I’m not going to pretend I am an expert on ‘clean-eating’, because if you were to ask five people how they each define eating clean, you will most certainly get five completely different answers on the topic.
For me, eating clean is preparing my meals as unprocessed as I can. It means when I shop at the grocery, the ingredient list for anything that is prepared contains five ingredients or less. I also have to stay away from grains and processed sugars. I mean we should all try and reduce our sugar intake, but for me if I eat grains I then want allthegrains, and so I don’t have them if I cook at home. Call it low-carb, if you want. I just know what works for my body.
I learned a lot last year from completing a Whole 30 [W30]. I have toyed with the idea of starting another W30…but really in all honesty for the most part I should be eating this way, anyways. I shouldn’t need a reset to start over. I mean, it’s there and that’s great. But you guys, I know better.
whether I like it or not years old, and I have struggled with my weight and what I eat on and off since I was seventeen. The sad part is when I was seventeen, I had maybe 20lbs to lose…but that’s before I knew that not everyone was meant to be a size zero and I was always taller than all my tiny little friends. That’s also before I knew what keratin treatments were, but that’s another story for another day 😉
So much of why we gain weight once we’re armed with proper information is mental. You know who does the best at explaning this to the world? Andi Mitchell’s post [love her site, p.s], especially this post. I cannot tell you how much it felt like she was talking to me, when I read it several months ago.
I am such a black and white person in my life. I don’t want to think I am, but I do know it and recoginize it…and it makes sense that after last year’s busy with a new business, several events, full-time job, and new home, I would gain what all I lost in the beginning of 2014.
I need to accept balance, and move on. If I want to attend happy hour with pals and maybe order a basket of fries with a white balsamic ailoi [this is a for real thing at a local spot in Oldsmar, and OMG, please go eat them, now. kthanks], then I should be able to eat said fries, not feel bad about it and go on about my life.
That isn’t always the case [obvs]. I haven’t completely decided how I’d like to share this new -new again? journey with you all, but as 2015 continues on I’d love to document my clean eats, and my indulgents and still prove that if you balance it like you should you can lose weight. I can lose weight, and keep it off. We all can.
I have a lot to re-learn this year, but damnit this will be the year!
It has to be…
Sites I like for recipes, advice and tips for eating cleaner, less-processed meals
- 100 Days of Real Food
- The Gracious Pantry
- Can You Stay For Dinner
- Peas and Crayons
- Whole 9
- Loved and Lovely — Ryan is currently on a W30 – GOOOOO GIRL!
What does clean-eating mean to you?