Home Clean Eating Boot Camp 2013 Clean Eating Boot Camp: Week 2

Clean Eating Boot Camp: Week 2

by Erika Nicole Kendall

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

So, tell me… who was actually able to remember to drink a glass of water every hour?

Who failed miserably, but still upped their water intake more than expected?

Did you notice that drinking more water resulted in you drinking less of anything else?

Did you feel differently?

Who needs to start all-the-way over?

Use the comments, here, to discuss, share tips and reflect.

Homemade sun dried tomato hummus

Homemade sun dried tomato hummus…coming soon!

This week, I want you to continue on with the quest for a glass of water every hour, but I also want you to keep a food diary. Everything you eat, write it down. Carry a pack of post-it notes, get yourself a cheap little moleskine, staple some loose-leaf, make a txt file on your laptop or pc, take notes and pictures with your phone, tweet a pic of it with the hashtag #CEBootCamp… I don’t care. If you eat once a day, if you eat three times a day. I don’t care. Document it.

Write down the broccoli, the pepsi, the pizza, the candy bar, the chicken breast, the fried chicken, the collard greens, the bacon (cringe), everything. Don’t be ashamed, just be honest. If you guys want a thread to use to update your food every day, I’m okay with creating it.

It helps me to know what you guys are eating, but more importantly, it helps you to know what you are eating.

So…spill it! And, if you want a thread, let me know!

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Tonia January 15, 2013 - 12:12 PM

I missed out on week one. I don’t need to lose weight by all means, but I love eating clean and am up for anything that will keep me on track. Where can I find that info so I can get started on it!

Katrinda January 15, 2013 - 12:14 PM

I drank more water than usual but not ever hour. But I was happy with drinking more water.

Mika January 15, 2013 - 12:23 PM

It was easy for me to drink my water at work, since I have a desk job that requires me to do the same tasks every day. I’m pretty good at tacking on something new to a routine I already have. Once I got home…that’s where the problems started. For the most part I only drink water, but I have a hard time drinking as often when I am at home. This totally mirrors my eating habits, I bring a healthy lunch to work and then lose my mind when I go home.

Dawn A. @ TheBlackRadish.com January 15, 2013 - 1:36 PM

This can happen to me as well. I too have a patterned/routine work day and it does keep the not-so-good decisions in check. I’ve found that adding some routine to my evenings at home helps tremendously! Some things I’ve tried: meal planning, already having food prepped, scheduling gym time or errands, having dinner at the same time (early), including a snack/meal right before I leave work…

Mika January 17, 2013 - 10:38 AM

Dawn, I will give those tips a try! Eating a snack before you leave work is genius.

Ta-Tanisha January 15, 2013 - 2:53 PM

Thanks for sharing Mika! I have the same problem, now I don’t feel alone.

Ashley January 15, 2013 - 12:25 PM

I’d like to have that thread created. It will help me to have others to hold me accountable to my clean eating goals! I did very well with the water – I had already made the decision to drink nothing but water for a while, but drinking it more regularly certainly helped.

Tes January 15, 2013 - 12:26 PM

OMG! I drank a glass of water every waking hour since last Tuesday. WOW is all I can say. I had no idea how this would impact me. Here’s what I experienced:

1. Fuller longer
2. Decreased desire for food
3. Brighter skin
4. Did not (pee) as much as I thought lol!
5. Got fuller faster when it was mealtime

These benefits I did not anticipate!!! The biggest for me was my overall decreased desire to eat. This is a clear revelation that I have been THIRSTY far more than hungry when I experienced what I “thought” was hunger in the past. I have consumed soooo many fewer calories as a result of this challenge. I will be doing this for as long as I can. 🙂 You might see me float by (lol!) but I love love love it!!! On to the next challenge which for me is a real challenge … FOOD DIARIES, yikes!

Erika Nicole Kendall January 15, 2013 - 1:07 PM


Lekha January 15, 2013 - 12:27 PM

I’ve been using eatdifferent(dot)com for about a year now to food diary. It’s good for if you want to keep track of what you’re eating without counting calories. It also helps you keep track of other food goals, like eating less sugar or more veggies. There’s also an Iphone app.

I can’t say I have lost any weight, but I haven’t gained weight which is a big deal for me since I had gained a lot each of the previous six years.

Dawn A. @ TheBlackRadish.com January 15, 2013 - 12:29 PM

I have not been able to bring myself to drink a glass of H2O every hour, but I have been more cognizant about getting my full 8 glasses in a day. I had been very good with this for over a year, but lately had found that I was slipping to around the 6 glasses per day range.

Already using an online food diary (My Fitness Pal). I do enjoy it! Excited to follow the hashtag to see what others are documenting!

Tiffany January 15, 2013 - 12:33 PM

I’m in. And yes to the thread.

Durkia January 15, 2013 - 12:36 PM

I’m up to drinking a half gallon of water a day! No juice, no soda! ***cough cough*** a glass of wine for dinner though lol. A great app to use on your phone that has really really helped me out is the myfitnesspal app on iphone or android. It’s free and it lets you scan bar codes of things you eat or drink to calculate the calories. It has just about every kind of food in it’s search system as well. I’m down 6lbs :^)

Natascha January 15, 2013 - 12:38 PM

Hello, are we supposed to mention the exact measurements of the food that we eat ? Plus, I utterly failed with the water hour task, but I will try to get back on it now.

Erika Nicole Kendall January 15, 2013 - 1:09 PM

For now, I don’t require measurements, but if it helps you, then feel free. Just don’t feel like its necessary for THIS exercise.

Brandi Katongole January 15, 2013 - 12:56 PM

Absolutely did not get to the glass an hour, but did increase my intake considerably. I also just got the meal planning guide from you so I cant wait to get into that!

T.R. January 15, 2013 - 1:27 PM

I had a hard time with my one glass an hour. I did drink water, which I pretty much do. The only positive is I don’t drink a lot of other beverages EXCEPT my earl grey tea. I already track my food on LoseIt.com so that won’t be a problem and gives me an extra week to work on the water.

Carol H. January 15, 2013 - 1:41 PM

I might be ahead as I’ve been doing the water and keeping a food journal (I use the my fitness pal app). But it’s good reinforcement me to have it as one of the challenges.

Chells January 15, 2013 - 1:45 PM

I’ve always been a big water drinker so I took it up a notch and cut coffee from my daily routine, filled a huge cup with ice water and sipped it throughout the day. Food tracking has always been a drag for me but hopefully working at it with this group will make it more fun. I’ve seen some great tips from you ladies already. Thanks and let’s do this!

Allisha January 15, 2013 - 1:50 PM

Ok so I drunk a glass of water almost every hour and if I skipped an hour I just made up for that hour skipped and I am amazed!!! My skin now has a nice glow to it, I’m feeling fuller, and eating far less. I am so astonished with these results! Water has become my new best friend 🙂

Lynette January 15, 2013 - 2:13 PM

If nothing more, I have remembered to drink my water every hour.

FabDelka January 15, 2013 - 2:13 PM

I was able to get in a glass every hour. i haven’t drank anything else in almost 7years so it wasn’t that hard BUT the food diary on the other hand. i haven’t done that in a while. Since im not trying to lose weight anymore that might have something to do with it. lets see how this goes.

Tyj247 January 15, 2013 - 2:15 PM

I was hit or miss with the water. I had a question about that though: I have 20 oz water bottle I take to work with me everyday, so when I drink from these, I often count them as a “glass”, which means I’d be drinking A LOT of water. Is there every too much of a good thing, even water?

Also, I use My Fitness Pal to record my food intake (I just started again yesterday, I must be psychic or something). I will try to provide a link to my food diary in a later post. After yesterday, I definitely saw where my diet downfall is (hello snacks/desserts!).

Cassandre January 15, 2013 - 2:17 PM

I drink at minimum 64oz of water a day. I brought a bottle that’s 32oz and fill it up twice while at work. it’s very helpful to have a bottle that has measurements so you can track how much water you are drinking. i feel great when i drink a lot of water. sometimes i don’t drink as much on the weekends and i feel very different.

Aja January 15, 2013 - 2:25 PM

I’m not a big drinker of soda or other things, but it did help me to avoid snacking on things that I shouldn’t because I felt fuller drinking so much water all day. At work, I was pretty good about drinking just about every hour. (It also made me have to pee almost every hour!) I wasn’t bad at home in the evenings either. My problem was on weekends. Since I do so much running around and I didn’t always have water with me so now I know I need to work on having water around.

I keep track of my food sometimes using my fitness pal, which makes it easy for me, so I’ll do a better job of using that this week. Love this challenge!

Ta-Tanisha January 15, 2013 - 2:59 PM

I’m not sure if I dranked a cup of water every hour or not. I would fill up my 24 ounce cup when I got to work and drink it til lunch (12:30-1:00) .Then refill until the workday ended. However, when I got home, it was difficult for me to stick to water, so I kinda strayed. Good news is there was no soda or juice! Whoo-hoo!

Kitana January 15, 2013 - 3:51 PM

So, I haven’t been drinking water every hour, but instead I’ve just been refilling my 32oz bottle every time it empties which is about… 3 times a day, plus keeping water at my bedside to sip in the middle of the night when I wake up with dry mouth.

This week as far as food goes, I haven’t eaten out at all! I made sweet chili-glazed swordfish and spinach w/ onions, several salads of spinach/tangerines/celery/broccoli/onions/tomatoes/cucumbers with balsamic vinegrette dressing, Italian sausage w/ broccoli in wheat pasta with a olive oil sauce… I think I’d fill up another paragraph with how much I’ve cooked lately and what went in it, but I have to say, I feel SO MUCH BETTER not eating processed meals. I still have had a little bit of chocolate through the week (a serving of Ferraro Rocher chocolates on two different occasions) but I found out about Askinosie chocolate so I’m going to switch to having that chocolate for my fix every now and then. Yay!

Kim January 15, 2013 - 4:06 PM

Okay, so I am not where I want to be but at least I am not where i used to be. This past weekend was tough and I failed BUT I did drink more water than I have period in the last 14 days.

CurvyCEO January 15, 2013 - 4:14 PM

Can I just say how much I appreciate this bootcamp? I have to admit that the word “bootcamp” made me assume that it would be all kale and push-ups from Day One. But I really really applaud the incremental approach you have us taking toward change.

I have always been a big water drinker so I guess I participated in Week 1 by default. (Although the testimony from Tes is making me want to boost my water intake even more!)

I have been tracking my food on-and-off (mostly OFF *lol*) on LoseIt.com (because it syncs with my FitBit). This bootcamp is enough motivation to get me back “on” to tracking my food.

Erika Nicole Kendall January 15, 2013 - 9:54 PM

Nobody knows better than I do that “overnight” is a myth. ROFL

Tuggi January 15, 2013 - 4:17 PM

I did well with the water intake for a couple of days. I got sick and ironically couldn’t hold down water and resorted to Ginger ale. I usually try to drink 80oz of water a day so I usually got in at least that amount although I can’t say that it was done every hour.

In terms of a food diary, I use the myfitnesspal application for android. I’ve been on this site for about a year and have lost the same 30ish lbs 2x…I relapsed during an injury. I shall go back to tracking my food. Are we supposed to post each meal here or just use the hashtag on twitter?

Ceej January 15, 2013 - 4:18 PM

While I wasn’t consistent with water every hour, I did drink a glass every 2-3 hours. This is WAY more water than I ever drink. I haven’t had a soda in 7 days. I noticed that I felt less hungry during the day. When I did eat, I ate less food. I also ate less candy/sugar. And this was all while on my period, a time when I usually binge on sweets. So… yay me!

CJ January 15, 2013 - 4:21 PM

I forgot a couple times.. but still drank more than I normally would! I drink tea in the mornings that I don’t eat porridge or cereal and I drink water with every other meal – no juices, or wine or etc. The food diary should be easier, since I already do this on sparkpeople food tracker, but let’s see!!

Tania January 15, 2013 - 4:28 PM

I just saw this post !!! Sorry for being late, but is it too late to join ? I just finished this vegan detox cleanse( well more like quit,lol )last week and i would like to try something new !!

Tazzee January 15, 2013 - 4:30 PM

I can’t believe how hard this was for me! There were times when I reached for my water, nothing was in my cup and instead of getting up to refill, I kept working. So it looks like I’ll have to bring my big 32oz mug back to work and refill when I have to tinkle.

I use the myfitnesspal app to track my food. With this challenge, I’ll be sure to be faithful with that because right now I’m very sporadic.

KiWi January 15, 2013 - 4:37 PM

I didn’t get to the water ever hour, but I did increase my water intake. I have a huge Deer Park easy pour container that I started drinking out of that helps me to see how much water I’m actually drinking.
Unfortunately, I have been going to the bathroom a lot more, but hoping it just means my body is getting rid of more toxins than it normally does and will eventually taper off.

I restarted logging on MyFitnesspal and plan to keep doing so, but I wouldn’t mind a thread here as well since there will be someone to look and provide more feedback than I get at MFP.

Jaida January 15, 2013 - 5:45 PM

I definitely failed drinking water hourly, but I have been drinking more water. I’ve kept a food diary before so I’ll just be revisiting the one I’ve already started.

Tira January 15, 2013 - 5:49 PM

Failed! However, I did keep a food and exercise journal everyday last week (my fitness pal). I just need to increase my H20 intake!

Monica January 15, 2013 - 5:58 PM

I didn’t get a glass in every hour but I did drink WAY more water!! Hooray! Small victories right 🙂

I did eat clean for the entire week and cooked all my meals so that was a pretty big accomplishment. Really making it a point to pick out some recipes and go to the grocery on Sunday – helped a tons!

And a happy little bonus – I lost some weight 🙂

Crystal January 15, 2013 - 6:15 PM

I need to start over. I did well that Tuesday, but the days after…not close by any means.

Cami January 15, 2013 - 6:44 PM

I definitely upped my water intake. And yes, drinking so much water cut a lot of those other drinks out. 🙂 I’m excited about this week.

Chandra January 15, 2013 - 6:46 PM

for the most part I’m on track with everything. I’ve been drinking more water sometimes over 8 glasses a day. And as of last week I started using myfitnesspal to document my food intake. I can say that documenting what you eat everyday is very eye opening. I had no idea of the calories I was consuming. One day my cousin ordered a pizza and I logged that in I had consumed a whopping 1700 calories! I told her I no longer want to eat that.

Ang January 15, 2013 - 9:01 PM

I have been doing very good with my eating, it is just super easy at this time. Maybe its because I’m doing clean eating instead of a low carb atkins style plan this time. Still struggling with the water because I am usually very busy on my job but I’m getting over 32 oz a day which is big because I used to go without drinking anything during the day.

My energy is through the roof and I am learning how to like veggies and I am only a week in the game. Love it.

Erika, have you ever though of creating a forum for this site? I think it would be great it the community can share challenges, accomplishments and also some recipes. Just a though.

Brittany January 15, 2013 - 9:40 PM

Got the water in didn’t drink every hour but all I drink usually is water or hot tea. This wasnt my challenge but documenting food definetly will be.

Kalessa January 16, 2013 - 12:09 AM

I missed week 1 but I am on board for week 2.

Ashleigh January 16, 2013 - 12:13 AM

I was resistant the first few days. I set a timer on my microwave in my kitchen which forced me to go into the kitchen to turn the damn thing off so I’d get a fresh glass of water while in there. Now I’m noticing that I finish my glass before the hour is up and I’m looking for more water. I don’t feel as sluggish. I think I was really dehydrated before. I never realized how much effort I have to put into staying hydrated. Tonight, even with dinner, I had water. I didn’t really want juice which is unusual for me.
This food diary thing is going to be tough for me but I’ll do it.

Sheri January 16, 2013 - 12:43 PM

Water intake has increased significantly but not hourly. I’m gonna work on that. I’m in grad school and I was in the grocery store at 11:30 PM looking for something to get me through an all nighter and I put back the Ginger Ale which is my fav. I’m gonna keep going!

Landree January 16, 2013 - 1:03 PM

Sigh. Well, I did ALRIGHT but kept forgetting and then remembering *picks up water bottle* here we go. I’mma keep trying! Practice makes perfect!

Valencia January 16, 2013 - 3:40 PM

I noticed all the above changes….but tell me why my lower back pain gone! This pain would keep me up at night and after a week I’d drinking just shy of a gallon a day its gone! I have more energy and eat less. I do go to restroom a lot though I did scale back some to get some work done…in regards to the food diary my partner in crime text each other throughout the day and even send pictures to each other…it has really helped knowing you have to report to someone thank you for all you do Erika …I feel the shift if no one else does

Erika Nicole Kendall January 17, 2013 - 1:40 AM

Wondering…do you find yourself going to do number 2 more often?

Valencia January 17, 2013 - 3:01 PM

Ok…in my message I was referring to number 1 but with no shame to answer you question ….YES….what is that ? Every time I eat or drink within 15min its going down…..maybe that’s too personal but this is very foreign to me …..in the last 2wks 13lbs gone! My start weight was 326 I did a fitness evaluation at my job today it said 313….I made the trainer calibrate the scale ! Seriously…..Ericka you so have my attention….LOL

Erika Nicole Kendall January 17, 2013 - 5:33 PM

LOL I knew you were talking about going number 1, but a good frequency of going #1 also means you’re probably doing better with #2… and if you’ve been eating the way you’ve always eaten, and you’re increasing your water and going potty much more often, then chances are high you were experiencing excess pressure on your back FROM having so much waste stuck inside. I mean, it’s not MAD common, but it definitely happens. It’s a huge reason why the master cleanse appears to be so beneficial – you always see pictures of people with distended bellies as before pictures, and then “flat” tummies as ‘after’ pictures… but nope – they could’ve just upped their fiber and water intake and done the very same thing, sans starvation. ROFL

Meche January 19, 2013 - 10:45 AM

I quietly lurked this site for a few months. Last week when I saw the boot-camp, I said why not give it a try! Week 1, eventho I did not drink a glass every hour on the hour, I can honestly say my water intake is definitely way up than where it normally is!

Melly January 19, 2013 - 11:54 AM

I’m new to the site and I LOVE it, so thanks Erika for all you do!
Now to the business: I *definitely* drank more water, but not quite hourly (yet) I went to the bathroom more, I felt more full when I ate, but also not as hungry . I managed to loose 2 pounds just with the water increase . I’ ve done food tracking in the past, but I lapsed a few months ago, so I’m back on board with this week’s challenge .

Lynnette January 24, 2013 - 3:18 PM

I am fairly new to the site and am interested in clean eating and losing weight. How do I begin..I drinnk enough water and am getting better at portions sizes and eating better…I would like to take part in clean eating.

KL March 7, 2013 - 12:02 PM

I tried the bootcamp and failed miserably. So I started over with a group of other women to cheer me on. I am proud to announce that we are kicking butt! Yes we are only four days in on week 1 but we are all doing an awesome job. I am drinking a glass of water every hour. I’ve been drinking 12-16 cups of water per day. I was so proud of myself this morning when I was able to wear a pair of pants that I purchased before I got pregnant and they fit!!!!!

Tara April 19, 2013 - 6:28 PM

im just now joining,i guess i will start with blog #1

Sandra May 7, 2013 - 7:01 PM

I’ve been following this site for the past year maybe and all comments are very helpful. I just love how everyone is on one accord. So I’m going to commit to the clean eating but could you send me the thread for the the food diary. Thanks for all you do.

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