5 Things I Learned From the Eat Clean Diet

My last post left you with a bit of a cliffhanger – extenuating circumstances and all that…
After 10 years since my last child was born, I found myself pregnant.
My biggest mistake at the time was not continuing my exercise program or my healthier eating habits.   I gained the weight back during my pregnancy and then slowly over the following 8 years or so, managed to find an additional 40 pounds.  Fun Times!
Long story short – I finalized my divorce in 2010 and then made a conscious decision to get fit in 2011.  I joined a gym, hired a trainer and was introduced to the Eat Clean Diet.
Since I had previous experience with the relationship between nutrition and exercise, diving into Eating Clean wasn’t an issue.  Like before, I did my homework, bought the book and utilized the concepts presented in it.
I dropped 65 pounds over the course of 7 months.
For the most part, I enjoyed eating clean.  It really helped me refine the way I ate by steering me toward more whole, natural foods and less processed crap.
Key takeaways from this experience:
  1.  I learned that I had to pay attention to what I was eating.
  2.  I learned that I had to plan ahead.
  3.  I learned that I had to be consistent.
  4.  I learned that I needed to exercise regularly.
  5.  I learned that I am much easier to get along with when I have enough carbs AND a well-balanced diet.
This is great, right?  I dropped a bunch of weight, I discovered my passion for fitness, my energy levels were through the roof, my skin cleared up, my hair and nails started growing like crazy.  All of these are GOOD things. 
So did I stick with it?  For the most part.  I developed some good habits but what I didn’t realize was that I was on the path to disordered eating.  More on that later…

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