Clean Eating Boot Camp: Week 5

Clean Eating Boot Camp: Week 5

Note: You can sign up for the Clean Eating Boot Camp here, completely free!

It’s time to start getting serious, y’all.

And by serious, I mean it’s time to start digging into some vegetables.


For previous week’s boot camp steps, click here.

For those of you keeping up, how has it been going for you? Did you struggle? Did you forget your lunch and have to buy something?

Those of us who successfully completed last week’s task… did you notice a little bit more money in your wallets?


If you fell short, just keep trying. Take a long look at what interfered with your ability to succeed, and start thinking of new ways to respond to those challenges. If you’re having a hard time figuring it out on your own, share your challenges here.

This week’s boot camp steps are two-fold. Time to get down and dirty.

1) No fast food. At all. Not for lunch, neither breakfast, nor dinner. And, for now, I don’t care what you put in its place. If that means you’ve got to buy a TV dinner, then go for it. But no fast food.

2) Pick one of the five vegetables listed here, and buy it. Pay attention to how you grocery store handles it – if it’s on a refrigerated shelf in the store, then store it in the fridge at home. If it’s not, then feel comfy storing it outside the fridge. You might even be able to find a couple of these in your frozen foods section.

To quote an ancient African-American proverb, “you gon’ learn today!”

Talk to me, y’all!

By | 2017-06-10T11:28:09+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|Clean Eating Boot Camp 2013|45 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.


  1. KiWi February 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM - Reply

    I have only had one of those vegetables listed 🙁 Looks like I need to get my produce game way up and google some recipes because I have never cooked any of them.

  2. Ashley February 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM - Reply

    None of those appeal to me – lol. I’m not even sure what a parsnip is. Maybe I’ll start with the butternut squash. Do you have any recipes on the site to help get started with using these veggies?

    • Erika Nicole Kendall February 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM - Reply

      Don’t worry – choose your veggie, and hold on to it. I’m going to walk you through preparing them. 🙂

      • Ashley February 4, 2013 at 2:55 PM - Reply

        Good deal!

  3. Ashleigh February 4, 2013 at 1:09 PM - Reply

    I’ll be honest. I’m still struggling with the food journal and that was a week 2 thing. I think I’ll start snapping a quick photo of what I’m eating throughout the day. (Isn’t that what Instagram is for anyway? lol) Something about the act of writing it down is causing me to be resistant.
    I’ve been doing really well with water intake. And now I’m shocked to realize that I start to freak out if I don’t have a glass or bottle of water nearby at all times.
    Fast food hasn’t been an issue. At least not for lunch. Part of the joy of being a SAHM is not really going out for lunch anyway. I think no fast food at all will be challenging though. Because now that I can’t have it, nachos at Taco Bell sound real good….or a Big Mac from McD’s or something like that.
    As for this week’s task. Please tell me you have some recipes or something for these veggies. I’m only familiar with the brussells sprouts. Would it be cheating if I chose that since I know I already like them?

  4. Chelly February 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM - Reply

    I tried Brussels sprouts over the holidays, not bad. I also love beets and butternut squash. I’ve had radishes before but I’m not too familiar with parsnips. I’m looking forward to trying them.

  5. Ericka February 4, 2013 at 2:23 PM - Reply

    I bought my first Butternut squash this weekend and it was very hard to peel. Do you have any suggestions?

    • ab February 4, 2013 at 8:11 PM - Reply

      I never peel them, just wash the outside like you would do with a potato. Don’t get rid of that lovely roughage 🙂

  6. felicityrhode February 4, 2013 at 2:46 PM - Reply

    You know, I started to buy butternut squash when I went grocery shopping, but I opted for sweet potatoes instead 🙁

    Boot Camp has been going alright for me, but I still tend to go HAM on the weekends… I need self control! lol

  7. Robin February 4, 2013 at 2:46 PM - Reply

    I’m in luck. I love all of these veggies. I only juice beets but I’m going to cook some this week to give it a try. All Recipes for beets are welcomed.

  8. Ta-Tanisha February 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM - Reply

    I am waayy behind. I couldn’t find the spice list, but I have been drinking my water and stopped eating out for lunch a long time ago. I have a couple of brussel sprout recipes at home, so I think I will go with those.

  9. Aja February 4, 2013 at 3:34 PM - Reply

    I despise brussel, and really like butternut squash but I think I’m going to try beets since that’s something I like okay enough, but don’t know how to prepare at all.

  10. Kim February 4, 2013 at 6:21 PM - Reply

    Umm Okay…so fast food is defined as drive through or are we talking about resturants in general?

    Water consumption has been going well.
    Diary has been a hit or miss and instragram has my documentation.

    I am going to try and beef up my game for all of it…

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