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October 27, 2016
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Eat Clean!

Awhile back, I wrote about trying out the Whole 30. After giving it a good solid go, I discovered that honestly, that eating style didn't work for me. Too restrictive for one thing. And my bloodsugars didn't seem to want to stabilize. I was low, all the time, and I found myself feeling pretty lousy energy wise three days in.

Still wanting to make a commitment to healthier choices, I decided to start just plain eating clean.

What does that mean?

Well, it's different for lots of people. Sometimes it's the whole "if you can't hunt it, catch it, or plant it - don't eat it..." sometimes it's just staying away from processed foods. Sometimes it means eliminating dairy or grains. For me, it means eating as close to 90% whole foods as I can get (fruits, veggies, proteins, nuts) and eliminating diet soda altogether.

It's been a week and half of this commitment and I feel great.

Here's a typical day's eating:

Breakfast: Fruit smoothie or green smoothie Mid-morning: Nuts or a hard boiled egg or a bit of lean protein, carrot sticks and/or other veggie Lunchtime: Lean protein with lots of greens and other veggies, handful of nuts Mid-afternoon: Nut butter with a piece of fruit Dinner: Lean protein with lots of greens and other veggies Nighttime snack: Fruit, vegetables, nuts, lean protein (some combination of those, varies widely)

I don't eat after 8pm and I've been drinking at least 64 ounces of water today. I haven't had a diet soda in more than a week, but I have been using an herbal combination that has some caffeine in it to stave off caffeine withdrawals.

My bloodsugar meter average went from 173 mg/dl to 133 mg/dl in the first week. I'm not having lows, because I'm pretty much eating constantly. I'm able to exercise and not feel energetically drained, which is really nice. My weight has dropped; that's something I need to be careful of, but I'm keenly aware of the minimum weight I should maintain.

All in all. I feel pretty good. I have decided to maintain the 90% ratio, I will allow myself one day a week where I can have a treat. This week it was a small piece of birthday cake on Sunday and a few bites of a muffin - both gluten free. I have to be honest, my belly rumbled and put up a stink over even those few bites.

More updates to follow... But here's a recipe for some divine peanut butter cookies that are clean - by my definition:

One can chickpeas 1/4 cup honey 1/2 cup - heaping - nut butter (I use natural salted peanut butter) 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp vanilla extract 1/4-1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350, grease cookie pan.

Mix all ingredients except the chips in your food processor on "puree'" (mixture will be pretty sticky).

Add chips.

Toss in the oven for 10-15 minutes... They don't spread like regular chocolate chip cookies, but they should get a nice golden brown color.

Stuff into face...

Nutrition Info (based on ingredients/12): Calories 120, Carbs 16g, Sugar 11g, Protein 6g.

Even clean eating can have some treats. These cookies are to die for. I promise!

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