I’ve gone through bouts of eating clean in the past, but I have never stuck with it as a lifestyle. I realize that when it comes to food, I can’t make an all or nothing change; it needs to be gradual if I want it to stick. Ok, I lied. The truth is, I don’t really know HOW to make it stick with me when it comes to making food habits, so I’m hoping this time a gradual change will work.
My Eat Clean Goal
My goal is that by the end of 2013, I will be able to call myself a bona-fide clean eater. Yes, I’m allowing more than a year to make this happen, because like I said, I want this to be a lifestyle. With that in mind, I plan on taking small steps to get there.
How I’m Going to Eat Clean: Think Positive
Four years ago, I adopted a dog, Roby, and less than a year after that, I bought a house for the first time, and adopted another dog, Belle. When I got these two dogs, I had no clue that it meant that I would say “sianara” to the furniture in my front room. But, the two of them together were a force to be reckoned with, and while I prefer to have furniture in my front room, I moved it out so as to minimize the damage they could do. I’ve lived in the house more than three years now and while you would think it’s silly, for me it’s normal. I may not have furniture, but I love the doggy kisses and love I get everyday, and so it’s worth it to me.
I hope you don’t have the same experience as I do with dogs when it comes to their chewing tendencies, but the point I want to make here is that sometimes when you ADD things to your life, those things you ADD take up the space, or for whatever reason, cause you to get rid of something else. This is the concept I plan to use at least with this first step of eating clean. Where usually people think about the food they CAN’T eat, instead, I am going to ADD a food I CAN eat. And I won’t worry about (for now) what else I’m eating. Because I believe as I continue to add good things, they will eventually push the not-so-good things out. I think this is a positive way of approaching this, instead of the negative way of taking things out.
Add-In Number 1: Salad
My first attempt for this has been to answer a question that I have every day at lunch: what am I going to eat? I am one of those people who is constantly trying to reduce the stress in my life, so as I approached this food issue, I decided to answer this question in the simplest way that I could. I will eat salad. A BIG salad. No croutons or non-garden items in it, just pure vegetable goodness. Topped with a balsamic vinaigrette.
Do you know how easy it is to buy salad goods and prepare them or have them ready for your lunch? Super duper easy.
I go home for lunch. So all I have to do is pour a bunch of salad goodies in a bowl with some dressing, pop the lid on, and shake. Salad is ready.
I plan to do this “salad-for-lunch” thing indefinitely. The only thing that will make me stop from having this as a habit is if I start making full meals (clean of course) for lunch, which I can about guarantee isn’t going to happen in the near future. I have actually already done this for a week of work lunches, and it seems to be working out so far. But with me, these things can change, so I will keep you posted on how it works after a month or so.
So What Do You Think?
Do you think I’m crazy for adding and not subtracting? Am I not thinking of something that you have thought of in all of this? Is this a perspective you never thought of, and so maybe want to try it yourself? I’d LOVE to hear what you think. So give it a go in the comments section!