Well, I have good news, and I have great news! For over 10 weeks now, I have experimented with foods to help determine which work best for me. I mean, that’s really the key, right? Finding the foods that work best without causing frustration or misery. And, this may look different for me than it does for you.
The great news is that after several weeks of experimenting, I believe I am on the right path to eating much cleaner and smarter! (Smarter meaning not too extreme, but rather “balanced”.)
By the way, if you haven’t read my recent post called, “Guess Who Loves My Body?”, please make sure you do perhaps after you read this one. It’s a raw testimony regarding the common battle to be “thinner” than necessary.
Eating cleaner and smarter means making the best choices without getting off-balance in trying to meet unrealistic standards. Some people have asked me if one can lose weight eating clean. Absolutely! However, I did not lose weight because I have a very healthy appetite (and I am at a healthy weight), and therefore did not reduce my caloric intake.
So, here is a quick recap of what clean eating looks like to me:
1.) Identifying foods that cause bad reactions in your body and omitting these foods most, if not ALL, the time.
2.) Making it a daily goal to consume plenty of water, vegetables, and fruits.
3.) Opting for foods in their most primitive state over foods that are processed, modified, etc.
4.) Eating salads and/or veggie plates whenever you can.
5.) Eating Ethnic. That’s right. Mexican, Indian, Japanese, and Thai offer wonderful “clean” option meals with rice and veggies!
It’s really that simple!
Here are some foods that I would eat on a REGULAR BASIS: Pork, Bacon, Sausage, Shellfish, Cheese, Bread, Coffee (with practically more cream than coffee), Salty chips, cake, bagels, pastries, and fattening condiments such as mayo, sour cream, and blue cheese dressing!
Now, I eat MAINLY foods that are primitive and clean such as: fruits, vegetables, organic meats, fish, beans, seeds, seasonings & herbs, honey, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and nuts. You’d be surprised how many delicious foods you can make combining these primative foods!
5 Staple Food Treats
When it comes to my sweet tooth and salty cravings, I do my best to reach for one of these 5 Staples. Mainly made from primary foods.
1.) HUMMUS! The world would be a better place if everyone ate HUMMUS!
2.) Alaskan Rolls – While healthy sushi may be termed as an oxymoron to some, in my opinion, this roll is the healthiest and tastiest sushi option. It is rice filled with salmon, cucumber, and avocado (in lieu of cream cheese).
3.) Guacamole. Scott and I have a Happy Hour with Guacamole at least once a week. We play Mexican music, too.
4.) Smoothies and Chocolate Almond-Milk Shake: In lieu of chocolate ice cream, I’ll make a frozen chocolate shake with Hershey syrup, ice, and Almond Milk. Or, I’ll throw some fruit in a blender with ice, almond milk, and honey. Yum!
5.) Caramel Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter – When I’m craving something sweet, a caramel rice cake with crunchy peanut butter does just the trick! With or without the bananas. No matter.