For 3 of the last 4 weeks, I religiously stuck to a clean eating regime- minus a couple days for various events that I had to attend and I could not order something that fit the clean eating challenge bill. Before I get into it too much further- here is what the clean eating consisted of: whole grains, meat, fruits, veggies and most nuts (besides peanuts) were considered fine. The big no-no’s were non-whole grain carbs and dairy products. I found that these were actually things that I did not miss all that much and instead found substitutes with good flavor to help me out.
I will say that my coach, Angie, warned me about some of the adverse effects of this sudden switch. There were days when I woke up nauseated and just pushed through my morning workout. But after all the being tired and cranky was done, I felt much better and found that I actually enjoyed cooking this stuff most nights. I will say that I had one magic ingredient that got me through most of this: sweet potatoes.
I ate them for breakfast:
I ate them mashed:
I ate them in a hash:
I ate them as fries:
Long story short- I ate a lot of sweet potatoes and I really enjoyed them. It made the whole idea of whole eating easier when I figured out that I could substitute something like sweet potatoes for more than half of the carbs I’d usually eat. It also was a lot of fun to see how creative I could be with the food options that I had. After awhile- that was the main thing I focused on. That and trying to make my food as yummy as possible.
As it has been repeatedly pointed out during this journey by people have been doing this a lot longer than me- nutrition makes up for far more with weight loss than working out does. Some people can get their nutrition straight and then start working out- I am not one of those people. So this whole eating thing came at a very good time and although I didn’t see any groundbreaking results from it- it gives me an idea of what I really should focus on and do with this whole nutrition thing.
One other note- I also learned that I cannot maintain this permanently- hence the 3 weeks on 1 week off thing- that’s the plan I have for this and with a little bit of determination, I’m sure I can do it.
Did you miss my latest workout post? Take a look here.