While I’ve still got the fire of motivation burning within me, I figured I’d better start a 7-day challenge, and stat. Because I’m trying to provoke a lifestyle change with these challenges, I wanted to start with a diet change that isn’t TOO drastically different from what I’m used to, which is why I decided to start with a “clean eating” challenge.
“Clean eating” can be defined in many different ways, but for this particular challenge, I’m going to abide by these particular guidelines:
1. No processed cane sugar (which includes granulated, brown, and confectioner’s sugar, as well as any sugar under a different name, like high fructose corn syrup). Natural sweeteners like honey and 100% natural fruit juices are acceptable.
2. Any food bought from a store or other vendor must have an entirely recognizable ingredients list. In other words, no foods with preservatives, additives, scientific-sounding compounds, etc. (Also, it is preferable if the ingredients list can be kept at 5 items or fewer.)
3. All grains must be 100% whole wheat.
4. Meat must consist of lean cuts and minimal processing (aka, chicken and fish are okay, meats like bacon, sausage, and most lunchmeats are not).
Basically, I’m going to try and fill my plate this week with foods that are close to their natural state, have mostly been prepared by me (or by another human I know), and that are free from sugar.
I will allow myself one cheat meal, which includes one small sugar treat.
In case you’re curious, I’ve assembled a pin board on Pinterest of meals I intend to make (and any adjustments I’ll need to make to them). If you want to see that board, follow this link.
I will post on my progress in one week (yikes!).
I’d love it if you’d like to join me! Also, I’m open to the sharing of any clean eating posts, ideas, and recipes—so send ’em on over!