PIPM: Pretty in Pink Megan: Eating Clean

Eating Clean

I bet that very few of you all know that I entered into college as a Dietetics major and actually wanted to be a Dietician.  I used to be obsessed with eating healthy and exercising.  Once I got to experience the beast of organic chemistry, I soon gave up that major, but nutrition still interested me.  After college (and even up until this past year), though, I fell by the wayside and started eating really badly.  I ate pop-tarts and cupcakes almost every other day.  I would eat pizza and nasty food throughout the day and then at night I'd eat more sweets.  


Over the past year Rob has started eating clean, and more recently, he has given up all processed foods, refined sugars, animal products, and has lost around 30 pounds and the dark circles under his eyes have completely disappeared.  

It's definitely in his family to be a health food guru as evidenced by his Mom and his sister #1 and sister #2.  I am really proud of him for eating clean and having the will power to not touch bad foods.  


Lately I have been feeling like crap- I am moody, anxious, wound up, generally melancholy and not sleeping well.  I decided that I was going to try this lifestyle change for a couple of weeks to see if it helps.  Plus I'm already a vegetarian, so I figured this wouldn't be too hard to delve into. 

I am on week 1 and I must say that I have more energy than I did before when I was eating bad.  I now only have caffeine in the mornings (you all know this is huge for me).  I used to drink Starbucks throughout the whole day and even at night.  I don't know that I'll completely give up caffeine, but I may try to.  I have also given up all dairy in hopes of clearing up some sinus issues as well as clearer skin.  

So, what do we eat?  Here are some examples of things that we have every day: 

1) Organic Banana/Date/Greens Smoothie + Flax Seed Supplement- Rob gets the boxes of organic bananas at whole foods and combines them with medjool dates he orders from California.  We then throw in organic baby greens and a flax seed supplement.  


2) Corn Pasta + Organic Sauce- this is normally what we have for dinner.  Corn pasta doesn't contain gluten and we just get any organic sauce.  It's been really hard to give up parmesan cheese, but I've gotten used to it now.  


3) Blueprint Juices - I really enjoy these, especially the Carrot/Lemon and the Ginger/Lemon.  I don't use them for a cleanse, but just drink them throughout the day.  


4) Whole Foods Kale Superfood Salad- I get this almost 2 times a week- It's on their salad bar.


5) Dairy Free Probiotics Kefir- probiotics are a big part of your immune system as well as keeping your stomach in tip top shape. 
I'm really into the smoothie/juices thing and since we have a juicer and a blender I want to get more into making those.  Do you all have any good recipes to share?  

13 comments:

Ally {Life as I know it} said...

I gave up dairy awhile back to see if it would help with my skin and as sad as I was to give up cheese it did work. I try to not to eat lot of it now because I know the next day after eating diary I'll have a big surprise on my chin. That's awesome they make dairy free kefir. Yogurt and cheese are the hardest to give up for me.

Courtney W. said...

I've been wanting to try giving up dairy, but I'm such a cheese and yogurt lover, I'm not sure I could! Do you buy the blueprint juices locally?

Pretty in Pink said...

@courtney- they sell them at our whole foods!

Pink and Fabulous said...

That's so awesome you're doing this! I think giving up dairy is the hardest! I need to know your secret! I love my Vitamix and just throw spinach, almond milk, bananas, some hemp protein powder and liquid stevia in and it is pretty tasty!

Sarah said...

I decided last week to jump on this wagon (along with my kiddos)to see if this helps with any of our skin/mood/headache issues. We did have cake & pizza for my 8 year old's bday Sunday, & we all felt like CRAP and were moody all day yesterday... Which I will 100% attribute to eating the junk after a week of eating clean.

It has definitely opened my eyes up to how badly I was eating & how addicted I am to Diet Cokes!

tabitha dickerson said...

i take a wonderful probiotic...from plexus. the probiotic (pro-bio5) taken along with the biocleanse (not a laxative) has really helped my "gut" issues. i love the products so much...i am now an ambassador. if you would like more information...check out my website at www.plexusslim.com/dickersont or email me at tabdickerson@aol.com. truly amazing products!!! i will also add...all products are natural.

Julie said...

As a breast cancer survivor, sugar is one of the things I needed to cut back on(cancer feeds on sugar). I was told to avoid corn(the vegetable, not just the high fructose corn syrup), as the sugar levels(natural) are too high even in a natural form.
Just something you might want to look into with your corn pasta.

Delta Daisies said...

Proud of you for taking the plunge to be healthy! :)

1+1=3 said...

I was a nutrition major at UK. Organic chemistry was not fun! My favorite smoothie is triple ginger juice, half a banana, frozen mango, and tons of baby spinach. I've been trying to eat cleaner as well, i was a gluttonous beast over the holidays!

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Paige said...

I did the whole 30 and noticed a huge difference in my sleeping and energy levels so I'm sure you will see at least some change! I saw your Instagram posts about insomnia and just can't imagine. Anyway I just got a juicer for my bday. I've only used it a few times but loved the one I had this morning: 1/2 beet, 2 carrots, 1 in. Piece peeled ginger, 1/2 lemon, 1 green apple.

Ashley Turner said...

I'm on a good food kick too and have given up sugar, which is making me feel better, have more energy and sleep better too... Good luck!
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Unknown said...

I thought about trying a BluePrint cleanse because I read they were pretty tasty. I found them at Whole Foods and have not done an actual cleanse, but have been drinking them for lunch sometimes as meal replacement. I noticed some have high levels of sugar. For example, the PAM has around 45 grams. So, I'm afraid to use them as meal replacements now. I'm thinking they are so high in sugar because they are meant for full blown cleanse or people who do a no sugar diet. Thoughts?

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