Well my two weeks of clean eating for the BuzzFeed Cleaning Eating Challenge officially ended this past weekend. And while the challenge itself are over, the healthy eating habits I’ve picked up are not (at least that is the plan).
I feel great after the two weeks of clean eating, and even managed to lose four pounds in the process. What I do find slightly humorous about the whole thing, is that I actually got a cold while I was on the clean eating challenge. So even eating super healthy couldn’t keep me from getting sick.
I’m excited to build on the new recipes I’ve acquired, and to keep up on my healthy eating trend for the long haul. While mostly common sense, I’ve learned a lot from this challenge.
Things I’ve Learned:
- Portion size is huge. Well not huge at all actually, but definitely something you should pay attention to. It turns out that an entire bag of peanut M&Ms is not the correct portion size but rather 1/4 a cup (shocker).
- You don’t need to slather everything you eat in condiments. When you cut back on the mayo and other sauces, you’ll be surprised to learn that the food actually tastes good without too many extras.
- Roasted cauliflower is my new best friend. It tastes amazing all by itself, as hash browns or pretty much in anything you add it to.
- Eating healthy every second of the day is not feasible (or fun!). As long as you stick to the 80/20 rule, where you eat healthy 80 percent of the time, you’re doing great. Just make sure to balance it all out with a good workout several times a week.
- Be adventurous with your food. I am notoriously horrible at trying new food, so this cleanse was amazing because every meal was something new. And I was shocked to find that things I had scoffed at before, actually tasted pretty darn good.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you have a meal or two where you don’t exactly eat perfectly, it’s okay. You are already on the right path by trying to eat better. Be proud of yourself for that.
- Roasting any kind of vegetables instantly makes them tastier.
- The smoothies on this challenge were awful. I mean, they were beyond bland and really hard to choke down. There are so many great smoothie recipes out there to try. Check out a couple of the recipes below, provided by Pepperminting!
Favorite Recipes from this week:
Portobello Mushroom Caps: Yummm! You simply roast the portobello mushrooms, tomatoes and scallions for 45 minutes and then stack them with the feta and mint leaves. So delicious and filling!
Kale and Shrimp Bowl with Mushrooms and Avocado: Having never eaten cremini mushrooms before, I was excited to learn that they are so delicious! The only thing I didn’t like about this dish was the collard greens – a little too tough for me.
Tuna Salad in Romaine Cups: I was very skeptical about this one because I love mayonnaise. Turns out, the alternative is delicious! This recipe uses olive oil and Dijon mustard as a substitute for mayo and it’s so good!