We are half way through the week and half way through my first attempt at clean eating. It is mid day Wednesday and over the weekend I decided to try five days of clean eating. But let me be clear, the purpose of this was not to weight loss and this is a bit different than Paleo or Whole 30. The reason behind this clean eating experiment is that I am actually trying this to see if it will help with my skin. Sadly may acne has been out of control lately, hence all of the Instagram filters.
When I shared some of my meal prep yesterday I got a DM saying “I feel like you are the cleanest eater I know already!” and while flattering it is certainly not true. I certainly have improved my fitness over the last 15 months but sadly being in shape is different than having a good diet. Clean eating focuses around fresh, whole foods and for me this means cutting out protein powder, Diet Coke, and power bars.
As I have never tried clean eating I did a bunch of research before I even went to the grocery store and most of the articles I found suggested different 14 day plans. When making long list of foods to purchase list I referenced Eating Well’s 14-Day Clean-Eating Meal Plan or the article Here’s A Two-Week Clean Eating Challenge That’s Actually Delicious on Buzzfeed but decided to start with five days.
Now that I am half way through here are some of the recipes I have tried out and liked. Most are from cookbooks, blogs, or websites focused on clean eating but a few are off book so if they called for thing like protein powder I subbed them out but will likely come back to them later in the month because they were tasty!
As I commented to Mark on Monday – it is crazy how colorful our fridge is right now! Even though there are only 2.5 days left there are still a number of options I want to try:
Have you heard of clean eating or is it something you would want to try?