Wednesday, March 20, 2013
so I'm over a month into my attempt to eat clean, and I've come to some conclusions. Mind you, I am still learning on this journey, and I absolutely do not eat perfectly clean...I just had restaurant pizza last night garlic knots last night, for example! But I would say I'm probably 75% of the way there, with just occassional splurges and a few persistent issues. Here's what I've found:
-I have WAY more energy while I'm working or in class...I went from drinking 5-6 cups of green tea a day for caffeine, and now I'm down to 1-2, and some days I only drink water or a home-made green smoothie.
-My skin looks better. Not in a 'omg proactive wow results' commercial kind of way, but I'm noticing the tone of my skin has improved, and blemishes (while still present) are fading and healing with a day or two, as opposed to the week it used to take
-I lost 1 lb, which doesn't sound like a lot, but that's 1 lb while barely working out and it's the first weight loss I've seen in 3 months.
-I generally feel better about myself, I don't feel lethargic after meals, and I'm noticing my tastes are changing...I splurged and had a soda with my pizza- it was way too sweet!
-my house becomes smelly fast. Real food spoils fast, and if the trash isn't taken out every other day, my small home quickly starts to smell like a compost bin.
-on a similiar note, I am so many dishes. I cook from scratch now, multiple times a week, so I run through all my cookware once or twice a week
-it is finally becoming expensive. I spent 130 on groceries for one week, and they are almost entirely gone.
I've determined that the only real issue is money, so to try to save $$ I'm going to do two things:
1) Shop first at local farmer markets, then a conventional grocery store, and only then go to the 'health' food stores to buy specialty items. I've been doing the reverse for convenience (I like nextdoor to Earthfare), and I'm pretty sure I could shave $50 off my grocery bill a week if I fix this.
2) I WANT to buy organic, but if it comes down to it, I'd rather buy conventionally grown produce than no produce at all, so I'm going to try to only purchase organic iems that are on sale, and just try my best to avoid purchasing the produce most typically affected by pesticides.
Wish me luck, and if ya'll have any tips, puhlease let me know!