100 Days of Eating Clean

I’ve decided to commit to 100 days of eating clean! I need to get serious about my diet and this 100 day concept is stuck in my head.  There’s a blog called 100 days of real food. There’s the 100 happy days challenge. Then, on the clean eating side of things, there are the 7 day clean eating challenges that I run on Facebook to help people get started (or re-started) with clean eating.

I’m usually pretty good with my diet, but over the last few months I’ve let things slip too much and too often. The cost of my too frequent diet indiscretions has been: weight gain, less energy, poor sleep, feeling good, but not great…and sometimes feeling downright lousy,  and of course plenty of guilt and feeling disappointed in myself.

That’s the worst part, the fact that I am completely and solely responsible for the direction things have taken. Yup, no one to blame but myself. Which would totally suck except for the fact that it also means I have complete control to change it.

So, what exactly does eating clean mean? First, what’s on the list…

  • Lean protein (chicken, fish, pork, beef, eggs, whey protein powder)
  • Vegetables and fruit (fresh, frozen, unprocessed or minimally processed)
  • Whole grains
  • Healthy fats (ex: avocado, olive oil)
  • Low and no calorie beverages (water, seltzer, coffee, tea)

What’s not on the list?

  • Trans fats
  • Added sugar
  • HFCS
  • White flour
  • Milk & cheese
  • GMOs
  • Liquid calories
  • Artificial sweeteners

The rule of thumb for choosing foods is to choose the least processed option and options with the least ingredients. For example I would choose and orange over orange juice. I would choose peanut butter that simply lists “peanuts, salt” as the ingredients rather than, say, Skippy or Jif. The idea is to eat real food and stay away from things created in a lab.  It’s really pretty simple and there’s plenty of variety and lots of delicious, satisfying options. What I’m saying is that even though there are things you give up, you’re definitely not “deprived”.

Just a quick note about accountability…A lot of people find it useful to do this kind of things with friends, co-workers  or some other form of accountability partner or group. I’ve found for me this doesn’t work. When I do find myself needing some help staying on track I usually return to keeping a food journal (on MyFitnessPal.com).

I also make a conscious effort to focus on why I’m doing it in the first place. I’m always trying out different strategies for sticking to workout and diet plans (and other goal plans as well). It’s good to have some options to choose from. I’ve found that the strategy that worked for me yesterday might not help at all today.

The junk food is all gone from the house. The kitchen is stocked with plenty of clean foods. Looks like I’m ready to start this thing!

 

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