Sunday, February 6, 2011

Clean Eating Update

It's Superbowl time and I'm bored so I thought I'd give you a post on how my clean eating is going.

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?


  1. Our food habits have drastically changed over the last few months. Not because of a new years resolution, it just naturally evolved this way. What we have been eating sounds a lot like "clean eating". Basically, we just got sick of eating processed chemicals, so we have been trying to only eat real food (if it grows, eat it). It has been great! Both of us feel much better, we have more energy, and we have saved a lot of money at the grocery store.

    Thanks for the update! I have been meaning to try your kale chips recipe.

  2. Hello,
    I follow your blogs for some weeks now, and came here via DaniBP blog. I changed our food habits starting last Fall with integrating more veggies and fruits but for the processed part, we have stopped this a while ago. I am a lot in organic/local/frsh food. And I eat 5 to 6 times a day too. I have integrated more fruits in my breakfast so I have the whole day to eliminate the sugar and we have more raw veggies in the evening. It always take me some time to shop as I always read fully all labels of new things I buy and eliminate anything that does not meet my " standards"...
    My breakfast recipe is: 1/2 a yogourt (regular) with cereals (a mix I do myself: choco museli, corn flakes, oat flakes, mix of cereal flakes) and different fruits (1/2 apple, 1/2 banana, 1/2 pear, 1/2 kiwi...)
    I will try to share more of my snacks on my blog :-)
    Thanks for sharing your tips!

  3. Kristin, isn't clean eating great! After the initial grocery stock up of bulk things like oatmeal and brown rice, my grocery bill has gone way down. And grocery shopping is quicker too. I just hit the outside produce, dairy and meat sections.

    Stephanie, welcome! You're breakfast sounds yummy!

  4. I'm super late commenting but I love the post! It's always interesting to me to see what others are eating, especially when they look great like you do! I have also been eating cleaner and leaner, lame rhyming sorry =P It hasn't helped me shed any pounds as of yet but all the extra exercise is building up my muscles and I feel so much more energized and definitely happier =)

  5. I loved this post--I really can identify with your food conversation and even am your exact size and have been struggling this year. Please post more food ideas if you can! :) I loved the Kale Chips and even got the Tosca Rena cookbook. Need to try the yogurt cheese. Thanks!