Clean Eating - Not a miracle diet.

I have to say that so far the Clean Eating thing is a mixed bag, some days are awesome and others are not so much.
Friday for example, I ate clean all week, sweat my ass off, then I jumped on the scale. Bad idea. 
I gained a freaking pound, are you serious???? In what universe do you stuff your face with veggies and gain a pound?
In mine.
So what did I do? I did what any former fat girl would do, I skipped my workout and ate a {delicious} burger AND fries for dinner.
Then weighed myself the next day.
WTF is wrong with me?? I gained 5 pounds from that burger. Ok, so it was mostly sodium but still. Old habits sure die hard around here!
I was pissed, at who or what I’m not sure, just the universe in general.

BUT like any former fat girl who lost over a 100 pounds I picked myself up and shoved a zucchini in my mouth.  
And I lost the 5 plus 1 more today, putting me at 149.  
I think I may have to skip the cheat meals on the weekends, I would say Jackie Warner is full of bs about having 2 cheat meals, but my husband {the lucky SOB} ate awful over the weekend {and great during the week} and is the lowest he has ever been. I guess it works for some people. 

I wanted to share some of my favorite new ‘clean’ ish recipes with you, trying out new things has been good for my palate, I think I was a little burned out on my regular go to recipes.

I think I tried goat cheese in the past and didn't like it, but I saw this recipe in the CE book and thought I'd give it a go. Soooo glad I did, I could eat this everyday!

1 zucchini sliced and grilled
Mix basil, parsley, goat cheese, a little lemon juice and salt and pepper .
You are supposed to roll them up, but that seemed like extra work, I just threw it on and gobbled it up.
I think the lemon juice makes the goat cheese better.

This next one is a weekly staple.

I know the picture isn't great, but it sure is yummy!

Sweet Potato Chili { I added ground turkey to it}

I've come around to regular oatmeal, I kinda miss the flavored ones, but I saw this link on Pinerest and I'm going to try some out.

This one is so easy I love it! Just chicken, red potatoes and green beans, throw some Italian seasoning {the packet from the dressing aisle} on it and cover with foil. Bake a 350 for an hour.

I've had a few flops, one being the stuffed bell peppers, so if you've tried one and loved it send it my way! Mine was just too blah.

Race season is coming up, I have a 10k and a half I'm doing and I'm wanting to put little Miss in a 1k so I'm taking her out for her training runs :)

What are your favorite clean recipes? Send them my way!

Happy Hump Day!


  1. That sweet potato chili looks great! You are doing great! Good luck with your upcoming races. :) Megan

  2. I saw that recipe on pinterest for the potatoes/GB/chicken, but the "whole stick of butter" that it called for scared me off. Wonder if I could do it with italian dressing, hmmmm.

    We actually had stuffed peppers last night. My recipe is super simple. Cook white rice on stove following the recipe on box (I think the recipe calls for 2 cups? I just eyeball it). When finished, add a lb of uncooked hamburger meat and chopped onion and half a jar of spaghetti sauce, along with salt, pepper, and whatever other spices you want to use (oregano, italian seasoning, etc). Scoop out bell peppers (any color, but my fam seems to prefer anything but green), fill with your mix, add the other can of spag sauce on top. Cover with tin foil, bake at 350 for 1 hr 15 minutes. I added mozzerella cheese to it once, and the family loved it with cheese. I'm sure there are other recipes out there, but my family will polish it off like they've never eaten before.

  3. Great post...I've been wishywashy about trying a clean diet. I plan on going to the store this weekend and get going on the clean eating. I know I can do just wasn't sure if I wanted to.

  4. I'm super impressed! The fat girl mentality dies hard.

  5. You should try Jamie Eason's turkey meatloaf muffins! They are fantastic. I substituted the celery with shredded zuchinni and used ground chicken instead of turkey.


  6. Kudos to you for trying to eat clean! I think (for me personally) the eat clean diet is setting yourself up to fail because we (as humans) crave the processed fattening crap... because it is delicious! For me, I eat whatever I want - in moderation. I of course, try and eat healthy options 80% of the time. As for cheat days - I've realized that cheating is not cheating your diet, it is cheating yourself. (Just saying that this mentality works for me personally). It is all about eating everything in moderation. Ive lost 50+ lbs eating pizza every Friday night. Some days I do eat too much but not that often... and I log my food everyday on myfitness pal - good or bad! Also, I believe veggies (although obviously good for you) make you retain or bloat - which would explain the weight gain. But it is totally discouraging when you eat super healthy and then gain!

    That is awesome you are running with your daughter and setting a good example for her!

    This is one of my fav recipies - black bean mango salad - delicious!

    I am dying to try that sweet potato chili recipie now!!! Looks AMAZING! Like so amazing I must run to the store and buy stuff to make it ASAP!!
    (Sorry for such a long comment!)

  7. We made a stuffed pepper recipe last week! Here's the recipe I used:
    1 lb ground turkey
    1 cup cooked quinoa
    3 large green peppers
    1 tsp cayenne pepper
    2 garlic cloves
    onion to taste
    1 tsp Worcestershire
    salt & pepper
    1 cup chicken broth (or beef)
    tomato sauce (I used 2 15 oz cans)
    parmesan & mozzarella cheese
    1 egg

    Cook your quinoa (I cooked mine in the microwave). Steam your pepper shells (I boiled water & put my metal colander over the boiling water). Brown your turkey, onion, green pepper extras, and garlic for 8 minutes or so. Drain any visible grease/fat. Mix in all your quinoa, broth, spices, & 1 can of tomato sauce & simmer for 35 minutes (I cooked it higher for less time bc we were starving). Pour half of your other can of tomato sauce in a casserole dish. Mix your egg and parmesan cheese to taste in to your meat mixture, and spoon in to your peppers. Pour the rest of the tomato sauce on top of your peppers, cover with foil, and bake at 325 for 35 minutes. After they're finished, top with mozzarella cheese and let cool before serving. The only issue I had is that I would have liked the peppers a little softer, but I know the more you cook them, the more nutrients you lose.

    Question for you - my fiance was at 200 when we met & now he's up to 220. He loooves working out, and I can't really see a difference in his weight, but he gets grouchy when he gains weight, lol. His problem is that he eats mostly healthy, but he eats TOO much. (Example, yesterday, he had a full dinner of rice, steak, shrimp, and veggies, and then afterwards had a bowl of soup and a granola bar.) He just hates being hungry. Have you found any foods that are filling but low in calories? Any good foods for snacking on just for the heck of it that are low calorie/low fat? I'm the worst eater and have never paid attention to my diet, so trying to help him is like trying to speak Swahili for me!

  8. First time I've ever read your blog and you just inspired me to get my behind back on the clean wagon. Eating clean and the scale isn't really a good combo for me either but when I looked at your picture holding that cup, you look so lean it made me want to do it again. Thanks for the inpiration!!

  9. I think you're doing great with that clean eating, I'm not even sure what that means exactly, but it sounds tough!

    Love that you're having Little Miss run with you, that's so great!

  10. Your Chicken, potatoes, and green beans look wonderful. I will have to try that one. We are always watching the ole sodium levels, and my husband had heart attach and by-pass surgery 3 yrs. ago. Always good to see some healthy ideas. You go girl!!!

  11. I have been following your blog for a long time now, but this is the first comment I have just really felt compelled to leave. You truly are a weight loss inspiration, and I think sometimes you are too hard on yourself, girl!!
    Remember that you have worked your ass off to lose weight and feel great about yourself in the process! Don't let your scale rule you...just get your body to a place where you love it and how your clothes look on you. I have to say that you look freaking fabulous!!!
    I also wanted to send some love your way with the whole baby making thing. We tried for 2 years, and long story short I have some medical issues that make conceiving almost impossible. We had given up, and I had moved on mentally, spiritually and physically. Then one day...BLAMO! I was pregnant! What a rollercoaster...and it wasn't over until I hit that "safe" point. I have to tell you that we now have a perfect and healthy 2 1/2 month old boy. God gives you what you need when you need it...in His time. Hang in there...and just know that God has big plans for you and your awesome little family!!!

  12. Here is a recipe for Southwestern Stuffed Peppers. I don't eat clean, so I'm not sure if these are considered completely "clean" but they are low in calories and delicious!

    Here's the link to the website: http://simplylovefood.blog.com/2012/02/25/southwestern-stuffed-peppers/

    When I made them I had a lot of the stuffing left over, so I just froze it.

  13. Hi Megan! For your Clean Eating diet, have you considered that maybe it's your portion sizes that are tripping you up?

    I recently started a really simple eating "rule" and it's to eat 30% less. 30% less of any serving size, of anything served to me, everything!

    You'll feel super hungry at first but your body will adjust and I've noticed a difference. :o) Just thought I'd share my two cents. Keep up the great work!

  14. I think I might have to check out the Clean Eating. Right now I'm trying this 3 dhay diet I found on Pinterest to hopefully get me over this little hump. But after that I'm back to my norm. Thanks for the tip!

  15. I've been cooking that chicken meal for yeeears lol that was one of the only things my roommates and I would "cook" lol delish and sooo easy!!!

  16. I've been stuck at 170 for the last three weeks of eating healthy and exercising. This week I splurged a bit too much and weighed myself this morning and I'm up three pounds! I (sarcastically) told myself that at least I'm not looking at 170 anymore :/

  17. You are so amazing and what a great role model! A 1K. Tell that one to Michelle Obama. She'd love it.

    Girl, you look so good, so healthy and those few pounds could just be salt and maybe a little PMS in the mix. You know how we girls are. Oh, wait, I'm so over that. Now it's the chemo steroids that make me swell :) Keep up the "live it" and you will always be healthy.

  18. Hey this is Sarah from The Thriftress. Thanks so much for your sweet comments over at P&P! I love your post about clean eating recipes. I am trying to do a similar plan with eating Paleo. Like you said sometimes there is just no explaining weight gain or loss! So frustrating!

  19. Congrats on the weight loss!!!

    How inspiring you are... you just gained a new follower! :)

  20. Just came across this blog post {can we say STALKER??} anyways I love that you are helping your little train for a 1k.. how does that work exactly??


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