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Help me stop eating processed foods! Clean eating mamas, come here!
January 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM

I need help! I really want to stop eating so many processed foods. We have been consuming WAY too much sodium and processed crap lately. I want to change it... but I don't even know where to begin! I have thought about making the change many times.... but I feel like the options are limited. I mean... if you take out all processed foods, what are you left with?!

I am a picky eater and so are my kids so that makes it a little harder. But DH will eat just about anything. lol. We do like chicken, turkey, lean beef and some fish... so meat is no problem. And we also love fresh fruits and most veggies. I already go whole grain as much as possible and we really try to avoid white bread. But where we get caught up is with the frozen foods, processed meats like sliced lunch meat, cheeses, soups, seasonings that are loaded with sodium, boxed mac n cheese and other "convenience foods." I don't cook anything from scratch. I really don't know how.

So... for the moms that "eat clean" .... how do you do it?! What do you eat? Give me some meal ideas and examples of what a typical day of meals / snacks looks like in YOUR house.

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  • Mom2five87
    January 23, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    BUMP!

  • lovinglife0682
    January 23, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    There are recipes for everything.  Cut slices from your whole chickens and turkey, You can also cut roast beef.  Make homemade rice, mashed potates, mac and cheese.

  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1
    January 23, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Let me say, if you eat everything from scratch then you're out in the garden picking your own stuff basically. 

    Learn a few basics and go from there: Homemade Mac & Cheese, Chili, Soups (if you desire), lasagna. You should be just fine. 

  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    January 23, 2013 at 11:25 PM
    Maybe my meal list will help you? If not, sorry for being boring lol

    This week for dinners I'm making

    Chicken fajitas with rice and beans
    Burgers on the grill with a salad
    BBQ pork chops with pasta salad and a veggie
    Taco night
    Crock pot buffalo chicken with raw broccoli and carrots and ranch to dip
    Philly cheese steak wraps

    For breakfast we do things like eggs and toast, PB toast, homemade muffins, oatmeal, and we always eat a fruit too. Sometimes I'll make a quiche for the week, usually with bacon and broccoli and cheese. I sometimes make a batch of breakfast burritos for the freezer too, we just have to microwave them.

  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    January 23, 2013 at 11:27 PM
    Also, just start with one thing at a time! It's a big transition. Maybe this week tell yourself you will make all your dinner sides from scratch. No boxed potatoes, rice packets, or whatever you usually use. That was my first step. Then next week work on lunches. As you learn to cook more from scratch and get into the swing of it it will be easier!
  • Mom2five87
    January 23, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    I get the whole idea of making everything yourself instead of buying premade... but with most of that stuff you listed, how do you make it yourself and make it BETTER for you than the premade versions? I mean... with homemade mac n cheese ... you still have to use cheese. It's not the powdered kind but all cheese has a lot of sodium. Same for lasagna... the sauce and cheese are loaded with sodium and preservatives. And maybe I'm wrong but I think it is almost imossible to make low sodium soups that taste good. For example, one of our favorites is taco soup. It requires a packet of taco seasoning and a packet of dry ranch dressing mix... and then all the beans and stuff that go into it. I can see substituting the canned ingredients for frozen veggies or dried beans... but what do you do for the seasonings? That is the part that usually puts the sodium through the roof!

    Quoting Anonymous:

    Let me say, if you eat everything from scratch then you're out in the garden picking your own stuff basically. 

    Learn a few basics and go from there: Homemade Mac & Cheese, Chili, Soups (if you desire), lasagna. You should be just fine. 


  • Dzyre1115
    January 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM

     "If God didn't make it, you shouldn't eat it!".  Simple as that!

  • Mom2five87
    January 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    But how do you make all that stuff without using processed ingredients? Like the BBQ and fajitas. Don't you use BBQ sauce and seasoning mix for the fajitas? And what about tacos? Do you use regular taco seasoning? How do you make Philly cheese steak wraps? That sounds good.

    Quoting Anonymous:

    Maybe my meal list will help you? If not, sorry for being boring lol

    This week for dinners I'm making

    Chicken fajitas with rice and beans
    Burgers on the grill with a salad
    BBQ pork chops with pasta salad and a veggie
    Taco night
    Crock pot buffalo chicken with raw broccoli and carrots and ranch to dip
    Philly cheese steak wraps

    For breakfast we do things like eggs and toast, PB toast, homemade muffins, oatmeal, and we always eat a fruit too. Sometimes I'll make a quiche for the week, usually with bacon and broccoli and cheese. I sometimes make a batch of breakfast burritos for the freezer too, we just have to microwave them.


  • Mom2five87
    January 23, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    So what do you make for sides?

    Quoting Anonymous:

    Also, just start with one thing at a time! It's a big transition. Maybe this week tell yourself you will make all your dinner sides from scratch. No boxed potatoes, rice packets, or whatever you usually use. That was my first step. Then next week work on lunches. As you learn to cook more from scratch and get into the swing of it it will be easier!


  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1
    January 23, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Oh, I get what you're saying. It's really up to you if you think it's better or not, for me and my body I know that it is. I'm not a calorie counter but I certainly make things good without loads of butter and etc. 

    Quoting Mom2five87:

    I get the whole idea of making everything yourself instead of buying premade... but with most of that stuff you listed, how do you make it yourself and make it BETTER for you than the premade versions? I mean... with homemade mac n cheese ... you still have to use cheese. It's not the powdered kind but all cheese has a lot of sodium. Same for lasagna... the sauce and cheese are loaded with sodium and preservatives. And maybe I'm wrong but I think it is almost imossible to make low sodium soups that taste good. For example, one of our favorites is taco soup. It requires a packet of taco seasoning and a packet of dry ranch dressing mix... and then all the beans and stuff that go into it. I can see substituting the canned ingredients for frozen veggies or dried beans... but what do you do for the seasonings? That is the part that usually puts the sodium through the roof!

    Quoting Anonymous:

    Let me say, if you eat everything from scratch then you're out in the garden picking your own stuff basically. 

    Learn a few basics and go from there: Homemade Mac & Cheese, Chili, Soups (if you desire), lasagna. You should be just fine. 



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