Sooo….as I was scrolling through muh IG feed…I saw the little quote above & I was all..RIGHT ON! But then the poor graphics just made me sad..so I spruced it up a bit.
At first…back in my ignorant days…whenever I would see all the “clean eating” posts…there was some major eye rolling going on.
Mostly..because I equated clean eating with VEGETABLES….. BLAH! Basically, I thought eating clean would be eating like a rabbit!
But then…last year when Daynie had to do the Advocare 24 day challenge and I found out it’s just a bunch of “clean eating” plus some nasty shakes and about a bajillion vitamins..I had to edjumacate myself on just exactly what “clean eating” was.
And ya wanna know what I found out?
I already knew what clean eating was & didn’t even know it!
Daynie was pretty much already eating clean…but we were able to actually add in whole wheat items!
Here’s the run down for folks like me that never really got the 101 on clean eating:
To eat “clean” you are trying to eliminate all processed foods and extra additives from your diet. Basically, you are choosing to eat whole, unrefined foods.
The basics of eating clean include – eating lots of fruits and vegetables. Blah..yeah…rabbit food. These are straight from nature – the idea is to stay away from anything that may have been altered in any way.
Get back to eatin the foods that God made ya!
“Whole” meats that you have chosen straight from the butcher or prepared yourself. Not processed.
Whole grains – these are grains that are still complete and haven’t been broken down in any form. Examples include: brown rice & whole wheat. You will have to get used to reading over food labels. Just because a product says its “whole grain” does not mean it is. It also does not mean they have not added a bunch of other ingredients as well.
Eat fewer ingredients – try not to purchase items with more than 4-6 ingredients in the ingredient list. Also, be sure you recognize every ingredient. If you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t put it in your body.
Basically you want to eat foods in their most BASIC & NATURAL form.
But look ya’ll…that doesn’t necessarily mean rabbit food! Daynie & I like a little salad..but we are majorly deficient in the fruits & veggies department. We’ve learned to adapt the clean eating to fit us.
You don’t have to be all extreme with your clean eating either. Just do what you can. Make some swaps & try to cut out as much processed foods as you can.
The best thing about it??? ENERGY! You will feel like a rock star!
Here’s a few of our fav clean(er) go to’s! Like I said..we aren’t all extreme about the clean eating..we just strive for cleanER…& it works out just fine for us 🙂
Instant brown rice, green beans, & baked chicken (Oven @450 for 20 min with whatev seasonings you like..we love Italian dressing seasoning mix)
Turkey Burger on whole wheat bun.
Turkey Taco Soup.
Breakfast burritos are a fav any meal for us! I’m NOT a fan of the turkey sausage…kids didn’t notice though!
TIP: always ALWAYS use hot sauce generously.
An easy & yummy go to: Grilled Chicken from the frozen food section and corn tortillas…and of course…HOT SAUCE! My salsa is homemade locally….it’s also the ONLY kind I eat!
Our very fav snack/dessert…rice cake w/ Natural PB.
These are also super yummy & totally addictive. Not exactly clean..but the ingredients are kept to a minimum.
Also..we learned to adapt when eating out too!
Mexican food we get chicken fajitas w/ corn tortillas and only use salsa…plus we swap the refried beans for the charro beans.
Sausage, egg, cheese, on corn tortillas for breakfast.
Here’s some of Daynie’s lunches for school:
That is spark in the water bottle btw.
As you can see..my kid still eats A LOT of food & she is still losing weight!
Clean eating & moving her body did that ya’ll! In just 5 months!