Today is a bit of a different post.
For the last 5 months, it’s been a mission of mine to get smarter about what I eat and put into my body. It came about through suffering from IBS for the last few years and being completely fed up of my body having what I felt were random flare ups that were starting to dictate when I ate certain foods.
I decided to go back to basics and try to clean eat to identify trigger foods, but over the last 5 months I have got more serious and dedicated to eating natural, organic and clean foods and I really see it as a gradual lifestyle change.
This might not be a blog post for everyone, but I wanted to share some hints, tips, loves and dislikes over the last 5 months and hopefully inspire some of you to give it a go, and also keep myself on track by going public! For those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen a few healthy posts, and I’ve had a few questions about it so thought I would dedicate some blog space to it too.
So clean eating can probably be interpreted in a number of ways. Clean eating for me means cutting out processed foods, processed/refined sugars, preservatives and where possible wheat (gluten) and dairy. In essence, a plant based diet with the odd piece of meat thrown in. Now I didn’t go crazy and try and do this all at once, I gradually cut out processed foods or foods with preservatives, so generally ready made foods, microwave or oven meals, tins of food or ‘long life’ cupboard items. As a general rule, anything that had a chemical in that I couldn’t pronounce was out! It was actually pretty easy, I made sure to make my lunch in advance each day (normally a salad with a simple dressing of olive oil and vinegar), and tried to pre-plan what I would eat in the evening a lot more.
It means my diet consists of a lot fresh fruit and veg, all varieties of nuts, dried fruit, smoothies and juices and a lot of new tasty foods I hadn’t considered incorporating into my diet before.
Once I had the basics and had expanded my clean recipes a bit, I started to get a bit stricter with myself and looking into how I could make delicious, quick recipes that were completely clean. I also started looking for organic and clean alternatives e.g. organic ketchup to feel a bit more normal, or raw cacao to make some tasty chocolate alternatives, organic clean and dairy free ice-creams etc.
I have also tried to cut out caffeine where I can, which was pretty easy as I already drink Red Bush tea (Rooibos Tea) or Peppermint Tea over normal tea or coffee. I’ve also started drinking more lemon with hot water as a replacement, and I just love it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect. Farrrrrrr from, and I try to give myself a day off a week (normally at the weekend) as trying to have a social life and going out for dinner is definitely one of the harder aspects of eating clean!
But my body definitely doesn’t want to go back to how I was treating it before, and so clean eating is definitely worth it for how good I feel, how good my skin has been and the freedom I have now that I’m controlling what goes in my body!
Anyway, now that re-cap is out the way, I thought I would start to share some recipes and products on my blog, with the hoping of sharing some of my experiences and products I wouldn’t have known about without researching.
I shared my Pumpkin Spiced Latte recipe a few days ago as the first step and it seemed to go down pretty well!
I’m probably going to add in a few breakfast recipes and go from there, so watch this space if you’re interested!
I hope you’ve like this post, clean eating is something I’m really passionate about and sharing it on my blog will hopefully be a great way to keep going.
Let me know if you would like me to talk about any particular topic or recipe type and I’ll be happy to share!