WHY Sugar is SO Bad: 7 things to remember

Everyone knows sugar is not good for you, but WHY is it so detrimental? Besides the fact that no one needs added sugar to survive, and the fact that it makes you fat, sugar also does other terrible things to your insides…such as cause cancer. I am going to list a few reasons why I NEVER consume added sugar (raw local honey/manuka honey/pure maple syrup is ok in moderation). ****NOTE that I am also 100% against sugar substitutes/artificial sweeteners, etc., which are equally as bad!

  1. Addictive. Sugar is HIGHLY addictive. Just like addictive drugs, sugar causes a massive dopamine release in the “reward center” of the brain. This is especially bad for people who are more prone to addictive behaviors. I don’t ever “cheat” on ice cream or anything with refined sugar because of this – there is absolutely zero nutritional value and even if you just have a little bit of this type of sugar, you will want more and more. Many people have no self-control, therefore can’t stop eating the bad food, and then end up very over-weight and unhealthy. Abstinence is the best thing when it comes to this substance! Sugar and other junk foods, because of their effect on the reward center of the brain, function similar to drugs like cocaine and nicotine. You will also crave and need more and more of the substance, the more frequently you consume it!
  2. Fructose turns to fat.  Before sugar enters the bloodstream it is broken down into fructose and glucose. Glucose is found in every living cell on the planet, but fructose is different. Our bodies do not produce fructose and there is no need for fructose, physiologically. Fructose can only be metabolized by the liver. This is fine if you’ve just finished working out or you just eat a piece of fruit – the fructose is turned into glycogen and stored in the liver until we need it. If the liver is already full of glycogen, eating a lot of fructose overloads the liver, forcing it to turn this fructose INTO FAT. When this process is repeated over and over again (very common), this leads to a fatty liver. GROSS. ALSO KEEP IN MIND: it’s almost impossible to overeat fructose by eating FRESH FRUIT – this applies more towards ice cream, doughnuts, soda, candy, etc. Also, people who are extremely active can tolerate all of this much better than people who aren’t (they also probably know about moderation and don’t eat tons of sugar on a daily or even weekly basis).
  3. Causes insulin resistance, and diabetes. Insulin is an important hormone. It allows  glucose to enter the cells and tells the cells to burn the glucose instead of fat. Too much glucose is highly toxic. Insulin resistance occurs when the insulin in the body stops working as it should – the cells become resistant to it. This can lead to so many diseases such as metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions: symptoms are large waist circumference, high blood sugar, fatigue, etc.
  4. Ages your skin. HELLO WRINKLES! This is enough to prevent me from eating sugar. Sugar has zero nutrients and it’s pretty much pointless to consume – unless it’s fresh fruit or occasional honey or pure maple syrup, as previously stated. Too much sugar damages collagen which makes you more prone to getting wrinkles. Sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products – the more sugar you eat, the more of these you develop. As these accumulate they damage adjacent proteins in a “domino-like fashion”. Collagen and elastin are MOST vulnerable to the damage and these are the protein fibers that keep skin firm! Once they are damaged, they become dry and brittle thus leading to wrinkling and sagging. YIKES. These all start around age 35 and increase rapidly afterwards. Read more about that here. Next time someone offers you cake or a doughnut or ice cream, think about all the crows feet and nasty wrinkles it will cause.
  5. Can cause you to get CANCER. Cancer is obviously one of the leading causes of death. It’s characterized by uncontrolled growth and multiplication of cells. Insulin is a key hormone that regulates this growth. Many scientists believe that having constantly elevated insulin levels can contribute to cancer. High sugar consumption also drives up inflammation in the body which is another cause of cancer. People who eat a lot of sugar are at a MUCH HIGHER risk of getting cancer – studies have shown. Sugar and cancer are best friends. Cancer cells love sugar. Also keep in mind WHITE FLOUR is essentially sugar in a different form – hence another reason why I don’t eat any bread or gluten/wheat. Cancer thrives in an acidic environment – sugar is highly acidic! This is why you simply must avoid it at all costs!
  6. Has fat-promoting effects. Different foods have different effects on our brains. Not all calories are created equal – hence the fact I eat super clean but do not even count a single calorie. Studies show that fructose does not have the same effect on satiety as glucose – therefore making you hungrier as opposed to feeling full. Sugar calories are NOT fulfilling, in other words. This will lead to weight gain. Just remember: SUGAR = EMPTY CALORIES, ZERO NUTRITIONAL VALUE. don’t eat it!
  7. Raises cholesterol and causes heart disease. Studies are finally showing that saturated fat, such as found in coconut oil, does not cause heart disease. Sugar is now recognized as the culprit. Large amounts of fructose raise triglycerides, increase bad cholesterol, raise blood glucose and insulin levels AND abdominal obesity (the most dangerous type of fat). These are risk factors for heart disease. The risk of dying from heart disease is more than doubled if 21% of your daily calories are from added sugars. Added sugars = sugars/syrups that are added to foods or drinks when they are PROCESSED. This includes sweetened yogurt, milk, grains, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, juice, etc. Sugar sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugar in the American diet. Cut them out 100% – this is such an easy fix! I ONLY drink water because it’s the only thing we actually need. And I don’t add anything to my coffee other than coconut oil.

I hope this has opened your eyes to the detrimental effects of sugar. We do not need added sugar at all in our diet! Focusing on eating WHOLE, REAL food that is not processed will eliminate all of the cancer causing sugars. As stated before, sugar found in whole fruit does not have the same effect as processed sugar (although I still limit my fruit intake and focus more on vegetables). If you want to live a long healthy life and anti-age on a daily basis, you must give your body the things it needs. Sugar is not one of these things! Also, you can enjoy clean treats on occasion by eating and living my lifestyle – I sweeten things only with SMALL AMOUNTS of pure, raw local honey or 100% pure maple syrup.

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Eating Clean: Getting started and learning to love it

If you are thinking I just jumped right into exactly how I eat now, you are wrong. This has been a process for me and over the years I have become much more clean 24/7, as I have just learned that clean food is all I want to fuel myself with. It hasn’t always been as easy as it is now! 5 years later, I would say I have become super disciplined as well as not wanting crap food at all. I will give you all a background and tell you how I used to eat when I first started, as well as what I would “cheat” on weekly. **note: I don’t “cheat” anymore…nor do I like that word. I prefer to consistently eat clean food as it’s the healthiest for my body and I just can’t eat things that aren’t clean because it makes me sick to think about – you, too, can reach this point!

Spring 2011-Spring 2012: In 2011 I discovered a book on eating clean by Tosca Reno. She is AMAZING by the way and I recommend all of you learn about her. She taught me about eating clean and removing processed food from my life. I stopped getting fast food at this point (not that I ate that much fast food anyway, but I still did as well as eating lean cuisines and frozen meals-seriously vom). I started cooking chicken breasts, green beans, and sweet potatoes (back then I wrapped my potatoes in saran wrap in the microwave and ate them that way- 1/2 for lunch and 1/2 for dinner – WHICH by the way is disgusting and you should never do because saran wrap/plastic/COOKING food in the microwave is a huge no-no in my book now and causes cancer!) I started meal prepping and eating clean food consistently. I had oatmeal for breakfast (Quaker brand – sick – that is GMO supportive – now I only buy organic oats), with 2 hard-boiled egg whites and 1 egg, and I would put cinnamon and banana in my oats as well as flaxseeds. Snacks were almonds and an apple, plain Greek yogurt, and dinners/lunches like I said were always chicken, green beans, and sweet potato. I would occasionally cheat on Dove dark chocolate (would never happen today – I buy organic dark rarely if I need a treat) and I would drink red wine (not organic; now I only buy organic if I have any). I even had frozen pizza once a week (YIKES – I would never do that now). But you see, back then I was learning and I never really cooked so this was all new to me. I was and am human – so things take time. I still had “regular” cheats, but ate clean most of the time (now I eat clean 100% of the time). I worked out like crazy like I do now (5-6 days per week), but wasn’t eating enough – maybe 1800-2000 cals a day. I also ran a lot and went to spin class a lot – wasn’t lifting like I do now. My weight has not really changed though I will note – I am 5’6, 115/116 lbs now. Back then I was probably 111 or 113 lbs. So I have def gained muscle and love it ūüôā

Fall 2012: I discovered the book WHEAT BELLY by Dr. William Davis. That is when I cut out gluten 100%. Dr.Davis explains why wheat/gluten is SO inflammatory and terrible for us. I really recommend you guys get the book and read it if you are teetering on the idea of going gluten free. It’s an awesome book; that man is very smart. I used to eat Ezekiel but I know I have mentioned before that my stomach was hurting and I wasn’t regular when I ate too much Ezekiel bread. I cut that out. I didn’t eat any gluten for probably over a year (I occasionally have a beer now, but I do still avoid gluten/wheat in food at all costs). So, it was around this time, too,¬†that¬†I started exploring with the Paleo lifestyle. I learned how to cook (I was living with my mom for a little while after graduate school).

Once again, it’s been a process. I still worked out…but was running less and lifting less and went to Bikram yoga more…because in Sept 2012 I was told by a doctor in Mobile, AL that I had to have scoliosis surgery (YIKES-a blog for a later time). I did go and get a second opinion¬†in regards to my spine situation by Dr. Richard Fessler in CHICAGO, IL (this was in November 2012) I discovered (thanks to that amazing doc) that my spine curve was not nearly as bad as that original doctor claimed (really crazy…), and I didn’t need surgery! YAHOO. I cried tears of joy that day. I was definitely doing too much yoga at this time and not enough strength training as my back hurt a lot (who knows, maybe it’s because I was told I had to have spine surgery so mentally I told myself I should be in pain). ANYWAYS…

Spring 2013: Still avoiding gluten….I moved out of my mom’s house and got my own apartment with a friend. I started cooking on my own a lot more now. Always prepping my own meals and cooking my own food most of the time. I still had wine (a glass or two) almost every night (I do not do this now). I was working out at the apartment gym, running A LOT, lifting some, not heavy though. Still maintained my workout program of 5 days per week.

Summer 2014-2015:¬†Moved to Birmingham, Alabama. Diet did not change. Still running but began to have knee pain…still lifting some but not as priority.

Late 2015-Present:¬†Still in Birmingham! Really cut back on my running and started focusing on lifting HEAVY (probably since August I’ve been consistently lifting heavy every week)! My body feels better than it EVER HAS. I lift 5-6 days a week and run maybe 3 miles a week – mixing running in with my lifting. Lifting is priority. It’s the best way to keep your muscles healthy and prevent muscle loss as we age. So I lift and lift and lift!¬†I do other types of cardio like rowing and cardio-type lifts that get your heart rate going. I¬†rarely drink during the week, I try to limit consumption of peanut butter (also starting to prefer the taste of almond butter) too as it’s a legume and too much is inflammatory. My diet really has not changed at all besides that. Still eating clean food, mostly paleo, I just cook WAY more and way better than I used to. I eat the same food every week because it works for me and I love the food I eat. I eat it because I love it! I also eat more than I used to, and don’t count calories…probably eat anywhere between 2200 and 2500 cals on some days!! I cheat way less. aka never. I never have sweets unless it’s my almond butter brownies or occasionally organic dark chocolate. Weekly consumption of Talenti gelato has ceased (totally wrecked my sleep!).

Over the years I discovered how good eating clean makes me feel and how everything we eat affects us. Yes, everything. If you are consistently eating clean food and stay committed, you will so love your body and realize all the good things you are doing for it. Everything we eat either ages us, or goes against aging, and I prefer to anti-age through my diet. I learned to ¬†love raw veggies as I know my body craves and needs them. I learned to love clean baked meats. I loved how I felt not eating gluten so I loved not eating that, too! And still do! Eating bread and dairy and processed food weighs you down and you just feel heavy, lethargic and crappy. So don’t be scared or discouraged by the thought of this diet. You can do it. Start small and know that it’s OK if you have a cheat. But think about how you feel afterwards…how does your body feel after eating donuts or french fries or fast food? What are those chemicals in all of that food doing to your insides?!

The thought of a donut actually grosses me out – it’s fried bread. It’s not delicious – it’s garbage. I could never eat a donut because it’s SO TERRIBLE for my body. I want to give my body 100% clean food! That’s how it’s easy for me to NOT overeat, or snack at night, or eat bad food. Because I know what that sh*t does to my body…and it’s nothing good. It’s all addictive. I look at it as poison/drugs. You gotta just start saying NO and eliminating it 100%. You can’t go have your lemon water, but then put sh*t creamer/sugar/artificial sugar in your coffee. You are negating all the positive effects of the lemon water. You can’t have a healthy chicken breast and broccoli and sweet potato lunch but then frozen pizza for dinner. Or m&ms as a snack. No. You just reversed all the good you did!! Do you understand? Every meal counts. Every snack counts. Every beverage counts – (I pretty much only drink water or black organic coffee on a daily basis). And you can’t un-do the damage of eating poorly by exercise. Eating clean and exercise go hand-in-hand.

So I will end this blog by saying: learn to love clean food. Eat it knowing you are doing GOOD for your body. You are flushing toxins out on a daily basis by eating clean 100% of the time. There is no 50% eating clean. Drink a gallon of water per day. Do it. Your taste buds will eventually begin to crave veggies like mine do – I crave them all the time! So I eat 5-7 servings per day at least. Start to count your servings, too. Aim to get more. Once you start to reap the benefits by a clean diet, there is no turning back and you will be like me! It’s super easy to eat clean for me and avoid fried food/cake/brownies/ice cream/crap. SO EASY. Because that stuff makes me feel terrible and it does no good for my body. There is no temptation there. You could put a huge box of hot donuts in front of me and I would be grossed out and actually FEEL SORRY for people that give into temptation and eat them…so gross! It’s fried bread and sugar. That is the worst thing for your body and your skin.

Also one more thing: quit the late night snacking. If you say you gotta have something to snack on at night, well, you probably are not eating enough good, clean food during the day so you want to binge at night. Don’t do this. I never snack at night after dinner nor do I want to snack because I eat PLENTY during the day! My breakfast is usually 600 cals alone! Don’t worry about calories y’all! If you just eat enough protein, clean healthy fat (avocados, coconut oil, raw cashews, raw almonds, raw almond butter), and a little bit of healthy starch aka sweet potatoes/organic oats/organic rice, you won’t want or need to snack after dinner. These are habits. Also, quit the alcohol habit at night because that, too, is a bad habit and I used to have to have a glass of wine at night but now I don’t ever crave it (because it screws up my sleep and I am aware of this and prefer to get good sleep so I can kill my workout at 530 AM the next day and look and feel amazing).

Questions or comments, as always, feel free to message me! As usual..I LOVE THIS STUFF Y’ALL! :-* now go make smart choices today!

Confused on what to eat? My Rules HERE!

I know if you are new to this lifestyle you may be very confused as to what is healthy and what isn’t…what you can or cannot eat/should or should not, etc. I get it! And over time this will not be an issue! You will eventually be choosing foods easily and it will be second nature. So let me discuss a few things to think about constantly when grocery shopping, and how to make the lifestyle work for you!

  • Center the bulk of your eating on foods WITHOUT labels. This should be a no-brainer. The majority of your food should¬†not¬†have a label. You should spend the most money shopping the border of the grocery store and filling your cart with tons and tons of organic vegetables (at lest the dirty dozen should be purchased organic), sweet potatoes, grassfed beef, clean meats/organic/pasture raised pork, chicken, eggs, organic oats in bulk, organic jasmine rice, frozen organic fruit, etc. Follow my grocery shopping list here to ensure you don’t miss anything!
  • If you want to snack on chips and a dip (rarely a good idea), you can pick a healthier option. If I get chips for guacamole or salsa, I like to buy Terra¬†chips as they are non-gmo and they make vegetable-based chips! I avoid corn as much as possible because it’s not paleo, is inflammatory, and isn’t digested well. The goal of this lifestyle is to eat food that our bodies need, food that is nutritionally dense, and not empty calories! So I would definitely consider any kind of chip a treat and not to indulge on these daily as it can lead to mindless eating…
  • Avoid protein bars/pre-packaged “health” bars, diet shakes, etc. These are not good for you, usually. Once again these come with a label and this is the main thing we want to avoid. LABELS! If you start shopping and buying things and eating things that come without a label, then you are on the right track. It’s really as easy as that. You can make healthy snack bars at home with organic oats, coconut or almond flour, honey, raw nuts, etc., and those are so much better for you than the pre-packaged ones that usually have sugar, corn syrup, or other nonsense added to them.
  • Bread is never healthy and I recommend you stop eating it. I don’t care what anyone says about this…bread is just not necessary and if you love it then you are probably addicted to it. Cutting bread out is the best thing you can do for yourself and you will feel a million times better. Bread is not doing you ANY favors. If you believe you can argue to me that you are getting vital nutrients from bread that you cannot get elsewhere then by all means, please, make your argument. But that is doubtful. Eat more veggies is always the correct answer.
  • Most yogurt is not healthy, either.¬†Actually I would go as far to say that most yogurt is poison and I wouldn’t touch it, ever! 90% if not more of the yogurts out there have so much added sugar and garbage…and most are not organic or made from grassfed cows. If you eat dairy, which you should definitely LIMIT if you do, you simply must buy grass-fed/organic. Again, the bulk of your eating/snacks should not be pre-packaged yogurt. I would recommend boiled eggs, raw carrots, almonds, raw cashews, apples, etc. over yogurt ANY DAY! Boiling back down to the “avoid food with a label” idea…
  • Don’t get me started on cereal as this is NEVER HEALTHY and milk is terrible for you.¬†Please trash all the cereal boxes in your house asap!
  • Artificial sweeteners are poison and cause cancer. Please don’t consume these either. If you have to put these in your coffee or tea, you are addicted to them and MUST cut them out. Once you’ve been off sugar/artificial sweeteners for a while your taste buds will alter and you won’t crave sugary junk food/crap anymore. Just read about why they’re so terrible for you here.¬†As well as 7 hidden dangers here.

I know this may seem time consuming, extreme and impossible, but it’s not!! And you will start to feel SO MUCH BETTER when you consume real food on a daily basis! You will lose weight and feel amazing – what more could you ask for? You will also reduce your risk for needing prescription medication (and by reduce I mean eliminate because food is medicine, y’all). You will be healthier, look better, and your risk ¬†of getting diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, cancer, etc. all of those things will essentially be out of the question if you are consistently following this lifestyle and exercising. But you have to be 100% committed! My health is my number 1 priority and being able to cook and eat the clean food that I love is what makes me happiest in this world. I hope you can one day find the same passion I have about eating clean and organic food because it’s truly the best way to live.

 

Why You MUST Quit Eating Microwaveable Meals

I used to be guilty of this – many many years ago – now you COULD NOT PAY ME to eat a microwaveable meal (or any processed food for that matter). Those are not even ¬†meals, actually. It’s more like microwaveable “chemicals”…that don’t kill you (at least not right away). Let’s go over some of the common ingredients in a microwaveable meal. Let’s use a lean cuisine for example since I am sure many people think these are healthy options (hint: they are not healthy AT ALL).

Ingredients in the Sesame Chicken Lean Cuisine:

“blanched spaghetti (water, semolina), sesame breaded chicken tenderloins (cooked chicken tenderloins, water, seasoning (dried soy sauce {soybeans, wheat, salt}, maltodextrin, fructose, salt, autolyzed yeast extract, flavor, modified corn starch, mixed triglycerides, chicken broth powder, wheat dextrin, contains less than 2% butter {cream, salt}, carrots, chicken fat, citric acid, cornstarch, sesame oil, sugar, tapioca dextrin), isolated soy protein, modified rice starch, roasted sesame oil, sodium phosphates, salt. battered and breaded with: water, bleached wheat flour, yellow corn flour, bleached enriched wheat flour (niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sesame seeds, modified corn starch, salt, leavening (sodium bicarbonate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate), nonfat dry milk, dextrose, soybean oil, partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil, yeast, dried onion powder, dried garlic powder, dried whole eggs, extractives of paprika, oleoresin paprika and annatto. breading set in soybean oil.), water, green beans, plum sauce (sugar, salted plums, water, rice vinegar, modified cornstarch, ginger, citric acid, sodium citrate, chili peppers, xanthan gum, contains wheat, soybeans), red peppers, 2% or less of sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), modified cornstarch, garlic puree, sesame seeds, dehydrated soy sauce (soybeans, salt, wheat), vinegar concentrate (rice vinegar, corn syrup, natural flavor), spice.”¬†via Lean Cuisine website

OMG. THAT IS ABSURD Y’ALL. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY INGREDIENTS THAT AREN’T EVEN FOOD? So I don’t have all day to dive into each ingredient but let’s look at a few of them and perhaps then you will understand why you probably can’t lose weight and want to, and you feel bloated and gassy and gross and potentially stopped up/constipated/yuck all the time. It’s because of that long list up there that you are eating day in day out! TRASH THEM ALL Y’ALL IT’S NOT FOOD. Ok rant over, let’s look at some ingredients.

  1. Maltodextrin: This is one of the ingredients in Splenda, the artificial sweetener that our bodies don’t know what to do with. Splenda’s ingredients, as well as any artificial sweetener, can cause cancer and nerve damage. It’s in NO way good for you to consume – ever. Anytime I see this in any ingredient list I definitely do not eat it.
  2. Soybeans: Soy is bad because 90% of soy in the US is genetically modified. Soy is also REALLY bad for women because once consumed, it mimics estrogen in the body and therefore raises estrogen levels and this can lead to breast cancer. Avoid soy at all costs! Read this article here on why GMOs are so terrible – go organic!
  3. Wheat dextrin: Apparently this is a soluble fiber supplement. I would rather get my fiber in the form of food, thank you very much. Such as that found in organic oatmeal, chia seeds, and veggies. Another artificial additive.
  4. Sodium phosphates: A form of salt. This is an additive that is used to keep everything separated because this is a processed meal. It keeps everything uniformly dispersed. Well, I would much rather cook my own meals and not have to worry about this additive – who knows what else it could do to our bodies. Anything that is an “additive” should be avoided.
  5. Dextrose: A form of glucose derived from starches. = sugar. Avoid sugar at all costs!
  6. Sugar: AVOID SUGAR! Sugar is highly addictive and studies show it’s as addictive as cocaine and/or heroin within the brain. Sugar = poison and it’s making you crave more and more of it every time you eat it, thus pushing your dream body further away!
  7. Partially hydrogenated soybean oil: GROSS!! This is potentially the worst offender. Just read more about why these oils are so bad via NATURAL NEWS¬†here¬†. ¬†A quote from that same article “There are stories of doctors who performed surgery and found several inches of a thick fatty substance in patient’s arteries. Later this was identified to be the fatty, hydrogenated oil laden fast food breakfast of that patient the day before surgery. Not a pleasant thought at all.” via Natural News.

So those things should be enough to tell you why these microwaveable meals are not even food at all! It’s chemicals, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and hydrogenated oils! Stay far far away from anything that must be cooked in a microwave and that has an ingredients list that is as long as a paragraph!! My motto: if there are more than 5 ingredients, just don’t eat it! Very few things pass that test! If you reading this and are guilty of having a microwaveable meal on occasion, or even daily, I beg you to go read the label and start to think about WHAT ARE THOSE ingredients. Think about how you feel on a daily basis…are you bloated? Puffy? Feel swollen or gassy or unable to use the bathroom? Do you feel fatigued often? Have you not considered that perhaps it’s all the¬†chemicals¬†you are putting inside your body on a daily basis? Our bodies are not designed to eat those chemicals…that’s why you aren’t “running properly”…so join me and eat clean and find your best body because you can uncover it once you stop fueling yourself with garbage. Stop being fooled – those meals are not good for you at all. It’s all a marketing advertising scheme so that these companies can make more money off of you getting sicker and fatter! #eatclean and #saygoodbye to prescription meds because #FOODISMEDICINE

 

 

Why eat clean?

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Do you struggle to lose weight? Struggle with maintaining a healthy weight? Sick of feeling tired, low energy, depressed and bad about yourself? Do you have issues “eliminating” daily (sorry if TMI)!! Do you want brighter skin and more energy? Do you want to anti-age daily and be fit for life?? Then you definitely need to join the “dirtclean” lifestyle.

Listen, I have SO been there before! Yo-yo dieting, stepping on the scale and being depressed, the strict calorie-deficit diets, eating “health” bars and “diet” shakes for a meal, never being full, etc. Y’all this isn’t the way to live or to do it! The BEAUTY of eating clean and following what I call a “dirtclean” lifestyle is that you can eat so much (clean) food and you are not deprived. Eating clean is about COMPLETELY ELIMINATING chemicals from your food choices: No fried food. No fast food. No soda. No candy. No processed food. No donuts (gross!) No dairy (occasional grassfed cheese, organic creamer, organic yogurt in moderation-ok). No vegetable oils (coconut oil, grassfed butter is it!) No artificial sweeteners (yep-cut out the Splenda, sweet n low, etc. That stuff is poison). No sugar (besides organic maple syrup, coconut palm sugar, raw organic/local honey, etc.). Get it? I promise this is easy once you get used to it and begin to reap the benefits.

“Oh gosh so what am I going to eat?!?!?”,you may be asking. SO MUCH! I enjoy eating organic oats/oatmeal, eggs, fresh fruit and veggies (dirty dozen = buy organic, always), sweet potatoes, organic rices, quinoa, almond butter, organic peanut butter (limited amounts of this…peanuts are a legume i.e. still somewhat inflammatory but I do love peanut butter and life is too short to give it up 100%), grassfed beef, lamb, chicken (clean meats from quality farmers) etc. etc. ! Once you start cooking your own food and learning HOW to shop in a grocery store and how to read labels, you will start to feel amazing and see results, and this all becomes second nature. The weight will start to fall off. You will become more “regular”. Your skin will be healthier. YOU will be healthier. You will feel better and look better and live longer.

Our bodies are not designed to digest and eat chemicals. Step away from the aisles of processed junk in the grocery store. Refuse the donuts and the cake (it’s pure sugar and bleached flour! YUCK). Stop eating fast food. Stop eating candy. You are basically eating chemicals and AGING yourself every step of the way. Not to mention that all those chemicals in processed food cause cancer and lead to other diseases as well.

So, are you ready? Are you ready to FIND and BECOME your best self? Are you ready to improve your life, both inside and out? Go clean out your pantry and your fridge. THROW IT ALL AWAY (my motto). Start fueling your body with the nutrition it needs! Gain self-confidence. Treat your body like the temple it is-stop abusing yourself with poisonous junk in the form of food. Be #dirtclean

 

 

 

My Story

My first blog post…here we go! Hi all! I’m Kelly and I am basically an overall wellness enthusiast. Anything and everything that has to do with eating right and exercising and detoxing I am ALL about! Ever since I joined the EAT CLEAN bandwagon in 2011 my life changed for the better. I want to inspire others through this blog to make the same choices! Here is a little bit of my background…

I was a ballet dancer for many years, ages 5-21, so being active has always been my lifestyle. After an injury forced me to stop dancing in college, I ¬†had to find something else¬†to keep me active and busy.¬†I started to workout more: run, lift weights, etc. However, during this time I noticed I was slowly gaining weight–I could not figure out why. I wasn’t over-eating and I was exercising so what gives?! It wasn’t until I discovered the eating clean lifestyle (THANKS to the one and only Tosca Reno) that I figured out what was going on. I wasn’t eating the RIGHT kind of food! I drank diet sodas, ate too much processed bread/foods, frozen dinners, cereal (even so-called healthy ones like Kashi), you name it! So, after I eliminated all the crap and began to eat “dirt clean” foods¬†as I call it,¬†I lost the extra weight I was carrying before it became too much.

Tosca Reno’s book on eating clean is what first opened my eyes to the chemicals that are in our food. Our bodies don’t know what to do with these chemicals and that is why people slowly gain weight over the years and wonder why! Muffin top? Cellulite? Dull skin??? It’s from what you are putting in your body day in and day out. You are what you eat. I am here to help and encourage you to change lifestyles. It’s about counting chemicals, not calories. Quality, NOT quantity.

Since 2011 I have gained even more knowledge and further “restricted” my diet to a primal-paleo lifestyle. I say primal-paleo because I am not 100% paleo (info on this will be for another blog post). I feel best on limited grains (only eating organic oats, quinoa, organic rice-these are not paleo) and I eat tons of organic vegetables, clean (grassfed beef, pasture-raised chicken/eggs), and fruit, and at least 1 gallon of water daily. I indulge on occasion, but, 90% of what goes in my body is under “paleo” standards.

My goal is to¬†influence others to change their eating habits in order to feel and look their absolute best. Self-confidence is everything. When you eat good you feel good–and this is what matters. We all want to live long, healthy lives, right? The best way to do so is to eat DIRT CLEAN foods and WORKOUT (sweat, detox) on a daily basis. This is not a diet-it’s a lifestyle! Each and every meal counts!