I hope your Tuesday is starting off on a positive note! I’ve decided that I’m going to try and write a post every day for the rest of June! That’s exciting but don’t hold me to it! haha.
Alrighty, so today I’m going to talk about clean eating. Not so much about what clean eating is, but more about how I perceive it and what clean eating is for me, and how it’s changed my life. If you want a little background on my journey and where I started you can read My Story. In short, I knew nothing about clean eating, I didn’t even know that such a thing existed, to be honest. So fast forward to 2013 when I somehow decided to start a Fitness Twitter Account, I’m not exactly sure what pushed me to do that but I’ll be forever grateful! I have found so much support, encouragement and help within the twitter #FitFam community. It is nice to know that there are tons of other people out there going through the same struggles and triumphs as you are, it’s nice to see success stories, and to see people coming out of their shells and finding the confidence that they’ve so desperately been looking for! When I first made my twitter account, I don’t exactly remember if I knew what clean eating was at that point, but within a few weeks, I had done lots of research and found that I wanted to pursue this lifestyle. I wanted to live a healthy and happy life without the constant battle of calorie counting and weighing foods at every meal. I wanted to know that I was making the right food choices without having to rack my brain or feel guilty every time I put something that was off plan into my mouth. What if there was no plan? What if you never had to calculate another calorie or use another food scale for the rest of your life? FREEDOM, that’s what!
For those of you who don’t know exactly what clean eating is, by definition it is “consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible.” So I took this definition and ran with it. It’s like it became my new mantra or something like that. Something just clicked inside of me, like everything finally made sense. It sounded pretty straight forward, if the food is as close to its natural state as it can be, eat it. If it’s processed or made in a factory and it’s expiry date is set to two years from today, eat it less often or not at all because it’s most likely composed of a chemical shit storm. So once I had that figured out, I still had cravings and days where I just wanted to indulge myself in everything that was bad for my health. I still love the same things as I loved before I started clean eating but now I have found healthy substitutions to those things so I don’t miss them or crave for them anymore. For example if I want chocolate, I’m eating the chocolate, I’m just going to go for the dark instead of milk chocolate. If I want pasta, I’m eating that too, just the whole wheat variety. To make things easier for myself, I shop mostly around the perimeter of my grocery store because that’s where most of the healthy foods can be found. Also, if the food you buy as no nutritional label on it it becomes difficult to count calories, right? Right, so go for the fruits and veggies as snacks instead of those granola bars or fruit like snacks.
I would like to mention that I’m not strict with myself and I don’t restrict myself when I want something, unless it’s something absurd of course. I eat approximately 90/10 so 90% clean and 10% indulgences. I also eat intuitively, so I don’t eat set meals at set times. That doesn’t work for me and causes me to eat when I don’t need to or not eat when I need to. So I prefer to just listen to my body and give it what it needs. So if dinner time (5PM) rolls around and I’m not hungry I won’t eat, but if I’m hungry at 8PM I’ll eat my dinner at this time. Don’t have a heart attack, my body has no idea what time it is, and neither does yours so even if you eat past 7PM you’re not gonna gain 500 pounds. Remember it’s about the quality versus the quantity of your food.
To go along with intuitive clean eating, I also drink plenty of water and stay active as much as I can! I want to remind you all that this lifestyle works for me, and I’ve tailored it to suit me, it might not work for everyone and it’s important that you spend the time to find what works best for you and fits your lifestyle.
PS. Could you please comment below if you would like me to post recipes to my blog? Thanks! :)
I hope you have a great week,
Talk to you tomorrow!