Unsuccessful with the “Eat Clean/Make Whoopie” challenge…we decided to just “Eat Clean”. With all the hundreds of packaged foods lined up and down all the aisles of the many grocery stores, I’m starting to believe that the food companies are trying to kill us. You don’t realize it when you’re stuffing a Big Mac, large fry and large cup of soda that you are not only consuming 1,330 calories (66% of what you are supposed to consume in 1 day) 54 total grams of fat, 1,320 grams of sodium, 85 grams of sugar (236 % of your allowance per day) but here’s the best part….the Big Mac sauce alone has 33 “INGREDIENTS”
Now, I officially gave up on McDonald’s food (ending with their breakfast) months ago. But the bottom line, is pretty much every food item located in the middle of the grocery stores…on the shelves…have over 5 ingredients in it….and I don’t know wtf they are. And everyday we are saying to ourselves “I’m tired…sooooo tired…I have a headache….I need this pill….I gotta go to this doctor…and so on and so on are the endless horrible feelings that I hear people say.
What prompted my clean eating exploration was my husband and his “sensitivity” to foods. I noticed that when he ate sugar, or greasy foods, he complained more and more about not feeling well. So we decided to eat clean for 30 days. Where did we start??? By throwing away all of our dirty food.
Now there are many forms of clean eating. There’s the strict raw clean eating and then there’s the eating items with 5 ingredients or less (in which all the ingredients are natural). We chose to eat foods with at the most 5 ingredients and nothing with any kind of process or chemicals added. Without boring you with a lengthy diary of our menu, for the most part we were successful about 25 of the 30 days of clean eating. We cheated for about 3 meals all in the name of getting something quick for family dinner i.e. Applebees burger meal, pizza and gulps of Sprite. And let me tell you, once you go clean for 20 days and you eat something like pizza and Sprite, you instantly feel like you are having an allergic reaction…like your body knows that those items are not to be consumed. Bottom line you feel like crap. And most of us are numb to it, because we are so used to eating a bunch of chemicals and processed foods.
Clean eating (especially when you are used to eating dirty for most of your life) is such a hard challenge. Every minute of the day you are faced with a billboard glowing with battered fried chicken, smelling the greasy burger joint from your car in traffic or tempted by the batch of cupcakes your co-worker decides to bring to the office. You have to be diligent in prepping meals and snacks ahead of time because you come to find out that the United States does not cater to eating natural (you can’t even get nuts at 7/11…they have chemicals in it)! The mind control that comes with eating for health and not for taste can be torturous at times…but the feeling is beyond amazing and the increase of energy level is intoxicating.
Today, we still maintain to eat clean about 80 to 90% of the time, indulging in pizza or some processed snack when my daughter Kiki…or our brains…scream out for it from time to time. The benefits of clean eating are ridonculous (increased energy, better sleep, weight loss, improved mood, the list goes on). So I challenge you to try clean eating for 30 days and see what happens. Let me know how it goes!
For your curiosity, check out the ingredients in the Big Mac sauce and bun alone.
Big Mac Sauce: soybean oil, diced pickles, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, vinegar, corn syrup, salt, calcium chloride, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, spice extractives, polysorbate 80, distilled vinegar, water, egg yolks, high fructose corn syrup, onion powder, mustard seed, salt, spices, propylene glycol alginate, sodium benzoate, mustard bran, sugar, garlic powder, hydrolyzed corn, soy, and wheat, caramel color, paprika, soy lecithin, turmeric, calcium disodium EDTA
Big Mac Bun: bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, water, high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil and/or canola oil, salt, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, wheat gluten, ammonium sulfate, ammonium chloride, dough conditioners (may contain one or more of: sodium stearoyl lactylate, DATEM, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono and diglycerides, ethoxylated monoglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, enzymes, guar gum, calcium peroxide, calcium propionate and/or sodium propionate, soy lecithin, sesame seed