So, I decided to participate in a 30 Day “Cleaner Eating” Challenge group and see how I do. This picture represents all of my meals, snacks and caloric beverages for the day. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, but then again, it was only day one after all. I won’t have a problem with breakfast or lunch. I almost always grab a smoothie or Shakeology in the morning, and have a salad for lunch, plus a healthy snack or 2 in between. It’s dinner that will be a little more challenging. I have 4 kids with varying tastes to cook for and I’m not sure they’re entirely on board with this whole clean-eating concept. I think there will be times that I’ll be making myself something different for dinner, but I’m going to try hard to find some kid friendly recipes, too.
So “What is clean eating?” you ask. Maybe you didn’t ask, but I’ll answer anyway. Clean eating is based on removing all processed foods from your diet and focusing more on veggies, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins. So for me that means: no white flour, rice or sugar, no processed/refined foods, no fast food, no preservatives, limited alcohol, limited dairy. Make sense? I’d say I was about 80% of the way there before the challenge. Now I’m all in. 🙂
Yesterday I had to go go go…so I needed quick and easy meals and snacks. I had my Shakeology for breakfast. Then I made a quick microwave egg, slapped it on some Ezekiel bread (look it up…it’s good stuff) with spinach and tomato. I grabbed a small apple and a string cheese for the road. For dinner I grilled up some chicken breasts and had quinoa and steamed broccoli and cauliflower for sides. Surprise surprise…even the kids loved it! My problem was that after dinner I was still about 350 calories away from what I should be getting for the day. So I toasted up another slice of Ezekiel bread, spread it with some natural almond butter and threw in a square of organic dark chocolate (REALLY dark). I was pretty close to may calorie goal, and full. I called it a day.
And there you have it. Day 1 is in the books, and it was a snap. Check with me in 30 days and see if I’m still ‘snapping’.