My “Clean Eating” Journey

Good morning friends!! I pray you had a safe and wonderful 4th of July weekend. We sure did, and now my husband and I are on a little vacation. We’re at a hotel somewhere in Indiana, close to Chicago. We’re going to be staying in Michigan this week and I’ll be sharing some of our trip with you.

Today I wanted to let you know how my first week of “clean eating” has been going. Many of you have emailed me about it and I appreciate all the encouragement.

My "Clean Eating" Journey

I’ve already figured out the key is in the planning! As long as you plan your meals then half the battle is over. I did a great job with that so it made my first week run smooth.

The hardest part of “clean eating” for me is lunch. For breakfast I eat plain mini wheats with organic milk and honey. But I struggled with lunch ideas. Some days I ate left overs from supper but I’ve got to figure out some lunch options.

I’ve fixed three meals this week that we loved so I will definitely be making then again.

1. Homemade Spaghettis Sauce with whole wheat pasta.

2. Homemade Chicken Nuggets (pictured above).

3. Taco Salad

My "Clean Eating" Journey

Of course this week we’re on vacation and it’s really hard to “eat clean” but I’m going to try my best. I’m steering clear from white bread and white sugar.

I already feel better! I know that sounds crazy but I do.

I would love for you to join me on this journey! Leave me a comment and let me know if you’re joining me!

Beauty for the Heart~~So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

Have a blessed day!

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  1. I have been eating caffeine free, sugar free, bread free, and rice/pasta free for about 3 weeks. I’ve lost 10 pounds which is a miracle since I have hypothyroidism and am menopausal from a hysterectomy.

  2. I’ve been eating clean for a month now (with some cheat meals thrown in there). For lunch, I just eat tons of veggies and some tuna or chicken salad made with plain Greek yogurt.

  3. I started eating “clean” about 3 months ago, and while I’ve found it challenging, I’ve grown accustomed to clean foods and my desire for other things has decreased. Getting rid of artificial sweeteners was perhaps my greatest challenge, but I’m glad that I did it. I’ve also vacationed since starting on clean foods, and we found Whole Food food bars a great option if you can find one.
    I pray you’re experiences will continue to be good ones.

  4. Congrats on your new journey. I’ve eaten what is now called “clean” my entire life. We used to called it “whole foods”. Along with running and yoga, I credit it with keeping the aches and pains, colds and flu, as well as wrinkles at bay. It’s best to find something that works for you and STICK to it. Some people will try to sabotage your efforts which can be hard. I’m a vegetarian, but it’s habit now so I don’t even think about it unless eating out. I’d find it too difficult with all the travel I do to go vegan and I don’t have issues (ethical or health) with eating dairy and eggs. Keep at it and you will really feel the difference.
    Cutting out sugar cold turkey as a youngster really changed my life. Now the occasional treat makes me feel a bit ill. I do still think about sweets, but now I try to make them more healthy. So glad I don’t have any food allergies and have loved cooking since a young age. Good luck!

  5. I am somewhat joining you! For health reasons (digestive reasons) I have recently- 3 weeks ago- had to stop and/or limit simple sugar drastically. its been a challenge, but I do feel better. I went to check out the websites you mentioned last week and really enjoyed them. I am now looking for a “clean” Peanut butter. I already eat clean bread form a local bakery (and you can REALLY taste the difference in fresh bread… or maybe it is the lack of chemicals I am eating that I can taste the difference). I’m anxious to hear how you are doing it, so I can follow along.

  6. Hey Cyndi! I wanted to share a web site with you that is very good for clean eating. Check out She comes up with lots of really yummy and clean recipes…no sugar, butter, or white anything! She’s also a Christian and very inspirational!

  7. I started on a vegan diet about 6 months ago at the recommendation of my acupuncturist. I had suffered with severe migraine headaches for 15 plus years. I’ve never felt better, I’ve lost weight, and my migraines are gone. DIET is everything!!!

  8. Oops! Specific Carb Diet/ similar to GAPS. Hoping to heal my digestive problems. Anyhow I am just sharing this to say that it is all a journey. Change one habit at a time and then work on the next. I have done better when I can trade things out rather than depriving myself. I can niw cook with almond flour, make my own almond milk and coconut whipping cream. Read read read. Blessings!

  9. Just remember it is all a process, and sometimes things change. It took me 3 yeara to get my family off white bread and I did all whole grain stuff (cereals, etc) Then we went through an attempt at all raw. At least one night a week Veggie. I have lots of Tosca Reno’s books and magazines on clean eating as well as other peoples. Theough all of this my food allergies have been an added challenge. Milk, cheese, eggs, soy, gluten and mammal meat have had to go. Now I am on a diet called Specific Xarbohydrate

  10. I very interested in clean eating. I haves jot weight to loose and want to take our file down a healthier path. Our son has developed some not so great eating habits. I just feel overwhelmed! Where is a good place to start?

  11. Hi Cyndi.

    I’m glad the clean eating is going well. I always try to remember something I heard Jillian Michaels say…”if it didn’t have a mother or grow from the ground/tree/ etc., then don’t eat it.” I often venture outside of that because I need about 150 mg of protein a day and use a supplement of protein powder. Have fun in your new journey of better health. 🙂

  12. Oh Tammy I understand! I’m not a cook either so this is going to be a huge transition for me too. The vegetarian thing would be hard for me.
    I think the magazine is Tosca too.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Enjoy your holiday Cyndi…u deserve it! I’ve been meaning to write you on “clean eating” but just haven’t had a chance…we are full-swing into summer stuff here! Soo happy for you… I’ll jump on with u!! Blessings friend!

  14. I’ve just started my own journey with clean eating and it’s daunting to say the least. We are also vegetarian which adds an additional level that makes planning and grocery shopping an event. AND I’m not a cook by nature and am having to learn. Always depended on throwing something boxed into the oven but no more of that. I got Tosca Reno’s Vegetarian Clean Eating, but will have to check out the magazine. Is it also by Tosca??

  15. I just became interested in clean eating recently. I am learning about what it means to eat clean and will be shopping for “clean” groceries tonight:) Hoping to feel energized and lose weight soon!!

  16. I don’t know if you’ve read them but their is a whole series of books by tosca Reno on clean eating. Also a magazine with recipes and meal plans.