Week 4 Challenge: Eat Clean

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Good morning!

Are you ready for this week’s challenge? Here it is!

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Eat clean. It sounds simple enough, right? Well, it’s probably one of the toughest challenges for me””and maybe you too!

As you know, I love dessert and eat it everyday. Of course, this is totally fine if you do it in moderation, but I’ve recently found myself overdoing it a little too often. Gluten-Free Almond Brownies, Flourless Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies, Creamy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Balls, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels”¦ you know what I’m talking about, right?

And when I frequently indulge in these kind of treats, I don’t typically consume a lot of nutritious foods, so when it comes to Baby Haupert, I’m not doing the greatest job with my diet. It’s not like I’m going crazy with the junk, but I feel like I am getting a little lazy with my food choices””grabbing a handful of pita chips instead of making some guacamole and eating it with baby carrots””and, basically, not making the best decisions that I can. That said, this week is all about cleaning up our diets!

I’d go 100% clean with my eats this week, but I know it’s not realistic for me. I’m pregnant with crazy hormones and, honestly, I just love dessert so much not having it in my diet just kind of blows! Ha! But, seriously, I’m aiming for 90% clean eating this week. Feel free to set an individual number for yourself this week too. If you can go 100% clean, do it! If you really love desserts/salty snacks and know you’ll be miserable all week not having them, go with 90% or even 80%. Make your goal a challenge so you clean up your diet, but make it realistic too!

So, what is “clean” eating? I think the definition and practice really depends on the individual, but, for me, it involves these principles below:

  • Choosing whole, natural, real foods and eliminating processed and refined foods from my diet.
  • Making fresh, colorful produce the center of my meals and snacks.
  • Including some protein, carbs, and fat with every meal and snack that I eat.
  • Limiting excess sugar, (bad) fat, salt, alcohol, and other not-so-healthy foods from my diet.
  • Planning well-rounded meals and making conscious choices about what I put into my body.
  • Drinking lots of water.

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As I mentioned above, I’m leaving a little wiggle room for fun foods this week, so I’ll likely allow myself one treat per day, but not go overboard with it. Maybe something in 100-200 calorie range? I think that’s do-able, and it will allow me to fill up my diet with other nutritious foods while not making me crazy either.

Here are some posts that you might find helpful this week:

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Questions of the Day

What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to clean eating?

What’s clean eating mean to you? 

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56 Comments

  1. I’m not perfect, but I try hard to eat healthfully. The biggest motivator? The awful feeling I get when I’ve been eating great, then fall off the wagon. Nuts and sweeteners are definitely the tastiest, the hardest to avoid…and the ones that leave the greatest ick feeling after!

  2. As a physician I think that the downfall of eating clean for a lot of people is the cost to eat clean and fresh. A lot of my patients will tell me they can only afford a small amount of fresh fruits, vegetables, etc. They also tell me it’s much easier and sometimes affordable for them to go through the drive-thu and order off a dollar menu for dinner rather than preparing anything that is not processed.

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