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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Clean Eating



A friend of mine at church told me yesterday that she was amazed at how healthy I look and wanted to get my entire eating plan. I haven't been running in forever and I have to nap way more now that I have MS, but whatever. Most days I feel pretty good. I haven't weighed myself since early January...so, I'm kind of curious how much weight I've lost. 

Here's what I'm not eating:

  • sugar
  • dairy
  • grain (wheat, rice, corn, oatmeal)
  • gum (or anything) with aspartame 

So, my diet is somewhere between the Whole30 (if you're not familiar with that, read this: http://whole30.com/step-one/) and paleo (if you're not familiar with that, read this.

I think how I eat is closer to paleo because I do have the occasional bit of sweet, like honey and maple syrup. On the Whole30, you don't have any of that for 30 days. 

So, here are my go-to meals:

Breakfast: eggs and avocado or this great frittata done in a muffin tin recipe or this awesome muffin recipe or these awesome waffles. I throw in some almond butter if I'm feeling super hungry. 

Muffin recipe: I seriously make these nearly EVERY week. They taste phenomenal out of the oven with almond butter on them. 

Frittata recipe: These can be refrigerated for a week of meals—economy is the scale here, people. 

Waffle recipe: This is a Saturday morning treat for me, usually. I go to this website a lot for paleo recipes. She is a bit wacky...but, the recipes are wonderful.

Snacks: nuts, beet/ginger/greens/orange/apple/carrot juice/banana smoothies, more nuts, carrots, fruit, avocado

Lunch: leftovers from the day before, large green salad (mostly with this easy dressing), avocado and other random veggies.

Dinner: something paleo (I plan two weeks at a time...and I'm still fine tuning what I like and what my family will tolerate or like). 

Here are a few websites I found great recipes and the websites have useful info:

http://www.elanaspantry.com/ (I believe this woman has MS)
http://nomnompaleo.com/ (AWESOME recipes here)

Also, I never cook or reheat my food in plastic containers. Storing them in plastic is fine.

I try to get organic meats, but my budget often doesn't allow for that all the time. Maybe once I am an empty nester or something I'll switch to all organic meat...or maybe I'll move to a farm in the country and raise my own. Wouldn't that be awesome? My city boy husband would be a great farmer.  

Exercise, you ask? I do lots of yoga (like 4x/week), walk and swim. Seriously...I'm not the same person I used to be with exercise. For me and exercise, less is more and my body is feeling stronger than ever...it's weird. 

Has clean eating helped you? Are you a fan of clean eating? 

8 comments:

  1. I clean what I eat, does that count? ;-)

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    1. Ha ha ha...Julie, that always counts.

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  2. This is a great list! I definitely need to get my eating back on track now that the babies are here and my meals and snacks aren't as structured as when I was pregnant. I would say I'm a pretty clean eater, though I always want to be better. It's tough to do while being a mom of little ones — especially infant twins. To toot my own horn, I think it's pretty darn impressive that I cook about 90% of what we eat from scratch and I buy more produce than anything else, and very little pre-made food. The other thing I'm working on is eliminating as many chemicals from our lives as I can, starting with cleaning products and body care. Is that something you've had to look into with your MS? Any insight you can share there?

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    1. Lindsay, it sounds like you're doing all the right things...and having twin babies has got to be a huge hurdle to jump over (repeatedly, right!?). Another MS patient told me that doTerra essential oils have made a huge difference for her. I looked into them and have started using them for better health, illness prevention and cleaning. They are 100% pure, therapeutic grade and have not only eliminated a lot of the chemicals in my life, but also make everything smell fantastic.I have a great book on how to clean with essential oils that I've used for many years. I'm happy to share tips and recipes I like best, if you're interested.

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  3. "egg muffins" (the frittata thing) were seriously my go to FOREVER because I could make them and keep them in the fridge for a week and eat them in the car.

    I think I'm gonna send this on to my sister. She has fibromyalgia and the doctor TOLD her eating this way would help her feel better. :-P

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    1. Thanks, Steph! Please share with your sister. She may resist making the changes, but if her priority is to feel better a 30-day experiment might be a suggestion to get started. Good luck!

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  4. You continue to inspire me. I'm slowly getting back on track for healthy eating. My metabolism has definitely suffered as I get older!

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    1. I have noticed my metabolism speeding up by eating this way...so, there's hope for us!

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