Why I decided to Try Clean Eating
For over a year now I have been going back and forth between an allergist, a dermatologist and my family doctor. No joke I have been living Groundhog day! In the meantime I have gained weight, I am always bloated and faced with stomach pains after meals, I am feeling fatigued, dizzy and off balance all the time. Essentially I have been feeling defeated. With doctors not giving me a solution, I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands.
Here Comes the Nutritionist
Tracy Houle is a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, Culinary Nutrition Expert and soon-to-be Functional Nutritionist in the Greater Toronto Area that cares about wellness and giving your body what it needs. I have never met Tracy in person, but she sounded lovely when I chatted with her over the phone. During the call with Tracy I was honest about my eating habits; eating out every day, carbs, tons of sushi, more carbs. I felt no judgement from my soon to be nutritionist about my poor eating habits which was comforting. Tracy asked questions around meal planning, what I love/hate to eat, time I want to devote on cooking, health concerns etc. After a 20 minute phone call Tracy said she would tailor the meal plan according to our discussion.
*My cooking skills are still improving, so don’t mind my slightly burnt cookies. They do taste delicious and are gluten free.
My Personalized 7-Day Meal Plan
Every week Tracy emails me a custom 7 day clean eating meal plan (PDF file) that includes the following: recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and grocery list divided into sections by category of product. Tracy is a big believer of clean eating so her recipes do not have gluten, dairy, processed sugar or oils (she does use healthy oils like coconut/avocado oil etc.) The clean eating meal plans are customized to my food preferences/needs and are designed so that I can eat yesterday’s dinner for next day’s lunch. This way there are no leftovers. I do love sweets so Tracy always adds snacks that appeal to my sweet tooth as well.
In-Home Cook Option
I don’t always have time to prep my meals. With the 1st week of November being very busy I decided to try another service Tracy offers and that is to have the in-home cook prepare all of my meals for the week. The only thing I had to worry about was to purchase the ingredients before the cook arrived at my house. While I was attending a blogging event, the cook was in my kitchen back home cooking my meals for the week. The cook was at my house for about 5 hours and when I returned home all of my meals were labelled and stored in the fridge for the week. I loved how clean my kitchen was when I returned home. I couldn’t even tell that all those meals had been cooked. The in-home cook is a great option for young professionals that are always on the go, but also for busy families that can use an extra hand with meal prepping at an affordable price.
My Motivation to Eat Clean
It is so important to listen to your body when it needs helps. Life has become less stressful now that I have a set meal plan and Tracy has helped tremendously to put my health back on track. Following Tracy’s holistic advice, my aim is to eat mindfully and create better eating habits like not eating in front of the TV.
I highly recommend working with Tracy to anyone that is faced with dietary and/or nutritional issues or to even try out her clean eating meal plans for a healthier diet. It is never too late to learn more about your body and what it needs.
Tracy’s Contact Information
Photography: Laura Clarke Photos
This post is sponsored, but all opinions and thoughts about my journey through clean eating are entirely mine.