I did it! I crossed the finish line :) I completed 2 weeks of clean eating (currently doing a victory lap around my living room…).
Before I get to my last day of clean eats, I want to reflect a little bit on my journey. I am so glad that I decided to experiment with clean eating. It is amazing how well you can eat when you are aware of what you are putting into your body. It takes a lot of preparation, organization and time, but it is worth it. It’s your body, and it is the only one you got. So you better treat it right!
As I was contemplating what to eat for breakfast tomorrow (since, in truth I could have pancakes if I wanted to), I started to think about the ingredients that go into pancakes. In the midst of my thoughts I began to pick out all of the things I was able to live without for 2 weeks. Things like all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, and the list goes on and on. None of those foods are considered “whole foods”. They do a heck of a job making cookies, brownies and pancakes (which I LOVE), but they muck up my body and weigh me down. And being free of them for 2 weeks made such a difference in how I felt both physically and emotionally.
So am I ever going to eat pancakes again? You BETCHA! But I will do my best to make it a special occasion. And when I do, my goal is to be aware of what I am putting into my body and how I feel afterwards. And then of course how that compares to how I feel when I eat these type of meals…
Strawberry Shake: 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup milk, 2 tbsp vanilla whey powder and ice
1 slice Ezekiel bread toasted with 1 tbsp almond butter
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 tbsp each raisins and walnuts
Bean Tortillas: 1 cup pinto beans (drained and rinsed), 1 string cheese (peeled) divided between 2 sprouted corn tortillas baked at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Garnished with 1/4 avocado (peeled and chopped) and 2 tbsp salsa.
1 carrot, 1 stalk celery, 1 peach, 1 string cheese
Beef and Rice Bowl: 3 oz beef tenderloin, chopped and seared in 1 tsp olive oil, 1 cup chopped green beans sautéed with 1/8 red onion, and 1/2 cup cooked brown rice all tossed with 1/4 inch ginger, minced, 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice and 1/2 tsp tamari
Highlights: Dinner was spectacular! This wasn’t the first yummy stir fry I have had during this clean eating journey. And each time I make one, it seems to get better and better. I am looking forward to enjoying a lot more stir fry in the future :)
Lowlights: No lowlights today. Everything was delicious!
Well, that’s it folks! I completed my two week Clean Eating Journey. My goal is to take what I learned during this time and apply it to my every day life. I’m excited to recreate some of my favorite meals again. A “greatest hits” of clean eating. And then, starting Monday, I will be back on the wagon with another 2 week meal plan.
Your turn: I would love to hear your thoughts and questions on clean eating. Did this series spark any interest in changing any eating habits in your life. Do you think you could go without processed foods for any length of time? Have you embarked on any similar journey in the past? I look forward to hearing your responses :)