Nutrition

How To Eat Clean, Be Happy!

Hello, World!

Life is pretty great right now! Counting down the days until I can move out of my (sad) apartment and into my new one!! It shall be glorious

As you know from my previous post, 3 Essential Parts to a Healthy Lifestyle, I have been sick! Ugh, it’s been incredibly frustrating because I haven’t been able to work out at all. This cold from weeks ago developed into violent coughing fits, so cardio was a no go. Thankfully, I’m FINALLY getting better! I definitely think my decision to eat healthy when I got sick played a major role in becoming better. Also, I haven’t gained any weight despite not working out for over a month! What what? It’s pretty fantastic.

So what have I been doing this whole time? I’ve been eating clean! You’ve probably heard this phrase all over the health and fitness blogosphere, but it’s pretty vague if you ask me- in fact, I had to google it to make sure I truly understood it! Essentially, eating clean is eating whole and fresh foods. Getting inspired by colorful produce at the supermarket. Feeling the satisfaction of cooking at home and enjoying your creation. As someone who has ALWAYS been a huge fast food addict (you can ask any of my friends- Burger King is my favorite), making this transition actually wasn’t very difficult! I have tried a couple different eating plans in the past, from eating only 1200 calories a day (not a good idea) to stricter plans that dictate your every meal and snack, and none of those stuck for longer than a couple of weeks. I’ve been eating clean for over a month now, and my body feels fantastic!

By eating clean, I have noticed my eczema has disappeared! How do I know it was directly related to eating clean? If I do have a crazy meal once in a while, it’ll creep back and disappear within a few days! My energy levels have also improved! I used to have intense fatigue that no amount of coffee could battle, but now I can have my green tea in the morning, and I am set until bed time! And these are only some of the benefits!

Specifically, let’s talk about what I’ve been eating. First off, I try to make everything myself and eat as little processed/premade things as possible. I especially focus on replacing all crackers/chips/pretzels with fresh fruits and veggies. Here’s an example of what a day looks like:

Breakfast: OATMEAL! My obsession ❀ I cook a 1/3 cup of oats with water and cinnamon, and then top it with chia seeds, flax seeds, honey, and various fruits (strawberries, blueberries, banana, etc). I also have a glass of Green Goodness smoothie from Bolthouse and green tea to boost my energy for the day.

Lunch: sliced chicken breast sandwich topped with spinach and tomato and toasted in the oven! I’ll also pair it with a spinach salad topped with sliced strawberries!

Snack: banana with home made peanut butter

Dinner: grilled chicken breast sauteed with broccoli, onions, mushrooms, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and s&p! (You can find this one on my Instagram @happy_body_blog!)

As you can see, the foods I eat during the day are very simple- easy to make with not too many ingredients or anything crazy. I think that’s the point of eating clean overall- just make it simple! Some of these meals may not sound exciting, but I swear they taste so good and are incredibly satisfying because the ingredients of the meal get to shine. I also try to change it up every day or week. I don’t let myself get in the habit of eating the same sandwich for lunch every day because I know I’ll burn out and get bored! In fact, I plan my weekly meals on what inspires me at the grocery store. If I see some awesome asparagus on sale, I’ll quickly look up a recipe on my phone for ideas on what to pair it with. My goal is to always pick a different item, or at least one I don’t normally eat, every time I go to the store to keep eating clean fun and interesting!

So with my new focus on eating clean and experimenting in the kitchen, I will be posting a lot more recipes in the future! To see my creations day to day, be sure to follow me on Instagram, and check my blog soon for some yummy recipes!

Let me know how you eat healthy and clean, and what some of your favorite recipes are! I would love to try them out!

Peace and love!

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