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eating clean, follow up
I have been meaning to do a follow up post on eating clean. I wanted to document it for myself as well as share a few things that I took away from the whole experience. For 21 days we ate clean- you can see the book & program in my original post above. I cried for the first days and realized somewhere along the way how much I love bread & chocolate.
The first 11 days were really hard. Then it gradually got easier and easier and by the end of the 21 days this is what I took away:
* I officially traded in my dr.peppers & cokes for tea
* Instead of going into the kitchen and eating a hotdog or chips for a snack, I now can eat a piece of celery with almond butter and feel just as full and way better!
** A few people asked about nursing mamas// my doctor said that as long as it doesn’t effect your supply this is wonderful! Think about all the nutrients being added to your diet!!
*What about the kids? They ate some of it and didn’t eat some of it. They love the pecans, smoothies, chicken, veggies and juices! But I also still made them muffins, sandwiches, cookies and breads. I think a good mix of them both works well for us!
* The 80/20 rule- this is huge!!! Mine might even be more like 70/30. It means 70% of the time you eat clean and the other 30% you eat what you want. This rule is the key for me. I know it’s not entirely ideal but it’s where I am at right now! When I was doing the 21 day program there were moments I could either give up on the whole thing or cheat with a piece of chocolate or a bowl of oatmeal. To me, the 30% for a lifestyle change/ a lifetime of change is worth it. So yes, I am cool with the occasional hamburger, the occasional splurge, eating a big yummy meal at your friend’s dinner party, enjoying cake at a birthday party…because overall (70%- 80% of the time I will be trying to eat totally clean).
* Instead of ketchup, gluten free soy sauce is a great way to add flavor!
*Always have what you need! If we are hungry and don’t have the right stuff to make a good, clean meal- then we wind up eating bad…just what is convenient. So being prepared is really important.
The last thing that I wanted to add is that through the process I realized for the first time in my life that I am actually allergic to certain foods. This has been life changing!
If anyone is thinking about doing it, my motto was- I can at least do this for one day and I can always quit tomorrow!
I am Casey Leigh. I love to share my life through this little blog. When you stop by you can expect pieces of my perspective on life, faith, kids, marriage, loss... with touches of art, creative inspiration, fashion, projects & things I love along the way. My gift to you, our story...