Tuesday, April 20, 2010

About Eating Clean....

Over the last month, I have surrounded myself with information about "Clean Eating." Books, websites, blogs, articles, recipes, magazines and more books. I started with Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet Recharged! My friend Kate has a much better review of the book than I do, so I will just point you in her direction. I pretty much agree with everything that Kate has to say about the book. It's a fantastic starting point for anyone that is interested in what it means to eat clean.

After I was done with Tosca's book, I ran out and bought her cookbook along with a Clean Eating Magazine. This magazine has quickly become a favorite of mine. I bought a subscription almost immediately. Inside the front flap, I found this neat-o definition of what it means to Eat Clean: (click the thumbnail)

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I posted this on my refrigerator about a month ago as reminder of what we are doing over here. I haven't talked much about this entire clean eating thing (yet), but it consumes a lot of my daily thoughts as I try and integrate the principles into our lifestyle. I find myself making compromises where I need to, but overall, we are getting it down. As a result, there is one shelf in our pantry that is now barren. See, it used to house all of the processed junk that we were used to consuming. The Fiber One bars, the Wheat Thins, the Triscuits and the 100-calorie packs. It's the one shelf I would run to first if I needed a snack. Not anymore. I am experimenting with things like quinoa and steel cut oats. I find myself after a bowl of oatmeal as a snack these days and it's starting to pay off. My 2.5 lb loss last week is definite evidence of this payoff.

For once in my life, I feel like my "diet" search is over. Eating clean is not a "diet" in the traditional sense. It's a lifestyle change, and one that really brings you back to the basics. This mentality is full of common sense, and I love that about it. It's simple, it's easy (with some forethought and preparation) and it's a forever solution to my weight and health issues. After reading Tosca's book, it was like the light bulb had finally gone off in my head. I love those Eureka moments!

Now a quick word about Weight Watchers:

Weight Watchers has taught me so much about portion control and what it takes to get the weight off. However, I always felt that Weight Watchers was lacking something, and that something for me was learning how to make the proper food choices. Weight Watchers caters to people that need to make small changes at first. It allows you flexibility in your food choices, so much so that I believe it can be detrimental to someone on a lifestyle mission like myself. I am beyond making those small changes. I am in it for the long haul. I realized that I couldn't continue to save my points/calories for something naughty just because my body needed a treat. Sure, indulgences are fine in moderation, but I can't live the rest of my life consuming 100 cal packs and then starving my way to dinner. While that might get me the same result (read: pounds off, weight lost) I am doing my body a disservice in the long run. Eating clean is teaching me what it means to make smart, nutritionally-sound food choices. So far, so good!

So, here it is. My blog-proclamation to continue eating clean and to start writing about it more :) We'll see how it goes!

1 comment:

Megan said...

"Rereading" this, of course... I love this post. Absolutely love everything about it. So true what you say about weight loss plans, not just WW. I think they're great in the short term, and can teach you about portion control, but there's a whole other side to eating right and eating well.