Sunday 23rd February – What is clean eating?

Hello and Happy Sunday to you all! 

So it’s been a strange few days for me, which is why there has been a bit of a break in posts. Hope you haven’t missed me too much…!

I have been working on putting together some posts that will hopefully help provide a better insight into what I am doing to improve my PCOS. One lovely lady asked if I would write more about the ‘clean eating’ that I now follow. 

Since I met Chris, my personal trainer, last July, I have completely overhauled the way I eat. To give you an insight, my diet before would usually be something like:

Breakfast: gluten free cereal/gluten free toast with butter and marmalade/jam (sugar!!) 
Mid morning: banana 
Lunch: ham/chicken salad sandwich made with gluten free bread 
Mid afternoon: apple/grapes/biscuits
Dinner: meat, vegetables and chips/baked potato/pizza/some sort of pie with pastry 
After dinner: biscuits/chocolate

So not exactly a horrendous diet, but not a good one either! Considering I knew even then that anything with gluten in made me feel awful, I still ate a fair amount of foods with it in. I was almost always bloated, had no energy, suffered with headaches, skin breakouts, mood swings, irregular periods, you name it I had it. I’m not saying it was all completely linked to my food, but the changes I’ve noticed since cutting out certain foods certainly makes me think there’s something in it.

So my food intake now looks like this:

Breakfast: egg white omelette with ground cinnamon, small sprinkle of cheese and spinach (weekend: poached eggs with bacon or gluten free sausages)
Mid morning: sometimes a green apple, usually nothing
Lunch: protein (chicken/turkey/steak burger) with green vegetables 
Mid afternoon: sometimes nuts or few squares of dark chocolate (over 70%) 
Dinner: protein (meat) with lots of green vegetables and sweet potato 
After dinner: berries with greek yoghurt/dark chocolate (over 70%) 

I also have a protein shake after training, also before training on a Saturday morning 

Here’s a photo of this week’s food shop:

Please bear in mind this is for 2 people! 

It’s almost all vegetables and meat, plus goat’s milk, egg white liquid and some dark chocolate.
Cutting out almost all dairy has certainly helped me too. I can’t really tell the difference with goat’s milk and I don’t have much in tea anyway. 

My energy levels have definitely improved, I’m hardly ever bloated and just feel generally well.

I hope that gives you a bit of a clearer overview into what ‘clean eating’ is. Basically cut out anything processed (bread, biscuits, cakes, sweets, pastry, pizza, pies) and you’re half way there. It’s not easy. The first couple of weeks were hard work! I would have killed someone for some bread! But, I promise you it is absolutely worth the cravings. I know there’s some quote by Kate Moss that says ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’. Well I don’t agree. I would say ‘nothing tastes as good as being well feels’. Not catchy, but true! 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you!


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