Monday, May 20, 2013

Clean Eating Update

It has been about a month and a half since I started this clean eating adventure. Honestly, I didn't think that I would still be on this journey. There have been a few hiccups, but I got right back on track after my body clearly let me know that all of the junk I was trying to sneak in was not good for me.
The 17 Day Diet was great to jumpstart this thing, but I haven't really stuck to that particular diet past the first 17 days. My rules now are. . . and I hate to call them rules because that just makes my stubborn self want to break them right away. So, we'll go with guidelines. My guidelines now are:
Occasionally, I'll take a bite of my daughter's pb & j or finish off her bowl of rice, but I am proud to report that I am no longer craving any of those bready starches. We even have a bag of Sister Schubert yeast rolls (my FAVORITE!) in the freezer and I have absolutely no desire to sneak a bite of one or two - or the entire bag as I probably would have done previously.

No, I'm not superwoman (because that what you were thinking, right?). I have had some cravings and I have given into every one of those cravings - in moderation, of course. Following a not so pleasant experience after indulging in a bowl of ice-cream and a horrible headache after eating a veggie pancake made with white flour, I think I have learned my lesson. I am now focusing on replacing my bad-habit cravings with healthy alternatives. Here are a few of my favorite healthy replacements:
Y'all, the sweet craving thing has been the hardest for me. I still haven't found a good snack to satisfy my sweet tooth fully. All of the above snacks work pretty well, but I find myself craving sweets again about an hour after I eat my sweet snack. I even tried a raw chocolate bar this weekend from a local vendor, Triangle Raw Foods. Unfortunately, I ate the entire bar within 30 minutes. . . it was supposed to be my sweet treat to last the rest of the week. Ooops.

This is starting to feel more like a lifestyle change and I am loving the benefits! No more migraines: I have suffered from migraines since high school and they have disappeared (with the exception of that small headache after eating white flour)!  More Energy: I no longer wake up in a fog with a puffy face and dragging my feet. Better Skin: I am just now starting to see clearer skin. Initially, as my body was detoxing, I saw more breakouts. Weight Loss: The most dramatic weight loss happened during my first 17 days on this adventure, but I have continued to lose weight. Down 24 pounds since starting! Loving it!

Side Note: Not surprising, I discovered that I am definitely a stress eater. As in, I make very poor eating decisions when I am stressed. John was gone this past weekend, so I was left to entertain two little ones with no break for the entire weekend. After one night and an early morning toddler wake-up call, I was ready to stuff my face with cake. Instead of stuffing my face, I recognized that I was stressed and not actually hungry. I ended up putting the littlest one down for a nap and distracting the toddler with playdoh before pouring my self a cup of coffee and sitting down to read a few of my favorite blogs in peace and semi-quiet. It was just enough me-time to recharge my batteries and keep me from diving into a bowl of brownie batter.

I hope everyone else is succeeding in their clean eating! And if you're not, or haven't decided to clean up your diet, enjoy a piece a cake or two for me.


  1. Great job! I really need to get back to eating clean again. This was just the motivation I needed, thank you. Keep up the great work!

    1. Thanks Talisha!. After reading your fitness post (, it sounds like you are well on your way to living healthfully! Now that I've gotten my eating habits under control, I need to work on my running habits :)


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