- Discovered Clean Eating and it makes perfect sense!
- Purchased, tasted, and fell in love with the Larabar
- Learned how to make my own Larabars, which is awesome because I can't afford to love store bought ones!
- Made the most delish chocolate cake and brownies out of BEANS!!! DO NOT KNOCK IT!
- Donated a trash bag full of toys and clothes to Salvation Army
- Enjoyed Thanksgiving and did not make a pig of myself - at all
- Started a new Christmas tradition with my son with the Elf on the Shelf.
- Completed the third and final memory quilt for my boss.
- Realized that I need to change my payment policy for quilts :(
- Received 4 new orders for quilts, one of which is a Memory Quilt!
- Completed all Christmas gift shopping, (except for finishing touches for stockings and my Salvation Army Angel)
- Learned to like water - unsweetened and with out artificial flavorings. WHAT WHAT?!?!?!
- Decided to try at least one new food every week.
- Joined the Green Monster Movement!
- I have lost 3 more pounds
- Received my 5 finger sneakers but they didn't fit on my Frankenfoot, so I had to return :(
- Ohhhhhhhhhhh and my daughter has started GED prep classes!!!!!! (Very proud :)
As for myself, I have never felt better. I am still significantly overweight, but I am not stressing it. I am eating healthy and Clean. I am exercising (not as much as I should, but adding more movement every day). I have more energy. I do not feel exhausted like I did before when I wasn't Eating Clean. I am eating delicious whole foods (food with little to no refining or processing and containing no artificial additives or preservatives; natural or organic food.) I know that by continuing to eat clean the pounds will come off effortlessly and I will never feel deprived of scrumptious foods.
Since starting to eat clean I have lost a little over 3 lbs in about a week. I am not counting calories anymore, I am just eating when I am hungry and only eating whole (unprocessed) foods. I am never hungry. I am never stuffed. I am always satisfied. I eat every 2-3 hours and drink a shit ton of water. No juice, no soda. I have discovered some new (to me) delicious healthy foods and I know that I will never go back to eating processed SHIT food again. Just reading all of the crap that is listed on most packaged food in the grocery store infuriates me. I just don't understand the manufacturer's "need" to add all of this crap and chemicals to the foods we eat and feed our growing children. Many of these ingredients are proven to cause obesity, brain damage, behavioral problems, cancer, and many other ailments/diseases. I will no longer allow any processed food in my house and since I am the primary food shopper and cook, it will be easy to control. No one seems to miss the old processed stuff. Well that is not entirely true... my son constantly asks for his Captain America snacks and chocolate milk and whenever we are out he asks for McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts and I deny him every time. My hubby asked for and received Burger King last weekend. The hardest to break will be my teenage daughter, the junk food-a-holic. But she will have to get herself a job if she wants to eat shit because she won't find it in the house. Funny story: My daughter was out one afternoon and all of the sudden she came running in the house and running for the bathroom. She comes out a few minutes later and said, OMG, I had to poop so bad. I asked her if her stomach was upset. She said no, it was a normal poop but she wasn't ready because she already went yesterday and she usually only goes once every 3 or 4 days. UM WHAT?!!! I said what, you only go every 3-4 days? She said yeah, but since I've been eating home more I have to go more. I said, yeah...When you eat shit...you can't shit. She started cracking up and said, yeah I guess so. I proceeded to overload her with all of the "fun facts" I discovered by reading about Clean Eating and all of the side effects from eating a diet full of highly processed foods. She was amazed but she is addicted to sugar and all of her convenient foods. She is 17 and isn't too interested in her health at this time. One day she will come around. But, in the meantime, she will have a hard time finding anything processed and junky at home.
Everyone in the family better get used to it because this is not a diet, it's our new way of life.