I wanted to give you an update and talk a little more in detail about my clean eating and the benefits that I have seen so far in my lifestyle.
What I Eat
My 1 week of working with a nutritionist was very eye opening. I paid attention to every little detail of how my body was reacting to the dietary changes. Tracy creates meal plans that are based on a whole food diet. The diet includes lots of vegetables, fruits, plus healthy proteins and fats. It also means cutting back on refined grains, additives, preservatives, unhealthy fats and large amounts of sugar and salt which I was eating a lot of. Although the meals are very healthy, they are in fact very tasty. I also love that I am trying foods I would not necessarily think to make, like butternut-squash soup or a kale edamame tuna salad. It is been very rewarding to try new flavours and foods that do not negatively affect my health. Tracy is also amazing with taking directions about the meals, so if there is a dish that I felt is just not for my taste buds I just let her know and then she eliminates the food item from my meal plans or finds a substitution.
The first couple of days my skin went through a drastic change and I saw a difference right away. My skin developed a different glow and it seemed smoother than usual as well. I kind of plateaued after that, but my skin is still clearer than usual and I look less tired. I also decided to stick to my skincare regime every night before I go to bed. For me it was important to make changes in not just the way Ieat, but also in my lifestyle in general. I think looking and feeling fabulous goes beyond the food you eat.
The past 10 years my life went through many unexpected changes which led my weight to be my living roller coaster. When my life was my so called normal I was an average of 123 pounds. Flash forward to 2017, my weight reached 135 pounds. This is my experience and the way I felt about my body and in no way I am body shaming anyone that is this weight. This is the heaviest I have ever been, and I just didn’t feel like me anymore. Aside from all the health issues, gaining this weight took a toll on different aspects of my life. I want to clarify that I did not hire a nutritionist to lose weight. My main focus is to improve my health and have a balanced gluten free diet. I wanted to be able to eat food without being constantly in pain. So far I have lost 5 pounds by eating healthier foods, eliminating gluten (as much as I can) and eating more consistently throughout the day. My goal is to gradually go back to my weight of 123 pounds, but I want to do it as slowly as possible.
My Overall Health
This comes as no surprise to me, but most of my symptoms are gone. I have not had any sharp stomach pains since I started eating the meal plans that Tracy creates for me, I am also not bloated all the time, and my overall health has improved drastically. I am still not where I want to be, and my hives still do surface, but only when I slip up and eat something that has gluten in it. Even though working with a nutritionist is amazing, I also need to be committed to the meal plans and not let myself slip up and be tempted by eating foods that are not in my meal plan. Like that gluten cookie…
The Challenges I Face With Clean Eating
Clean eating is the best gift you will ever give yourself, but some days are really hard. Clean eating has really challenged me as a person to stay committed and persevere through temptation. I was doing such a great job sticking to the clean eating meal plans Tracy was giving me, but then it happened. I made eye contact with Mrs. Fields and I ended up eating so many milk chocolate cookies. You are bound to cheat once or twice. Do not feel too guilty about it. It is part of the clean eating process and the journey to be smarter about what you eat. There is a solution though to satisfy all of your sugar cravings. After my breakdown at Mrs Fields I had a chat with Tracy and expressed my need to include some snacks that substitute my unhealthy sugar cravings, so now she always adds yummy, healthy snacks. There is always a way around clean eating to satisfy all of your cravings in a healthy manner.
Don’t forget to read my post about Getting My Body Back on Track with Clean Eating.
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