But then something happened: my period was awesome.
For the record, I've never said that before. I hate my period (doesn't everyone?) I usually have to take at least triple the recommended dosage of Aleve to make life remotely bearable during my cycle, and even then I'm doubled up in pain in bed or on the floor. But during this last one, I took two pills when I felt cramps coming on and didn't have to take anymore for the rest of the week.
I was amazed and completely taken off guard and now I'm addicted to this 'clean' diet. (Eating clean means different things to different people, but in a nutshell it means no processed foods and a lot of vegetables. Yes, I know that's a very small nutshell. For a better explanation and great recipes, read this article.)
Here are some things I've been cooking since the diet change.
Chili with chicken instead of beef and a double portion of green peppers and a dollop of Greek yogurt.
For breakfast I'll eat green apple slices with all natural peanut butter (you know, the kind you get fresh at the grocery store) or plain Greek yogurt with honey.
I am now a kale eater. I eat it almost everyday as a small meal or side to a large meal. I love my kale sauteed with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have witnessed my first attempt at kale making. Here are the results below.
Sure, when we go out I'll splurge a little, but I'm dedicated to eating cleaner because the benefits are completely obvious. And what's more, it's for a better reason than to look good: I want to be healthy (while secretly crossing my fingers I'll lose a few pounds in the process, hee hee).
Do you eat clean?
What benefits have you seen from changing to this lifestyle?
What are your favorite 'clean' websites or recipes?