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Clean Eating. Why We Made the Change.

It was about three years ago that I found Lisa Leake and her 100 Days of Real Food blog. I didn’t know it at the time, but our eating habits, pantry contents, food budget, and health were about to change. I was about to learn how to eat clean. We took part in her 10 day challenge, and I had no idea what was coming. Please read about our journey here.

EAT CLEAN

Gmo’s? Natural Flavors? Organic vs. Non Organic. Gluten Free?

Eating can be complicated in America these days. I always had a desire to eat healthy, and honestly I thought we were doing pretty well until March of 2012. My eyes were opened and there is no turning back for my family. I have seen SIGNIFICANT changes in my children’s behavior as well as improvements with different health issues. Once you see the connection between these problems and food, going back just isn’t a choice. I have saturated myself in a ton of information and have overhauled our kitchen.

We were the family that regularly ate Totinos Pizza, Digiorno Pizza, Round Table Pizza, and all the other pizzas. Golden Grahams and chocolate dipped granola bars were no stranger to my pantry walls. Happy Meals were a regular thing. Diet Coke was on an iv drip.

I started the challenge to drop a few pounds, and what we learned changed our lives. 

The biggest thing that I have learned is that there is no food in a lot of the food choices that line the shelves of our grocery stores. Dozens of ingredients that are unpronounceable seem to be the norm. Things that seem like they should be healthy many times are not. Chicken soup with no chicken in it, for example. It’s out there. I just didn’t know.

Are these food products healthy? The debate is there online if you want to see it. You can find articles supporting just about any stance on any topic. When it comes to the health of my family, I don’t want to take any chance with Gmo’s, chemicals, and other foreign man-made things. I’d prefer to eat clean. Now that I’m armed with knowledge, I can make an educated decision.

I’m excited to begin posting on this topic regularly for the next several months. I will post tips, pictures, recipes, and more. If our family can do it, I absolutely promise you that yours can do. It is possible!!!

Do you have any questions about clean eating that you would like to see answered over the next few months? If so, be sure to let us know in the comments so we can address them for you! 

About the author

Darcy

Darcy, who was formerly on the Hip Homeschool Moms writing team, lives with her family in Missouri. She and her husband have two sons and two daughters. Her family loves to love Jesus and love people. She supports her husband’s worship ministry at their local church and spends her days lovin’ on her children while homeschooling them. She also enjoys planning parties, decorating, photography, and running.

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  • I love this topic and am so glad to see more people spreading the word. We became label readers when my son was diagnosed with several severe food allergies. As a word of caution to those interested, I was eating 2-3 apples and 2-3 bananas a day at first to get the sugar and satiation I was used to with processed foods. Don’t worry though, it will even out and pretty soon, if your not hungry enough to eat carrots, then you don’t really need to eat! Lol. I hope others find out how important this journey truly is! We are raising our kids to have good habits and that is the best reward.

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