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The difference between clean eating and eating junk

Sunday, April 28, 2013

I had noticed a while back that my acne had pretty much cleared up. My skin was not super oily and my hair was not frizzy. I also had not eaten anything processed for a while during that time. I was full of energy and felt like anything could be possible. Weight loss was easy and consistent.

Then I stopped tracking and things started creeping back into my diet. A cookie here, some crackers there, a bag of chips, until I could not do just a serving size anymore. Back to eating the whole bag o' whatever was there.

I'm getting more acne again, even all over my face in places it hasn't been in a while. My hair needs to be trimmed to get rid of dry ends, I'm tired again and the cravings are just getting worse.

I know I can go back to eating right, I just need to do it and not bring home any of those processed things. Now that it's spring, it's easier. I can get outside again, far away from the food, I can grow my own food again and not have to rely on as much from the grocery store, plus I can do more GeoCaching with my mom now that we can see where they're hidden again since the snow has pretty much melted.

My skin will clear back up when my body processes out the useless stuff that just clogs it up. The more I get moving, the more energy I'll have to be moving again. The cravings will go away when I stop giving into them. It will take a couple of weeks for my body to go back to the things I had gotten used to and will look better for it again.

That is the difference in the fuel I put into my body. It's not just the weight differences, but the feelings I get from the different types of food. I will be going back to good clean fuel for my body so I can manage to do those near 5k's in my park daily. Apparently chocolate does cause acne.

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    I'm having all the same issues with food and noticing the same side effects from it... my hair and skin are not at all happy with me. We've gotta clean up our acts :)
    1724 days ago
  • CC3833
    Ugh you're so right. I had a pretty rough weekend and did give in to a lot of temptations but I will be cleaning up my act again this week. Thanks for the blog its a good reminder...
    1724 days ago
    A good lesson learned! emoticon

    I have a similar problem, just not acne! I break out in fat and gain weight. emoticon
    1725 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    The old habits do seem to creep back in even when we have been under control. You know what you need to do to get things right, and I know you will straighten this situation out.
    1725 days ago
  • TANYA602
    I like that you put this all into words. I have noticed a difference in my skin, and I haven't thought much of it. When you realize these things, and you see the benefits of the changes, you make your way back around to the good things in your program. With spring comes renewal. Take those steps and find your way back to clean eating. You can do it!
    1725 days ago
    Good post. You know what you need to do!

    1725 days ago
    Thank you for sharing what you've learned! You can get back on track, just keep going! :)
    1725 days ago
  • TXTOAD9970
    You make valid points. Good blog!
    1725 days ago
  • KRYSTL719
    Great blog. Its always helpful to hear this. Great Job and thank you emoticon
    1725 days ago
    Like you, I now notice the impact of certain foods on how I feel. Sugar makes me weird. Sort of clawingly uncomfortable. Great to be able to use our bodies for feedback this way and to realize how much we have learned.
    1725 days ago
    I sooo know what you mean. I need to make a pact with myself to stay away from all processed and white sugary things because they do nothing but destruction to my body.
    1725 days ago
    Once you have experienced the effects that processed food does to you. And you can see the difference in eating clean, as to not eating clean? Wouldn't one opt for the eating clean? How did you get started on the junk food? Since I have been doing this, I haven't wanted any of it. But I avoid, restaurants, friends potlucks (that one is hard, because I want the company and not the food) but they put food triggers on the
    buffet table. And I always believed that if it's put in front of you, it can tempt you.
    I go to the store, and no food enters my cart that is not good for me. You bring it into
    your home, it cannot be avoided, because you know it's talking to you from the pantry
    "Eat me, Eat me" I had a cute little cartoon of a cake taunting that message, may have to "dig it up"
    1725 days ago
    I've been talking to more and more people eating clean and hear many of the same comments. I know when I lay off the sweets I do feel better and my ADHD isn't so bad. Keep up the good work.
    1725 days ago
    emoticon and how good you became sensitive to what works and does not ....... That is part of the success is knowing and then applying. You will do it!!
    1725 days ago
  • LWADE1963
    A good reminder for the reasons to eat clean.
    1725 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
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    1725 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your insights. I notice problems with my skin when I eat sweets or junk food also!
    1725 days ago
    Stay on track!
    1725 days ago
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