The clean eating movement used to really bum me out. I was so close to proclaiming that health triumph but sugar always did me in. When you’re calorie counting or low carbing it, Log Cabin’s Sugar Free Maple Syrup is a God Send. I can’t fathom getting as far as I did without Coke Zero or Crystal Lite for that matter.
Yes, I was consuming 1300 calories a day. Yes, I was exercising but did you know how bad those artificial sweeteners are? Clean Eating was a buzz kill.
Then a friend of mind issued a challenge for 30 days of clean eating without cheating. This would be the time to commit. Memorial Day is just around the corner and we all know what that means.
Wanting to be certain I understood the rules, I found this article from Eating Well Magazine. As far as I can tell, clean eating means something different to everyone but I think these are some pretty solid guidelines.
1. Cut down on alcohol.
2. Cut down on sugars.
3. Cut down on salt.
4. Cut down on saturated fat.
5. Cut down on refined grains.
6. Cut down on processed foods.
7. Eat more fruits and veggies.
8. Drink more water.
9.Have more green tea.
10. Again with the whole grains.
Effectively, stop buying processed foods. They are chock full of sugar, sodium and fat. Stop eating out. They are chock full of sugar, sodium and fat too. Eat wholesomely and do what you know you’re supposed to do… It’s easier said than done.
Well, I made it through 1 meal. You laugh but I’m totally serious. I ate breakfast and a stomach bug hit me like a ton of bricks. I haven’t been able to keep anything down for days but I can tell you there was a major difference in how sick I was when I cheated vs. how sick I got when I did not.
Point taken, I plan on posting a series of clean eating recipes we actually love. Why? Because I’ve got a houseful of picky eaters and I’m sure you can relate.
Here is the recipe for my first successful clean eating breakfast. Rated: Awesome.
- 2 cups honeydew melon, cubed
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/4 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
- 1-3 tbsp honey, to taste
- 1 1/2 cups crushed ice
- Add ingredients to blender and mix to desired consistency.