In January I saw a gal on the oh so popular site mention that she was going to start the lemonade diet- and I had to quickly intervene. I had done it as a cleanse for THIRTY whopping days when I was working with the kiddos and let me tell you, after what I’ve learned up to this point in my life, that cleanse was not healthy. I suggested to her maybe juicing or eating clean, but she wanted to give it to go- like many gals looking for an easy fix to lose weight. I followed along with her that first day and not much to my surprise, she quit. It’s disgusting. It’s unhealthy. And it’s unrealistic to a person who’s lived on a Western diet of indulgence.
The gal wasn’t just an acquaintance, she was one of the few that traveled to China with me and back. Heck, we even shared a meal at McDonald’s in China. She was someone that I could be honest with and told her upfront what she should try to get her life on track. I told her to eat clean. It has made a difference in my life and I’ve seen it make a difference in others as well. I didn’t try to convince her to go meatless, or even vegan. I told her to eat as close to the food source as possible. Just that simple.
And as I finish my introduction to my guest blogger, let me remind my readers that I am not a professional- nor do I claim to be one. Just like everyone else, I have opinions and just like everyone else, I too seek the help and advice of those in my life. I reached out to her just as she needed someone to reach out to. For the past month we’ve been in contact with each other almost every single day, not because she needed me, we got through the month together. We shared tips, recipes, articles and photographs. And I’m pretty sure it has worked out for the best- for both of us.
Let me introduce to you, Lindsay. Lindsay from Seattle, Washington. Lindsay the clean eater.
Why did you make the decision to eat clean?
I made the decision to eat clean because I was on a downward spiral for years which consisted of eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I was even sneaking food. Then of course I began feeling upset about how heavy and bloated I felt, moreover about how I looked, which caused me to emotionally eat more… and the cycle went on. I finally got tired of spinning my wheels and decided to commit to eating clean. I didn’t realize that I could still eat foods that I love while still eating clean! Now, I pay more attention to my portions and water intake (still a work in progress) and I honestly feel better than I have in years!
Other than losing weight, what other physical changes have you noticed?
Since beginning to eat clean I have noticed that I’ve gotten thinner in my face, abdomen, and back. The best part is that family and friends have noticed! (especially the boyfriend!) Other than losing weight, I have noticed many other physical changes. Most of all, I have ridiculous amounts of energy. I feel lighter, happier, not bloated, and NOT HUNGRY because the food that I’ve been eating holds me over for longer–unlike sugar highs which spike your blood sugar levels for a short period of time until you crash.
Did you struggle? How did you overcome the tough times?
Hell yeah I struggled. In some ways, I’m still struggling. I had a tragedy last week… my juicer broke! Ok, not a real life tragedy, but it was an eating clean tragedy! I usually juice for breakfast which starts my day off on track and with tons, of energy. Since my juicer died, I fell off track for a few days. In those days I have felt like crap and have been really down on myself. I’m tired because I don’t have good food fueling my body. I’m weak because the junk that I’ve been eating isn’t giving me energy. My clothes have been fitting a little tighter because the junk I’ve been eating has made me bloated. My mood isn’t as perky due to temporary sugar highs and crashing. I’m feeling down because I have made good progress and I know I can do better.
To overcome this tough time I’m going through, I just got a new juicer! It was a bit pricey, but well worth the money for the use I put into it. I am making a juice for dinner and will be juicing majority of my meals until my body purges the junk I’ve ingested. I am so excited to get back on track and to feel good again!
Have you set any personal goals for the next thirty days?
Yes. I have set a goal to continue to eat clean and lose at least another 6-10lbs. I’ve lost 14 since I began eating clean 30 days ago, and I am 26lbs away from my goal weight. I am hopefully starting a new job in a couple weeks and I would like to bike or run to and from work a few times a week, a 4.9 mile trip, one way.
Your number 1 tip for readers starting this eating clean journey.
Just start! Don’t say “tomorrow”. I did for so long and tomorrow turned into weeks, months, and years… literally YEARS. You don’t have to jump in full force, just grab more produce at the grocery than you usually buy. Park in a spot farther away from the store you’re going to. Drink one more glass of water than you usually drink per day. Start slow, that way it’s easier to build changes into your diet and everyday life. Add a new change maybe once each week and keep it up. You will have setbacks and you will struggle at times, but you will definitely feel the difference in a negative way physically and psychologically when you slip. Soon you’ll realize how much better you felt eating clean and exercising, and you’ll be hooked!
I couldn’t more proud of my friend for taking this GIANT healthy step! Now that I’m not on Facebook, I don’t communicate with her as much as I did before, but know that she’ll keep me updated- or ask me any questions that come up. If you have any questions for me, ask them below. And of course- show that girl some love for going clean!
She’s been posting during her journey, and you can follow her along here.