Before the 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge, I was eating relatively healthy (lots of fruits and veggies and protein) but I had bad habits that stuck around. I ate a lot of processed foods and white flour, and I craved these things. I also ate way too much sugar.
Now, those cravings and bad habits are gone, and my body’s thanking me for it! I’m healthier, skinnier, stronger, and more energetic. I’m going to continue clean eating for the rest of my life, and I’m really excited to learn more clean recipes and continue working out so I can reach all my goals.
Here are my results of the clean eating challenge:
I dropped 6lbs and 1% of my body fat through clean eating. I lost inches off my waist and hips. I’m at a healthy weight — and I was before the challenge as well — so weight loss was not something I was striving to do this month. I didn’t count calories. I just ate healthy, did strength and HIIT workouts, and saw my body changing. I also dropped a jean size over the summer, which was unexpected but welcome. I’m now around sizes 4 and 6 depending on the brand, instead of around 6 or 8. This is huge for me since I’m pear shaped! More strength training and cleaning up my diet is the reason why all this happened.
Whenever bread baskets appeared at dinner, or whenever we had chocolate or sugary processed food at my house, I had to partake. Late night cravings were common.
Now, there can be Safeway cookies chillin’ in my kitchen and I’m all like, ‘get outta mah face, I’ll have some delicious oatmeal instead.’ I didn’t restrict my diet, and I still allowed for the occasional splurge on sugary coffee drinks, but in order to allow for those splurges I followed the 80/20 rule.
More Energy, Clearer Skin
I’m more energetic and less moody now that I’ve cleaned up my diet. I eat for fuel, and I’ve begun to view foods as such. I feel so much more lighter and healthier, and my skin’s clearer as well.
Obstacles Faced During the Challenge
My BIGGEST obstacles were Starbucks drinks and white flour bread products. Unfortunately, I wasn’t ALWAYS able to avoid these things, and they crept into my 20% from time to time. But I’m now eating WAY less white flour than before, and I’m also drinking healthier almond milk lattes with less sugar than before. I also make them at home, which helps me make it healthier than if I strolled into a starbucks.
At the beginning of the challenge, I was worried about whether or not I could keep up clean eating. Now I know I can, and I’m happy to find out that clean eating is easier than I thought and I can continue this for the rest of my life!