|I'm sure she saw that our abs were identical. That must be it.|
|Or.. she knew I really needed to get clean.|
I shrieked, wrote to everyone I knew, and ran around my house with my Eat-Clean Diet book in my hands, wrote a blog post about how excited I was, and have pretty much stalked her ever since. I also may have peed a little.
|I even went and bought a fruit bikini.|
(Likely to get me off her back), Tosca and the Eat-Clean Diet Team sent me a copy of her new cookbook- The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook 2!
|I actually took a photo similar to this while I was cooking. It did not make the cut.|
I wish the book could be called the Eat-Clean Lifestyle, because it isn't really a diet. It's a lifestyle and a nutrition overhaul- GOOD, real food as fuel. Some tips that have always stuck with me after getting the Eat-Clean Diet are to drink a huge glass of lemon water first thing in the morning (to "get the engine running" as Tosca calls it), to eat 5-6 times a day (this is a no-brainer now, but when the book first came out, it was huge news! You EAT to lean out? Unheard of!), and the biggest and best thing I learned: BE PREPARED. Cook in bulk, make packaged meals, bring a cooler with you, and most importantly, EAT. Nourish. Don't let yourself get to the point where you crave the sugary or salty foods.
|These are the pages I dog-eared within 5 minutes of getting the cookbook!|
Most importantly: LIFT. Be strong! Add resistance training to your workout plan. (I know juuuuust the place to get some awesome workouts!)
I also remember learning about yogurt cheese when I bought the original book (probably about 5 years ago!)- this is basically the premise of greek yogurt, which is all the rage now. A high-yield protein yogurt that you can make yourself.
I've been thrilled to try out these new recipes over the last month and a bit, especially knowing that they are clean recipes.
|Frittata Pizza- deeeelish!|
|Um, yep. This is clean eating.|
|Chicken and spinach lasagna!|
|One of my favourites: Tosca's Lentil Soup!|
|This took about 10 minutes to prepare and went into the crock pot. Woke up the next day to lunch for the week!|
|Squash, beet, pistachio and goat cheese salad with homemade pesto!|
|Southwest style chicken salad- with black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, corn, mixed greens, avocado, and cajun-style chicken|
|Spinach salad with fennel (new veggie I tried- tastes like licorice!), pomegranate, and goat cheese|
I'm a big believer in eating clean, and I'm thrilled to share it with you- a great gift, or a great new start for the upcoming year.
Tosca keeps it real and shares a Sangria recipe.
|Some of her readers haven't yet found the "moderation" button.|
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