Clean Eating, Days 1 and 2

Today’s Workout: Walked 2 miles with the dogs

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, and although I vowed to practice clean eating this past weekend, starting yesterday, I forgot that I would have to overcome the hurdles and pressure of the rest of the world, especially when I would be attending my mom’s birthday party.

Hurdle #1: Find some “clean food” when going out to eat.
It’s really hard to find something that you consider to be “in it’s most natural state” when you go out to dinner. Half the time you have no idea what’s been added to it. Some people may call me a weirdo, but I’m not a huge fan of eating out for this reason. Ive always avoided most foods with “cream sauce” because they generally don’t help my cholesterol; and generally, most salads and salad dressings have hidden additives. Luckily, I found some chicken kabobs on the menu that were grilled, with no additives in them.

Hurdle #2: Re-defining good coffee.
I have always been a big fan of coffee, and my absolute favorite way to drink it had been in a huge honking mug with 4 tablespoons of International Delight Almond Joy coffee creamer in it. Well, considering the fact that this creamer can last for months in end without going bad, it’s not exactly “natural,” or even good for you. This morning, I replaced my regular creamer with some skim milk, a half teaspoon of vanilla extract, and two packets of stevia. It’s not Almond Joy, but not bad, either.

Hurdle #3: Going completely GF.
This one is going to take some time. When I’m baking, I do use GF flower when possible, but I’m not quite ready to give up my regular, non-GF bread just yet. Clean eating does not mean you have to go gluten free; this is just a personal decision that I’ve made because I’ve been having some GI problems. I’m seriously thinking about seeing an allergist to find out for sure if I’m allergic to gluten, but since I have some family members who are allergies to it, I’m thinking it’s likely that I am, too. Although I haven’t gone completely gluten free, the bread that I have been eating is freshly baked (no preservatives) and I’ve noticed that making this change has made me feel less tired than I usually am when finishing a meal.

Hurdle #4: Replacing my Crystal Light and other Splenda filled water additives with natural sweeteners.
This one I’m definitely still working on. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my water plain, but sometimes you need a change. When I go out to eat (like yesterday), it’s easy to order water with lemon (or lime), but if I’m going to do this at home, I need to make sure I buy fruit to flavor my water. Luckily, when I went to the store this evening, I purchased some yummy looking oranges…nom, nom, nom!

Hurdle #5: Giving up birthday cake.
OK, let’s be real. I am human. And I ate some cake at my mom’s birthday party. Although my plan is to use natural alternatives to sugar (my new go to sweetener is honey, because there’s nothing more natural than that), I know and accept that sugar will be found in plenty of foods which I won’t always be saying no to…like cake at my mother’s birthday party.

Was there ever anything you really enjoyed eating that you had to give up because of an allergy, new lifestyle, or diet? If so, what was it?

Do you follow a healthy eating regimen, such as clean eating, going GF, or paleo? If so, what type of healthy lifestyle did you choose (notice how I don’t use the word “diet”)?

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8 thoughts on “Clean Eating, Days 1 and 2

  1. irishrunnerchick

    You’re totally right – Rome wasn’t built in a day, and trying to be 100% clean straight away is so hard. I’ve gone for a mostly clean with reduced meat regimen but with regular treats. I think if I do well 90% of the time then that is enough for me. Good luck!

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  2. emmelineruns

    Pretty sure you know that my doughnuts and pizza don’t follow any specific eating style. I don’t have reactions to anything I eat so I just try for more of an IIFYM approach, if I get enough protein, greens, calories, carbs, fats, that’s what matters.

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  3. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I gave up the artificial sweeteners- not sugar, just fake sugar like aspartame. There is some aspartame in some of the cereals I eat, but I am willing to live with that. My major change was to stop drinking diet iced teas and diet soda all day long. I would literally drink it allllllll day! So while there is a tiny bit of aspartame in my diet, there’s only like 2% of what it once was!

    I am glad you are birthday cake at your mom’s party. 🙂 Life just isn’t worth it if you can’t have the occasional piece of bday cake!

    I am not allergic to ANYTHING that I am aware of. Certain foods make me “go” if I eat too many of them… like brussel sprouts! But I think they do that to everyone hehe.

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  4. Laura @ RunningJunkie

    Clean eating really is hard when it comes to obstacles like that. If there is a birthday party, and my we have a homemade cake (yes, I’m a cake snob) it is going to take A LOT to say no. I try to eat as little food from bags, boxes, etc. as possible. That way I know I’m not getting other crap.

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  5. mstepler

    I’m GF but only because of an intolerance! Definitely makes eating more challenging but I’m at the point where I find it fun to have an excuse to bake or try new foods because I can’t eat other foods. And cake is always a yes. 🙂

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  6. Heather @ girlgoesrunning

    Okay, I was totally addicted to Pepsi in University. Until it gave me a stomach ulcer….boo! Now I dont’ touch it. I actually dropped a few pounds too from quitting the sweet stuff. I do still miss it sometimes though. :S

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    1. 262x2 Post author

      Pepsi gave you a stomach ulcer?! I used to be addicted to soda in college too (one of my friends got me hooked on the diet stuff) but we rarely buy it at our house now, unless we’re having a party or people over. Just because we don’t like it doesn’t mean the rest of the world doesn’t!

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  7. Marie @ Buncha Monkeys

    I’ve been struggling to go back to a vegan diet. I felt so awesome when I was on it and now I’m back to my 2pm nap calling and restless nights. The coffee thing kills me. I’ve tried all the different creamers and nothing compares to the stuff that has weird ingredients I’d rather not know about. I’m thinking I need to just switch to tea. But… sigh. I love coffee.

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