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Just an update :)

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:

The good:
-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!

the bad:
-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!
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    I believe in buying organic especially for meat products. Bioaccumulation of pesticides is especially high in animal protein so I stay away from that! I eat less meat though. so I buy less, so that compensates for the price! Anything that has a hard exterior I don't necessarily buy organic because there will be less pesticides absorbed (bananas, pineapple). Or else, when the farmer market is around here I go straight there since in Quebec (Canada) regulations on pesticides are more strict then elsewhere and it encourages local economy!
    1782 days ago
    I have been having the same problem! During the winter the farmer's market here is really very slim pickin's so we've been shopping at the co-op. But the prices are so high! The thing I'm going to try doing now is shopping according to the "Dirty Dozen" list of the 12 most contaminated fruits and veggies vs. the 12 least contaminated. The least contaminated are fine to buy non-organic because (typically) their thick skins prevent them from absorbing toxins, pesticides, etc. You might want to check it out--could help! Good luck! :)
    1807 days ago
    Thanks, Diva!

    Funny enough, right before I checked my sparkpage, I realized I haven't had ANY caffeine today and I somehow managed to go the whole day (and do a few solid hours of work) without noticing!
    1828 days ago
    I have had similar results with eating clean... my energy levels are amazing! I feel extremely focused and joy-ful! Thanks for sharing your story... it's so encouraging. emoticon
    1829 days ago
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