when we need something quick and easy, we turn to items we have bought from Wildtree. Check out wildtree.com for some tasty, organic, easy meals!
I have been enjoying the cookbook by Dari Alexander called The Quick and Clean Diet. Any cookbooks by Tosca Reno (www.toscareno.com) have been great too! Kristi Youngdahl has a wonderful cookbook full of great ideas (www.inspiredfitness.com). And, many of the websites listed above include recipes for Clean Eating.
And, now I wish you well! You can do it! Don't give up! Don't get discouraged! Know that you are not alone. Many, many, many people have food struggles! Don't let it define you! YOU are beautiful and lovely just the way you are! Remember this:
"Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels."
Let's get healthy!