Healthy Challenge: Clean Eating


Health Challenge

YOU GUYS!!!!! You’ve made it to the last day of the Get Healthy Challenge! One more day to give a healthy habit a whirl and see if you can do it and implement it into your daily life. Today, is perhaps the most difficult challenge yet–I challenge you to try Clean Eating for a whole day.

What is Clean Eating?

Clean eating is a lifestyle where you try to eliminate processed foods. This means you eat a lot of vegetables, fruits, lean meats, beans, legumes, and whole grains.

When you are eating clean, you avoid things like sodas, whites (like white rice, white bread & sugar), alcohol, preservatives and processed products. You can eat dairy but try to keep it minimal.

What is Clean EatingI do clean eating 85% of the time. My splurges are usually on alcohol, dinners out, or the occasional bread or sweet I can’t resist at a friend’s house. However, I try to make sure what I’m preparing at home for dinners and my breakfasts and lunches are Clean. That way when I splurge for a lunch date with a friend or a bread bowl with the hubs for dinner out, I don’t feel bad. I’m also not strict about it. If I want creamer in my coffee and we don’t have something all natural at the office, I use it anyway. It’s all about balance, right?

I am amazed at what eating clean has done for my body. Case in point, I quit doing clean eating for the most part from Thanksgiving to New Year’s and during that time I didn’t feel as energized, I got breakouts on my face more often, got ulcers and of course felt “fluffy.” I got back on the band wagon just 11 days ago on the 1st and have already had multiple people comment on how my body and skin is looking. Isn’t that crazy?!

I’ve been shocked at how clean eating has made my body feel and look. I have found that this is the best fit for me and my lifestyle. Since I’m so active as a Pure Barre instructor, working full time at eMeals, and having 14 other balls in the air, I need to eat for fueling my body. I challenge you to join me in this challenge for 1 day to see that you too can eat this way if you want!

Get Clean Eating inspiration from my recipes or my Clean Eating Pinterest Board.

How’s are you feeling during your 10 Day Challenge? I’d love to hear how your body is responding and what the toughest part for you so far has been! Please keep checking in with me on Instagram and Facebook with the #HealthyEatingChallenge tag. Don’t forget one person who has checked in with me with the hashtag or commented on the FB page about it, will win a prize! I’ll feature some of your posts this week and do a recap of the challenge! Can’t wait to hear from you in the comments below!



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14 Comments

  1. January 13, 2014 / 11:44 am

    Yes! Agreed 100%. I don’t understand what some people consider “clean eating.” I once read an interview of a fitness instructor who said she ate 100% clean. Her “clean eating” included lots of Crystal Light and fat-free Jello! Sigh.
    Whether you eat vegetarian, paleo, everything in moderation etc, I think we can agree that clean normally means real food 🙂

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      January 14, 2014 / 10:59 pm

      That is REALLY bizarre, Rachel! WHAT?! I am honestly in shock. And yes, let’s all shoot for more real food, less FF Jello. LOL;)

  2. January 13, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    I really appreciate your REAL LIFE perspective on clean eating- 85% of the time. We can’t be perfect every, single time so it’s great to hear that someone is being SUCCESSFUL but still letting themselves do some enjoyable things (eating out, alcohol, enjoying some sweet treats). SOMEDAY very soon I’m going to push myself to try out clean eating- I know I can do it!- and I’m going to follow your boards and your blog to help me with it 🙂

  3. January 13, 2014 / 1:30 pm

    I began clean eating, but found I was doing it about 80% of the time before just didn’t know it. lol
    Anyway, as of 26 Dec I hit it hard. Most days are 90% clean. I feel so much better and since 31 Dec have lost 6.6 lbs! THAT is exciting.
    Keep up the good work, it is worth it.
    SGBC
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      January 14, 2014 / 11:00 pm

      That is awesome, Dawn! So glad you shared. I have ADORED it so far.

  4. January 13, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    Thanks for all the info. I’m trying so hard to eat better. Those juices look yummy. I’m a huge juice lover. I’m very interested in trying a challenge such as this.

  5. January 14, 2014 / 5:05 am

    I have been trying to eat clean lately. I love that you said 85% though! I was just thinking yesterday about going out for birthdays and what I was going to do about. Thanks for sharing!

  6. January 20, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    I’m always great until I get home. The temptation of sitting down at the computer or watching a TV with the hubs. I’ve bought more fruit for those type of situations and am considering cucumber or celery as an alternative. Thanks for this!!

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      January 22, 2014 / 11:55 pm

      You can do it, Dionne! So glad you’re taking the challenge.

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