Trying something new: Eating Clean

My mom and I hiking in Malibu

This week, I’m trying something new. After a somewhat bad-eating weekend (a cupcake here and movie popcorn there), I decided I wanted to do a re-set. I wanted to eat clean.
So since Tuesday morning, I haven’t eaten a single processed thing. NOT ONE PROCESSED THING. Nary a processed “convenience” item has passed my lips. I realized I eat a lot of packaged crap on Weight Watchers – the frozen SmartOnes baked Ziti, little Weight Watchers chocolate cream cakes, peeps, crystal light, fiber one bars… My Yo-Yoing has made me realize it doesn’t matter if it keeps me on plan or within my points. It’s still crap, and it’s stuff I wouldn’t want my future children eating daily, so why am I? It’s easy to pop a SmartOne into the microwave on days when I’m heading to class or stuck in a lunch meeting, but I’m kind of over them. Sure, they’re tasty and low points, but they’re also filled with salt and preservatives. I’m not raggin’ on them, because it works, but I think I’m relying on them too much. Crap is crap is crap no matter how it’s packaged, marketed or prepared.

I’ve stayed in my points allotment but I’m doing it a little differently. Here’s how: tons of vegetables, fresh fruits, dried fruits, seeds, lean protein and water and tea. LOTS OF IT. Here’s what I ate yesterday (and stayed within my points allotment on):

1 Apricot Mango Greek Yogurt, Organic (8 points – I mistakenly bought the full fat version and wondered why it was so damn delicious and tasted like icecream. Then I calculated the points. Haha!)
1 Mug of Green Mint Tea (0 points)
1 Banana (0 points)

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds in shell (4 points)
2 cups vegetable beef soup, homemade (packed with spinach, zucchini, carrots, celery, onions, cabbage, peas and tomatoes) 5 points
4 prunes (2 points)

1/2 Cup Cantaloupe (0 points)
1/2 Cup Pineapple (0 points)

Grilled chicken breast (boneless, skinless) 4 points
1 cup asparagus, sauteed (1 point)
1 small baked potato with butter (5 points)

4 slices dried mango (3 points)
3 squares 85% dark chocolate (2 points)

I’m actually somewhat under points on this, but I don’t feel hungry. I’m not even craving diet pepsi, which is weird because I usually have one at every lunch. This is probably TMI for you so close your eyes and skip to the next line if you’re squeamish, but I’m also like….regular. Haha! I have no idea what this little plan of mine will result in tomorrow on the scale, but I’m hoping it’s good. If it’s not, I’ll decide what to do then. I also have been walking at least a mile on breaks at work every day, and yesterday I did an hour of dance class. On Sunday, I hiked for two hours with Matt and my mom. I’m trying, and like Thomas the train, I’m chugging along saying to myself, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….”.

Have you ever tried to do a “detox” of sorts by eating clean? How did it go?

One thought on “Trying something new: Eating Clean

  1. Yay! Sister, I’m so proud of you! It’s not too hard at all to eat “clean” once you get used to it. Plus, it’s amazing to see how much products there are out that contain crazy chemicals and preservatives.

    Also beware if you use stuff like ketchup, bbq sauce, honey, maple syrup, jelly, peanut butter, the cheap brands of sour cream/dairy products…

    All those food items you wouldn’t expect to be packed with high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils typically have it as one of the first few ingredients (which means it’s one of the main ingredients)**

    Make sure you’re also avoiding canned veggies and fruits, think of what must be in those to make something that would otherwise spoil within a week to sit nicely in a can for years at a time…

    Ohhhh I could go on and on about this stuff. Make that’s what I should write a guest blog about.

    But anyway – Ever since I started eating 95% “clean” I no longer have heartburn or weird tummy problems… A downside (but really an upside) is now when I eat processed stuff my body goes nuts… For example… My favorite box of tagalongs girl scout cookies.. I can’t even enjoy them anymore. They taste BAD. All the weird crap in the peanut butter and chocolate just tastes bad to me and gives me horrible heartburn. So sad. I never finished the box I opened and gave away my other one…

    I did however eat all my thin mints and suffered the consequences happily.


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