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I have been enjoying my clean eating, healthy, working out (I've at least always worked out) lifestyle seriously for going on five months now. I did cut most processed foods out quite a while ago but still did my non-fat Starbucks and occasional fast food. I cut the fast food, even though it wasn't often, the five months ago. I still once in a while did the Starbucks but now I don't. I find it really is too sweet for my taste since I have gone solely to black coffee in the mornings. A few months ago, I went 90% plant based or "Seriously Vegan" but, I am a "clean" vegan eater. I do not partake in Oreos even though they are a Vegan product. I now am at 98% Vegan. I occasionally have a bit of meat but only when my daughter cooks one of her meals from her new cook book. The rest of the time, it is plant based. You know what? I love it! It has done me well. I actually do not miss the meat, the dairy, the eggs......my skin is so much better, as in nary a breakout and if I have a bit of one, quick to go away! I have no stomach issues. So, obviously this personal choice works for me! I would never push it off onto anyone who has no interest in it. I only talk about it on here because I am sharing my life with you.
I also have been extremely vigilant on my workouts. I push myself when I walk to do errands, I push myself if I do the jump rope, run the stairs, or when I am lifting my weights. Extra reps, or extra sets, or more weight.....what ever I feel like for the day. I enjoy that I feel stronger. I personally do attribute this to being a clean vegan eater. I think that it must be working. I do see it in the mirror but, it is so much harder when it is you looking at your own reflection. We all know this to be true. My clothes feel looser as I get more toned. I have a skirt and a pair of shorts that "used" to be tight on me. I recover much quicker from those nights that I don't get much sleep, like last night....Thanks Tyler for forgetting about the three hour time difference between Oregon and Hawai'i! Lol! 3:30 in the morning!!!!!! Really?! Oh well, gotta love him! Anyway, the best outside indicator that it is paying off was from one of my co-workers today. I was trying on some of the new clothes that we got into the store. I put on a lovely sleeveless summer sweater. She said, your arms look too buff in that one! I just smiled. I took it as a compliment of my hard work. She meant nothing by it. She is a friend and good person. Incidentally, I liked how I looked in it. I may buy that one! It was just nice to have someone else mention something about how I am looking. Gives me more motivation to keep on going! Have a great weekend my friends and Happy Mothers Day to all of the moms!
Posted 1 week ago by daringirl67
Wow, time flies when you are having fun. I finished workout #2 with my trainer - OMG! I am discovering muscles I did not know I had (which is saying something when physical therapy is your profession!). Our first workout yesterday was a circuit including walking lunges (50 feet x 2), wall sits (60 sec x 2), stair runs (1 flight x 5), prone hamstring curls, and sidelying. We did this circuit 3 TIMES! THAT MEANS I RAN 15 FLIGHTS OF FREAKING STAIRS. I thought I was going to be miserable this morning but other than a little stiff and my glutes sore, not so bad.
This evening's workout was more upper body focused, including push ups, dips, ball slams, tire flips, and several other things I have already tried to forget =) I will defintely say she is pushing me to do exercises/activities I have avoided and it is well worth it.
I am beat now, waiting on dinner to finish cooking, and need to read 3 chapters for school (haha, probably NOT going to happen) and finish up paperwork for work.
Hope you all are doing well =)
Posted 1 week ago by curlburl899
A fresh start, that is. Have you ever just woken up one day and thought "it's time to make a real change"? Not because of an event, a person, or a contest lured you? Just because you wanted it for, well, YOU? That is what I am feeling right now. I don't know that I have ever really wanted to change for ME. I had so many reasons, but they weren't enough. I didn't have that intrinsic drive.
I have been feeling this way for about a week now. I ran into a friend who had lost about 80 pounds. He looked great. Happy. Healthy. Content. I was so happy for him. I also found myself feeling a bit envious of his dedication and success. Not in a mean or spiteful way, in a "that could be me too, why can't I allow myself that kind of success?".
Well, it's a new day. I've seen so many beautiful success stories in my many years of reading Oxygen, following Tosca, and the ECD. Now it's my turn to allow myself to be happy, healthy, and content. I love and believe in the ECD and it's team. I believe in the vision and life's work of Robert Kennedy. It's time to live it.
I can do it. You can do it. WE can do it!
Posted 1 week ago by changing4good
YAY!!! That's all I keep saying and thinking!!! YAY!!! Sunday, May 4th was my first marathon and I completed it in 5:30:42, not to bad if I say so :) Even though I was sore and stiff Monday and somewhat yesterday, the only bad thing is I'm going to lose a toenail. The last 4 miles of the 26.2 was the hardest for me. My knees started getting really tight on me and I could feel the pressure on my toenail. The weather was great, overcast mid 60's, then a light rain started about half way in. I was in tears when I crossed the finish line, from both exhaustion and acomplishment, plus my husband was teared up and proud of what I had done. Now I'm already contemplating my next one, which will be the Soldiers Marathon in November at Ft. Benning, GA. So training will start again in June for that. Now it's time for me to pack my gym bag and get ready to hit the gym for Crossfit at 5am. I Love the feeling of being fit and knowing that I can reach my goals!!
Posted 1 week ago by CanchasinCowgirl
Hi, everyone. This is Michelle and I posted awhile back as "livinclean", but cannot remember my password for the life of me, and after lots of failed log in attempts, blah, blah, blah...I just set up a new account instead:)
Anyway, onto the good stuff...
Today is my one year anniversary of eating clean, and I am so grateful for the healthy changes I've seen in myself and my family ( husband and 6 kids). I started this journey on May 8, 2012 weighing a whopping 255 lbs (I'm almost 5' 7"). I now weigh 213 lbs...yay me!!! I have about 40 more pounds to lose and the going is very slow, but this is a lifestyle for me now, and I could never, ever go back to the way I used to eat. Don't get me wrong...I still have so much to learn on this journey. I am always tweaking things and trying to make the best food choices I can. Some days are much harder than others, but one day at a time, right? Besides the weight loss, I just feel amazing...no more migraines...very, very few issues with my gallbladder anymore, and life is good!
But...there are some things I have to work on to be the best and healthiest me. Here they are, along with some things that have really helped me this past year:
1. I HAVE TO exercise consistently. This one is really, really hard for me. I know I need to do my weights and cardio to be the healthiest me, and I'm going to do it!
2. Drink enough water. Sometimes I'm great at this...other days not so much.
3. I've learned that if I am not consistent with my meal times and let myself get too hungry that it's so much easier for me to give in to eating something I should not eat. I've learned that when I eat when I'm supposed to eat that my cravings for junk are virtually non-existent.
4. I am learning not to beat myself up when I do have an occasional "slip up". This happened last night, and I can't believe that I didn't get depressed and grouchy, etc. I did feel sick, though :) I told myself this is a journey and I will get it right eventually and that I am in no hurry. The excess weight will come off if I keep plugging along.
My husband and kids do not eat as clean as I do, but , boy have I cleared out the junk in our house! My 7 yr old daughter said that sugary junk doesn't taste good anymore because I never let her have it. She said it tastes like paper:) And my older kids were complaining because they've started getting sick when they drink soda, etc, because their bodies are no longer used to it ! I have to say I smiled about that. Maybe they're coming along, after all!
All in all, I've still got a lot of work to do...but look how far I've come!!! Thanks to all of you for your inspiring posts. Let's all keep up the good work!
Posted 1 week ago by lovinECD
The Eat Clean Way!!!!
Posted 1 week ago by KaptainMorgan
Hi all- things have been so tough lately . I tried my best to take care of myself but it's been super tough. My son ended up in the hospital and that of course if my number one priority . Thank god he is doing better now. I slept at the hospital with him and would come home in the mornings to shower and yes pack my lunch box while my husband stayed with him. I packed water bottles, cut up strawberries, apples, granola bar, turkey sandwich etc. I couldn't work out of course but thats okay and ended up coming home from the hospital sick as a dog. I haven't been that sick in years. Today he went back to school and I am slowly kicking this horrible cold but not up to crazy workout. I wouldn't be able to breathe. So, yesterday took dog for walk on the beach. Today took dog for a nice long walk and small amount of jogging. Than went into basement for some stretching and weight training. Going to hit the grocery store and stock up on some good food. Starting off my day with a healthy breakfast. I broke down and purchased a small Wolfgang Puck panini grill maker from HSN and am having fun with it. Today going to grill up some shrimp for my salad. It makes it so easy.
M1- tea, hard boiled egg, oatmeal
M2- apple w/ natural peanut butter
M3- big salad, grilled shrimp , balsamic vinegar and olive oil
M4- greek yogurt and fruit
M5- oven roasted chicken pcs, veggies,
Have a great day all.
Posted 3 weeks ago by Farmgir1