Last month I went on a clean eating journey! I ate clean for 21 days. No wine, no junk, cut out all sugar (or the bad and processed kind). And today, I wanted to share what those 21 days were like, the difference I saw, how I felt, and everything else!
For the most part, we eat pretty healthy, not *SUPER* clean, but we eat healthy. We don’t eat out much, I do cook a lot, and when we eat out or eat in general, we watch our portion control. We do also eat a well-balanced diet overall, or so I thought?. Not perfect, and we have our cheat days (yes days, and not meals #dontjudgeme), but overall we keep it healthy here.
My Protein Grill here in Houston has a 21-day challenge where they prep your food and meals based on your goals, and all you do is pick them up 2x a week. They offer healthy chef-inspired meals prepared fresh daily. Meals are calorie counted, measured, and they have gluten-free, dairy-free, and low carb options! P.S. If you do ever visit them, you HAVE to, and I mean HAVE TO try their peanut butter crack bars, I droll just thinking about it. SO. STINKING. GOOD.
My goal for the 21 days was to feel less bloated, have more energy, and curb the sugar craving I always have! I have to say; I was very skeptical going into it, I didn’t think I would feel the difference I did.
So what were the significant changes while I ate clean for 21 days?
- Less Bloat. Hands down, I felt like my stomach had fewer issues overall processing the food I ate. Barely any gas or bubbles in my stomach, my stomach was never in pain too!
- My sugar cravings were barely there. And let me tell you, I have a HUGE sweet tooth. In the beginning, it was hard, but by the end of the 21-day challenge, I noticed I didn’t crave sugary foods as I did. I think it’s also important to note; that the sweets I used to be able to eat, I can no longer eat because it’s too sweet for me.
- I felt “lighter.” I don’t know how to describe this feeling, but it’s almost as if I had a little pep in my step. I didn’t feel so sluggish and just blah all the time.
- Fewer cravings overall. And not just sugar cravings like I mentioned above. But my cravings overall were not there as they usually were.
So now that the 21 days are over, have I made any long-lasting changes, if so, what are they?
I have! I noticed I was not eating as much protein as I should be eating and eating too many carbs, so I switched and started eating more protein in my meals. For the most part, I have gotten rid of all bad snacking habits and successfully cut out a lot of sugar! Again, not perfect, but baby steps! I *thought* we ate healthy before starting this journey, only to find out there is room for improvements!
So tell me, do you eat clean? What are your eating habits like? Have you tried eating clean, and how did it go?!
Thank you for stopping by, have a great day!
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Glad to hear of the positive changes! 🙂
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog