eats & treats

by Christina @ The Athletarian on November 29, 2011

Thank you for all of your comments on yesterday’s post!!  I love all of the motivation and positivity I am getting from all of you regarding my new training plan!  I think it’s going to be great.  I have seen a lot of “results” pictures on Jamie Eason’s Facebook page and they are incredible.  I can’t wait to see what happens.  I may even post some photos of my progress…or maybe just make you wait until the end to see my before and after shots!  ;)

For those of you curious about the diet, you can read about it here.  A day basically consists of 5-6 meals that are high in protein and non-starchy vegetables and low in carbohydrates.  One of my typical days will look something like this (for Phase 1):

  • Breakfast: oats with protein powder

  • Snack: homemade protein bar/pancake, Greek yogurt with fruit, or a protein shake

today's snack: protein pancake + Greek yogurt + pomegranate

  • Lunch: a protein (tofu/tempeh/fish) with a starch (brown rice/sweet potato/quinoa) and veggies
  • Snack: same as above
  • Dinner: same concept as lunch

grilled cod + steamed veggies + 1/2 sweet potato

It really isn’t much of a diet, but more like clean eating.  Veggies are unlimited throughout the day, starches aren’t consumed after 7:00pm and fruit is limited to twice a day.  I’ve done something similar in the past after reading Tosca Reno’s book, The Eat Clean Diet.  I remember feeling great so I don’t think this will be hard to follow at all!  I am going to try my best not to cheat, but I do love my stuffing and it might be making an appearance on Christmas!  I don’t think eating extra starches for one day will kill the plan though so I’m not going to stress about it!!

mmm stuffing!!!

This is going to be a great way for Dean and I to “clean out” or bodies.  We have had one too many pizza dates and have been starting to feel run down and gross despite our efforts in the gym.  I think diet plays a huge role in how we feel and I am feeling the positive effects already!
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There is an awesome giveaway going on that I forgot to mention yesterday!  Hayley from Oat Couture is giving away clothing and accessories from MyDragonFly (I took a look at the stuff and it’s awesome!) as well as tickets to an event in London for NYE.  Check out her blog for more details and get your entries in!
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How many meals do you eat in a day?

What’s your favourite vegetable??  Would you choose it over stuffing?

I like a lot of veggies…but stuffing always wins.  I would dive head first into a pool of bready goodness!

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1 Hayley @ Oat Couture November 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Thanks so much for the link love!! :) Glad your feeling the positive effects already! I completely know what you mean about ‘one too many pizza dates’ I am in exactly the same mode right now, hence the raw/juice cleanse! ;) Hoping it will kick start my healthy eating motivation and help me avoid junk! Sooo boring but I feel so much better when my eating is clean! Might check out that book you mentioned actually… :)

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2 Christina @ The Athletarian November 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm

No problem, Hayley! The giveaway looks awesome…I really love everything on that site! Pizza is the best, isn’t it?!?! I could seriously eat it every single day! If you don’t get around to getting the book, just google Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Diet! There is a website and a forum where people share recipes and ideas :P

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3 Jenn's Adventures November 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm

baahahahaha, “I would dive head first into a pool of bready goodness!” — I’m such a foodie, there’s not much I don’t like!!!

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4 Christina @ The Athletarian November 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm

You should post some more of your eats!! You’re a veggie monster now so I’d love to learn new ideas of how to eat my veggies!

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5 Coy November 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I can completely feel the grossness when I’ve eaten too much crappy food. I’m a big fan of broccoli and cauliflower together. Heck, I just loved mixed vegetables! I don’t think a lot of people realize how eating good food can make you feel in lots of ways!

That protein pancake looks pretty awesome I must say!

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6 Christina @ The Athletarian November 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Mixed veggies are delicious! And it’s so true…I’m just on my third day of eating like this and I feel so much better! You should try the protein pancake – so delicious!

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7 Lindsey November 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I love the Clean Eating books, maybe after Christmas I should do the same. I eat 3 meals and 2-3 snacks depending on when supper is eaten and if I go to the gym.
I like stuffing but don’t love it so veggies might wine. I love brussels sprouts and avocados!

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8 Christina @ The Athletarian November 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I don’t think I have ever tried brussels sprouts!!! I think they might be on my next shopping list now!

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9 Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner November 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I can definitely feel it after a few days of junk food! I eat 6-7 meals every day- 7,10, 1, 4, 7 and 10. Almost the same time every day! If I can’t eat a “meal” it’s a Larabar and yogurt or PB sandwich on the go.
Favorite veggies – broccoli all the way. I love that stuff. I would never pick it over stuffing though, that’s crazy talk!

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10 Christina @ The Athletarian November 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I know, right?? Stuffing is at the top of my food pyramid ;)

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11 Jo November 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm

How do you make protein oats in the microwave. I have NO idea how to do this…it goes all lumpy and gross.

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12 Christina @ The Athletarian November 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Hi Jo! I’m actually not sure… I have a kettle so while my water is boiling I mix my quick oats, protein powder and cinnamon and then just add the water when it’s ready!! I’ve never made oats in the microwave but it sounds like it would be speedy! Let me know if you figure it out :)

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13 Jo November 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm

The kettle would work for me too since I use instant oats…but what are your exact ratios? How much water/oats/protein are you combining in one?

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14 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Hmm i usually put about 1/2 cup of dry oats and one scoop of protein powder, then I add enough water to my liking. It all depends…I don’t measure the water. My boyfriend liks his oats more liquidy but I like them thicker so just add enough until you get the consistency that you want! Then top it with goodies :)

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15 Emily@RunningPerspective November 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm

i am SO EXCITED for you! i have adapted this program to fit best for me as well as the diet and i LOVE IT! def have seen improvements already!
my one suggestion is DEFINITELY take BCAAs they are so so important and definitely worth it!<3

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16 Christina @ The Athletarian November 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Yeah Jamie recommends them too! I’m going to try and pick some up this week!! Thanks, girl!! I can’t wait to see what kind of results I get!

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17 Lyn November 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I make my oats in the microwave every day. 1/3 cup of oats with 3/4 cup of water. Turns out perfect every time. I mix all of my goodies in after its cooked.
Goodies=Flax,chia,hemp hearts,kefir, and fresh fruit.Yummy.

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18 Christina @ The Athletarian November 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Awesome! Thanks, Lyn! Your goodies sound awesome – almost like dessert :P

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19 Alexandra November 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Awesome eating plan! Sounds similar to mine, I have a feeling our tastebuds would be BEST friends! :D and girl you know stuffing is totally worth bending the rules, nothing beats that deliciousness hahaha ;)
My favorite veggie is either asparagus or zucchini, I love gripping both mmm :)

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20 Alexandra November 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Oops I meant grilling not gripping haha dumb autocorrect!

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21 Christina @ The Athletarian November 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Hahaha I was like, why does she grip her vegetables??? Maybe she thinks someone will steal them?! Asparagus are so delicious!

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22 Ed November 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm

i eat three meals a day with minimal snacking…i have been trying to change my lifestyle altogether for the past year. Eating less processed food and more fish/meat/veggies and nuts and seeds…I for the most part feel way more satisfied and full most the day…

As for stuffing I would never turn it down!…..which can lead to problems when stove top is the only option…my co worked made stuffing this year from scratch using cauliflower mushrooms and a bunch of other natural stuff and it was fantastic…will never have to substitute that or choose veggies over stuffing!

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23 Christina @ The Athletarian November 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm

That sounds amazing!! My mom makes a killer stuffing from scratch as well! I can literally eat the WHOLE pan!

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24 Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen November 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm

This is awesome and I can’t wait to hear about your progress! It’s so impressive, I don’t know if I could really do it…I love my pizza and pasta :) I totally agree with you about diet influencing how you feel and this is really healthy!

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25 Christina @ The Athletarian November 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Pizza and pasta are so delicious!! I totally get you! I will definitely eat it again at some point, I just need a little break…and a challenge! Thank you for always having kind words to say and showing so much support!!

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26 Christie November 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I like the steamed mixed veggies…..and your cod looks delicious. Mine never turns out that way?!?!

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27 Christina @ The Athletarian November 29, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Hmm how do you cook it?? I just squeeze lemon juice on it and then sprinkle seasonings (this one had Mrs. Dash chipotle) and stick it in the George Foreman for less than 10 minutes!

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28 Elle November 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm

That all looks gooood!

So not a stuffing fan… gimme the cranberries!

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29 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 12:15 am

Cranberries are SO GOOD too!!! But you don’t like stuffing?!?! Wait until you try the one we make one day…I will convert you!!

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30 Megan @ On the Road Again November 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Sounds like quite the plan! I’d love to get on board with a style of eating like that… I certainly need to get more protein and veggies into my diet. I’ll be following along with you especially since you’re veggie and don’t look to meat for sources of protein. While I do still eat meat, I have a hard time working protein into my diet from other sources!

As for your Q’s… I just had Brussel Sprouts for the first time on Thanksgiving and omg they were tasty!

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31 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 12:22 am

You can always play around with things like quinoa, egg whites, Greek yogurt, and protein powders! Hopefully I can give you some good ideas along the way ;)

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32 janaejacobs November 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm

You are making crave COD!! Dressing on Christmas is a must:) Have a great day gorgeous girl!

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33 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Maybe I’ll eat COD and DRESSING on Christmas! That would be heavenly!

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34 Amylee November 29, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Lately my fave vegetable is a sweet potato. It’s so versatile! I would pick it over stuffing any day of the week.

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35 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Sweet potato is definitely delicious! It still doesn’t beat stuffing for me though! You need to try mine and then you will be converted!!!

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36 Cara @ EAT.PRAY.RUN. November 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I checked out Jamies program and I like the menu it offers…probably because it’s pretty close to the normal foods in my diet!
Can’t wait to see how you do with it over the next 80+ days…I think you’re going to be one ripped, lean machine when you’re done. Watch out ;)

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37 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I hope I am!!! If I do get those kind of results, I will definitely post some photos! If the photos put me to shame…then maybe not!! Haha thanks for all the support!!!

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38 Jill November 30, 2011 at 1:23 am

Good luck with the new food plan :)
My fav veggie is sweet potato in the winter, and corn on the cob in the summer.
I’ve never been a huge stuffing fan, but I’m with you on the bready goodness!

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39 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Mmmm corn on the cob is SO GOOD! Especially when it’s on the BBQ! Yum…summer needs to come back!

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40 Carrie Shaw November 30, 2011 at 1:24 am

The diet looks awesome!! I am in support of cheating on Christmas for stuffing though. I usually eat four meals a day (two small breakfasts/snacks, lunch, dinner).

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41 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Thanks for the stuffing support! It’s definitely non-negotiable in my books! Also, thank you for supporting me in my Ride for Heart! I sent you an email last night thanking you. I hope you got it. If not, check your spam!! Your support means so much to me so THANK YOU again!

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42 Michael November 30, 2011 at 1:30 am

Good luck with the “diet”. I am seriously going to change things up – but (excuses/excuses) it will probably have to wait until after Christmas. I have 3 Christmas parties , 3 birthdays, and at least 2 dinner dates over the next month – just way to hard to do it right now. I can at least try to do my best when I don’t have something going on.

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43 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Wow! You are going to be a party animal this upcomng month! I don’t think I could do it with that many social events either. The only day I have to worry about is Christmas, and there are no rules on that day! January is a good month to get started too! Just enjoy yourself this month and don’t stress about food!

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44 Suzanne November 30, 2011 at 2:44 am

I love dressing but not stuffing if that makes sense. There’s hardly any difference but I got sick from stuffing last year at Thanksgiving and I just can’t eat it again.

Your snack from today looks really good!

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45 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I don’t even know what the difference is! Some people in my family call it stuffing while others call it dressing. I am assuming stuffing is what’s inside the bird. In that case, I’m not a huge fan either! I guess it’s dressing that I’m referring to! Delicious!

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46 mego @watchmegorun November 30, 2011 at 3:24 am

I eat three meals with 1-3 snacks, depending on how hungry I am. I love stuffing, but I love sweet potatoes and red skin potatoes more! Good luck, I’m excited to hear how it goes

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47 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Thanks Meg! I’m excited too!! How about stuffing AND potatoes? The combination of both definitely wins!

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48 Laura November 30, 2011 at 5:36 am

I would choose squash or sweet potatoes or even plain old mashed potatoes over stuffing any day of the week! Crazy right?! Maybe I just haven’t had good stuffing…

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49 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm

You need to try mine and then you will change your mind!! Buuuut plain old potatoes are pretty dang good, not gonna lie. They compliment stuffing really well too ;)

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50 Jo November 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm

The thing I caution about the Jamie Eason plan is this:
- it is very low-calorie (and youre a young, growing, super active girl)
- for example…instead of only oats + powder…ADD to that…fruit (!), nut butters (fats), milk/nondairy milk.
- the plan is very low in fats..make sure you get those because their very important (whole eggs…the yolks are the nutritional powerhouse; healthy oils; nuts, avocados, etc).
- don’t just limit yourself to sweet potato…there is also tortillas, rice cakes (so crunchy and yummy, etc)…

and most important: never forget dessert :)

I tend to way overindulge…but I just hope you don’t take plans like these too “seriously” you know. Its just food!

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51 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Don’t you worry, Jo!! I added pomegranate seeds to my oats today…and I have been eating rice and bread as my starch too! I haven’t been craving dessert yet. I think it might bebecause the protein bars I made kind of give me my fix! I don’t want to restrict myself but I am going to try and stick to the plan as best as I can. I want to see what results I get from 100% commitment!

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52 Jo November 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Add nut butter to your oats too –yum!

I just hate to see young girls get so “caught” up in rigidity sometimes…I mean, sometimes you gotta crash on the couch with a silly movie and eat chocolates and ice cream :)

I think http://www.katheatsrealfood.com and http://www.pbfingers.com are great examples are free-flowing, healthy girls!

(Like , no carbs after 7 pm??? crazy crazy :)

I might try to make those protein bars sometime…maybe try a half-batch cause I’m a bit wary , ha.

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53 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I know exactly what you a saying! I do love my chocolate and ice cream so I highly doubt I will give those up for good! Trust me, I have MANY of those nights with my boyfriend. We just eat until we can’t move and laugh about it the next day! You need those moments to keep you from going crazy! It’s just 12 weeks so I think I will be okay. If during this period, there is something staring at me in the face and my mind says to eat it, I absolutely will not restrict myself! And yes, those are great blogs! I read them all the time!

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54 Sarah @ Feeeding Brain and Body November 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm

My favourite vegetable is turnip, an cauliflower! My mom only ever made stuffing out of a box. It was never any good haha, so I may actually choose the vegetables over the stuffing! :)

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55 Jo November 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm

p.s…this girl follows that plan I think: http://ucrunnereats.wordpress.com

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56 Rachelle November 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm

You are so freaking awesome! I so cannot wait to see how this goes for you. I have a couple of friends who did something very similar today and have had AMAZING results.

I was talking to my friend Susan this morning about it and she has lost 6lbs and 4% body fat. And she has increased her lean muscle a ton too. She looks AMAZING!!!

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57 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Wow!! It’s good to hear about real people getting real results! I can’t wait to see what happens. I don’t necessarily want to lose weight, but I would love to increase my muscle mass for sure! Sounds awesome!

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58 Julia @ Pain, Pride, Perseverance November 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm

ummmm FRIEND. that protein pancake seriously looks like a treat…so hard to believe it is a healthy snack. i may be stealing that one for sure! i like this new diet you are following. it sounds healthy and full of energy!

i usually eat 3 meals + 2 snacks per day. HBBC has been great about helping me to pack those meals and snacks with fruits and veggies too…i feel much more balanced in my eating lately which i think has been helpful! i have missed you this week! hope you are doing well!

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59 Christina @ The Athletarian November 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm

It really is delicious! Once I try a few different recipes I will post my favourite! They are very easy to make!

I am so happy you are making the effort to eat more fruits and veggies. Don’t forget about the Smarties though. They are so tiny so there is always room for them! I miss you so much!!!!! Come back to me and I will make you pancakes :)

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60 Sonia (the Mexigarian) November 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Yeah, give me stuffing. Especially if it has that extra crunch of a barely charred crust. :drool: And it has to be from scratch. And I’d probably wait to do my “cleanse” Jan 1. Plan is no alcohol, gluten, red meat and dairy for a month. I always feel better when I do it.

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61 Kyria December 1, 2011 at 12:51 am

I think that you are on the right track and that a little (or a lot) of stuffing will not be a big deal. I love eating clean. It really does make you feel better to not stuff yourself full of processed foods! Good luck!

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62 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate December 1, 2011 at 12:51 am

Ah that diet seems way too strict for me! I love my carbs!

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63 Leonor @Foodfaithfitness December 1, 2011 at 1:44 am

I looked at Jami Eason’s plan and it is basically clean eating. Every person in the industry will tell you if you want results, you have to eat clean. I have been EC for 2 years now and got serious this year. I have lost a total of 33 lbs. I am not a fan of stuffing, bring on the veggies!

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64 Amy December 1, 2011 at 1:51 am

Food definitely has a huge impact on our feelings! I notice if I eat way too much sugar or fat in one day that I feel rather sluggish the next morning. Not usually too much of a problem but this time of the year is a little harder with all the yummy food around!
My favourite vegetable is broccoli. However, at Christmas dinner it is definitely red cabbage! We don’t do stuffing in our house so no difficult choices to make :)

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65 Jessica December 1, 2011 at 4:47 am

Yay!! So glad this is going well for you! I seriously felt totally different when we started the Primal Diet thing…and yours looks WAY similar! I have been sucking at mine since Thanksgiving and need to get back on track ASAP!

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66 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco December 1, 2011 at 6:23 am

Aren’t oats with protein powder great? I’m not sure why the combination is so good… but it is! I think it’s good to switch up your routine a bit. I used to be a serious Tae Bo nut, but now I run and I really like it. Athletarians forever! ;)

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67 Christy December 1, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I can’t wait to see your results! I LOVE stuffing and think I would find it really hard to choose a vegetable over stuffing! I think my favorite veggie is hmm fresh garden ones.

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68 Jen December 3, 2011 at 2:48 am

What is your protein pancake recipe?! That looks like one I could make in bulk and eat throughout the week. I am about to start LiveFit too I’m so excited!

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