Welcome to Clean Eating in Texas!
Before I ramble on about how we got started on this journey, here is what
Clean Eating means for our family:
No white flour, white sugar, white rice
No artificial dyes or colors
No product with more than 5 ingredients
Organic Produce and dairy
No fried foods
Grass fed beef, free range chicken, no hormones/antibiotics used, humanely raised and minimally processed
Basically, we are striving for an unprocessed whole food plant based diet
We’ve had many friends and family members ask us “why did you change how you eat??” Like many things in life, there was no specific reason or event that lead us to drastically overhauling our eating. It was a series of events that led us to the realization that we had to change our eating habits!
My husband is a life long vegetarian; he loves lots of things I consider “healthy and weird”. When we got married, he opened my eyes to a whole world of food I had never even heard of! That was the first step for me-learning to try (and like!) new foods. My parents tried to get me to eat fruits and veggies growing up, but I was pretty stubborn about it!
Now that we have 3 little ones, meal times have become increasingly chaotic. Over the last 6 months, I had started to become uncomfortable with some of the food choices we were making. Too much fast food, and too many convenience/processed type foods! I knew that I did not want my children to grow up with a love of Cheetos and a dislike of carrots.
Another stop on the path to clean eating was how my husband and I were feeling physically-tired, drained, and never enough energy. Until we started researching clean eating, and how it can completely change how you feel, I didn’t realize or understand that what I was eating was affecting me so much.
Watching the documentaries Food Inc. and Forks over Knives were huge eye openers to me on what is really in our food! To say I was freaked out is an understatement! It made me want to change how we eat!
We are feeling healthier and more energetic than ever-and it’s all due to how we eat!