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Glad you posted this topic AMY.PYSAR. I'm also new at eating clean. So I don't have much advice to add at this time, but I did want to say THANKS! to everyone for your thoughts. They fall right in line with what I was doing and the way I approached the whole eat clean lifestyle.
Ditto to all that Shelley says, exactly how I started, SLOWLY.
One other suggestion I would add is to track your intake, either with the nutrition tracker...that way you can get an idea of where you are at currently. Looking back at your eating after you have logged in 2 weeks or more of food is very enlightening. You can determine the amount of fat, carb, prot you are getting and make adjustments according to your progress (decrease in size, weight, changes in body comp). getfitbook.com is a great resource if you want to hand journal activites, goals, measurements, and nutrition. The online trackers are great at precise analysis of macronutrients you consume. It is a drill, but well worth getting a handle on your eating habits. ALso give yourself an X on your journal every time you have a cheat meal, snack. These are allowed, but track them too, to stay at the level of 80 to 90% clean. Hang in there, habits take time to form. I am like you, have been able to eat ANYTHING for most of my adulthood. Until I hit my 30's did I see a small change in my metabolism. It took till now (I am 46) to have to engage myself into the clean eating. I feel so much better now that I incorporated clean eating...not sluggish or tired. Good luck, hang in there, you are an athlete who can do anything you put your mind too!
"Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."
– Alexander Graham Bell
I agree with Nancy about starting your 'clean eating' in stages. I am relatively new to clean eating myself. I started by making a list of things I was going to eliminate from my diet, as well as things I was going to add.
Things I cut out of my diet include:
* fast food
* processed junk food
* white starches
* limit sugar intake
* limit alcohol
Things I incorporated into my diet:
* fresh fruit
* fresh veggies
* whole grains
This way you are not restricting yourself to the extreme and feeling deprived. I find by eating protein & fiber with every meal I feel full and satisfied and do not snack much if at all inbetween meals. The only things I drink are water & hot tea w/ honey. I have become really creative with toppings and dressings...things like olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil pesto, rice wine vinegar on veggies, salsa, etc. When I am craving something sweet, I will make myself crunchy peanut butter & jelly on whole grain toast or english muffin or crackers. It does the trick for me. Also sometimes just a small wedge of pepper jack cheese will satisfy the urge to snack. You can do this!!! Just don't put too much pressure on yourself to go all out when you are just starting down the path of healthier eating habits.
Best Wishes to you!
"Do remember to forget, anger worry and regret,
Love while you have love to give...
Live while you have life to live." ~Piet Hein
I've found that eating clean seems to stick better if you make the changes gradually. I didn't go full-bore right away- it's just so different that it makes you feel deprived of the things you consider "treats".
Try taking one of the eat clean "rules" that you consider do-able and applying it until you feel like you are ready to take on another one.
Also bear in mind that you can overeat eating clean, too. So still watch your portions.
My blog, about my personal experience and opinions of fitness related stuff: itallmakesadifference.blogspot.com/
I am having such a hard time staying on track...I am a former college basketball player so I am used to eating a lot but burning it all off! So I usually can eat anything (junk included) and not gain. However in the last 4 months I have put on 10lbs already :(!!!
I started the clean eating diet from the newest issue of Clean Eating, however I am having trouble sticking with it because I feel hungry or restricted...I am really stressed and not happy with myself about all this...I know that is likely making it worse! Can someone please help!?!?