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 I meet Janetha and Susan for the first time today.  We’re eating, getting pedicures and galivanting.  Just your general girl stuff.  THEN, tonight, I leave them and head to the airport to pick up my sister!!  This makes me incredibly happy, as I have missed her and her cupcakes these last 10 days! 

Today’s guest post comes from a gal who regularly contributes to Tuesday Trainer.  I like that.  As Travis can attest, you’ll score major points when you take time out of your day and wear spandex for me.  :)  Thanks, Casey!  For the spandex and the guest post! 

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Hey everyone, I am Casey and I blog at Daily Dose of FitYoga and I am so excited to be here guest posting for Lindsay’s List!

I love that I get to share with you today my decision to eat clean and what it has done for me personally, physically, and financially for my family. So here is the who, what, where, when how’s of eating clean for me…..

Who can eat clean: 
Anyone who wants to eat healthier, wants to feel better, have better skin,…

What is eating clean:
Eating clean is “eating the way nature intended”   That means avoiding processed foods, eating lots of  nutrient dense foods. I cook and bake mostly from scratch, focusing on using healthy grains, and limit my sugar  try to limit my sugar….I am human people

When do I eat clean:
Eating clean is not a “diet” for me…it is a lifestyle change and I try to follow it each day…sure there are days when I lose focus, eat stuff I shouldn’t, go out to restaurants and indulge in things that aren’t on my list, but the next day I just regroup(even when I make a poor choice of food I still think in the back of my head, “which of these bad choices, would favor the eat clean diet more” and I like that )

Where can I buy food so I can eat clean:
The OUTSIDE PERIMETER of the grocery store my friends and I stuff my grocery cart full of  lean proteins, fruits, vegetables…rarely do I go to the “middle” where the processed stuff sits on the shelf, beckoning me to “try just one”.,  and when I do, it is for whole grain pastas, whole wheat breads, brown rices, and beans…..getting hungry thinking about food writing this post

Why do I eat clean:
I eat clean because I love the feeling knowing that I am putting good foods into my body, I am avoiding weight gain which can lead to various diseases, it stables blood sugar levels, and my skin is better.  My workouts are better because I have more energy from the foods I eat.  My kids see healthy options and in turn will hopefully make good choices in the future.  The list goes on and on. 

Lastly HOW can you eat like that and afford it(I get this from my brother in laws a lot)
First off, I have saved money eating clean…when you buy produce it can be used for so many recipes throughout the week, it can be frozen for later…I plan my meals out and only buy the groceries I need for those meals.  That has helped tremendously.  Secondly, the food tastes so good, (how can it not when you are using fresh produce ). There are countless websites that provide fabulous recipes that my family and I have enjoyed.  I love finding new recipes and things to try.  

So there, you have it, my take on eating clean.  I hope you enjoyed and peaked your curiosity.  Some great resources that got me started were Tosca Reno books, I have all of them, Clean Eating Magazine is fantastic and they came out with great cookbooks too.

Check out my blog for recipes, workouts, yoga,  and all things family!

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Just a goofy mom,sister,friend, aunt, daughter sharing her views on all things, fitness, nutrition, and life.

Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga Wellness Coach, and Fitness Nutrition Consultant, Casey enjoys working out and finding new recipes to try with her family.

QUESTION:  Do you eat “clean”?  What are your biggest hurdles when it comes to eating a clean diet?

  1. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama says:

    I try to eat as clean as possible but I’d say I’m more like 85-90% clean. When I do eat not so clean food, I try to find the products that have the least amount of ingredients. It’s not as hard as you would think it would be!

  2. Brianna Williams says:

    I eat clean most of the time. I used to eat a lot of frozen dinners for lunch and snack on 100 calorie packs, but I felt like I was always craving more of whatever it was. When I cook my own food, I am satisfied. I’m a scientist and I like to think that “clean” food sends your brain the right satiety signals whereas the processed stuff gets lost in translation and you just keep eating and eating because your brain/body doesn’t recognize it.
    My downfall is chips. I NEVER buy them for my house, but whenever I’m at a meeting or party, that is the first place I go and I pretty much hover around them the whole time. I am forcing myself little by little to control how much I eat when I have chips and to eat them less. But I just love them!
    Thanks for your post!

  3. Calee (@chimes) says:

    Have fun with your pedis! That sounds like a blast. :)

    Also, I’m glad I’m not the only one that loves spandex.

    And thanks to Casey for the guest post! I have been trying to put this into words for my hater-friends that are all like, “Um, why don’t you eat a pizza you skinny bitch?” Not about how I look. It’s about how I feeeeeeel. Jerks.

  4. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says:

    i LOVE this! I honestly believe clean eating is key. We’re all human so we’re not perfect, but there’s a huge difference in the way my body feels when I eat clean versus when I don’t. The biggest challenge for me though is my sweet tooth and not allowing it to completely take over my clean eating habits…

  5. Jen @Healthy...with a side of ranch says:

    I love this! Eating clean is so important for so many different reasons. I try to eat as clean as possible, but I’m not even gonna lie- I am totally addicted to carbs, and sometimes those chips in my cupboard (bought solely for my husband, of course) yell to me just a little bit louder than my voice of reason. However, I do feel SO much better (and my workouts are SO much more awesome) when I’ve been on a nice long clean-eating streak. (And I LOVE not putting all of those weird additives in to my kids’ bodies, too!)

  6. Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life says:

    I love this!! Thanks for sharing. This is everything I have been thinking/feeling but haven’t “said” :) As you can tell by my blog name, I have cut out added and processed sugars from my diet. I’ve also added in tons of fruits and veggies, and started making more meals from scratch. I’ve been “eating clean” without knowing it… ha!! I love it. I love the way it makes me feel. AND I’ve lost over 50 pounds doing it. (without counting calories or points or ANYTHING). Just listening to my body and giving it yummy REAL food. And like you said, I’ve found it to be cheaper!! Frozen and/or processed stuff/snacks/etc are expensive!!

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