Friday, August 2, 2013

Clean Eating - What I'm Learning

This is day 5 of clean eating and I feel great.  I thought I would have more cravings, but so far so good.    I'm doing a 24 day paleo challenge.    So, eating lean meats, fish, veggies, fruit and nuts.    I'm doing this to cut out sugar cold turkey.  I LOVE sugar.  I really like processed foods.  It's true.  There, I admitted it.   But, those foods leave me feeling bloated and not feeling great.  I'm also the heaviest I've been outside of my pregnancies.  So, it was time for something drastic to get off the sugar.

Will I stay paleo forever?  Probably not 100%.  But, I will probably continue a modified version after this challenge.  I'm learning how to get more veggies into my diet by taking the time to plan and cook the ones I like and incorporating them into more meals including breakfast and lunch.   And, I'm learning to read labels even more closely than before.

One thing I'm learning is how much crap is in packaged foods.  I spent 10 minutes in the pasta aisle before I found a natural marinara sauce that only had veggies in it and no added sugar.  It was on the bottom shelf, and I really had to hunt for it.  Same with a lot of "natural" almond and peanut butters.  Hard to find some without added sugar.  But, I'm finding things that work and taste great.  

So, I'll continue for the rest of the 24 days and see how I feel.  And, I know I will continue reading labels more closely and keeping processed foods to a minimum.    I'll report back when the challenge is over.   

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