Embracing My Best Self.
As 2013 was approaching, I noticed more and more posts about eating clean. I started to research the meaning and process, giving me the conclusion that you can not fully reach your extra toned fit self without it. I took December to begin purchasing staple foods and slowly adding more clean basics to my pantry. This is by no means a cheap way of living. Before clean eating, I would shop at the market pretty regularly as it is; that being said, I have not noticed the difference in grocery expenses. But for people who do not usually grocery shop on a weekly or sometimes daily basis for fresh produce and ingredients, this could be an expensive change.
While clean eating, it is most important to plan out your meals. I give myself time in the morning to prep my lunch and snacks throughout the day but for those of you with little time in the morning, it is best to prep during the weekends for the entire week!
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
“The Eat-Clean diet focuses on eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins from a variety of sources, including soy products, and eating every two to three hours. The Eat-Clean diet avoids over-processed foods, foods with chemicals and preservatives, white flour, and white and artificial sugar.”
I can truthfully say that I have been my healthiest and happiest self since eating clean. Due to this positive change, I have decided to adopt it in my everyday life, and not just for the month of January. Although I have to say, I am less restrictive if there is something I want (insert girl scout cookie).
Alcohol is also a big factor in clean eating. It just so happens that I had already planned to take alcohol out of the month of January. Other than enjoying a family weekend wedding in the middle of the month, I had been completely sober. Taking a long break from alcohol helps you loose cravings. I do love my wine- but I have learned to drink more in moderation than feeling the need for it after a long day of work.
With eating clean, pairs with an exercise plan.
This has been mine:
Weekly exercise routine
Monday- Run anywhere between 3-5 miles
Tuesday- Zumba class after work
Wednesday- Crossfit after work
Thursday- Run anywhere between 4-5 miles
Friday- Crossfit or rest for the evening
Saturday- At least 6 miles or rest
Sunday- If did not do long run on Saturday, do it today or short run, yoga, or rest
(or rest – I decide based on weekend festivities which day or two I take off, and sometimes… none)
Take a random class/groupon
Continue to follow me on my healthy journey, where I will be posting healthy choice and clean eating recipes. I will not be posting photos of myself because I find that personally awkward.
Message me with any questions!