Clean Eating Works!

CEC horizontal logoI’m so excited to share a few results from the 5-day Clean Eating Challenge that took place last week. I’ll admit I was skeptical at first if anyone would really notice a difference in just five days, but they did!

Here’s what a few of the Challenger’s said:

We both definitely feel better overall. We don’t feel so bloated and we felt more energized so that two of the days we didn’t even have coffee.

This is just what I needed. I think my favorite part was the snacks – being intentional and packed with raw foods. Plus, I have had such a hard time pumping enough milk and this week I didn’t…I am going to keep this up!

I think honestly it’s a menu I may use a guide because it helped me to maintain a more regular eating schedule. I am guilty of skipping meals (breakfast in particular), so I’m going to make it a personal goal of mine to start having breakfast more regularly.

My takeaways: I noticed myself that by taking the time to plan out every meal in detail and spend a few hours over the weekend preparing what I could, I ate better during the week when I’m on the go. Usually I do well at planning breakfast and dinner, but lunches often get overlooked. And I was excited to rediscover the joys of homemade hummus.

We also challenged our participants to increase their water intake – something I struggle to do. As a result of this challenge, I realize I want to step up my own meal planning game and continue drinking more water throughout the day.

BLT salad
One of the recipes featured in the plant-based meal plan and a challenger favorite!

I’ll be hosting another FREE 5-day Clean Eating Challenge sometime later this year, but if you want to give this a try and just can’t wait until then, gather a group of five friends and contact me via email: andrea(at)wildberrypress(dot)com and I’ll set up a private Clean Eating Challenge group for you.

If you’re looking to make clean eating a permanent goal and would like some support, I’d love to coach you in this! Just leave a comment, email me at andrea(at)wildberrypress(dot)com or visit my Beachbody website: www.beachbodycoach.com/wildberrycoach.

Lemon Ginger Cleansing Tea (vegan, gluten free, no added sugar)

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As part of the 5-Day Clean Eating Challenge, we’re encouraging our fellow challengers to stick to only one cup of tea or coffee per day and to drink a lot of water. So it seemed to make perfect sense to post a recipe for this cleansing “tea” that I love to make when my family and I are under the weather or just because.

I like to make the ginger infusion at least several hours before I’m ready to drink it for a stronger ginger flavor and I will juice several lemons at once and store the juice in the fridge for convenience. Both the ginger infusion and lemon juice will keep for about a week in the fridge. You may need to tweak the quantities and proportions in this recipe slightly depending on flavor preference of lemon to ginger.

 

Lemon Ginger Cleansing Tea

Lemon and ginger team up in this cleansing infusion to help boost immunity and soothe upset stomachs...or just because.

Course: Beverage
Author: Andrea Anderson
Ingredients
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon of roughly chopped ginger
  • 1-2 T lemon juice
  • water
Instructions
  1. To make the ginger infusion, pour 2-3 cups of boiling water over ginger in a tempered glass measuring cup or bowl. When it’s cooled, transfer to a glass jar and let it steep several hours to overnight in the fridge.
  2. To make the tea, pour ¼-1/3 cup of the ginger infusion into an 8 oz. mug.
  3. Juice a lemon (or two) to yield 1-2 T of lemon juice. Add 1 T of the juice to the ginger infusion.
  4. Pour boiling water into the mug. Add the remaining tablespoon of lemon juice for a strong lemon flavor, if desired.
Recipe Notes

RECIPE NOTES: Pouring less water over the minced ginger will yield a stronger ginger flavor. The infusion keeps for about one week in the fridge if stored properly.

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