Clean eating

6 May

Since the half marathon is over, I don’t really have an excuse to eat bigger portions and more food like I did when I was training. (I did though have my celebratory high-cal high-fat meal at BWW–boneless wings with french fries–DELISH!) So it’s time to tighten up my eating habits.

I already eat pretty healthy. I research nutrition content before going out to eat at restaurants. I stay away from fried foods almost completely and I have a general knowledge of calories for most foods. I have though almost completely stopped counting calories and focused on intuitive eating.

But there are a few things in my diet that should be limited–like all the chocolate, candy, and ice cream I eat. I’m going to back to the strategy I used this past fall to lose 10 lbs–no sugar for 6 days out of the week. One cheat day when I can eat ice cream and chocolate. Because I could never give those up!!

I am also going to cut out all the unhealthy processed foods I eat (except for on that one cheat day)–things like chips, soda, sugary cereals, white pasta, white rice, salad dressings, etc. The Eat Clean Diet has you eat a lot of veggies, fruit, lean meat, whole grains, and lowfat dairy.

So this isn’t really a diet. It’s more like spring cleaning my eating habits. So we’ll see how it goes! I already had to say no to a peanut butter cup from the Mountain Man. 😦

2 Responses to “Clean eating”

  1. Juliet May 6, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    Sweetie, it is exactly a diet. You sound like I did on Weight Watchers (also a diet, despite their deceptive ad campaign). Intuitive eating doesn’t work if you restrict and if you restrict six out of seven days, it’s not intuitive eating.

    I get where you’re coming from. It’s hard to accept that it’s okay to not put limits on certain types of foods. I struggle with that day… but you know what? I only eat “too much” of those foods when I start thinking like a dieter again. It’s when I start thinking I *can’t* or *shouldn’t* eat something that I overeat it. The rest of the time, I barely even remember it’s here.

    It’s fine if you’re not ready to let go of dieting yet. My therapist is always telling her clients that if they need to try another diet, she’s fine with it – she gets it. All she asks is that you tell her and let her know what diet you’re trying, or in what way you’re restricting your food.

    My point isn’t to judge what you feel like you need to do… if that’s what you need, by all means, go for it. It’s just that to really eat intuitively means letting go of weight loss goals and not restricting food intake at all.

    And it’s International No Diet Day! So at least for today, just let your body tell you what it wants and needs. 🙂

  2. seinlife May 9, 2008 at 8:17 am #

    way kewl – i just started on clean eating today. How is it going for you?

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