Clean Eating Boot Camp: Week 4

Clean Eating Boot Camp: Week 4

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So…let’s recap.

You’re shooting for a glass of water every hour, on the hour.

You’re logging your food intake, and writing down everything you’re eating.

You’re also now cutting the sodapop, and buying a new

[dried] herb or spice every week. (Fresh is ideal, but we’re not ready for that yet.)


Your next step… no fast food for lunch. Yes, that means – for now – that breakfast and dinner are fair play, but for lunch, you’re not allowed to dine out. No restaurants, no fast food joints… nothing. Nothing that comes wrapped like a little birthday gift for your enjoyment.

That means… time to learn how to plan properly! If you aren’t ready today, that’s fine. But on your way home tonight, think about what you can prepare for lunch the next day, or if there are leftovers that you can repurpose. Basically, it’s time to brown bag it, baby.

For those of you who might be ahead of the curve, what are your favorite pack-to-go lunches?

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By | 2017-06-10T11:20:56+00:00 January 27th, 2015|Clean Eating Boot Camp 2013|41 Comments

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The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes food and fitness, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.


  1. KiWi January 28, 2013 at 12:18 PM - Reply

    Sandwiches, salads, or soup are my go to for lunches for work. Unfortunately with the sandwiches and soup I realize my sodium intake for lunch is almost 80% of my day’s levels. I’ve switched to double fiber nature’s own but may need to find lower sodium options for soup and sandwich meats.

  2. felicityrhode January 28, 2013 at 12:26 PM - Reply

    Oy… The hubby’s birthday is Wednesday, and he is definitely gonna wanna go out for lunch… I suppose I could eat lunch early at my desk and go out and stare at his food while he’s eating, lol.

    I think what I’ll do is cook extra for dinner, then pack the leftovers up and bring it to work for lunch… I think that’ll work.

    • Erika Nicole Kendall January 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM - Reply

      Special occasions, for now, can be excluded. Take hubby someplace nice, fancy, and FRESH. 🙂

  3. Kitana January 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM - Reply

    My lunch is almost always left over dinner. I purposely make large recipes so that me and the boyfriend can have something quick for lunch the next day. If my dinner recipe doesn’t leave leftovers, then my go to is a quick salad (with pretty much every veggie in my fridge in it) and some Greek yogurt.

  4. Kim January 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM - Reply

    Question: Does low sodium can soup count ads brown bagging it?

  5. Mika January 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM - Reply

    I work at a school so my lunch choices are 1. bring a lunch or 2. eat in the cafeteria (yuck!). I usually bring a sandwich or soup.

  6. Lovliqueen January 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM - Reply

    I like to pack a turkey wrap, with 1/2 avocado, a couple of sliced radishes and sometimes 1 cup of soup, water for beverage.

  7. Crystal January 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM - Reply

    Already ahead of you on this one, I went to the store over the weekend and bought SmartOne dinners for this week and next. I usually bought pizza for the cafeteria at work or skipped lunch and went straight to Wendys for my spicy chicken sandwich and fries (which to me was addictive). Water intake has increased for me but the diary and new spice list I am currently working on.

    • Lynnette January 28, 2013 at 2:38 PM - Reply

      This week I am prepared to have chicken, romaine lettace, peppers and cucumbers. To switch off I am having Tuna, Lettuce and tomato with no bread. My snack is fruit for that sweet craving and green tea as aa beverage alternating with my glass a water an hour. i get bored with the salads so I have to think this week for next week. Love being part of this..Thank you.

  8. FabDelka January 28, 2013 at 1:18 PM - Reply

    Been a brown bagger for years. favorite happens to be a new one learned in November. Tu-no wraps. yum

  9. alex January 28, 2013 at 1:42 PM - Reply

    Brown rice and Lentils with fruit.

  10. Marquinta January 28, 2013 at 1:55 PM - Reply

    My go to lunch is usually left overs from the night before, a salad or a sandwich and carrots. I’ve been brown bagging it for a while because there are no tasty (tasty for me anyway) eating options near my job anyway (only burger king, wendy’s, mcdonalds or grease trap restaurants).

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