So, I didn’t realize that I gave myself two things to write about today. Today is obviously my turn on Honesty Time, but I didn’t realize Parfait day was today as well…whoops. Sometimes I am a cotton headed ninny muggins.
I figured that now would be as good of a time as any to ask our fellow readers for some lovely advice on eating clean/eating better in general. I do try to eat as best as I possibly can. I keep a food diary and I am conscious of how many calories I eat daily. I just feel as though I need to eat better overall and make better choices, especially since I work so hard at the gym each week. I don’t want to feel as though I am being counterproductive to the work I am putting in 3 days a week.
I really am intrigued by this whole clean eating deal, so much so, I actually did try clean eating for a week. Here are some of the issues I had and why I stopped.
1. Reading labels is THE WORST
- It seems like it is a necessary task for clean eating. It is time consuming and the last thing I want to do is spend more time in the grocery store
2. Finding food is TOUGH
- Is this clean? Maybe? I mean, it has to be right? What could be so bad about all of these natural sounding ingredients? Maybe I should google it. This was my internal struggle in the grocery store.
3. I only have one aisle in my local supermarket.
- Where I live, I don’t have a Trader Joe’s, or a Whole Foods, or even a Kings. It is extremely difficult to find food when you are restricted to one, maybe 1 1/2 aisles, especially when they don’t even restock it half of the time
4. A lot of the food I have tried tastes like I am eating cardboard
- Does it have to be tasteless? Like I said a lot of the “clean food” I have tried really takes forever to chew and it tastes awful, but some of it isn’t quite bad. I really like apple cinnamon rice cakes, some of the kashi products are fantastic, and steel cut oatmeal is one of my favorite things.
5. I live at home…with my mom…who cooks every day.
- How can you say no to an Italian mother’s dinner? This is a trick question because you can’t and you don’t.
Maybe there is an alternative to eating clean that could work given my lack of grocery stores? Is there just a way to slowly start eating better? Anybody have any advice?