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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Our Story :: Scott and Whitney

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We are very excited to finally be able to put all of our information and thoughts into one place and hopefully help others!  We are often asked what we eat or what workouts we do, so what better way than to team up with another eating clean couple (who also happens to be family) to help as many couples (and individuals) as possible discover the joys of eating clean!

We decided for our first post we would basically just tell our story.  So, here it goes….

We are high school sweethearts.  We got married in December of 2007.  We were both at a healthy weight when we got married; however, we gained a lot of weight in the first year we were married (around 20 lbs each) by dining out frequently at places like On The Border, Chick Fil-A, Zaxby’s, and McDonald’s, just to name a few.  In September of 2008, we took a trip to see the Cubs in Chicago and once we saw the pictures from that trip we knew that something had to change.  He started going to the gym in the evenings and after making it part of His daily routine – He was then hooked.  Typical of anything He becomes interested in, He started reading EVERYTHING He could on nutrition and weight lifting.  A few years later, She started paying attention to what She was eating but still was not eating clean enough or following a consistent workout routine.  She would do workout videos at home because She was too shy to go to the gym.  He finally convinced her to the gym with him and She has been hooked ever since!

What have we been able to accomplish with eating clean (combined with lifting weights)?


-       He went from a waist size of 38” to a waist size of 32”.
-       She went from a size 10 to a size 2.

The most important results are that we are both much happier, much stronger, and have much more energy.




The question we are asked the most is what do you eat?  The best (and easiest) way to describe it is that we eat clean, natural, whole foods that have not been modified or altered once they have been harvested or slaughtered.  No fried foods, no GMO foods, no chemical preservatives, no refined or added sugars, and no highly processed foods (limited processing is sometimes necessary – e.g. Greek yogurt).  Or, for those familiar with the concept, we eat clean.  The best thing that we have come across that describes clean eating (simply) is the Just The Rules book by Tosca Reno.  A link to purchase it is included.  It is about $9.00 (or about the same price as a burger, fries, and a shake - supersized).  BUY IT HERE!  Both of us eat every 2-3 hours (6-8 meals a day).  Our meals consist of protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and vegetables.  You can view a sample of our meals here.

The second most common question we are asked is what workouts do you do?  We do weight training with a mix of cardio & HIIT.  Excessive cardio is not the answer if you want a lean body...you MUST lift weights (combined with cardio/HIIT)!  UPDATE: We now have our very own 12-week transformation plan available!


We used several different clean supplements during our journey to help us reach our goals and we will be posting a series on proper supplementation in the near future to help you select the right products.  You can view the supplements we use by clicking here.


Eating clean is definitely a team effort for us and the mission at HeandSheEatClean.com is to help other couples (and individuals) with tips and tricks to achieve this lifestyle.  Both of us work full time and spend about an hour in the gym five days a week and several hours in the kitchen each week.  We don’t watch much television but to us, it’s worth it!  She does most of the cooking and He does most of the cleaning.  Sundays are the days that we normally prepare all of our food for the week.


Remember, this is a lifestyle and not a diet!

Good luck with your journey!

- Scott & Whitney


Check out Whitney's personal fitness blog at http://www.whitneycarlson.com/.  You can also connect with her directly on facebook!


104 comments:

  1. This is so inspirational for me. I'm a 19 year old college student and eating healthy is not anywhere near the cafe area. That is how i gained at least 20 pounds with in the year I have been there. I went from a size 5 to a size 11. I've tried getting to do this for weeks, but I just can not get used to it! Food is very tempting for me, if I see it and know that I will like it, I will eat it. Is there any tips on how to complete my temptations? I have started to lose at least 3 LBS from just going to the gym but I am really impatient because of summer! Please HELP!

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    1. Thank you Jessica! Food is very tempting but it is just a quick fix. DO NOT let food control you...you must be in control of the food & your body at all times. Do not eat for pleasure or enjoyment...eat to nourish your body! When I first started to eat clean I would talk to myself when tempted with a poor food choice. I would tell myself that it was not worth it...it would not bring my any closer to my goals.

      Once on your lips forever on your hips!

      Good luck & let us know how it goes. Stay in control of your body!

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    2. This is great inspiration, as it is so easy to let our lives spin out of control! I too have used the 12 week trainer and Tosca Reno's books and LOVE them. Jessica, food tastes so good and it is very hard to resist, so you have to find something that constantly will be motivating to you to make good decisions. For me, it is fitness magazines like HERS Muscle & Fitness, Oxygen, or FitnessRX. These magazines are packed full of good information, motivational stories, workouts, and recipes. I also love to take one on the stairmaster with me to get me through the grueling 30 minutes!!

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    3. Trust me I just graduated college I know how it is trying to eat healthy and clean at college. Your best bet are going to be salads and sandwhiches and eggs. Salads you can load up with nutritious ingredients and I used some Italian dressing but olive oil is great and lemon juice too. Whole wheats are great too! It is going to be hard to try to eat completely clean considering the school isn't providing you those options. See maybe if you can get into a dorm with a kitchen and then that can also really help you too! I gained about 30 pounds throughout college from quitting sports to eating poorly but in the last few months I've changed what I eat to clean and healthy and you make do with the options you are given. I can truely say I would much rather have a yummy salad over a processed meal from McDonalds. Good luck and I know you can do it! Oh and I've lost about 15 pounds in the past 2 months from HIIT cardio and strength training I forgot to add.

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    4. I just finished my first year at college as well, and while I haven't technically gained any weight, it has been all over the place. I could stand to lose about 30-40 pounds, but food is so tempting! And I am pretty much by myself on the whole clean eating thing as well as exercise, so it is really hard to keep it all up. I want to look lean and fit, but my motivation is just so hard (besides hating my figure every time I look in the mirror).

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    5. You're right...it's tough to find others that support and promote this lifestyle. You just have to keep a focus on the long term and have a clear vision of what you want to look like. Keeping a food journal will help you hold yourself accountable, but the main thing to remember is that you get pleasure from good taste for a very short period of time, but having the body that you've always wanted provides a lifetime of pleasure.

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    6. Dear Whitney,
      I jog every other day, but i don't lift weights. i was reading on your blog about the importance of weightlifting. i never have and i am intimidated to go into the gym with all of these guys that are pumping iron and here i am with no clue as to where to start. what would recommend to a single mom of two little girls to fit weightlifting into my schedule?

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    7. Anonymous single mom of two girls,

      Check with your local YMCA or gym by you. Many offer weight lifting classes like bodypump or total body burn (at my gym mostly women attend these classes). Also lots you can do at home with your own bodyweight and some free weights. Make an appointment with a trainer to get you started if you have never lifted. Not sure on the age of your girls but YMCA's offer free child care with your membership for little ones. Good luck to you! Weights (plus running/cycling) have totally changed my body and life!

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    8. I just started the bodypump class at the YMCA and absolutely love it! I also was intimidated by all the guys lifting weights over in the free weight area, but Bodypump has a trainer directing you the entire time and everyone has been super friendly! I have lost some weight but am just now looking into clean eating to take it higher!

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    9. Thank you so much for the support! I've lost at least 8 pounds now and have 12 more to go! I feel so much more confident! I now bring fruits and nuts to class instead of candy or chips! I signed up for a summer class of aerobics that can keep me on track too! I'm super excited to see what I look like in a couple of months!Yes I cheat here and there but nothing big! Again thank you soo much! I now have my boyfriend doing it with me too. Instead of going out to eat we have picnics and walk around lakes to up get the heart pumping! I think that this is way better than a restaurant!

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    10. I have found that CrossFit is also a game changer as far as exercise and overall fitness and strength (the affiliate gyms also promote clean eating). Go to crossfit.com and see if there is an affiliate gym in your area! AWESOME stuff!

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  2. Absolutely amazing!!! I just got into clean eating, and its always inspiring and motivating to see someone it works for!! Thank you so much for sharing your story and congratulations on your great achievements!!!

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    1. That is so sweet of you! Whitney and Scott appreciate your kind comments and your motivation!

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  3. Just discovered your site, and I love it! Trying out the quiche muffin recipe today. Thank you!

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    1. Randi - They are wonderful! Let me know what you think!

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  4. My husband and I are your before pictures, lol! We have 3 small kids (4, 3 and 2) so our new lifestyle is going to look a bit different than yours', but thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Annette - thanks for the kind words. We wish you luck on your journey and we will be here to help you along the way. We'd love to hear some feedback on how you manage this lifestyle with three children so that we can help others that may see that as a barrier to a healthier lifestyle.

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    2. Our family has also made the decision to start clean eating. We too have 3 young children, 4, 2 and 7 months. We have recently been dealing with some health issues in our oldest son...Leaky Gut, food intolerance, and learning difficulties, which we believe are a direct result of a diet consisting of overly processed and GMO foods. This is a challenge, and sometimes stressful trying to feed young picky eaters... but I believe it will be soo worth it! Thanks for sharing your stories, and reading blogs like this help me to find ways to make this transition easier and more fun! Keep it up :)

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    3. Danielle - you may also check out OurFamilyEats.com - she is a mother to a picky eater and a great champion of clean eating. She also has some neat (albiet sneaky) ideas for getting your kids to eat veggies.

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  5. I think if you're going to have an inspirational, real life blog, you should be real about yourself. If you have a 32-inch waist you are not a size 2, not in jeans; especially the way pants are cut today. I barely wear a size 2 and I have a 26" waist and normal hips.

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    1. If you paid attn to what you were reading you'd see HE has a 32in waist and SHE is a size 2!

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    2. Yes, Scott has a 32" waist & I wear a size 2. We work on this blog in our free time. We are trying to help people live healthier lives. We have no reason to lie about what size we are!

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    3. If you are going to read an inspirational, real life blog, you should actually read it without sticking your foot in your mouth. I think that you guys did great and look wonderful.

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  6. I think "He" is the one with the 32" waist :)

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  7. I'm also curious as to how you do the work out with 3 kids. Updates will be great. I have 6 kids and am very interested in this. Eating clean will be dificult but doable. The weights every night 5 nights a week is where I am concerned. Has anyone done weights at home with around the house stuff? Is there a book or something I can lok at for the right weight lifitng program part that can be done at home? I just can't afford to pay a sitter 5 nights a week. Any ideas will be appreciated.

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    1. Sherrie - thanks for your question. You definitely don't have to lift weights 5 nights per week if you don't have the time, but I would recommend lifting at least 3 nights per week and trying to do cardio or a workout video at home for 2 more nights. You can absolutely do your workouts at home. I will get Tiffany or Whitney to recommend some good books.

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    2. It may also be helpful to workout at home in the morning before the kids wake up, and if they do wake up encourage them to workout with you. I think encouraging our kids to workout with us helps build healthy habits for them too. Not to mention how much it helps sap that extra energy they seem to pull from thin air.

      Also, calisthenics can be done at home and can be very effective in toning your body via low impact exercises. And calisthenics can be easily customized to your limits and capabilities.

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    3. I am not exactly new to lifting weight but i am new to doing it with kids. I have a 5 year old and a 6 month old. My husband and I have just recently joined a gym before we joined the gym the last time I lifted weights was when I was in the military right after high school (10 years ago). But an idea if you can't get to a place that has weights use "made" weights at home. The weights you would more than likely use at a gym are going to be 5 , 10 , 15 or 20 lbs weights find something in your house that weights that and use that (ex bottles of water , gallon of milk, bag of sugar) and if your kids are old enough have them work out with you. My 5 year old LOVES working out with me (he does planks ALOT better than I do) Good luck!!!

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  8. this is such an amazing story! my boyfriend and i both decided a couple months ago to do try to diet and exercise together. we are on opposing schedules so it makes it very difficult for us to find time to do this... he has a very active job as a police officer and i have a job that isn't so physically demanding (i'm a police dispatcher).... we have both lost quite a bit of weight and he has packed on the muscle he hoped to gain... however, i have hit my brick wall... i lost about 60 lbs and 12 sizes, and now i'm having trouble with the last 15 lbs and 2 sizes... do you have any recommendations how i can keep up with him when i spend 12 hours at a desk and he has the time to get physical activity in??? :) thank you!

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    1. Hi Gena! Do you have a lunch break where you could get a quick walk in? I actually just went from an active job where I was up & down all day to a job where I sit at a desk for 8 hours. I have realized that I have to get up & walk around quite frequently. I have even started going for a walk on my lunch breaks.

      Also, are you eating clean? If you eat clean the weight will take care of itself. I'm not kidding! Congrats on losing that much weight already! Try to switch up your foods to see if that will give you the kick start you need to lose those last 15 lbs!

      Good luck!

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    2. Whitney! I thought that was you! You look great! How have you been other than looking great! How's Ashley doing?! Glad you guys are doing so well!

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  9. Ok. I have a question. It looks like so much food for one woman. I feel like I would be sick if I ate all of that. I'm ok with the workouts. Any suggestions? I'm 5'7" an weigh 174. I just can't get off that number. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    1. Hi Chancy. I eat about 1500-2000 calories per day just depending on my activity level for that day. I truly believe that women do not eat enough calories (at least the good ones)! It was a lot of food at first but you will get used to it. I never thought I would be hungry every 2 hours but I am which is a good sign as my metabolism is working!

      Try to start eating clean. The weight will take care of itself!

      Good luck & keep us posted!

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    2. Trust me when you're eating the right portion sizes. You will get hungry. I love Tosca Reno. I'm so glad you guys are doing this and as couples. It makes it a lot easier when you have some one doing it with you.

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  10. Hi!
    I am 5' 4' and 130lbs I am trying to loose the last 10 lbs to my goal weight. I do follow the eat clean diet and I do exercise daily. I alternate..one day is an hour of Zumba/an hour PUMP class and end it with a Core class. The next day, I switch it up, 20 minute of elliptical, jump off 20 on the bike, jump off 20 min on the treadmill at an incline of 15. Then I will do weight/strengthing. I am stuck at my current weight! What can I do to overcome this plateau? Frustrated!

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi! I am 5' 4" and I weighed 130 pounds about two months ago and was so frustrated, so I can totally understand where you are coming from! I decided to try an app called MyFitnessPal.com . I started tracking my calories and found out I wasn't eating enough some days and I was eating too much other days. It helped me stay in the right range for my fitness level. I now weight 122 and am two pounds from my goal, and recently have lost inches off my waste. I eat non processed foods, mostly clean, and work out 4 times a week. Good luck to you! :)

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    2. I completely agree with the anonymous poster above. You may not be eating ENOUGH food! Try tracking your food for a few weeks to see what is going on. Another good thing to do is switch up your food every once in a while (still eat clean).

      Make sure your diet is 100% clean & try to avoid any cheats if possible to lose those last 10 lbs!

      Good luck!

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  11. For those of you with kids; look at the www.onceamonthmom.com she has real food freezer cooking plans where you cook a majority of your meals in bulk and freeze them.

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  12. For those of you with kids, don't shoot yourself in the foot by assuming your kids won't like clean eating. We have been eating clean for about 6 months now, and there is not a whole lot my two kids (3 and 6) don't like! Go into it with a positive attitude, little ones follow your lead! If you come accross something your kids truely don't like, try serving it a different way or again several weeks later after they have forgotten about it. But in my experience most kids really like fruits, veggies, simply cooked meat, etc.

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    1. If you don't mind please email us at thegang@heandsheeatclean.com. We would love to have a mom/dad do a post for us on how they eat clean in their home! I love your comment!

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    2. My boyfriends girls are even more picky than I was as a kid! When we first started dating and they would come over, they curled their nose to just about everything. I have 4 children of my own, I love to cook, so I make a variety every night pretty much. But I told the girls (6 and 9), they have to try 2 bites of anything I make, then if they don't like it, they can have something else. To their surprise they have really liked most everything I make. His 6 year old even tells everyone I'm the best cook in the world. She is truly picky, she thinks. Just a suggestion to help.

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    3. Agreed! My girls have finally warmed up to eating salads... all because of the new salad spinner! I said they couldn't use the spinner if they weren't going to eat it. I have always told my kids, just as my parents told me, "If you don't eat it, go to bed." Luckily they've never been that picky. Once kids are weaned off heavily processed and sugary foods, they will be able to feel how much their bodies reject junk food. My son had a sugar headache after I let him eat some candy his uncle brought over. My kids will come home from famly parties saying, "I want healthy food now!" We aren't perfect (as you will see from my last post of the trip to the ice cream shop!) but eh, we try!

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  13. My husband I just went through a similar process. I lost 5% body fat but gained "weight" due to toning muscle and getting stronger. I have never had to watch my weight before but I thought I could help out my husband who Lost 25 lbs, 5 inches off his tummy and lost 12% body fat. He looks amazing and has a lot more energy. Our kids notice a big difference in their health too. Our daughter has a modified sugar intolerence and eating healthier has changed her attitude and her tantrums. More parents need to look at this before heading into ADHD land.

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    1. If you don't mind please email us at thegang@heandsheeatclean.com. We would love to have a mom/dad do a post for us on how they eat clean in their home! I love your comment!

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  14. I have a feeling most people have no idea how many calories they eat! Certain foods, especially fried, creamy sauces, high fat content, etc. have enormous calorie counts for a small amount of food. Restaurants have started posting calories for items on the menu and it is very enlightening or even shocking! In fact a new law in CA says all chains must post calories. As for workouts, cardio + power/resistance is the most powerful. You don't necessarily need lots of weights or equipment though. Home workouts like P90X or my favorite Insanity give you great workouts at home with minimal equipment (none for Insanity!). I love working out at home--do it anytime in complete privacy! I'm on my 3rd month of Insanity and I've gone from a generally fit and athletic build to a much more muscular and lean build, smaller waist, lost about 8 lbs and am at what I consider my ideal weight and probably the best shape of my life ever. I'm 53. You can do it!

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    1. Thank you for this comment! You are exactly right! NO EXCUSES!

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  15. I am a stay at home mom of an 8 month old and have lost 5 lbs beyond the baby weight, yay. But I have an extra 15 lbs I want to lose from before I had baby which I had gained just from marriage. I want to eat clean, but the idea of eating only fresh/non processed foods mean more time cooking, more grocery runs & trying to convince my husband to try it(very picky eater who loves junk food & comfort foods). We are a busy family volunteering & Bible studies most night of the week. I would be very interested in hearing how other busy families do it & how one spouse can convince another :) My husband is very thin & bad foods & lack of exercise dont seem to affect his figure the way they do mine...

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    1. My husband won't eat all that healthy either he's not to picky other than he really hates chicken. Which is a lot of my fault and he grew up on deer beef and lamb. I know it's a lot of work but I thought it was worth it to me to spend time and fix my meals and fix them meals to. I wanted a change and so that's what I did but also I would make a meal and if he didn't like it then he could find something else to eat. I know. I'm mean but honestly I don't think it would hurt someone to eat a little better or you could give him a couple nights to pick something and make it for him learn to compromise and work together. He needs to understand what is important to you and hope that he supports you to and if not I know you're not alone. People don't like change and maybe if he sees you changing and feeling great he'll get curious. Good luck!

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  16. Thanks so much for posting your story. Life in rural WV really limits the availability to gym access. However, as a family we have gradually been converting to the eat clean lifestyle. The transition is a little easier for our three children and myself. My husband really struggles with eating clean while on the road for work. Any ideas for a picky meat and potato kind of guy?

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    1. Hi Missy! Scott was a meat & potato kind of guy at first too! That is all he would eat! Have you tried any of our recipes? What is his favorite non-clean recipe? We can try to "clean it up" if you share it with us!

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  17. I just came across your blog through Pinterest and I'm excited to read more about the information you have to share. I've been exercising at the gym for 21 weeks now (3-4 days a week most of the time) for an hour each time focusing on cardio and weights but I'm not seeing the weight loss results I'd like to see. I've definitely gained muscle but weight loss is not happening right now. I'm a size 10, weigh 150 and have a goal weight of 130. I'm hoping to find some inspiration for further diet changes to help in my journey to a healthier me. Thanks for sharing your story!

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    1. Thank you Holly! We hope you do to! Are you doing cardio or weights first when you are at the gym? How much time are you devoting to each (I know you said an hour total, but how much for each one)? I will try to help!

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  18. Hi, I just found this on Pinterest and I will book mark your blog. You guys look so good. I need to loose over 100 lbs, so this will not be easy for me. Basically, I walk and do some juicing, but lately I realized my routine is not high impact enough and I do need to add cardio and weight lifting in. Thanks for this!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, kick it up a notch & keep your diet clean & you will be suprised at how you change! Let us know if you ever have any questions & thank you for following us!

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  19. Hi! Just found your blog via Pinterest and think you guys are wonderful inspirations! I am also on a journey to not only lose weight, but become more healthy. I am a mother to 2 kids (10 & 6) and have found that they enjoy eating clean more than eating junk. We cook and shop together as a family which helps them feel like they have a say. My best advice, and what has worked best for us, is to let them each pick out 1 fruit/vegetable they like and 1fruit/vegetable they have never tried. This way they can experiment, but in a fun way. I honestly find that our grocery bill is no more than it used to be now eating clean than when we ate processed foods. Here is a great site for families looking for some ideas for school lunches as well as other meals! Thanks for sharing your story! www.100daysofrealfood.com

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    1. Thank you for sharing this information! I love it that you are spending time together as a family & being healthy! Keep up the great work!

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  20. My bf and I just started eating clean 2 weeks ago, we have both lost 9 lbs so far - great to see another couple that has achieved great results, gives us motivation!

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    1. YAY! That is awesome Brooke! Keep up the great work & let us know if you ever have any questions!

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  21. Great job guys! I started eating clean 4 years ago. I'm 35, had 4 children and maintain a size 4, muscles and all by eating biblically clean. The Makers Diet is what kick started it for me. Threw out all the garbage, pork, shellfish and never looked back. I've since learned and moved forward even more to now eating very little meat and no cows milk anymore. I feel better and my hormones regulated. I had VERY abnormal periods, now I'm right on schedule. Glad to see you both making an effort to get the news out there and share it. I'm so tired and feel so weary of seeing people struggle with diets and exercise. It's 90% food! Be blessed!

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    1. Thank you very much for this comment! We feel the same way! Keep up the good work!!

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  22. How can I be sure I am getting enough protein if I do not eat meat or eggs?

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    1. There's tons of protein in other things, vegetables, tofu stuff like that. You just need to do some research =)

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  23. Love love love your story! I have such great intentions and typically do quite well... but I gotta admit, my hubby drags me down with all his temptation foods around me. Wish I could get him committed to the healthy train.

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    1. Hey Jess! Lead by example & I bet he will follow! Don't cave into his foods - it's just food - you are stronger than that! :-)

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  24. I'm going to try this out! I'm getting married in a year and I woud love to tone up before then and have something to stick to after the wedding. Thank you for posting all of this!

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    1. Good luck Kay! Keep us updated on your progress!

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  25. Slaughtered - how can you eat something that has been slaughtered? Every creature has as much right to be here as you do.

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  26. Hi, My name is Deana, I am a mom to a beautiful 15 month old little boy. I am very unappy with my weight. I was 116 pounds right before I got pregnant and I gained 72 pounds with my son. I have lost a little weight since i had him but I'm not where I would like to be I'm 5'4 and 1/2 and I weigh 145 pounds and I would really like some advice on how to lose about 20 pounds. I was going to the gym with my husband but now I am a full time mom fulltime college student and I work part time so its hard for me to get to the gym. I am in need of some help.Any ideas?

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    1. Hi Deana - The best advice I can give is to devote a day where you cook all of your food (I do mind on Sunday). This way you will have healthy options on hand. You also do not have to go to a gym. If you can squeeze in anytime to workout at home that is better than none. All you need are some free weights! Good luck & keep us updated!

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  27. You want to lose the right type of weight. I had back surgery May 14th and have not been able to go to the gym since. I am down about 20 pounds but I am losing muscle. Going to be a long pull to get it back when the let me go back to the weights. I am age 67 and the old man saggy skin I had tightened up is starting to show.

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    1. True but just focus on muscle building (limit your cardio) when you are able to get back into the gym! Keep eating clean!

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    2. I like reading about another "older" person having difficulty. I am 50 yrs old, 204 lbs, and have been going to a personal trainer for 8 months. I am building good muscle tone, but I am not losing any weight. Have multiple health issues, and my doctor wants to me to do the clean eating. It is very difficult, with a husband who loves cooking, and LOVES meat & potatoes. I have had to fix all my own meals, and try to avoid all the "goodies" sitting around. Any more good advice for us older people? I can't seem to find much info on that. It is a little harder to lose the weight the older we get!

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  28. This plan is pretty helpful but I'll just have to alter it a bit to my already vegetarian lifestyle

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  29. I was just wondering how long it took you guys to lose the weight and get to the size you are now?

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    1. I went from 157 lbs (size 10) to 125 lbs (size 2) in one year. It took Scott about the same amount of time. Hope this helps!

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  30. I am 77 years old. I have been on a roller coaster with my weight all my life. Six years ago I heard about The Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno. I bought the book. At that time I weighed over 200lbs. Ten months later I was down to 150lbs. This is where I want to keep my weight. This will be my sixth Christmas at this weight. I also work out at Curves 3 days a week. I am healthier and I look younger than my age. If I can do it anyone can. Thanks for making others aware that it can be done, by the young or even the more mature.(don't like the word old)

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    1. That is amazing! This is a great example for everyone else who has every excuse under the moon that prevents them from getting healthier. Your story is very inspiring...you're more active than most people are in when they're in their 40s. By then they give up and think that they're body isn't capable of getting back into shape, but you've proved them wrong! We'd love to do a feature story on you sometime if you'd be willing.

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    2. Sounds like fun. Let me know the particulars and and maybe we can put it together sometime in the future. I just hope others don't take as long as I did to learn how to eat right.

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  31. I actually came across your story on Pinterest and was immediately drawn to it when reading your old sizes and your new sizes. I saw myself and my husband!! We married in 2007 and have both gained about 40lbs each! I have honestly been mortified with our weight gain and it has been so hard to get motivated but yet I look in the mirror each day and am in shock at who I see looking back at me. I am 37 years old and wearing a size 10 and I'm not even saying there is anything wrong with being a size 10 except for that I knew who I was and feel trapped in someone else's body. We've both done Nutrisystem in the past successfully but quit because the cost was just to much and we just haven't been able to keep up with eating that way. Thank you for showing me that those who are away from home as long as you are can manage to eat healthy and still work out!

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  32. I love your blog. I read that you like MRM protein powder. I have tried other protein powders and decided to give MRM Dutch Chocolate a try. It is yummy!
    But, I have one quick question.
    It calls for:
    1 scoop for every 4oz of liquid. Seems like a lot for so little water. (or other liquid)
    Do you also use those ratios?
    Do you add more or less liquid or eat in a smoothie? Just wondering.
    Thanks!
    Marie

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    1. Marie - the powder is instantized, so it actually blends pretty well in only 4 oz of liquid. If you go too high, it won't have much taste...maybe go as much as 6 oz.

      You can mix it in a smoothie...use about the same amount of water depending on the fruit. If you're using a fruit with high water content (like an orange), then you can reduce the water.

      We like to mix it with pasteurized egg whites and unsweetend almond milk...tastes like a milk shake! Well, not really, but at least it's healthy!

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  33. Oh wow, my husband and I sound so much like yall! We used to be at healthy weights (and still are.....kinda ;)) but college and busy married life have not helped us keep weight off. I am so afraid of going to the gym, but my hubby likes to go. I adore cooking, but really need to learn how to cook more nutritious meals. Thanks for sharing yalls success story; can't wait to learn more!

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    1. Thank you Kristina! That does sound like us! :-) Good luck on your journey & let us know if you have any questions!

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  34. I don't work out aside from small walks. I have been on a clean diet for a few months. For weight loss, should I incorporate protein powder in my diet even if I don't lift weights? Thanks!

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    1. Hello AO. If you go to "The Lifestyle" tab at the top of the page, Scott did a few posts on protein powders that you may find helpful! After you read through those let us know if you have any questions!

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  35. I came across you blog it is very inspiring. :)
    I just started my own site to jot my journey with clean eating and recipes. I think it is so great that you both as a couple are working towards healthy living together www.apricotglow.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! We will check out your site! Let us know if you ever have any questions!

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  36. I could've swore you were telling my story in the first couple of paragraphs ;) I'm glad to know that we can change!

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  37. OMG this is one couples way. They were so excited that they wanted to share it with others it might work for. If its not for you either keep searching or adjust it to work for you. As an overweight person I appreciate any advise. So thank you for this info. And to the person who was so negative about this info I hope you can find the plan that will motivate you to get healthy and reclaim your life. I know I'm going to get off the couch and start my journey to loss this 100 pounds. I want more energy. I will find a way around the excuses and knee pain/discomfort to a healthier and happier life. Denie

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  38. One way to eliminate sugar from your diet is to reduce the amount of processed foods you consume. Processed foods add no nutritional value, basically when processed foods are consumed they break down into mostly sugar, and sugar will turn into fat if the body does not burn it off.

    I lost 54 pounds by detoxing my diet, Once you start eating real food it changes the way you eat and feel about food. You no longer crave junk food or processed foods it is a lifestyle change. I stayed on track by planning healthy meals that were processed free, and I kept track of the calories I was consuming with a weight loss goal sheet. It worked I finally feel good about myself again.

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  39. I have been pretty sick which has contributed to my weight gain. But recently recovered and so far I lost 32. All together I need to lose 92 pounds so I am not done yet. I have been over weight for some time now, but I started to lose it when I documented my weekly diet and exercise routine with a goal sheet and included in my weight loss goal sheet slim fast bars for breakfast, lunch and sometimes a snack. It is life saving. I was able to plan in advance my diet and exercise routine and it helped me to stay on track and also to see what my biggest challenges were. I became a member of Diets and received a goal sheet there are also a lot of weight loss tips and tools that supported my weight loss goals. I need to lose more pounds but I am on my way.

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    1. Those Slimfast bars are really high in sugar, and low in protein. Eat real food and you will not need these high calorie "life savers"

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  40. Hi my name is Casey,
    I am a 20 year old college student with an 18 month old daughter. I was 135-140 my pre pregnancy weight and before that i was 128. I had always been a "chubby" kid until i started sports including water polo and softball. I was 207 pounds at my last weigh in for my pregnancy! After I had her i was at 190. It took months and months for my weight to budge. I soon started to think my Mirena had something to do with me not losing weight because i wouldnt gain either. I got it taken out and 7 days later i was down 10 pounds! Since I have been working out I have lost about 42 pounds which is 59 pounds since being pregnant! I have done insanity and running mostly. Insanity was what really shaped my body!. Im 5'7 and my goal weight is 130. I was like 150 a couple days ago and I started eating completely clean and am down 2 pounds already! I was wondering on how to incorporate weights into my routine? How many times a week should I do this? I already feel awesome but who doesnt want to achieve above and beyond?!

    Thanks,
    Casey

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  41. Are you able to suggest any clean breakfast options that are not eggs/egg substitues? Most clean eating breakfasts seem to have eggs (and understandably so), and not eating eggs usually leads me to things like bagels, breads, and muffins. I would love any suggestions that you have!

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  42. Hello, I'm very inspired by your journey and it is a journey that I would like to begin, but the gym is not in the budget. I have kettlebells and some dumbells at home. I also have many workout DVDs. How can I make this work out at home? Also, how can I shop for the different recipe foods without spending a fortune? Please advise :)
    Sarah

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  43. where are your recipes posted that I see people commenting about is their another site?

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    1. They have a recipe tab at the top of this page.

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  44. Hi Scott and Whitney, and all your readers,
    Greetings from a very hot and sunny Australia. I actually don't know how I stumbled on to your blog but I am so happy I did! I love the way you have set it up and you really have answered every question anyone may have about getting started on eating clean.
    I have only been at it for a few months and also used Tosca Reno's books to get me started. I do beleive the most important thing to succeed in eating clean is preparation, and I am not surprised to hear you spend a whole Sunday preparing for the week. I do try to prep most of my meals on a Sunday too, and have noticed that it is very difficult to make healthy choices if you suddenly find yourself hungry with no clean food around.
    So for the other readers I just wanted to say that Tosca Reno's books are a great way to get started with the eating part of your journey, and as for the gym and the weights, my advice is to get a personal trainer. I have been having one session a week with my trainer for 8 weeks now and I can honestly say it has changed my life. I too used to find gyms very intimidating and would sneak in a few days a week and spend an hour on a cardio machine, with very little results. Now I can't wait for my weekly session, and also go another 4 days a week to work on a program my trainer has set up for me. PT's in Australia are ridiculously expensive but I have seen it as a very worthwhile investment in myself and I can't begin to tell you great I am starting to look and feel.
    I am only a few months away from turning forty and I can honestly say I haven't looked this good at 30 or even at 20!
    Thanks again for sharing your story, you are a great inspiration and I look forward to regularly visiting your site.

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  45. Been working out at the gym for some time and in September started a new workout program with a personal trainer...seeing results and feeling great. My resolution for 2013 is to start clean eating...just purchased Tosca Reno's book and look forward to a better me in 2013 and visiting your site for further inspiration.

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  46. I have always been a bigger girl. However, planning my wedding I'd put on almost 40 pounds. I could no longer itnin my size 16 jeans. I read a book by a doctor my friend works for, "its notbyour fault your fat," and for the first time in my life I understood how my body worked. I realized that this was the reason no fad diets or even weight watchers hadnt worked for me. Last year I lost 45 lbs. People noticed. Ibhad definition. I fit into those jeans id been saving since high school!! I felt on top of thr world. However, I fell and hurt myself so I got lazy while i was on bedrest and put about 10 lbs on. Ive since started eating clean again and hope to continue to lose weight. It was yhe best choice I ever made but sometimes I forget that. Stories like this remind me its worth it and I need to continue with my lifestyle change!!

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  47. Found your blog on Pinterest. My husband and I have always been lovers of vegetables and healthy eating, but it wasn't until I was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor causing prolactinoma that we completely committed to eating clean, a recommendation from my herbalist. What you eat can have a dramatic impact on your hormones, and hormones regulate more than we can imagine. Eating clean has not only helped my symptoms, but my husband and I have been losing weight. Not as much as we would like since exercising was a struggle for me since high levels of prolactin zaps your energy. Now that I have a bit more energy I am back to exercising. Looking forward to losing 15 more pounds. My husband grew up on processed foods, canned foods, and restaurant food. I grew up with home cooked meals, but still not totally clean. I'm Mexican, and have been able to "clean up" my Mexican recipes. I do spend a bit more time cooking, but we both enjoy it much better than processed food that is just so bland. We eat according to the seasons, so that helps us stay on a budget as well. I am starting to document some of this stuff in our blog. Enjoy yummy delicious food without things such as high fructose corn syrup!

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  48. Congrats! That is amazing. Keep us posted of your progress. My wife and I have a very very similar story. We ended up joining a crossfit gym and living a paleo lifestyle and haven't looked back. Myself 100#'s and my wife 25-30#'s and just all around happier people.

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  49. Dear Scott and Whitney, I need help. I'm an upcoming second year college student and from Asia. So what? So what is that Rice is a staple food here---its there 24/7 during bfast, lunch and dinner, it's always been there. Second is that I still live with my relatives and they have the control over what we eat and it's safe to say they're not a big fan of eating clean. Do you have any tips to still eat clean in this kind environment? It would surely help a lot. xxx

    P.S. I do exercise regularly.

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