Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's Not Easy Being Green

I recently completed a 10 day clean eating challenge hosted by a new friend of mine.  I went in knowing I had lots to learn, but overall feeling like I'm a pretty clean eater.  HAHAHA!!  Boy was I mistaken.  As part of the challenge we were assigned to watch Hungry For Change   It was clear I was not as clean as I thought.

Some items that I removed from the fridge were...ranch dressing, ketchup, BBQ sauce, syrup, and pretty much anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup.  Microwave popcorn, most of our breakfast cereal, and granola bars were also on the hit list but I think the Fam clued in to what I was doing because the almost full boxes disappeared rather quickly once they started seeing me throwing things out.  

All I can say after this eye opening experience is that we're on the path and we are making changes, I may still keep a bag of chocolate chips in the freezer, but they're super dark chocolate.  My flour and rice stores haven't been entirely converted to wheat and brown, but we're getting there, and I'm on the hunt for local meat, eggs, and milk.  It's a process. I have started making green smoothies every morning and I do think more about where our food comes from 
and why we are eating, I'm confident we'll get there. 

What are some of your clean eating successes and challenges?


  1. I've tried avoiding that high fructose corn syrup as well, I can't believe how much of our food has that stuff in it and it's the second ingredient. Can you have ketchup and syrup if it doesn't have high fructose syrup in it?

    1. i found some organic ketchup that only had tomatoes, vinegar, salt, and citric acid. the kids haven't noticed yet, so that's good. As for the syrup I found it's just what you're willing to spend. the pure maple stuff is pricey but I saw some with just four natural ingredients. I couldn't afford it, but it's there. At least in Cali you'll have access to a Whole Foods, right? I don't even have Costco here, so we're pretty limited on the organic, natural stuff.

  2. Oh, microwave popcorn--I know I couldn't live without that stuff. Good job for getting more in touch with your food.

  3. Okay, so this comment has nothing to do with your new diet, but I was really excited to find your blog (someone really should have clued me in earlier, you know my cyber skills), I just spent the last half hour or so catching up, glad that I can keep in touch in any way that I can. Hope all is well, and I can't wait to keep checking in!