After having three children and weighing over 200 lbs for most of her adult life, she decided to turn things around in her 40's. She lost a lot of weight, changed her eating and started appearing on thecovers of magazinesand is now the author of6 booksand promotes the concept of clean eating to everyone who will listen. I think she's incredibly inspiring!
I was first introduced to the concept of Clean Eating throughthe magazinewith the same name. I started singing the praises of this magazine to friends and fellow members because it aligned itself incredibly well with Weight Watchers and after making a few of the recipes I was hooked! I haven't gotten a subscription yet (I really need to do that...) but I'm always watching for the newest issue.
The publishers of the Eat Clean series were kind enough to send me the books to review. (Big thank you to Wendy - the package seriously made my day!) I started by reading The Eat Clean Diet book which covers the basics of the clean eating philosophies. It is an easy read with lots of lists, tips and pictures. The basic principles of clean eating are as follows:
Eat 5 or 6 small meals every day, eating every 2-3 hours
Combine lean protein and complex carbs at every meal
Drink at least 2 L (8 cups) of water each day
Never miss a meal, especially breakfast
Carry a cooler full of Clean Eating staples to get through the day
Avoid all over-processed, refined foods (especially white flour and sugar), saturated and trans fats, alcohol, sugary colas and juices and calorie dense foods that contain little to no nutritional value
Consume adequate healthy fats each day
Choose fresh fruits and veggies for fiber, vitamins and enzymes
Keep your portions in check
The book goes into detail on each of these principles, gives the reader tonnes of tips and lists on things like dining out and superfoods. It also provides the reader with a number of recipes. (My only beef with the recipes is that they didn't include the fiber = problematic when calculating Points) I want to try the fritatta, roasted garlic and sweet potato soup and the parchment baked chicken. Clean Eating utilizes a lot of the Filling Foods and many of the recipes will work with the Simply Filling Technique.
My favourite part of the package was The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook. The cookbook contains over 150 different recipes that embody the clean eating way of life. The recipes are easy to follow, include the nutritional information for easy Points calculation and there are beautiful pictures of many of the recipes as well. There are also icons throughout the book to indicate recipes that are wheat-free, vegetarian, vegan fast etc which makes it easy when you're flipping through and trying to decide what to make!
The first recipe I tried were the sweet potato fries. I've made them before, but used the spices recommended in the book and they turned out great! They were sweet and spicy all at once and had a good crunch (without being burnt). Sweet potato fries make me feel like I'm eating junk food!
This past Monday I made the Eat Clean Chicken & rice. This was a simple but incredibly tasty way to prepare chicken with rice and vegetables. I loved the use of fresh thyme and rosemary while cooking the rice and it made my kitchen smell amazing! (Joey even came upstairs to see what was cooking) I used a bit more liquid than was recommended to cook the rice and the recipe yielded quite a bit so there were a lot for leftovers for lunches. I used organic carrots, broccoli & edamame and the veggies really shone in this dish.
I also intended to make the split pea soup this week but unfortunately that didn't happen! I will make it this weekend or early next week because I have all the ingredients ready to go!
I'm really happy with the recipes I've tried so far and I'm looking forward to more! Next up on my agenda will be "Spring in a Bowl" (yummy sounding soup with spring veggies), Moroccan chicken and Lentils, and some clean eating guacamole. I highly recommend the cookbook! For those of you with little ones, Tosca has also written a book called The Eat Clean Diet for Families and Kids.
I love Tosca's story and I find myself gravitating more and more towards clean eating. Since doing WW my eating has really changed a lot, but I have found that lately with my food sensitivities I'm really getting back to basics and have cut out a lot of the processed stuff that I used to eat before and my body is thanking me for it!.
Now for the moment you've all been waiting for --my very first giveaway!!
I've got copies of theEat Clean Diet Workout,Workout Journaland theButt Bookto give away to one lucky reader! Both the Workout book and journal are filled with tips and motivation to help you tone your body and make improvements to your physique and health. The Butt Book helps you to tone your tush with specific exercises, some clean eating recipes and tips and answers from Tosca. She has an amazing body and has been featured on the cover of a lot of magazines, so I feel like she knows what she's talking about in the workout department!!
There are four different ways you can win:
Leave me a comment and tell me how you employ any of the clean eating principles into your daily routine
Leave a comment with your favourite Clean Eating recipe
Post about this giveaway on your blog, link to my post and then leave a comment to let me know
Add yourself as a follower or subscribe to my blog and then post a comment to let me know
You'll receive one entry for the contest for each way that you enter. Please be sure to include your email address (or if you have a blog make sure it's visible there) The contest will close at 11:59pm on Wednesday April 8 th ( my birthday ) at which point I will use a random number generator to choose 1 winner. Contest is only open to residents of Canada and the US. I'm so excited to be doing a giveaway!!GOOD LUCK!