My Clean Eating Journey

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Well, I thought it was time for a “clean eating” update. Many of you email me and ask if I’m still doing it and what am I eating?

My Clean Eating Journey

Sooooo, first I’ll tell you yes, I’m still trying. It’s a lifestyle I love, but it’s not always feasible. I have been a little more flexible over the last few months. I still believe strongly in eating less processed food and more “real” food.

But I’ll also say, that it’s much easier said than done!

When I first started “clean eating”, I went a little crazy as I do with everything. I panicked if I couldn’t eat something “clean”.  I realized I was stressing myself out and stressing my family out.

Life is too short to stress about everything. So I gave myself some grace. I wish I could be a total “clean eater” but I can’t or maybe I should say, I’m not.

Here’s what I still do:

  • I try to buy as much organic (organic is not always “clean”) as possible. Of course this does get expensive and if I had a large family, I’m not sure I could do it.
  • I rarely eat fast food. We do go out to eat at times but I try to go to a restaurant that has some healthy alternatives. Basically, McDonald’s is not on my go to list unless it’s for coffee.
  • I still limit my sugar intake. I use honey and 100% maple syrup. I also use organic sugar, I’m assuming this is better than regular sugar. I still love these no bake energy bites!
  • I read labels! I try to buy items with the fewest ingredients and I buy fresh or frozen vegetables.
  • I stay away from artificial sweeteners. I gave up diet coke a long time ago. I drink water and black coffee. I know, I’m boring.

I’m a creature of habit. It doesn’t bother me to eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch everyday. I know some people like variety but I just want simple and easy. :-)

For breakfast, I eat organic cereal and add chia seeds. I use organic milk and sweeten it with honey or maple syrup. I eat this almost everyday! I love it!

Lunch is harder. I try to eat salads, or tuna. Lately, I’ve been on a grilled cheese and avocado kick. I use flax seed bread (not clean), mozzarella cheese, sliced avocado and a slice of tomato. I fix it like a grilled cheese and I love it. It’s not completely clean but healthy.

Dinner is easier. I can fix a meat with vegetables and be pretty “clean”. We don’t eat a lot of breads for dinner. This summer will be so much easier because my Dad has a garden so we have lots of fresh veggies and we grill most of the summer.

So that’s where I am. I’ve been so busy lately, I haven’t had to time to try any new recipes. I do still love smoothies. They’re so easy and delicious!

Anyone else still trying to “clean eat”? I’d love to hear how you’re doing!

Beauty for the Heart~~I was reading this verse and I was struck by “and I will keep it to the end.” I often talk about how we usually begin our journey with Christ, well. But more importantly how will we finish? I want to finish well too!

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. Psalm 119:33 (ESV)

Have a blessed day!

My “Clean Eating” Journey Continues!

Hi friends! Several of you have emailed me about my “clean eating”. Am I still doing it? What am I eating? I also posted this picture of a green smoothie on instagram and you asked for the recipe. So here’s my update and a recipe!

My-clean-eating-journey

First, yes I’m still committed to “clean eating”.  Clean eating can be different for everyone but for me, I’m trying to eat as little processed food as possible. Which means I have to cook more. Ugh!

I don’t think I will ever be 100% clean, that’s not a realistic goal for me but I would like to be 75% clean. My husband loves to ask me if our food is “dirty” or “clean”. He thinks he’s so funny!

I’ve mentioned several websites I’m using such as The Gracious Pantry, and 100 Days of Real Food. Both of them have great recipes and most of the ones I’ve tried I love!

Another thing I’ve recently signed up for is Emeals.com. Emeals meal plan arrives in my inbox every week—complete with seven simple, creative, family–friendly dinner recipes. Each meal includes an entrée and side dishes.

All you do is choose a meal plan based on your eating style (there’s paleo, clean, glutten free, low carb, slow cooker, organic and the list goes on), your family size and even your favorite grocery store.

So far, I’ve been very impressed! I joined for 3 months which was $21. You get your meals and your grocery list delivered each week! If you’d like more info. just click the button below.

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Now for the green smoothie recipe. I got this from the blog The 2 Seasons Blog. It’s a mother/daughter blog and I’ve met them in person. The one word I would describe for both of them is elegant! I loved getting to chat with them and I’ve enjoyed reading their blog.

Green Smoothie

1 cup of coconut milk, almond milk or regular milk. (I used organic whole milk.)
2 cups of kale or swiss chard
1-2 carrots
1/2 to 1 cup of blueberries
5 big strawberries
1 frozen banana (break it into pieces before freezing)
1 tablespoon of peanut butter for protein and an extra kick.
 

I didn’t have any carrots so I didn’t add them. I also like my smoothie to have a little more of a sweet taste so I added a tablespoon of pure maple syrup.

That’s it! Super good and super healthy!

Are any of you on this journey with me? How are you doing? Have you found any great websites?

Beauty For the Heart~~Christianity isn’t about larger church attendance numbers or buildings. It’s about people being born again & changed by the power of God. -Jim Cymbala

Have a blessed day!

My “Clean Eating” Journey

Good morning friends!! I pray you had a safe and wonderful 4th of July weekend. We sure did, and now my husband and I are on a little vacation. We’re at a hotel somewhere in Indiana, close to Chicago. We’re going to be staying in Michigan this week and I’ll be sharing some of our trip with you.

Today I wanted to let you know how my first week of “clean eating” has been going. Many of you have emailed me about it and I appreciate all the encouragement.

My "Clean Eating" Journey

I’ve already figured out the key is in the planning! As long as you plan your meals then half the battle is over. I did a great job with that so it made my first week run smooth.

The hardest part of “clean eating” for me is lunch. For breakfast I eat plain mini wheats with organic milk and honey. But I struggled with lunch ideas. Some days I ate left overs from supper but I’ve got to figure out some lunch options.

I’ve fixed three meals this week that we loved so I will definitely be making then again.

1. Homemade Spaghettis Sauce with whole wheat pasta.

2. Homemade Chicken Nuggets (pictured above).

3. Taco Salad

My "Clean Eating" Journey

Of course this week we’re on vacation and it’s really hard to “eat clean” but I’m going to try my best. I’m steering clear from white bread and white sugar.

I already feel better! I know that sounds crazy but I do.

I would love for you to join me on this journey! Leave me a comment and let me know if you’re joining me!

Beauty for the Heart~~So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

Have a blessed day!

Our Cleaning Eating Journey

My daughter and I (along with our very reluctant husbands) are starting a new adventure on Monday. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I have mixed emotions.

Here’s one of the reasons I’m starting this new adventure. I get a lot of emails from you all with questions like, “What do you do to stay in shape?”  “Do you diet, exercise, etc.”

And I always avoid the question like the plague! Why? 1. Because I’m not really “in shape” 2. Because I don’t do a lot.

I try to eat healthy, I exercise some (right now I’m doing a pilates DVD by Denise Austin). But I need to do better. I want to exercise more, but I also want to change my eating habits.

Wayne and I have recently purchased some essential oils (more about that at another time). We’re both concerned about aging and how we feel. We can already tell we feel different in our 40s vs. how we felt in our 30s. I believe part of it is due to our diet.

Our "Clean Eating" Journey

So, I’ve decided to try “clean eating”. You may be asking, what’s that? Some of you may already be doing this, but basically clean eating is about eating foods in their most natural state.

This means avoiding processed foods, foods with loads of preservatives, foods with lots of added sugar, and foods with high levels of bad fats.

Clean eating is not a diet, but I’m hoping by cutting out sugar my husband and I might lose a few pounds. Mainly I’m concerned about us staying healthy as we age. I’m concerned because so many in my family have died from cancer. It may or may not been related to processed food but I do worry that it was a factor.

I also believe my body is a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and God wants me to take care of it to the best of my ability.

This weekend, I’m cleaning out my pantry and on Sunday after church Courtney and I are headed to Trader Joe’s to re-stock our shelves with healthier alternatives.

I’m going to tell you this is going to be HARD. I’m going to give myself grace because I know I’ll mess up at times. But we have to start somewhere and I’m hoping by telling you all, it might keep me more accountable!

I’ll keep you posted as we begin our journey on Sunday. I’m sure I’ll post a lot on Instagram. I’m cyndispivey on Instagram if you want to follow along. I’m also hoping to post some clean eating recipes on Pinterest. You can follow me here.

There are two websites that we’re using as a guide, 100 Days of Real Food and The Gracious Pantry.

Would you like to join me on this journey? Leave me a comment and let me know! If you’re already “clean eating” I’d also love to hear from you too!

Have a blessed day!

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