Okay, I posted on instagram about our journey recently with “cleaner eating” and had NO idea what a huge response I would get, it was SO encouraging to have so many beautiful accounts to follow and look through! I have been hesitant to share what all we have been doing because it feels intimidating, I am NO expert. I guess in a way I felt unqualified to share but then reading through the comments I had this feeling wash over me- it’s just a story. I can share without knowing all the things, what a great opportunity to open myself up and learn even more!
Chris first decided he wanted to try eating cleaner and changing what he ate. He has come to me many times and I am generally like “ I eat fine!”- but this time I was okay I am in, lets do this together. I will say I have NO IDEA how I could have done this without him doing it along side me. It helped a ton to be prepping meals together, adjusting together and keeping each other accountable. Many times those first few days we’d say “ don’t do it! its not worth it! “
I really truly thought that I would do this for 6 weeks then stop. I also really felt like I would be overwhelmed and what I found was that I had never felt more free. SO much freedom to not feel like I HAD to eat whatever I was craving. I had more energy, I felt better, everything started to come together!
So this first 6 weeks we were SUPER strict. No sugar, no processed foods, mostly no grain/gluten, no fruit, small amount of starchy carbs, little to no dairy, and I personally changed the ways I would get the protein.
The goal was 6-12 CUPS of veggies a day….that is HUGE. Getting FULL on these is a game changer.
a list of some that I ate on the regular: asparagus, white beans, broccoli, cauliflower mash, brussel sprouts, carrots, green beans, cucumbers, squash, and zucchini!
for these first 6 weeks I ate almost no: potatoes, peas, corn, oatmeal, popcorn, rice…BUT at the end of the 6 weeks added all of that back in and eat that all now!
I also added back in fruit!
So let me first share what a day looked like for me the first 6 weeks and what it looks like now:
6 WEEKS OF life change: ( the one fruit i did eat in this 6 weeks was grapefruit)
Breakfast: egg whites and one cup of vegetables/ 2 ounces ningxia red
10:00am- celery with almond butter
Lunch: Protein complete shake with 2 cups of vegetables
3:00 – ningxia red, 2 cups of vegetables ( you can also make vegetable chips)/ one half grapefruit,
cashews or some kind of nut
dinner: some sort of protein, 2 cups of vegetables
brush your teeth and be done eating 6:00-6:30
DRINK TONS OF WATER
One night we ate a pizza: crust made from Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Almond cheese, and a homemade sauce. We also fell in love with Coconut Ice Cream- SO many amazing options when eating this way!
This is what we have planned for this week for our whole family ( to give you an example of what this looks like moving forward and now includes all of us)!
Broccoli Tots (GF)
Homemade Creamed Corn (GF, DF)
Scalloped Potatoes (GF, DF)
Chicken Parmesan (GF,DF)
Italian Green Beans
Butternut Squash Tacos with Cabbage and Black Bean Slaw
Roasted Mixed Vegetables
Tomato Cucumber Salad
Honey Roasted Carrots
8 Layer Taco Salad
Avocado Club Wrap
Quinoa Fruit Salad with Homey Lime Vinaigrette
GF- GLUTEN FREE
DF- DAIRY DREE
NOW after that initial 6 weeks I have added back in sweet potatoes, potatoes, beans, peas, corn, oatmeal, popcorn, rice, quinoa, fruit, dark chocolate, corn tortillas!
What I found was that my tastebuds changed.
April-June felt like a constant choice…when will this get easier?
Then sometime in June I felt the change.
I was never going back- I said at one point at the beginning….when will I look at something that I used to eat and not want to eat it? IT HAPPENED…… my stomach issues went away, my energy level went up, everything shifted and the thought of ever going back- I don’t want to feel that way! There is no going back now.
There have been a few moments that I cheated and felt AWFUL. like so bad.
NOT WORTH IT.
I felt weary to claim anything….” dairy free, gluten free….the list goes on” because there were small things along the way sometime we would miss but for the most part really tried to stick to a plant-based way of eating. I am going to leave the comments open because I have loved looking through links from each of you, or hearing your stories, thew way food has changed your life.
I really want to celebrate choosing the best for ourselves.
I see a lot of unhealthy being celebrated and I want to be a voice for “you deserve the best for your life, your family, yourself”
The way you feel is important, you are worth it!