From dirty to clean, adventures of a clean eating mom.

The Journey August 13, 2011

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I LOVE food! It is in every aspect of our lives. It is there when we celebrate, when we mourn, when we are meeting a friend to hang out for the day, it is just always there and some of this food is AMAZING. As a country we love food. The problem with food is that too much of it, even the healthy kind, is detrimental to our health. I have been on all kinds of diets, and lifestyle changes in my life, Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, cabbage soup, pretty much if you name it I have been on it. I have always struggled with my weight.

I am telling you this, because it is all part of my journey, and the reason I am starting this blog. None of it has ever worked for me, until I did a religious fast. Let me go back a bit and walk you through my journey.

This specific journey began nearly 14 years ago, when I worked in Corporate America 50-60 hours a week and ate Cheetos for lunch and drank 8 cups of coffee a day to keep me going. I was slender then, but that quickly changed. (Shocking…I know!)  For several years, I never really gave a lot of thought to what I was eating, but then something amazing happened, I found out I was pregnant. Let’s just say that I started to care a lot more about what went into my body and his! I still had a lot to learn. (I still do!)

A few years after Wesley was born I started feeling sluggish, waking up feeling like I had a hang over, when I had not touched alcohol in months. I felt very compelled to do a fast called the Daniel Fast, basically a vegan, no processed foods diet. After about a week on this I felt amazing and I started thinking about what the difference was. Obviously, I was eating healthier foods, but I thought I was already eating healthier, so what was the issue here. The light bulb flashed….it was the processed foods that were causing my body a lot of grief. I started researching what exactly MSG, and HFCS really are and how those ingredients were created. I was and am today appalled at the ingredients in the foods we consume from the grocery shelves. I literally went to the pantry and started throwing away all the processed foods. Not quite ready to go completely vegan, I started exploring other options and I came across Clean Eating Magazine and I adopted those principles.

As time went on, I started sharing this information with my friends, some of them jumped on my bandwagon and some of them looked at me as if I had lost my mind. One thing has been consistent though, I have answered lots of questions. I get them via text, Facebook, email, and phone. I decided that I should start blogging about this stuff so I can direct everyone here!

Today I still LOVE food and I still make great tasting things, but I make them healthier and without processed ingredients. I am exploring a lot more vegan recipes and most of my diet is a plant-based diet. I am not a philosophical vegan so I do still sometimes eat a little meat, but the majority of my diet is plant-based. I plan on sharing lots of information, recipes, both meat and meat free, and hope to encourage you to try new things (keep your eye out for the “Just Try It” features).

Eat clean and live well!


P.S. I am not going to say I never eat anything unhealthy, it would be a lie! It is rare and in moderation. Just thought you should know so if you see me in the grocery store with a bag of chips you don’t think I am a liar!


8 Responses to “The Journey”

  1. Bryan Says:

    I have very much enjoyed all of your adventures!

  2. Kathy Says:

    Love love love that you are doing this. YAY! And thank you for sharing.

  3. I lost 50 pounds eating clean and have discovered the adventures of trying new foods. Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures, favorite recipes, etc.

  4. Hey Allison,

    I’m with ya girl. I have never had a weight problem, but I all of a sudden was 21 lbs over what I used to be.
    Everyone told me I look fine, but I knew I was looking my age. So, I went to a nutrition based class which emptied out my pantry. I gave up sugar for 3 mos, yes I cheated a little, but not much,and I started eating healthy. I lost the 21 lbs. I think exercise is important. I went from size 10 to size 6. Exercise is part of my routine. I do look good, I look younger. Feel much much better. As soon as I see the scale go up 2 or 3 lbs, I get strict immediately so I don’t gain any more. Yes, food is great, but there is a better way to live without all the sugar, sodas. Healthy eating is fun, and taste good. Just have to get thru the 21 days to change your habit.

    Maureen Montalvo

  5. Ashley Guins Petrecca Says:

    Wonderful blog Allison. I couldn’t agree more. I stopped all of the processed food and went natural losing 40 pounds along the way. Still struggle here and there but always feel awful when I fall back in and quickly go back to natural. Can’t wait to read your next post!!!

  6. Ashley, I am so glad to hear that! I literally get ill when I get off track too! I am so glad to hear that so many of you are excited about this blog and I hope that you will share ideas and suggestions.

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