I've been clean eating for about a month now and the numbers on the scale have gone down a wee bit. I feel great too. I feel off the wagon three times; one involving a bowling game, lots of alcohol and McDonald's, the next involving lots of wine and pub food, and the last involving my time of the month and a chocolate cake. Life happens. The next day, I try not to let it bother me and get right back on track with some oatmeal for breakfast.
For those who are not familiar with clean eating, it basically means you do the following:
- eat 5-6 small meals during the day
- make sure every meal has protein and carbs
- stay away from processed food and ingredients that you can't pronounce
I've been doing lots of home cooking and experimenting with recipes. The best part that this time around RDog is on board with me. His cholesterol is a little bit high and he (finally!) has the urge to eat healthier. He's been losing weight like mad with my healthy suppers (bugger!).
On a typical day I eat the following:
Breakfast: Oatmeal. I make a big batch on Sunday and it lasts for many days. I don't like food with a mushy texture so I cook it in the oven with some vanilla soy milk (a new discovery for me - yum!), almonds, dried cranberries, apples, and vanilla. I just reheat a portion quickly in the morning.
Snack: a smoothie - I blend up plain yogurt, a wee bit of ground flax, frozen berries and some soy milk
Lunch: leftovers from supper the night before
Afternoon snack: apple and/or yogurt
Supper: meals with lots of chicken, brown rice and veggies and always a piece of dark chocolate for desert!
Evening snack: fruit, kale chips, 100 calorie bag of popcorn or my favorite fruit salad.
This is one of my favorite snacks and is a recipe from one of Tosca Reno's books.
Take equal amounts of grapes (cut in half), celery and apples and add some walnuts to the mix. I usually make a batch with two cups of each ingredient and about 1/2 cup of nuts.
Top it off with a cup of plain yogurt mixed with a tablespoon of lemon juice.
Mix it all up and you have a yummy, guilt-free snack.
Has anyone else changed their eating habits with the new year? Are you keeping your resolution?