4 Reasons why to do Clean Kitchen

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By Felicia Johnson

Sluggish. Moody. Sleepless. Bloated. Quickly expanding.

These are some of the words I would use to describe me before the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge. Yet, the most accurate word that truly pinpoints my life at that point is “frustrated.”

I was frustrated with myself for knowing alot of what to do but still unable to get back on track.

I was frustrated by the cycle of feeling too sluggish to prep or cook, grabbing a bite to eat from wherever, and then crashing and burning, just to continue the same cycle the next day.

I was frustrated with the scale. It just kept moving upward. It was so unbelievable that I seriously contemplated purchasing a new one…just in case mine was off a little or a lot.

Mostly, I was frustrated with me because the person I saw in the mirror each day was inconsistent with the knowledge I had or the lifestyle I completely believed in. The incongruency bothered, even embarrassed me. Yet, with all of my knowledge and desires, I could not seem to get back on track. My life was out of control, and so was my weight.

I needed something. I did not need a pipe dream, gimmick, or fancy slogan that was thought up to make money. I did not need a get-skinny-quick scheme. I did not need a pill or a potion that had been cooked up in a lab, something I would always have to keep buying to feel “extra normal.”

None of those things was to be part of my story. I needed something real, something I could sustain, and something that aligned with my core beliefs about health, although I was anything but a picture of health at that moment.

After researching Clean Kitchen, I felt that it aligned with what I believed in, and the pictures of past participants boasted great weight loss. With nothing to lose but a few rolls, I was all in. I was most optimistic about the weight loss at first, but after internalizing CK’s core concepts, it became clear to me that this would be more than a weight loss venture. Clean Kitchen was not a program. It was a lifestyle of change and maintenance, restoring me back to a place where I honored the fact that I was fearfully and wonderfully made.

While I must admit, I went into Clean Kitchen for one reason, to lose weight, I gained so much more. I had foolishly wrecked my body prior to CK, and this vessel needed to heal..the right way. What I gained in the first few months confirmed that CK was the right choice for me and that I was changing from the inside out. My eyes were brighter. My skin was more youthful. I honestly felt better than I had felt in YEARS! I was sleeping through the night, and my sugar cravings were gone.

I was no longer just surviving; I was thriving.

Eventually, I recognized some external mile markers that were the result of all the changes that had been taking place under the surface, changes that were hidden from me at first: feeling good enough to get back into the gym, the first day I ran and realized there was no longer a belly jiggle, wearing a dress that I had not been able to wear comfortably in two years, measuring a 14-inch loss, and having my husband say, “When I wrap my arms around your waist, the difference is noticeable.” Broccoli points for him!

Four aspects that set Clean Kitchen apart from every other program I either tried or looked into; and cause me to recommend it above all else.

1: CK’s focus was not on calorie restriction or quantity of food but more on quality. Just eat real food. The real food that I am now consistently eating has given me real life, a life I feel good enough to live now.

2: There’s no generic meal plan I was held to. So, I never got bored of eating the same old thing. We were taught not just the “what” of eating but the “why,” and once I understood the why, it was easy for me to comply.

3: The CK program is well-organized and put together in a way that is sensible and avoids overload. You get the information in a layered manner so that it really solidifies the foundation and then builds strategically from there.

4: The most distinguishable aspect of Clean Kitchen is the coaching. Hands down! It makes all the difference. The coaches truly understand nutrition and how all the aspects of nutrition work together to give you the body that is a picture of health, a body that shows you are grateful for life and that you get to live your life in that body. These coaches were there for so much more than just accountability. They constantly encouraged me, helped me when it seemed as if the scale had gotten stuck, and helped me tweak various aspects to get even greater results. Important to me was the fact that they each lived what they were teaching. I could see it in their eyes, hear it in their inflection, and sense it in their passion that they wanted me to be successful. I felt that I was more than a dollar sign. I was their mission, and it showed in every interaction, every e-mail, and every high-five! They set me up to be successful beyond a program, and although Clean Kitchen, the program, has ended for me, Clean Kitchen, the lifestyle is still in effect.

Thanks, Clean Kitchen and our coaches. I honestly believe that when I chose those 12 weeks, I chose life, and my life is filled with gratitude for what you did for me.

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I think I might enjoy cooking now!

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By Angela Samples

The Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge was the best thing I have ever done for my health. I have learned so much! I’m not really sure how or why the program is so effective, but it has made a world of difference for me. Prior to Clean Kitchen, I knew my eating habits were terrible and my cholesterol was not where it should be. Every time I’d make a poor food choice (which felt like it was 9 out of 10 times), I’d have this tremendous guilt that I wasn’t taking care of myself. After Clean Kitchen, not only can I confidently say I am consistently now a Level 1 eater, but I also know without doubt what constitutes a good food choice. And even though I haven’t been food logging the last couple of weeks, my clean eating habits have remained intact! They are in fact “habits!”

I have lost 17 pounds and many inches. I am wearing clothes I haven’t been able to wear in a long time (which makes me feel like I have a whole new wardrobe). I feel so much better and gone is the guilt of making poor food choices. My biggest accomplishment, however, is having my doctor telling me my cholesterol numbers look great! No cholesterol medicine for me…thank you very much!!!!! That has got to be what I am most happy about!

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Changing my life, saved my life.

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By Will Easterling

About mid-way through the Clean Kitchen 12 week challenge, it hit me. I realized at that point in time, that Clean Kitchen didn’t just “change” my life in so many positive ways, I began looking at CK as “saving” my life. I began to realize how much this program was going to positively affect the quality of my life and actually help lead to a longer life as well. And by living a longer, healthier life, I thought about how many more great memories I will have now have spending time with my family and doing all the things I love to do. I realized that the nutritional habits we create today not only affect us in the short-term, but they most likely have even greater long-term affects.

“I came to a point where I wanted to make sustainable changes, but I didn’t know how. There are too many “diets” out there promising “this and that” which made the change I desired and needed way too confusing. So for years, I chose to do nothing.”

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Summer 2017 Progress Pictures

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Every 12 week Challenge we see amazing results. But we measure “results” in many different ways. The pictures get a lot of attention and they are nothing short of amazing, but when we hear feedback from our clients (like below), we know we helped change a life for good. And those kind of “results” you do not get to see in a picture or girth measurements.

But you know, we still get incredibly giddy about seeing some incredible transformations in body composition as well!!!!!! Here is a sampling of the Summer 2017 Challenge class. You guys will inspire so many people to take the leap of faith because you did 12 weeks ago. Congrats to all participants!! We can not wait to see how the rest of your journey unfolds. And of course, we will always be there supporting you the entire way!

The next Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge begins soon! All details here.

CK Challenge Winner is chosen by CK peers in an anonymous vote of all who turn in progress pictures. The client with the most votes wins $1000!!!

Summer 2017 Clean Kitchen Challenge winner is…

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First place winner of $1000!

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Second Place!

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Third Place!

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Meal Prep 101 Cooking Demo Class

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Here is live video from our August 2, 2017 cooking demo at The Kitchen Table is Hattiesburg! If you were not able to attend but still want some great info, give it a watch. We share some of our tips in the kitchen to make meal preps fast and simple. Not to mention some clutch onion chopping and grape slicing techniques!

Download the free PDF of complete grocery list, equipment list, and recipes used for the Meal Prep Demo Class here. CkMealPrepDemo_recipes PDF

Learn about our upcoming Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge here. You get a personal coach to guide you through the sometimes confusing world of learning how to eat healthy and make it a lifestyle!

Cranberry Pear + Persian Lime

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A good sauce is everything to me…really. This combo created a sauce that is so versatile! The J. Olive Co. Cranberry Pear Balsamic and Persian Lime Olive Oil is one combo you will get so much use out of. I made a sweet and sticky hot sauce, a divine Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette with a chicken salad, a sweet potato mash, even a Strawberry Compote with oatmeal! I went all over the place with different ideas. Let’s dig in!

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It is never too late to start

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By Linda Jackson

I’ve been overweight since I was 48 years old. When I first began to put on a few pounds, I thought it was funny, because I had always been very thin. But over the next 18 years I gained 70 pounds. I enrolled in weight-loss programs and exercise programs, and for the past five years I met weekly with a nutritionist. There was always some success, but I never stuck to any program. I was strong in so many aspects of my life, but I felt like a complete failure when it came to controlling what went into my mouth.

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