I am definitely used to comments regarding my nutrition…but I can’t say that I’m not bothered every so often. So many people seem to think clean eating is boring. It isn’t! I’m not a “foodie” but I love the foods I eat – delicious enough to look forward to so SOMEthing must be right!
I’ve been through a lot where healthy eating is concerned – an athlete my whole Life, a bout with PTSD and two resultant eating disorders (as I’ve mentioned before, anorexia and exercise bulimia) which effectively changed not only my view of food, but my body’s needs. So at the end of the day, I’m not only really proud of myself for choosing healthy options…but I feel blessed that I enjoy them, and thankful I have come full circle in the wellness category.
“Clean” doesn’t always abide by precisely the same definition between individuals, schools of thought, workout methodologies etc… But it does follow the general concept that the foods are:
- Real, whole, nutrient-dense foods
- Less / non-processed foods or additives
- Less added sugars and “bad” fats
- Void of heavy, calorically dense “stuff” (think toppers, such as creamy sauces, layers of cheese, fried coatings…)
- And so on…
Having LOTS of fresh water is also part of staying clean, by way of flushing and hydrating.
I think for me, since I can’t do stevia, and don’t want sugar, sucralose is my offender. Not happy about that, but I know that’s likely the absolute worst offender for me. So, I am far from perfect as well – I do, however, strive to stick to the healthy options overall.
What (WHO) I am especially thankful for is my other half – he is ever thinking about the options at a restaurant, and whether I can find clean, unencumbered options. I appreciate that so much more than I can express – No comments, no jabs, no “why aren’t you eating real food.” He accepts, and that makes my Life worlds easier.
He is also awesome with a grill, a skill I sadly do not have…nor, admittedly, have ever endeavored to learn. We will generally get something red for him, poultry or fish for me (protein!)…and he will always make sure I have some vegetables (truly, my FAVORITE food group.) He grilled asparagus and zucchini this weekend and it’s fair to say I devoured most of it in one sitting.
All we needed was salt, pepper, the food itself, and a dash of oil spray (olive is a healthy one!) to pull out the natural flavors, and make everything just perfect – nothing boring about it! I could actually taste THE FOOD, not whatever goop is was drowning in – in my own mind, that’s food at it’s finest, as nothing is “hiding” or “masking” the taste.
IF someone is positively desperate for some additional flavors, a fresh salsa is always a nice way to go – you can make your own with diced tomatoes, veggies and spices (the tomatoes’ juice is liquid enough), or you can buy a fresh one (often) in a produce aisle. Condiments can amount to a lot of added junk – calories, sodium, fillers – that you wouldn’t want if going “clean,” so spices and vegetable-based, fresh toppers are safer options.
Whatever is left (we buy several portions at once) will assuredly be eaten later that day, or the following…so making a little extra is always nice – meal prep by default! 🙂
If the next day feels boring, chop everything up and toss it into a salad with a dash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or a tiny bit of oil, basil and spices… Tiny, healthful tweaks can add just enough punch if you need something more…it isn’t boring, and it never HAS to be!