As you may already know, depending on how hard-core your blog-stalking is, Cody & I have been trying to eat clean for about 3 weeks now. I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my Crohn’s symptoms… Typically, I missed a day of work per week- in the last 3 weeks, I’ve missed ONE day. That’s it. Pretty amazing for me 🙂 Plus I feel better everyday… no, I don’t feel normal or even good all the time, but it is better!
I just talked to my mom & it sounds like my poor little brother is showing signs of Crohn’s too 😦 Mom is interested in clean eating now too (score 1 for me- making the world healthier one person at a time!), so I thought I’d share some of the knowledge I’ve gathered so far, as well as more recipes!
Clean Eating Basics
- Eat foods in the most natural state possible
- if you can’t pronounce everything on the ingredient list, don’t buy it!!!
- this is probably the easiest, most important rule!
- processed foods
- saturated & trans fats
- anything with lots of calories & no nutrients
- Eat frequently- 5 to 6 small meals a day
- each meal should have lean protein & complex carbs
- Drink 2 to 3 liters of water a day
- Eat breakfast every day
- I’m currently in looove with oatmeal- 1 serving, with spoonful of flax seed, a spoonful of wheat germ, a capsule of bee pollen, and a healthy dose of cinnamon & raisins. So good! I have no idea what the supplements really do for me, but that’s what the book said to eat 😉 Plus they’re kinda tasty…
- Eat proper portions
Clean Eating Tips
- Pack a cooler of food each night to take with you the next day
- I spend about 30 minutes each night getting my breakfast, snacks, & lunch ready
- Meal plan!!
- it helps you stay on track, avoid crap meals (since you know what you’re making), and saves money (only buy what you need for that week’s meals)
- I made a template in Excel, so I just print that out each week & spend an hour or so each Sunday…going through my recipes, making our menu, and figuring out what we need to buy (and then sticking to the shopping list)
- if you’d like to use the template, let me know & I can email it to you. I have no idea how to upload it to the blog…
- Buy a glass or stainless steel water bottle & make it your new sidekick
- avoid plastic… BPA is not your friend
- Make too much food at dinner, so you have leftovers for lunch
- Throw in some exercise too 🙂
Clean Eating Resources
- Any book by Tosca Reno
- I have The Eat Clean Diet Recharged and The Eat Clean Cookbook. The first was great for explaining all the basics & the theory behind clean eating. The downside to her books (as far as I know) is that she uses weird ingredients & they don’t have a lot of taste… definitely not Montana menu friendly 😉
- Also look at http://www.eatcleandiet.com/. There’s some good advice & a few recipes on there.
- Clean Eating Magazine: http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/. I haven’t read a hard copy yet, but the website has lots of recipes & they’re more “real person” friendly
- http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/… There’s tons & tons of info here, as well as A LOT of recipes. Even better, they’re real food! Tiffany, the blogger, has taken a lot of normal meals & made them clean.
- http://cleaneatingmachine.blogspot.com/… This blog isn’t updated too often, but there are some interesting recipes…
- and of course- my blog 🙂 Now that I know someone is interested, I’ll definitely post more ideas & recipes! Sorry to the rest of you who don’t care 😉
One of the main reasons I was drawn to the idea of clean eating is that it also helps with weight loss, but it’s more of a lifestyle change than a diet… plus it’s healthier for you overall. I figured it couldn’t hurt, so we’re giving it a shot. There are drawbacks though- it’s more expensive to buy better quality food (thank you Costco for helping with this.. and our future garden!), it takes more time & effort, and I feel a little bit guilty when I eat crap food (as well as a little more sick). But I’m liking it so far- the benefits outweigh the detriments for me.
I would love to hear from anyone else interested, or anyone who starts implementing these ideas… share the wealth!