How do I eat clean? I’ve been getting asked this a lot. First I want to tell you that I probably don’t do it the “right” way and I don’t eat clean 100% of the time. I do what is best for my family. It get’s easier every week we do it and the changes I’ve seen really are a testament to why we are doing this. One of the hardest things to do is to purge out the artificial sugar from your body…can’t tell you how much I craved cupcakes, candies, etc.. and couldn’t control how much I ate of them. Now I don’t have a problem saying no or just having a bite or two if it’s a special occasion (like I said…I’m not 100% because it’s just not viable for me)
My weekly haul usually consists of:
- Fresh Fruit (and lottttsss of it!) I like Berries, Apples, Banana’s, Lemon’s, Kiwi, Mango, Watermelon and Limes.
What I make with them: Smoothies (LOTS of smoothies), Snack Bowls that I can take with me to work, “Banana Splits”, Fruit Salads etc.
- Veggies – Peppers, carrots, Corn, Onions and Lettuce. I buy Green Beans, Peas and Broccoli either frozen or in a can since Wes isn’t a huge fan.
What I make – Stir Fry, Veggie Chips, Snack Bowls – I haven’t ventured out too much with veggies.
Protein – We eat a lot of protein. We eat beef, chicken, pork, almonds, nuts and beans.
What I make – Grilled Lemon Chicken, Roasted Red Pepper Chicken, Basil Garlic Pork Chops, Peppered Stir Fry, Strawberry and Almond Chicken etc… The sky is the limit.
-Misc. Items – I like to buy whole wheat english muffins, whole wheat or granola cereal, Hagen dais ice cream, “Simply” Drinks, organic eggs and Milk.
Wes and I don’t eat out throughout the week so all of this food lasts us through breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. We usually spend $55-75 a week depending on sales.
My rule of thumb is to buy 80% Fresh Ingredients (fruit, veggies, meats) and then the other things I buy have to have less than 5 healthier ingredients that I can pronounce.
The hardest part of Clean Eating is keeping the menu fresh. So if you eat clean or have a great clean recipe I’d love to have it.