Thursday, March 10, 2011

Favorite things turned Clean

Finding a way to eat Clean and not have to suffer has been a lot easier than I thought it would be. After being at this for a week and a half Ive had some unclean meals/snacks but overall stuck to
it pretty good.

I have found that my all time favorite snack is an Apple cut up and dipped into a Tablespoon of Almond/Peanut Butter. I got this awesome brand that I have been devouring. Its yummy and makes for a great snack.
We are also Big Breakfast people. So finding something that works and tas
tes good was a Big
Priority. Josiah LOVES pancakes and waffles, I mean what kid doesn't? So I got us a Whole Grain Pancake and Waffle mix at Henry's. And it tastes BETTER than regular Belgium waffles, NO JOKE. And topped with Pure Organic Maple Syrup its an awesome healthy breakfast. I do
prefer Strawberry's on mine. If only Cool Whip were clean... :(


I also got my 2 of 3 Cookbooks today in the mail. I also subscribed to Clean Eating Magazine. I LOVE my Pampered Chef cookbooks but a lot of the recipes aren't Clean and its nice to have Recipes that don't need revamping. I really like the Clean Eating Magazine and I'm not a big magazine fan.
I also am super impressed with the way Josiah is eating the food. Hes been a great eater and a picky eater but hasn't turned his nose up at the things I thought he would. He LOVES brown rice which can be an odd texture and he doesn't mind Whole Wheat noodles. Don't feel like you have to feed your child something different if you are eating Clean. When Rod and I talked about me doing this the one thing I wanted was for it to be a Family change. They are my life and support system and cooking for them is a passion of mine. This isn't just a diet to loose weight. Its us Changing the way that our kids and ourselves look at food. The recipes aren't hard or super time consuming, but it does take some planning and thought. Ive been making my meals up for 2 weeks but I think when I get home from Vacation I'll do one week at a time to make it a little easier on myself.

Ill probably post once while I'm home but then start up fresh once I'm back in Sunny California.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Clean Eating

Clean Eating. What is it you ask?

It is eating the way nature intended. You eat the foods our bodies evolved to function best on, and that makes you feel – and look – fantastic. When you Eat Clean you eat more often. You will eat lean protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats. These practices keep your blood-sugar levels stable and keep you satisfied. The best part is that if you need to lose weight it will happen almost without you having to try. And yes, you can have a treat now and again.

Best of all, Eating Clean keeps you feeling great and full of energy. In fact, you can forget all about the days when “dieting” meant feelings of hunger, lethargy or deprivation.

Eating Clean is not a fad; it’s a way of life. When you Eat Clean your body will react by losing weight if you need to lose, maintaining a healthy weight if that’s where you are, and even gaining weight if you are too skinny. But regardless of whether you want to lose, maintain or gain, you will feel better than you ever have before.

Never worry about counting calories again. You will never have to diet. Eating Clean will keep you lean and healthy for the rest of your long life. Eating Clean guarantees results!

http://www.eatcleandiet.com/what_is_the_eat-clean_diet.aspx

We are Eating Clean as a family and in one week pants that didn't fit, fit me now. I have more energy and don't feel hungry at all.

I have cut out things I love like:

Honey Ham lunch meat which is replaced with All Natural Turkey, Chicken or Ham with no added sugars or lots of salt.

Homemade Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies replaced by Chocolate Spiked Oatmeal Cookies found here: http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/Recipes/Recipe/Chocolate-Spiked-Oatmeal-Cookies.aspx

Pasta Noodles replaced by Whole Grain or Quinoa Noodles

Sourdough Bread replaced by Whole Wheat Bread or Ezekiel bread

All of these things have been fairly easy to stick to. I also cant have sugar, pop, chips and other pre-packaged snacks.

I eat 6 or 7 times a day. I get to eat smaller portions but more all day long. I'm excited for this journey. I'm excited to loose the 70-100 pounds I need to loose. I'm excited to raise my boys eating healthy, home cooked meals. My mom has been a great role model when I was growing up. She eats great, she exercises tons. I desire to be the mom she was. She was never too big to do something with us and I WILL NOT be that mom. So heres to a change for me and for my family.

Ill be trying to post pictures of Clean recipes and there ingredients weekly and how things are going. This will be my accountability to make sure i'm doing what I need and keeping a journal.