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11/7/2020 {Food Journal} Full Day of Clean Eating Plant Based Style

Hello hello! I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Today’s post is another what I ate in a day! This was from this past Wednesday.

I started the day with black coffee and water. Then around 10AM I had a super food smoothie. I blended it up before I headed off to the office for the day
My smoothie had vanilla vegan super food powder, natural peanut nut butter, almond milk/water, ice, 1/2 frozen banana and cinnamon. It tasted like a cinnamon sugar cookie!

Lunch was a big bowl of nutrient dense goodness!

Romain, kale and cabbage as a base, then topped with 1/2 cup peas (frozen then thawed), 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cup pinto beans, and dressed with organic salsa.

I’m not sure if you can tell from the photos but this salad was very big and very filling! I was full for the rest of the day up until dinner. Dinner was homemade pizza – dairy free and guilt free!

I used whole wheat pita bread and organic tomato sauce, topped it with red onion, red bell pepper, mushrooms and dried basil.
Full of flavor and none of the guilt, stomach issues or inflammation!

A year ago I found out I am intolerant to eggs and dairy. I try to avoid these items but I have been testing the waters lately. I wanted to see how they truly effected me and if I was still sensitive to those foods. My ND told me that sometimes sensitivities could go away.

I found my digestion was horrible after eating my trigger foods, I had breakouts on my face and felt super puffy. So I am ditching them completely. It’s not worth the pain and the inflammation. And while I am at it, I am limiting my meat consumption as well. I ALWAYS feel my best when I eat a plant based diet.

I have some new recipes for you coming up that I am excited to share with you! Even if you are not plant based, I am certain you will like them or at least inspire you to eat more clean!

Do you have any food allergies or intolerance? If so, please share below!

Enjoy the rest of your day friends!

Tasha – The Clean Eating Mama

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11/2/2020 {Food Journal} Full Day of Clean Eating

Hello friends!

I thought it would be fun to document a full day of eating!

I always start the day off with black coffee and water.

I wasn’t too hungry for breakfast so I had two scrambled eggs with spinach and a whole wheat english muffin. I topped the eggs with Franks hot sauce – my favorite!

Lunch was a salad with chopped cabbage, green onion and cilantro, topped with nitrate free lunch meat, dried cranberries, almonds, smoked gouda, and dressed with olive oil, salt, pepper and basil flakes.

I had an orchard bar for dessert.

Dinner was a soup mix I picked up from World Market. It was their Spicy Tortilla soup mix. It was the perfect soup for a chilly fall Monday!

All I added were two whole chicken breasts, a few table spoons of tomato paste, a half can of black beans and simmered until the chicken was cooked. I took the breasts out, shredded them and added the chicken back to the soup. I cut up a few flour tortillas and put them in my air-fryer to crisp up. I served it with a dollop of sour cream, a small sprinkle of cheese and a handful of chips. It was delish!

I always strive for an entire gallon of water per day. I love my Hydro Jug – the perfect way to get enough water in each day! They are half gallon containers and perfect for at home, at the office, on the road and at the gym. *Use my affiliate link to save $$$ if you order!*

Tell me – what was something YUMMY you ate today?!

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Guest Post – Pretty In Pink Fitness { RECIPE! }

Hey friends!

I have a very special treat for you! Upala from Pretty In Pink Fitness is dropping by to share an amazing recipe! Her stuffed bell pepper recipe is perfect for cold winter nights! I hope you enjoy 😉

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Stuffed Bell Peppers

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I love to take unhealthy recipes of my favorite foods and create my own healthy recipe.  I love loaded baked potatoes but I don’t love the extra calories and processed ingredients.  I have created my version of a healthy baked potato just for you! Send me a message and let me know if you enjoyed the recipe!

Ingredients
4 Bell Peppers
3 large Sweet Potatoes
½ cup Guacamole
Handful of Cilantro
3 chopped Green Peppers
Salt to taste
½ cup chopped Basil Leaves
Salsa to taste

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place slit in sweet potatoes and put in microwave for 15 min
Scoop out inside of sweet potato and place in mixing bowl
Add all of the other ingredients (except bell peppers and salsa) and mix together
Cut off top part of the bell pepper and clean out the inside
Place sweet potato mixture inside the bell peppers
Place the stuffed bell peppers in the oven for about 20- 30 min
Check oven frequently to make sure it doesn’t burn
Take out of oven and add salsa on top
Enjoy!

Biography

upala
Upala is a Texas girl who loves to exercise and eat healthy on a daily basis.  She is an online fitness and nutrition coach who has helped many people with their fitness goals.  She also loves to exercise and create healthy recipes for her family. Her greatest joy is helping people realize and reach their greatest potential in their fitness journey.  You can also find her spending time with her sweet and energetic 9 month old daughter and husband of eight years.

www.instagram.com/pretty_in_pink_fitness
www.prettyinpinkfitness.wordpress.com

 

XxOo Tasha

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Meals – Day 1 Monday

Happy Monday!

I wanted to quickly post my meals and snacks today. If you have been following me on my facebook page or instagram account, I have been posting some of my meals there. Ever since I mentioned that I am going to start training for  body/bikini competition, I have been getting massive amounts of emails and messages asking me about my food, fitness, etc.

I am so happy that so many of you are curious and wanting to know what I am doing!

I am planning on learning with all of you since I am just beginning! I have been researching my booty off this past weekend, too! I think the most complicated part is nutrition. I haven’t picked a competition date out yet so I am not going to be super strict about my diet but I am definitely cleaning it up! No more bites of chocolate, frozen yogurt runs, etc. I am eating more plant based protein and I will also be eating lean meat. Not all of the time but I will incorporate it a few times a week – turkey, chicken, fish.

Here are some of my rules that I am starting to live by:

  • Eat small, frequent meals during the day (5-6)
  • Drink water! I am aiming for 3 liters – 1 gallon
  • Limit my salt
  • Meal prep daily and weekly
  • Cardio + weight training is a MUST!
  • Start measuring my food – I have never measure my meals so this will be a challenge!
  • Schedule my day! Include times for my cardio, weights, meals, family time, work, etc.
  • Be very conscious about what I am doing – always have an answer to the WHY!
  • Ask for help! Weights intimidate me so I will be asking for help!
  • Always strive towards my goal! I am constantly looking at contest pictures, reading stories, researching and visualizing! This is SUPER important for me!

I am giving myself the next 90 days to lean down, tone up, practice good eating habits and to mentally prepare for the next step!

Here is the food that I consumed today:

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*When measuring your oats, measure dry. Not cooked. I use 1 packet of organic instant oats with a scoop of Vi Shape protein powder. Heat for a minute or two.*

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* My salad was a few cups of chopped romaine lettuce, 1 teaspoon of dried cranberries, 1 teaspoon of feta cheese, chopped red bell pepper, chopped red onion, 1/3 cup garbanzo beans, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, dried basil and a splash of olive oil. I added a small dab of coconut oil to my sweet potatoes along with cumin and black pepper. *

I didn’t go to the gym today – I will be starting my cardio weight training tomorrow! Eeeee! 🙂

During dinner I sat in on a team call, took notes, drank my water and wrote out my my goals! It is so amazing when you love what you do in your life! Even the stressful times seem not as stressful because your heart is just bursting with passion!

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This is a HUGE step for me! I have always wanted to compete and to be in the best shape of my life! I am ready to take the challenge, push myself to my limits and start taking action! Always go into something whole heartedly!

Leave your comments below! I would love to hear if you have competed! OR what has been your biggest physical accomplishment?

Remember to follow me on facebook, twitter and my instagram account for daily updates! ❤

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Drinks that Detox your Body!

I received an amazing email this morning from The Alternative Daily and I had to share! View the web page here, and remember to sign up for their daily newsletter that is always packed with valuable information!

Your gut is the powerhouse for your entire body. When you eat or drink the wrong foods, you may feel bloated, sluggish, constipated, have diarrhea, headaches… that’s because food is digested in your intestines and that food is turned into fuel. When you eat whole, plant based foods, you are providing your body with proper fuel to carry you through your day! When you eat processed foods, junk food or fast food, your body is also converting that into fuel. However, those foods provide no nutritional value and is doing more harm than good!

Feel heavy and bloated after eating processed foods? Feel sick after eating greasy food? This is your body saying STOP IT! YOUR POISENING ME!

It’s important to properly detox your intestines. You will feel clear, the bloat will go away and your energy levels will be amazing! I drink lemon water every morning and it’s such a positive way to start my day! I feel so refreshed and cleansed!

 

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5 Super-Easy Drinks that Detoxify Your Body

  1. Warm Lemon Water Cleanse: A glass of warm water with a slice of fresh lemon is a great way to cleanse your body each morning. Your body has been hard at work all night long breaking down food and digesting nutrients. Lemon juice helps flush away any unwanted materials and toxins that are left over from the digestive process. Because lemon juice is similar in atomic composition to digestive juices and saliva, it does a great job breaking down material and encouraging the liver to produce bile.

  2. Sea Salt Water Cleanse: To keep your digestive system functioning at top speed throughout the day, try sipping on a glass of water with a little sea salt. The salt water helps rid the colon and small intestine of waste so that your body can readily absorb nutrients. Add 2 tablespoons of unrefined sea salt or Himalayan salt to 2 quarts of warm water. Pour the mixture into a jar with a lid and shake well. You can add a squeeze of lemon to neutralize the taste. Stay clear of spicy and heavily processed foods while you drink the salt water.

  3. Golden Detox Drink: This drink contains turmeric, which not only boosts metabolism but also possesses a strong detoxifying power and helps the liver break down unwanted and dangerous chemicals. Ginger, lemon juice and cayenne pepper are added for additional cleansing effect. Add ½ teaspoon turmeric, ½ small teaspoon powdered ginger to 2 cups of hot water. Let it sit for a little bit while you put 4 drops of raw stevia concentrate, a pinch of cayenne pepper and the juice from ½ a small organic lemon in another cup. Mix the two cups and sip the warm drink.

  4. Liver Lover Detox Drink: This juice drink encourages the movement of bile and fat to and from the liver. Since the liver is the most vital organ for both metabolism and detoxification, this is a great drink for those looking to drop a few pounds and clean house. Combine 2 medium beets, a 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, 1 organic lemon peeled, a handful of cilantro, 1 Swiss chard leaf and ½ red apple in your juicer. This juice is refreshingly sweet.

  5. Gentle Green Cleanse Drink: Vegetables are loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. For a natural body cleanse combine the following vegetables for a soothing and nutritionally rich detox drink.
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2 organic celery stalks
3 organic kale leaves
3 organic carrots
2 organic beets
1 turnip
½ white onion
½ bunch of parsley
½ small head of cabbage
½ medium bunch of fresh organic spinach
2 garlic cloves

Mix all ingredients with purified water in a blender and enjoy.

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Clean Eating Summer School – Gimme Some Sugar!

Hey Clean Eaters!

On my facebook page I asked you to tell me what is most challenging about Clean Eating. I received a lot of responses and I am happy to announce that all of your questions will be answered in my Clean Eating Summer School edition!

Looking for more Clean Eating Summer School posts? Check this one out!

Let’s talk sugar, shall we?

Sugar: so good yet so evil.

Did you know that the average American consumes 100 pounds of sugar and sweetener per year? That breaks down to 30 teaspoons per year. Nearly half of this consumption comes from soda and fruit drinks. These drinks are the number 1 source of calories in the American diet!

While this post is not about soda, it is a good visual for you to see. We eat A LOT of sugar! TOO MUCH SUGAR!

As clean eaters, we need to be aware of hidden sugars and sugar substitutes in our food. Why? Because we need to stop poisoning our beautiful bodies!

I avoid anything with sugar. I know that when I consume sugar my levels go into a spiral and I start craving sugar almost instantly. This is the same with breads and gluten. My body cannot handle them. And I feel so much better without it! I have turned to eating raw desserts which still satisfies my sweet tooth yet does my body wonders!

Here are some excellent clean sweeteners that are safe for you. But remember: we still need to be aware of what we are consuming and we still need to limit sweets.

Maple Syrup
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Pure maple syrup comes from maple trees and it’s pure goodness. It is my sweetener of choice because it provides and excellent source of magnesium and a good source of zinc. I buy Grade B maple syrup as it has a richer flavor and more minerals than Grade A. You can find pure maple syrup in most stores, too. And while it is more expensive than the toxic fake maple syrup, you don’t need nearly as much. I use maple syrup on my homemade pancakes, on oats, in my sweet potatoes, homemade Asian marinades, and sometimes I will put a splash in my coffee with almond milk!

Dates
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Dates are natures candy! They are gooey, soft and super sweet! Dates are a very popular fruit with an amazing nutritional kick. They are virtually fat free, provide wonderful sources of iron, potassium, dietary fiber and give an excellent source of natural energy. I eat them as a snack with nut butter when I am craving something sweet. I also put a date or two in my smoothies, homemade almond milk and chopped up with an apple. Kids love them, too! Since they are so sweet, they make an excellent snack for kids!

Raw Honey
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Honey is straight up an amazing super food. However, I do have rules when it comes to honey. It must be raw, locally produced and bought straight from the farmer. Honey from the store has been processed and pasteurized, killing the important enzymes and minerals raw honey has.  Honey is believed to be the worlds oldest sweetener. Honey is very versatile and can be used in several ways. Just like maple syrup, you can put it in your morning oats, use it in recipes, sweeten hot tea and it also helps with your seasonal allergies.

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Raw, Organic Sugar  {in moderation}
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I do not bake anymore. But I know that many of you do and I wanted to give an option that is better than white sugar. Even though it is raw, organic sugar, it is still sugar, folks. Which means it still has no nutritional value and should be avoided. It is better than white sugar which has been heated, bleached and processed. But again, your baking should be limited. Yet, I know home amazing fresh baked cookies smell… oh yes!  

Sweeteners that didn’t make the list:

Agave – there are too many conflicting options and facts with agave, and most state agave is not good for you. I would avoid it if I were you. Here is a great article that has great information regarding agave. http://www.foodrenegade.com/agave-nectar-good-or-bad/

Stevia – I use liquid stevia from time to time. But I never really cared for the taste. It tastes… chemically. I read Dr. Mercola and trust his advice. Stevia is his sweetener of choice. But I am just not a fan.

White Sugar – Duh.

Corn Syrup – Duh x 2

Artificial Sweeteners – AVOID!!!

Tips for limiting your sugar intake

  • Use ripe bananas or plain apple sauce in baked goods to help reduce sugar
  • If you are craving sugar, try a 3 day sugar detox! Refined sugar is highly addictive and your body is experiencing withdrawals. The longer you can go without consuming any sugar, the better you will feel.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners! AT ALL COSTS!
  • Drink plenty of water

As always, limit your sugar intake and stick to whole fruits. The more you avoid sugar, the less your cravings will be and the better you will look and feel!

 

 

Sources: Maple Syrup, Dates , Honey ,

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{Friday Recipe Link Love} 7.19.13

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week!

Today I wanted to share some great recipes and dishes I have been seeing all around the internet. Enjoy!

101 Cookbooks {Cilantro Salad}

The Simple Vegenista {Raw Chocolate Pudding: 3 Ways}

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The Naked Bite {Raw Zucchini Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Cashew Sauce}

Cook Eat Paleo { Heirloom Tomato Avocado Salad}

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Edible Sound Bites {Chili Lime Roasted Chickpeas}

Lovely Food {Dried Fig and Apple Energy Balls}

Whole Hearted Eats {A trio of breakfast cereals}

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AMAZING Watermelon Juice

As soon as I tasted this wonderfully, AMAZING juice I knew I had to share this!

It is SO SO easy yet so satisfying!

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1/3 of a LARGE seedless watermelon, or a blender full (you can make as little or as much juice as you want)
10 frozen strawberries

Blend Blend Blend! Blend your watermelon first. Since watermelon is mostly water you don’t have to add any liquid. After your watermelon is liquid, add your strawberries and blend again.

This juice is SUPER sweet and refreshing!

You can also add frozen mango chunks for a creamy texture.

Try it for breakfast and feel energy ALL day long!

XxOo

Tasha

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Grocery Haul

I love showing you what I buy at the grocery store. It is one of my most requested blog post topics! I tend to buy the same food over and over {I love my staples!} but this is a great learning tool for every one that needs clean eating inspiration and to really see what you should be buying.

Most people want to eat healthier but they simply do not know where to start. Learning how to shop again is like learning how to walk again. There will be temptation to reach for a bag of chips, a box of cookies or that tempting dessert from the bakery. With time and dedication, these temptations will no longer be an issue. It will become instinctive to buy healthy items so your kitchen is fully stocked with healthy food for you and your family to enjoy.

I buy a lot of fresh produce, especially in the summer. I eat a very high raw diet {which is the cleanest and healthiest for you!} and my son LOVES all kinds of fresh fruit. He eats a very high raw diet as well.

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As you can see there is a ton of variety here. I was out of most of my produce so I had to stock up again. I do try to buy all organic if it is available. And remember to carry a list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen around with you – this helps you prioritize between organic and non-organic.

Produce – cauliflower, organic apples, grapefruit, red bell pepper, red onion, bananas, kale, celery, cucumber, strawberries, figs, apricots, nectarines, spinach and a huge watermelon.

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Frozen fruit for smoothies, natural peanut butter, maple syrup, ground turkey, canned beans, rice crackers, semi sweet chocolate chips, salsa, kalamata olives and dark chocolate.

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I do buy Jordan some fun stuff. Trader Joes has a great selection of healthy food for kids. Keep in mind that he eats a diet very high in raw foods and low processed foods. Fun foods will last him quite a while as I make sure to balance everything. Macaroni and Cheese, Joe’s O’s {like spaghetti O’s but MUCH better}, toaster waffles, applesauce packets, yogurt, corn dogs {he loves corn dogs!}

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I also stopped at Whole Foods for a few items: gluten free bread, bulk beans and grains {in the paper bags}, almonds, tamari {gluten free soy sauce}, bars for me and Jordan and natural graham cereal for Jordan.

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This was the first time I picked up this gluten free bread and it’s very good! I don’t eat a lot of bread so this loaf will last me 3 weeks or so in the fridge. Gluten free bread can be pricey {this loaf was over 5$} but since it lasts me so long I think it’s very reasonable. 

So there you go! This shopping trip was last weekend and I am needing to head to the market again this week. I will be sure to keep posting my grocery hauls for you to see!

Have questions? Leave a comment or shoot me an email!

Healthy Eating!

Tasha