For the last couple of months, I've been "clean eating".
What does that mean? Well - basically, it's staying clear-away from processed foods. My pantry looks MUCH different, and so does my fridge *smile*. I go to the market at least twice a week to restock fruits and veggies - and have done my best to take all refined sugar out of my diet.
The standard rule is, if there are more than five ingredients on the package - I don't eat it. If I don't know what the ingredient is, I don't eat it. Period.
This has been a long, long journey for me to get here. To figure out what works for me. Between diets, and points, and no-sugar and no-wheat, and calorie counting ... I've been in bondage. Angry at myself when I fail. Angry when I don't see results fast enough. Just basically, disappointed in myself.
"Why can't I be disciplined??" I would growl at myself.
So for me - clean eating ... it works. How I do it, for me, it works.
I'd love to tell you that I've lost 20lbs, grown four inches taller and now look like a 20year-old-super-star. But alas, I'm still just me. BUT. I feeeeeel amazing. I have lost 2.5inches around my waist in these past 8 weeks. I've only lost a few pounds - but it's steadily declining and since I am living this way forever ... my weight will be what it will be.
I am FREE.
I have found something that works, that I can do. What it looks like for me, the choices I make, may be different for someone else who eats "clean". But I am happy with my choices, I am living far better than I have - ever.
And when I can't eat perfectly clean? When we go to friends homes for dinner, or out for a meal? I simply do my best. I do not beat myself up, because I've made many right choices that allow me to be free when I cannot. I'll ask the waitress to omit certain things, and still choose wisely. No one needs to adjust their lives for me - I have relearned how to eat. I am not allergic, although I am much much more sensitive to sugar and wheat. I don't enjoy the sickening feeling from having ANYTHING with high-fructose-corn-syrup. Did you know Menchie's has HFCS in their frozen yogurts?? I had just a sample and my face began to tingle. TRUE.
One point I will make, is that my skin is now detoxing. It isn't fun. Cystic acne (aren't I too old for this??) is painful ... but I know it will pass. At least - it should, right??
I have a recipe site, called "Make - by Homemakingirl" ... today I posted a new recipe that I adapted from another website. I have made it "clean" - go check it out and add it to your repertoire. Totally worth it *smile*. It's called :: Clean Eating Cocoa Applesauce Mini Muffins with Carrot Puree
So. That's my story. I still exercise when I can, but I am no longer bound to "I ate a bad dessert so I need to run 5km today". I am living life ... and am enjoying it so much more in this new way of eating.
If you have any questions - I'd be happy to answer. And - let me also say - that my friend Char is who taught me SO much about this lifestyle as she started her journey with clean eating before me. She has a blog of recipes as well - and I have tried most of them. They're fantastic!!
Have a great one!