So, technically my first week of clean eating isn't over until Monday but I am going to post about it today instead.
For whatever reason, amazingly, clean eating has been so incredibly fun for me. I can't believe how easily I have made the transition into it. Mostly, I think, due to this incredible website, The Gracious Pantry. Seriously, to me, this woman is superwoman. She has TONS of recipes listed on the site, as well as shopping lists, sugar substitution charts and a page on how to make any recipe "clean." I love love love love her site. I made this recipe for Clean Eating coconut curry shrimp on Thursday and it was delicious and SO EASY! For dinner, I am going to make this recipe for Clean eating chicken and dumplings.
So, as I said clean eating was going to be moderately challenging to me as I don't have a kitchen or easy access to one except on my out nights. It actually has been easier than I thought though. Jeff and I went to Costco and Missoula's Good Food Store (which is incredible) and I bought all kinds of good food to store in my room. Right now I have apples, oranges, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, pineapple, Organic peanut butter, Organic Oatmeal, Organic yogurt, pure maple syrup, honey, some super healthy granola and soy nuts (none of which is processed or contains any preservatives)! All of these foods I eat for breakfast or a snack. In the morning, I usually have some yogurt with berries or bananas. This morning I had Oatmeal with one spoonful of peanut butter and banana. It was delicious!
I am still drinking my americanos with only skim milk and I have come to like them even more!
On one site (I don't remember...too many sites!) it said that with clean eating, you should have three snacks a day, one between breakfast and lunch, one between lunch and dinner and one after dinner. For these, I have been doing fresh fruit.
I have also been drinking A TON of water. I usually drink a ton of water, I have always drank a lot of water. When I was little it was all my parents really gave me, and I have never liked soda. But, when I cut sugar out of my diet, I started getting these really painful, little headaches that would only last a second or two but would happen about every minute or so. But, when I drink water they pretty much disappear! So water is good for that, plus it is just really good for you, period!
Now onto how I feel. Seriously guys, I feel AMAZING. I have noticed a lot of changes in my attitude and my energy from less than a week of clean eating. It was on Thursday that I really began to notice these changes, so it only took three days! Canyabelieveit?! This is what I have noticed: I don't get tired in the afternoons anymore. I used to get so. tired. in the afternoons that I would take a nap or really, really want to take a nap. Now, I go right on through the afternoon with barely any sleepiness or laziness. It is incredible!
Another change that I have noticed is this great mood I am always in! I usually am a really happy person, but I think that I used to go through moods all day. My day would begin fine, then something would annoy me or make me grumpy, and I would be in a bad mood for a few hours and then maybe I would feel better later. This week I have noticed my mood is more stable and it is a really good mood!
My weight has not changed much (unless you think .4 of a pound is a lot!) but I think it will take time (and patience!) for my weight change to show.
I can't believe how quickly and easily I became a healthy eater. I don't think you could pay me $100 to eat Taco Bell right now and that used to be my FAVORITE! Another great resource I have been using is this book. I have discovered that people have incredibly different definitions of clean eating. The author of that book, Dee McCaffrey, is much more hardcore than Tiffany at The Gracious Pantry. With her plan, you wouldn't eat any breads, except the kinds made without any kind of flour. I am taking the easier route at this point as I just started out, but maybe someday I will be that hardcore!
Okay, this is a really long post. I just wanted to tell you guys how great I feel thanks to this plan. I read this statistic the other day that said 80% of what you look like is from what you eat, 10% is exercise and the other 10% is genetics. I am really beginning to believe this.