After writing my lunch box post and I began to research the idea of “clean eating” and I made the decision to get on the scale. Wow, that was an eye opener! Somewhere over the last five years I gained 25 pounds! I only gained 27-30 pounds when I was pregnant. How did this happen?! Oh yes…eating off my kids plates, too many glasses of wine with my girlfriends, take out dinners when I didn’t feel like cooking, buying quick convenience foods and the list goes on. Some of you may be in my position or some of you may have just had a baby and need to lose the extra “baby weight,” whatever your reason or motivation, I propose we do this together.
I’ve tried all sorts of diets over the years but have only been successful in the short term. That is why I want to try something new, “eating clean.” This is more a lifestyle choice than a diet. Another reason to take this path is my children. I do not want them to be on a diet or think that they need to lose weight. I just want us all to live a healthy lifestyle. There are so many foods out there that are delicious and nutritious that they love. I want to focus on that.
So, here are the basics on “eating clean:”
- Eat Whole Foods – Think foods without labels: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, grass-fed and free-range meats, dairy, etc.
- Avoid Processed Foods – Basically this is almost anything with a label. This applies especially to labels with items on it that you cannot pronounce.
- Eliminate Refined Sugar – Refined sugar is pure calories.
I know this will be a process. I am not advocating running into your kitchen and throwing everything that is processed in the trashcan….I have a box of Fruit Loops to finish! And one of my biggest vices is my two cups of coffee in the morning with French Vanilla Coffeemate. This is going to be a HUGE sacrifice for me. It’s what gets me going in the morning. I recommend working through the items you have in your house and then do not buy anything new that is not “clean.”
Here are the steps I will take to jumpstart the plan:
- Finish my Coffeemate and then switch to green tea.
- Eat one clean meal a day until kitchen pantry is “clean.”
- Drink 8 8oz glasses of water a day.
- Eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day.
- Avoid second servings.
- Skip my glass of wine at least 5 days a week.
Let’s start with the clean eating and then we will address getting moving very soon (at least walk for now.) Walking is great exercise and even better if you are pushing a stroller with a baby or toddler in it!