The Road to Clean Eating: Biting off more than I Can Chew

I wasn’t ready. Honestly.

I wasn’t ready to learn how horrible our food was.

But curiosity killed the cat. And y’all know how much I love cats.

So, I dove into researching all about clean eating and realized that there is a vast amount of information out there.  What was worse, it wasn’t as easy as previous diets I had tried. Before, I had tried diets that toted, “This is a lifestyle change”.

And I would shake my head in agreement, and then proceed to cut out all sweets, all sugars, all breads, all things that bring me pleasure. No more red meat for me. Bring in the one piece of string cheese and fifteen pistachio nuts.  Yeah right.

Imagine my surprise when I found that clean eating wasn’t that easy. It’s not hand delivered to you. It really is a lifestyle change. There are guides of course, explaining what it is and what it isn’t. But what’s hard isn’t the restrictive nature of the lifestyle. It’s hard because there is a wide range of freedom in what you can eat and it’s absolutely scary to a former dieter.  While other diets try to convince you that there really is a large amount you can eat, I don’t think any dieter truly believes that. Because any diet that restricts a food group is cutting out what you can eat.  Period.

Eating clean tells you, “Look. You’ve spent your life in a cocoon, eating Lean Cuisine Meals, processed flour and pasta, and rewarding yourself for a ‘job well done’ on restrictive eating with a king size Hershey’s Almond Bar. Now, let’s put down that spoon, pick up the apron, get in the kitchen and make some real food.  You know, they way they did in ‘back in the day’ before we became fancy. Yeah.”

The main ‘rule’ I’ve seen for eating clean isn’t that hard to do on paper:

Look at ingredients. They should be things that you can pronounce and know what they are. The Monoitrate and Sodium Aluminum Phosphate found in Bisquik is not something I would say if I needed if I were to bake a loaf of bread (I don’t think).  The rule: If you don’t know what it is, you shouldn’t buy the product.

Easy right? Wrong. If you look at your pantry and your refrigerator, you’d realize its chock full of groceries that are laden with ingredients that you can’t pronounce.

So what’s the alternative?

Make it yourself. Want jam? Pick the fruit from your local farmer’s market and go the process to make it at home. Need bread for you sandwiches? Take a Sunday afternoon to bake up a couple of loaves. Want something sweet? There are a lot of yummy recipes out there that uses all natural products to give you that sugar high.

This means that I would have to actually work for my good health. Yeah, I want to change things, but right now I’ve got so many other goals I’m working on. Who has time to actually cook?  I’ve honestly become accustomed to not working that hard and not taking time to evaluate what I’m putting in my mouth for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But now that I have seen what’s really in the food, it’s becoming harder and harder to ignore the fact that I’m eating terribly. I don’t even worry about calories now—I’m worried about the quality of food.

So what’s the plan?

To be honest, I’m not sure. I have so many projects going right now I don’t know if I want to take on revamping my eating habits just yet. At the same time, it’s a pressing matter and every day I put crap food in my body is every day that I’m one step closer to diabetes, heart attacks, cancer and worse. What’s a busy, 21st century girl to do?

I’ll keep you guys updated on what I’m doing to revamp my eating habits, but honestly I need to finish NaNoWriMo. Maybe starting clean eating will be my December goal. We’ll see.

Do you consider your eating habits healthy? If not, how are you changing them?

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