β†’β†’Clean Eating Boot Camp: Week 7

Clean Eating Boot Camp: Week 7

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Lots of exciting things happening this week. Starting, first and foremost, with this:

My YouTube channel goes live! Are you subscribed yet? (photo from my instagram account: @bgg2wl)

My YouTube channel goes live! Are you subscribed yet? (photo from my instagram account: @bgg2wl)

My YouTube channel goes live! Don’t you think you should subscribe and be there when the first video drops, tonight at 8PM? Hmmm?

Everything else…well, that’s a surprise. We’ll talk about that later.

How is it going, lovelies? Are you still working on your water intake? Are you avoiding the fast food? Did you try any of the recipes from last week?

Here’s the thing. Last year, when I ran the boot camp – I’m pretty sure this is my third year doing it – it felt so easy to tell you, “Hey, boo, hey… don’t eat this. It’s crap.” But, if all I’ve ever eaten is processed food, and you tell me to stop eating processed food… and I don’t know how to cook, then what am I left with, other than a new-found sense of guilt about the processed food I’m gonna eat anyway, since I can barely boil an egg?

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That’s why, instead of just crapping on processed food – which still is, on a grand scale, crap – I’d much rather encourage you to get in the kitchen, develop a fearless attitude toward trying new vegetables (especially if you’re the type where every vegetable is new to you, and there’s nothing wrong with that… it’s just gonna be a rather exciting time for you!) and learn a few new cooking techniques. So, yes, processed food ain’t the move…. but let’s focus more on what we can replace it with.

Besides, since we’re moving away from winter and closer toward spring – which means spring produce, yay – it’ll be even more fun.

So, Step 7 has 3 parts:

1) Visit LocalHarvest.org and try to find the farmer’s market closest to you. Buying produce from supermarkets isn’t always the freshest, the cheapest, or sometimes even the most ethical option. Some farmers make so little, that it’s much better for them – and for the local economy – to give your $1/lb directly to them, instead of giving $2.29 to a store for the same item… when that store is only giving the farmer $0.59/lb. It’s clearly better for you and your wallet. If you are someone who has no idea how you could get to a farmer’s market, try to plot out how you can get there (Google Maps is great for public transportation, and if you’re in a rural area see if you can ask someone with a car if they’d be interested in partnering up with you and visiting a market some day) and invest in a good duffel bag. And trust me… I’ve been there.

2) Pick one:

  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Barbecue Sauce

Just sayin’.

3) Share with us: what’s one processed food dish that you’re going to hate giving up while you’re giving up processed food? I know, for me, it was scalloped potatoes. This is also why there are several posts with me whining about scalloped potatoes. (Hey, I can be honest.) I’m just saying… you may or may not have your suggestion chosen as a shared recipe!

By | 2017-06-10T11:20:40+00:00 February 17th, 2015|Clean Eating Boot Camp 2013|20 Comments

About the Author:

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.

20 Comments

  1. Jewellz February 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM - Reply

    Erika, so step 7 is something different from the Water Challenge? I am trying to get familiar with your website, looks rewarding!!

  2. felicityrhode February 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM - Reply

    So, when I’m picking in category 2 am I picking something I like? Something I hate? That may be a silly question…

    Thankfully, there is a wonderful CSA that delivers to my job (for the free juice bar!), so a lot of times I can get fresh, locally grown organic produce on the cheap. I believe most of the farmer’s markets are closed down this time of year around here…

    I actually haven’t had a hard time avoiding uber processed foods. It’s the dining out that’s tough. We’ve had a ton of ‘special occasions’, and limited time to cook on the weekends. I try to be careful about what I order, though… πŸ™

  3. Synethia February 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM - Reply

    Hey Erika,

    I live in NC, so going to the farmers’ market is already something I do. I just have to get used to them only having what’s in season and not always having what I want at the time but it’s definitely cheaper than the supermarket when it comes to vegetables and fruits. I do have to go every week since I can only buy what I plan to eat that week or it will spoil.

    I found the bootcamp about 4 weeks into it but I jumped right in; the water and soda steps were easy for me because I was already there but giving up the fast food is challenging because I do love some hot McDonald’s french fries and bacon (pork); not having a Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers meal to pop in the microwave at lunch has proven to be challenging also because now I have to cook more in order to have leftovers for lunch.

    On another note, I tried a butternut squash recipe and loved it. I had never had this before and I found a recipe for herbed butternut squash that was easy and even my 5 and 8 year old nephews liked it! I have a new vegetable to add to my list of veggies πŸ™‚

    I have lost 5 lbs in the last two weeks by eating cleaner and working out 5 days a week. Every week I am excited to see what the next step will be in the bootcamp.

    I’m glad I found you! Thanks so much!

  4. Chelly February 18, 2013 at 3:19 PM - Reply

    Checking In! Not watching the clock but I am drinking water much more often. Aside from the occasional cup of coffee, water is all I’ve been drinking. Not doing too good on keeping a food diary, I’ve just never been good at that. Am buying, actually using and loving the new spices I’m buying on each shopping trip I’m excited because next week I’m getting Dill. Fell off on the whole no outside food or fast food and I haven’t made my parsnips yet but this week I am going to press my way and get back on track (eating my homemade stir fry and brown rice for lunch as I type). My target grain was wheatberries. I haven’t found them yet but I tried quinoa a few years ago (meh), LOVE Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Couscous (discovered it when my store was out of brown rice a few weeks before the boot camp) and I’ve had barley and wild rice in restaurants in the past hopefully that counts until I find wheatberries.

    This condiment quiz is a toughie but I will choose mustard with barbecue sauce as a close second. I like barbecue sauce but I use mustard more often.

    The processed food dish I’m going to hate giving up is …all things noodle-y and cheesy such as Mac and Cheese, Alfredo noodles and that yellow dipping cheese I used to drown my nacho chips in. Snack cakes too!

  5. Ashleigh February 18, 2013 at 3:20 PM - Reply

    Still doing well with the previous steps. I found some parsnips yesterday and will be trying that recipe today for dinner. I think I live like 5 min away from a farmer’s market but I’ve never shopped there before. So this should be interesting.
    Excited about those condiments we have to choose. I think I know what’s coming next with that.
    As for processed food I have to give up…hmmm? I’ll say the boxed macaroni n cheese–or maybe it’s just processed cheese in general.

  6. Chanda February 18, 2013 at 9:10 PM - Reply

    I don’t see any recipes on the “Clean Eating Boot Camp” posts. Am I missing something, or are they elsewhere on your blog? I’m curious about how to prepare the various veggies…

    • Erika Nicole Kendall February 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM - Reply

      I’m going to go back and link the veggies to their recipe posts, but they’re all in the “From Erika’s Kitchen” category. If you subscribe via e-mail or to the FB page, you’ll get the links for the veggie posts there, as well. πŸ™‚

      • Chanda February 20, 2013 at 2:58 PM - Reply

        Thanks πŸ™‚

  7. Valencia February 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM - Reply

    2.) Ranch
    3.) Boxed noodles and rice….you know the kind with the sauce pack that are done in like 7 min….don’t judge me

  8. Kami February 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM - Reply

    I have not made a trip to the Farmers Market yet but I will in the future. Now, my favorite places are Trader’s Joes and the Food Coops bulk sections. This month I been cooking two meals from scratch such as beans, coconut rice and purple cabbage. Now I do buy fruit and vegetable in season. I am trying to make new grains such as quinoa, millet, amaranth and farro. I really just started cooking this month. The processed I gave up was Amy’s organic frozen dinners, cookies, frozen soy nuggets. Now the condiment is ketchup to put in my food. For the past month I been clean eating but need to leave the chocolate alone.

  9. FabDelka February 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM - Reply

    What is part 2? Are we giving it up or are we picking one and using that only? Curious. Please let me know. I’m looking forward to part 1 because it is something I have been putting off for the longest.
    I don’t actually have a problem with processed food. I cook everything. I used to succumb to a cookie here and there but now I just buy cookies for my son and I don’t eat them because we don’t have the same taste buds. LOL.

    • Erika Nicole Kendall February 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM - Reply

      Nope, mama – just pick one. That’s all. Pick one, and wait patiently. We’re gonna make ’em from scratch. πŸ™‚

      • Anne February 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM - Reply

        My daughter loves your ranch dressing recipe!!

  10. Angela Davis February 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM - Reply

    Hello Erika, I just found your page & will be starting the boot camp today. I have a question regarding the water. I work with the public so it’s may be challenging to drink water every hour but I can do it on lunch/breaks. So is it okay just to get the water in or does drinking it every hour benefit the body in any way? Thanks in advance

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