February 1, 2013

New Years New Rules giveaway!

So I've been on a clean eating spree lately, inspired by Katie and Megan over at Prescribe Nutrition. If you've been hanging around this blog (or in person) lately, you've noticed that it's pretty much all I can talk about. A couple of weeks ago, they led an online course called New Year New Rules (NYNR), which is two weeks of professionally guided clean eating.

Here's the deal: I won an entry to NYNR, and I thought, what the hay, I'll go with this. What I didn't think is, wow, this might just change my eating life. But, holy food, it pretty much did. Was I already a decent eater? Sometimes, yes. Cupcakes and sodas were occasional foods, except when there was a large batch of something hanging around on my counter. Then the occasional foods turned into eat-this-as-fast-as-you-can-so-you-aren't-tempted-by-it-anymore foods.

Beyond that, I didn't have much direction. In general, I tried to avoid purchasing the super sugary cereals, and I at least brought home the big tubs of greens from Costco every trip. But I didn't feel a real purpose in my eating. Sure, I ate to not feel hungry. Oh, and also there was that time I ate to majorly carb load. Food fail. If it was delicious and easy to make, I was all over it. Also if it was not delicious and easy to make, I was all over that too. Pretty much I was not into devoting a lot of time to food.

So here's what I learned in my two weeks with NYNR: it is worth devoting time to food! Do I want to spend hours in the kitchen every day? Still a big no. But if I spend a little extra time prepping foods that I can eat over the rest of the week or the next few days, my clean eating job is easier. And the major/major-est thing of all is that if you are trying to eat clean, you will get out of it what you put into it. I'm talking about the energy you gain from feeding your body with things that don't drag it down. For every good food choice you make, you will feel better.

I was discussing this with a friend of mine from my middle school days (gotta love the Facebooks), and she brought up the amazing point that she has spent tons of money on face and skin care products that don't do as good of a job as clean eating does for her skin. I would say the same for energy-boosting products. You can spend tons of money on Red Bulls, and you still won't feel as energized as you will with clean eating.

So now that the official two-week program is over for me, I'm sticking with it because I'm hooked on the way it makes me feel. Will I eat this way forever? I'm really not sure right now. For now, my goal is to stick with it until the end of the month. I have a huge month planned running-wise, and I know that my body is going to need every little extra ounce of recovery fuel I can give it.

One huge thing for me is food costs. With four kids, we can generate some huge grocery bills, and I was positive that this plan would make my food bills higher. There are definitely things, like ghee from Whole Foods, that are much more expensive than I usually lay down for a groceries, but because we're eating so much less boxed food, we are actually coming away spending less.

For example, we tend to buy lots of bars, like Cliff and Z Bars, at Costco. But this week, I finally tried out this make-at-home grab the gold recipe that I've had pinned for about two years (slight exaggeration). Have you heard of Grab the Gold? They're amazing. The kids loved the homemade version, and it was cheaper. Winning all around.


Also, I made a huge pot of the lemon-y lentil soup that was one of the crowd favorite NYNR recipes, and it lasted all week (I have the amazing talent of being able to eat the same food over and over again and not getting bored). Plus I froze two bags of it for later. See, it can be easy with a little working ahead, and because it was already prepped, I wasn't tempted to hit the drive-through somewhere.


Here's another one I threw together post long run last week. After long runs, I am at the height of tired and don't want to mess around in the kitchen. Quick meal: leftover grits with sautéed onions, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes, topped with avocado. It took just a few minutes to throw all the veggies in a pan and sauté them because everything was already chopped (or came in small pieces like the tomatoes and spinach). 


So what was supposed to be a quick post has turned into a novel about eating. Again!

To summarize, because I am supposed to be resting up for a long run in the morning, I hearted NYNR big time. More than some people love Ryan Gosling, which, according to the use of his picture in internet memes, is infinite. So I asked the girls over there if I could hook one of you guys up with a free two-week course.

To summarize, here's what New Year New Rules will offer you:

1. Two-week clean eating program led by professional nutritionists
2. Easy-to-follow eating guidelines
3. Majorly delicious recipes that they have created to follow the guidelines
4. Question-and-answer forums, where no question is lame and you will get a quick, thorough response
5. Support, contagious excitement and ideas of the other course members
6. Knowledge and confidence to continue the clean eating journey on your own

If you're interested in signing up for the program, go here to find out more about registration. The dates for round two of the program are Feb. 18 - March 4, and the registration deadline is Feb. 15. Cost for the program is $149. Get 20% off with the code NYNR20.

Or you can win one free registration!

To enter: Tell me, in a comment below, why you'd like to try out this program. 

For bonus entries (make sure to leave a separate comment for each so I can count them all!):

* Follow Prescribe Nutrition on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Follow (or already follow) Yo Momma Runs on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Like Prescribe Nutrition on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Like (or already like) Yo Momma runs on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Follow (or already follow) Yo Momma Runs via Google Friend connect. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Share this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog. Leave a separate comment for each share!

This giveaway will close next Monday, February 11th, and I'll pick a winner via random.org. I hope you win!

Prescribe Nutrition is providing the free program entry. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this post. 

77 comments:

  1. I won an entry into NYNR too and it coincidede with my Whole30 Paleo challenge so I didn't really pay enough attention to it. I would love to get in on the 2nd one and really give it a go.

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  2. I follow Prescribe Nutrition on Twitter
    @eatrunsail

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  3. I follow Yo Momma Runs on Twitter, too
    @eatrunsail

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  4. I like Prescribe Nutrition on FB

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  5. I like Yo Momma Runs on FB, too.

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  6. I do follow you with GFC, I see my little face there!

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  7. I tweeted your giveaway
    https://twitter.com/eatrunsail/status/297588424750292992

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  8. I linked your post to my blog Giveaway sidebar.

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  9. Pinned this post to my Giveaway Board
    http://pinterest.com/pin/19281104626556653/

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  10. I am ALWAYS looking for new tips and tricks and recipes!

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  11. Have tried clean eating bc it helps my blood sugars, but it is hard sticking with it with the little info I can find

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  12. I started my clean eating journey several months ago, but I am far from perfect. I would love some guidance!

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  13. I would absolutely live to try this!!!! Especially since I am Just about to have a baby, I always fo my own version of clean eating For a while when I am breast feeding anyway!! It's amazing how much food can effect every other part of your life. For me it's greatly emotinal too! My mental happiness is much greater when I eat cleaner. Anyhow, I would love his for a million reasons!!! Not to mention I need to loose 70 pounds post baby:)

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  14. I am following prescribed nutrition on twitter now as @bouffeebambini

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  15. I follow up mama runs on FB as hanna villarrubia

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  16. I have been trying to ean up my diet for a while and still struggle. This sounds like a great plan. ( I love Grab the Gold bars)

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  17. I'd love to try clean eating and see if it'll help with my tummy issues. The extra energy would be a nice bonus!

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  18. I now follow Prescribe Nutrition on Twitter

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  19. I'm like you, I eat ok, but I would love to be guided through healthier living and have more natural energy!

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  20. Follow Prescribe Nutrition on Twitter

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  21. I don't know if I'd be allowed to win this as I won the Trailmix app but I would love to...my eating needs a rehaul, I'm turning vegetarian/pescatarian when I get back to the UK and I desperately need to learn to do it healthily. And you've sold it so well!!!

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  22. I follow you on FB

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  23. AND on Twitter, I'm a YoMomma addict!

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  24. I want to win b/c according to "doctors" I have an 80% chance of developing type 2 diabetes in the next 5 years. Blah on them!

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  25. and now I like Prescribe Nutrition

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  26. I'd like to get rid of my middle-age spread and make it easier on my knees to run.

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  27. I just tweeted about this giveaway

    https://twitter.com/bouffeebambini/status/297811585165062144

    fingers crossed:)

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  28. Clean eating rules!!! I've been mainly eating this way for over 2 years and I can't even begin to tell you how much it has made a difference in my energy levels & recovery time. I can push myself harder now then I could when I was in my early 30's. And it doesn't hurt that most people look at me and think I'm about 10 years younger than I actually am. :D Oh, I'm posting that burger recipe tomorrow! Giddy up!

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  29. This would be perfect for us. My husband has been working so hard to get healthy and he's finally open to new ideas about what we eat. I even hinted at "clean eating" the other night and he didn't throw up any flags or "no's" but instead was curious!!! Ahh!! This is awesome. Great giveaway!!

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  30. I follow/stalk you on Twitter.

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  31. I totally like you on, and off, FB!

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  32. I would love to try this program! I have no self control when it comes to cookie dough and cheesecake and I've been interested in clean eating since I read about it a few years ago. I just can't seem to take the plunge. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. Now following them on Twitter!

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  34. I already follow you on Twitter

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  35. Liked Prescribe Nutrition on Facebook

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  36. I already follow you on Google Friend Connect

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  37. I'd like to win this because my eating habits are in serious need of a makeover! Also I'm much more likely to stick with something if I start out with a plan and support!

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  38. I love your passion for clean eating! I am fascinated with all things nutrition, and can definitely identify. I'd love to learn more about this!

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  39. I think you and I might be related. I love this post and since having my little girl, I have been trying to not only help her eat clean but I want to set a good example for her as she grows up and so my diet has been changing quite a bit as well. And I too feel great! My running is great, my skin is so much better - all the things you said are true.

    I follow you on Facebook, Twitter, and I think we are Google friends. I am going right now to follow Prescribed Nutrition on Facebook. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

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  40. Wow- sounds interesting!
    That's a really good point about spending lots of money on skincare when healthy eating can help out so much.

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  41. I am just at the beginning of trying to figure out why I sometimes feel so blah. I suspect it has to do with my diet, it's 85% clean, but, I too love the occasional cupcake :) this sounds interesting.

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  42. I started eating clean last year, and really loved it. I've slowly added some unclean foods back into my diet, so I'd love a chance to freshen it up again!

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