8.20.2012

Clean Eating {the beginning}

A shot of my last ice cream treat for the summer!



I finished reading This is Why your Fat on the road trip home and after eating out for 9 days straight I was SOOOO ready to throw away the crap and jump on the clean eating bandwagon.
For the last several months I've been plateaued at 150 pounds. I've tried exercising more, eating within certain calorie ranges {1300-1700}, exercising less, nothing. Stuck.
I've heard good things about eating clean, but honestly it sounded like a freaking ton of work and not something I could work in to my life easily.
Ok, maybe I was just being lazy.
Maybe it was time to change WHAT I put into my body not just how much.
Now, that being said I can't guarantee I will be 100% every single day. This is real life, sometimes things happen, you can't make it to the grocery store right that second, or you are starving and not a home and are forced to make the best choice by eating out.
I would say the most important aspect of this lifestyle is being prepared. School starts in a week and some days I will be gone from 730am until 7 pm, so I need to plan ahead.

In her book she lays out a 2 week 'getting on board' plan where you eat like you were before, but add in a few things each day.

2 eggs
1 cup of {plain} oatmeal
2 cups of detox veggies
   {artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collard greens, cucumbers, eggplant, endive, garlic, green beans, kale, lettuce (all varieties), mushrooms, mustard greens, onions, parsley, peppers (all varieties), radishes, scallions, spinach, summer squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnip greens, watercress, yellow wax beans, and zucchini.}
2 servings of fruit
Lots of water with lemon juice
Whey protein shake
Herbal Tea at night {so you don't snack}

After that you start her 5+2 plan, basically you eat clean for 5 days and you can have 2 'treat' meals on the weekends as long as they are not more that 1500 calories each. She claims that by eating clean for those 5 days the treat meals won't cause you to gain weight because your body is processing food more efficiently.

I decided to forgo the 2 week thing and jump right into the good stuff.
I'm telling you, I'm just ready and motivated to feel better and see the scale move somewhere!

Friday I got to work by cleaning out the pantry and fridge of all the 'bad' foods.

Don't judge me on how messy my pantry is :)



No food should have more than 5g of sugar per serving,  which is basically everything processed.

I had lots of decent food that I didn't want to waste, so I packed it all up and 'donated' it to my poor college brother who never has decent food in his house :)



Bye bye to sugar filled protein bars.


I made a list of recipes out of her book, I tried to pick ones that didn't have a long list of ingredients.  I can tell you I spent 200 bucks on groceries for 2.5 people for a week.
I may have to call BS on her claim that it's cheaper to eat clean.
In fact I may have to take out a second mortgage since my grocery bill is higher than our house payment.


I even listed snacks to eat because I will walk in the kitchen, stand in the fridge and think, ugh there is nothing to eat! By having a list I can see my options and make a choice without stressing.

I will probably have to stick with listing out things for a while until it becomes easier and I know which recipes I like and what to buy from the store.

The first 2 days I craved sugar like no one's business, but today I'm craving healthy food and my energy is up.
I'm feeling pretty damn good.



More to come.....

Happy Monday!

16 comments:

  1. Ohhh, I'm excited to read about your progress! And yes, eating healthier is so much more stinkin' expensive. When I used to work at the mall, you could get a Big Mac meal for under $5, but just to get a salad was $8.

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  2. Good luck! I want to see how it goes. I have really started to look at all of the chemicals I am consuming and slathering all over my body!

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  3. Love this post! I just bought this book and will spend this week reading it and cleaning out the pantry over the weekend =) ... I can not wait to start eating "clean", I have been feeling so crappy lately and I truly believe a lot of it has to do with the foods I am eating. Can't wait to see how your transformation goes and to see that scale start going down again!! =)

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  4. I am so pumped you are doing this! I have wanted to know more about eating clean for a couple weeks now. I ordered this book http://www.amazon.com/The-Eat-Clean-Diet-Recharged-Lasting/dp/1552100677
    but haven't gotten into it yet. I really want to try to cut out all the processed stuff so that my little boy will have better habits than I do.

    Can't wait to hear more about your journey!

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  5. Isn't it a great feeling when you get the sugar out of your system!
    Although I think I eat pretty good I'm sure it's no where near clean. And yes I spend quite a bit on food.
    I can't wait to follow your journey into clean eating.

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  6. Way to go! I'm rooting for you for sure. I need to do an overhaul of my eating too. Arg. Good luck, you can do it!

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  7. I don't believe for a second anyone keeps their damn pantry organized. I have baskets, labels, shelf organizers and the crap still gets jumbled. (Also my dogs live in the bottom in a special built in. Sounds weird, but they love it.)

    I'm excited to hear how clean eating goes. Is the whole family on board?

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  8. OK - let me give you a few snacks that I LOVE and are super low in carbs, and sugar...
    Emerald Cocoa Roasted Almonds, Cinnamon Roasted Almonds and Vanilla Roasted Almonds - MAJOR YUM-O! Also, I would buy the Smuckers natural PB, it has no sugar, just peanuts and salt. You can also make some PB cookies with this for a sweet treat, but use natural stevia instead of sugar. Last thing... you may want to look into a veggie co-op like Bountiful Basket or Urban Acres, they both have drop off locations all over the metroplex and that may help with your produce budget. Hope this helps!

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  9. Good Luck on the Clean Eating! I think once you make it a habit it will become so much easier. I am right behind you on the the Clean Eating wagon and I can't wait to see how you feel and how you like it! I hope it gets that scale moving for you and me!

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  10. My pantry is almost identical to yours!

    Good luck with the clean eating. I find that when I eat cleaner, I have better luck!

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  11. Started reading the book. I am quite excited about it too. Looking forward to feeling better!!

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  12. Looking forward to seeing how this goes for you! Wish you the best!

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  13. Awesome Info Megan! I look forward to reading your results!! :)

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  14. Thanks for being so inspirational with your diet and fitness!

    Just started reading your blog! Its adorable!


    TTYS


    Brooke

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  15. Good for you! Send some motivation my way--- I KNOW my hubby and I would feel better if we start eating clean... Have you heard of 100 days of real food? I heard about it on pinterest and liked their page on Facebook. It's in my news feed now which helps me remember to make smart choices (not that im any good at it)... But here is their website. Also, I'm sure you already know this but pinterest has tons of great healthy toddler meals and tons of great resources on clean eating... I have pinned several and gotten really interested in making our family do this... Hubby thinks its a bad idea of course. Maybe one day we will get on board 100%! Keep up the great work!!!
    Www.100daysofrealfood.com

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